African American Day Parade: A celebration of black excellence that deserves more recognition

By Seth Tamarkin, Contributing Writer On the third Sunday of September, for the past 49 years, Harlem, New York has transformed from a bustling neighborhood into the massive spectacle known as the African American Day Parade. Considered a National Parade, the gathering is referred to as the most renowned African American parade in the country and garners appearances from over 200 organizations in 12 states … Continue reading African American Day Parade: A celebration of black excellence that deserves more recognition

UMass Dartmouth holds summit for substance abuse help

By Zack Downing, Staff Writer On Thursday, September 28, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth will be hosting the “Regional Substance Abuse Disorders Summit for Young Adults: Health, Hope and Recovery”. It’s an all-day event that serves three purposes: to discourage students from getting into addictive and abusive habits, to instruct parents and adults how to help those who are struggling, and to directly help those … Continue reading UMass Dartmouth holds summit for substance abuse help

Hurricanes and climate change with Professor John Silva

By Benjamin Solomon, Staff Writer Are hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria a manifestation of climate change? Are there going to be more, stronger storms coming in the near future? How will this affect us? These are the questions we will be exploring with the help of Professor John Silva of the physics department, who currently teaches a class on weather. To begin, Professor Silva went … Continue reading Hurricanes and climate change with Professor John Silva

Is CVPA falling apart? A talk with students and administration

By Jonathan Perreira, Staff Writer On Monday, September 18, The Torch received some tips that suggested that UMass Dartmouth’s College of Visual and Performing Arts was essentially falling apart. Eager to expose what may be a giant story, The Torch began meeting with concerned students who believed their needs weren’t being met. So, what is going on in CVPA? A common complaint was directed towards … Continue reading Is CVPA falling apart? A talk with students and administration

Taking another bite out of the forbidden fruit

Dylan Botelho, Staff Writer It’s here, Apple’s newest update of the same old iPhone. Along with the iPhone 8, Apple has released a brand new state-of-the-art piece of technology…the iPhone X. Now before I say anything else, why are we just skipping the 9? Nobody appreciates the number 9 out in Silicon Valley. No Windows 9, no iPhone 9, it’s almost like 7 8 9 … Continue reading Taking another bite out of the forbidden fruit

Sean Spicer ruins a perfectly good awards show

By Owen Lee, Staff Writer Sean Spicer was an honored speaker at the Emmys, and that’s horrible. As somebody who’s been paying even moderate attention to political events for the past year, Sean Spicer’s appearance at the 69th annual Emmys was honestly legitimately disturbing for me. The former White House Press Secretary was known as one of the president’s uglier cabinet picks, who openly lied … Continue reading Sean Spicer ruins a perfectly good awards show

Climate change exposed

By Benjamin Solomon, Staff Writer This article does not represent my point of view and is meant to portray itself as absurd. Ask nearly any college student what they think of climate change and you’re likely to get a similar answer. Something along the lines of “it’s not good.” But ask the same students what climate change really is and you will get much more … Continue reading Climate change exposed

Hurricanes aren’t caused by global warming, they’re fueled by it

By Brian Harris, Staff Writer Facts are a dangerous thing.  People seem to care more about belief and opinion than fact in all facets of life, from personal to private.   But, in the case of climate change, it’s not a matter of belief or opinion, it’s more of a matter of life or death. Let’s slow down for a second. Over the span of … Continue reading Hurricanes aren’t caused by global warming, they’re fueled by it

They made another one? Sign me up!

By Sebastian Moronta, Staff Writer Nowadays, it seems like the box office is crowded each week with the latest of Hollywood’s attempts to make money off of movies that have already been made, or characters that the public already know. Sequels, reboots, and remakes are a growing trend, and recently studios are hurrying to establish what they see as the next cash cow: cinematic universes. … Continue reading They made another one? Sign me up!

Fundraising funds the future

By Michaella Lesieur, Staff Writer When thinking of fundraising, there is no one way it can be done. However, the support, dedication, and love is all the same. We are all passionate about something and using our abilities to give back to our community is crucial when looking in the eye of the future. One simple act of kindness can shed light onto anything that … Continue reading Fundraising funds the future