State known for racism bans anti-racist novel

By Alex Kerravala, Staff Writer As some of you may or may not have heard, the public school district in Biloxi, Mississippi recently banned To Kill a Mockingbird, which is Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel that confronts racism and prejudice. According to the school district’s Vice President Kenny Holloway this is because there is “[s]ome language in the book that makes people uncomfortable.” Now, … Continue reading State known for racism bans anti-racist novel

Library Starbucks vs. regular Starbucks: A “latte” different

By Jonathan Perreira, Staff Writer During the second semester of my first year, I found myself totally broke. Actually, I was less than broke. I had negative-four dollars in my checking account and nothing in my savings. That meant that I needed to find a job. I applied to the Starbucks inside Target with a recommendation from a friend who worked there. I quickly received … Continue reading Library Starbucks vs. regular Starbucks: A “latte” different

The time of year for fear

By Taylor Thielman, Contributing Writer The apple picking, pumpkin decorating, cider sipping and leaf crunching joys of fall are upon us, but this season is not just about light-hearted fun. Fall is also about the jumping out of your seat, hiding under the covers, and chills-down-your-spine scares that many horror attractions bring. Luckily, for New Englanders, there are plenty of locations for thrill-seekers to explore … Continue reading The time of year for fear

Club spotlight: Animation club

By Benjamin Solomon, Staff Writer The Torch interviewed the leadership of the Animation Club to figure out just what they are about. The organization’s president is Bryan Acosta, a sophomore animation major. Acosta described his goal for the club with an acronym: “F.L.A.G. – it stands for Fun, Learn, Animate, Grow. That’s what it’s all about for me. Also, it kind of goes with the … Continue reading Club spotlight: Animation club

Halloween fun at the Fall Family Festival

By Samantha Wahl, Contributing Writer The Fall Family Festival is always a good time. Apparently this year, the wasps got the memo. The unofficial UMass Dartmouth mascots were conspicuously present this year, to the point that as I walked around the festival with my notebook, one of the vendors joked that I must be there to “take care of the bees.” All the same, the … Continue reading Halloween fun at the Fall Family Festival

Hugh Hefner, civil rights icon?

By Seth Tamarkin, Contributing Writer On September 27, 2017, Hugh Hefner, the infamous founder of Playboy, died in the Playboy Mansion at 91 years old. Mere minutes after his death, an outpouring of articles on his legacy flooded social media and newspapers alike and, unsurprisingly, the reactions were divisive. Many criticized his publication as exploitative and sexist, yet other outlets went as far to label … Continue reading Hugh Hefner, civil rights icon?

Thirty-five years later, Blade Runner 2049 is more than worth the wait

By Brian Harris, Staff Writer A sequel to the cult-classic Blade Runner, Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 improves upon the original in just about every way. Crafting a sequel to one of the most revered and influential science fiction films in modern cinema seemed to me an impossible task when I first heard of 2049. The Ridley Scott-directed original has permeated much of the film … Continue reading Thirty-five years later, Blade Runner 2049 is more than worth the wait

Mary’s provides absolute burger variety

By Owen Lee, Staff Writer Burgers are the perfect food, because they’re so flexible. You have a classic burger which includes ground beef and two buns, and maybe some condiments, lettuce, tomatoes, et cetera. But that formula is easily modifiable. If you’re a vegetarian you can have a veggie patty instead of meat, if you want barbecue than you can use barbecue sauce instead of … Continue reading Mary’s provides absolute burger variety

Corsairs football falls just short in offensive shootout

By Zack Downing, Staff Writer The UMass Dartmouth football team visited Worcester State on Saturday coming off two very close losses, including a controversial finish last week against Bridgewater State, when the officials let a contentious amount of seconds off the clock to end the match. They let their presence be known by scoring first, eight minutes into the opening quarter. Running back Michael Slaughter … Continue reading Corsairs football falls just short in offensive shootout