28th Annual African American Read-in inspires UMass Dartmouth

By Sade Smith, News Editor The 28th Annual African American Read-in took place Thursday, February 16 in the LARTS Atrium, hosted by the Leduc Center for Civic Engagement, Frederick Douglass Unity House and Black History Four Seasons Council. A well-known event on campus, students, faculty, and staff stopped by to hear and share works such as poetry, speeches and songs by African American artists. The … Continue reading 28th Annual African American Read-in inspires UMass Dartmouth

New season of activism begins for MassPIRG

By Jonathan Moniz, Staff Writer The Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group, or MassPIRG, held its kickoff meeting for 2017-2018, beginning a new season of activism. The meeting was held in the Woodland Commons Hall from 6 to 8 p.m. MassPIRG is a student-directed and run organization on campus dedicated to promoting various socio-political goals on campus, whether it’s lowering the costs of textbooks to helping … Continue reading New season of activism begins for MassPIRG

WUMD sale is final-in period for FCC review

By Jonathan Moniz, Staff Writer The sale of WUMD was finalized in an email announced over winter break, but was actually concluded on December 20, according to Assistant Chancellor John Hoey. The reason for the delay until negotiations were settled was by request of the Rhode Island Public Radio, which UMass Dartmouth sold to. At the urging of students and the community, several forums have … Continue reading WUMD sale is final-in period for FCC review

A keepsake to make and take

By Michaella Lesieur, Staff Writer A friend for you or a friend for your sweetheart, the UMass Dartmouth campus center was spreading the love on Valentine’s Day with a take home furreal friends of your own courtesy of the SAIL office for $5 dollars an animal. Whether it was a puppy, elephant, tiger, or teddy bear each one came unstuffed and ready for you to … Continue reading A keepsake to make and take

Law Professor attends hearing on Trump’s executive order

By Jonathan Moniz, Staff Writer Last week, UMass Dartmouth Professor of Law, Irene Scharf, attended a hearing evaluating the appeal of President Trump’s executive order calling for a temporary halt on immigration from seven countries, including Iran. The hearing was tried before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.  The events surrounding the travel ban have been contentious, with the original executive order … Continue reading Law Professor attends hearing on Trump’s executive order

Sustainability film series: Leo DiCaprio’s Before the Flood

By Sebastian Moronta Blanco, Staff Writer Sam Eyong, much like many other students on campus, cares deeply about the environment, and wants to help educate his peers and colleagues on the subject, one movie at a time. Eyong, a junior economics major at UMass Dartmouth, is a member of the Green Navigators, a student-run product of the sustainability office on campus that focuses on community … Continue reading Sustainability film series: Leo DiCaprio’s Before the Flood

From zero to sixty real quick

By Nicole Belair, Staff Writer Tesla has gained attention over the past couple of years due to its eco-friendly, autopilot technologies. The concept of self-driving cars has been in the works for many years, but Tesla is starting to make it a reality. That breakthrough, combined with its network of fast-charging stations, make Teslas highly sought-after. But is it worth the hype? The Tesla brand … Continue reading From zero to sixty real quick

Top 10 local dining excursions

By Michaella Lesieur, Staff Writer Friday night spins around and all you know is that your stomach is growling for something different. Want flavor, atmosphere, and something to kick off the weekend? Well, if you are reading this you have come to the right place. The Torch has lined up a series of must-visit, local restaurants fit for any palet. The Back Eddy, 1 Bridge … Continue reading Top 10 local dining excursions

Genome editing gets a very cautious green light

By Sebastian Moronta Blanco, Staff Writer This week, several developments came in the complex and controversial world of genome editing. On Tuesday, the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine released a 261-page report compiled by an international committee of scientists, doctors, lawyers, and ethicists from 10 countries. The report outlines the stringent conditions by which the editing of the human genome … Continue reading Genome editing gets a very cautious green light

Why the millionaire tax would be beneficial

By Alex Solari, Staff Writer In Massachusetts, there is a flat income tax, but should millionaires be paying more of a percent on taxes than the average Massachusetts citizen? Lawmakers are attempting to include a proposal on the 2018 state ballot that would put a surtax on those making 1 million or more a year, where millionaires would be paying the standard 5.1 percent flat … Continue reading Why the millionaire tax would be beneficial