Netflix Cancelling Netflix Originals

A.J. Merch Staff Writer amerchant1@umassd.edu During the quarantine in 2020, many shows were released which helped to play a big part of our 2020. By making us laugh, cry, and keep some form of hope for us. With that being said, great shows were related around this time and ended with cliffhangers and huge fan following which many expected for a season 2. Like the … Continue reading Netflix Cancelling Netflix Originals

16 and Pregnant: Addressing or Glorifying Teen Pregnancy?

Samantha Travis Staff Writer stravis1@umassd.edu Some people may not be familiar with the MTV reality series, 16 and Pregnant. The show first premiered in 2009, when teen pregnancy rates in the US were at an all-time high. The show follows teen girls from all over the country, documenting their journeys as pregnant teenagers and the struggles they face, such as adult responsibilities at a young … Continue reading 16 and Pregnant: Addressing or Glorifying Teen Pregnancy?

One Year of COVID: Where Are We Now?

Samantha Travis Staff Writer  stravis1@umassd.edu Everyone knows what this past week has been for many of us. The anniversary of moments many of us would rather forget. I can still remember where I was a year ago at this time. It was March 13, 2020. My last day of in-person classes. It was my final semester at Bristol Community College, excited for my graduation ceremony … Continue reading One Year of COVID: Where Are We Now?

A Tale of Two Pandemics: Looking at Katherine Porters’ ‘Pale Horse, Pale Rider,’ During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Sam Travis  Staff Writer stravis1@umassd.edu When it comes to relating to any piece of literature, I never thought I would relate to one about the 1918 influenza pandemic. It always seemed so long ago to me, a tragic event of the past, something that could never happen in the 21st century. But yet here we are today. When I read Katherine Anne Porter’s novel “Pale … Continue reading A Tale of Two Pandemics: Looking at Katherine Porters’ ‘Pale Horse, Pale Rider,’ During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Video Games Have Become A Saving Grace

Izzy Rivera Staff Writer irivera1@umassd.edu To a certain extent, everyone can agree that video games have become the saving grace of 2020 and possibly 2021. Friends will hop on a Discord call and ask for the code to join a couple rounds of Among Us or join someone’s Minecraft server to blow up each other’s hard made houses. This phenomenon has of course existed before … Continue reading Video Games Have Become A Saving Grace

Finding the Spark: Movie Review of Disney Pixar’s “Soul”

Sam Travis  Staff Writer stravis1@umassd.edu Pixar movies have a great reputation of reaching people’s hearts. Their movies are made for children, yet also have humor adults can relate to, suddenly making movies people all ages can enjoy. So when they released their newest movie “Soul,” there was no doubt it was going to be the next big family movie. Soul is a touching and humorous … Continue reading Finding the Spark: Movie Review of Disney Pixar’s “Soul”

The Covid-19 pandemic and learning to make a “Damn fine cup of coffee”

Shannen Marie Hansen Staff Writer shansen4@umassd.edu Statics run our minds. Give me a good statistic and I’ll believe almost anything you say. Today, the weather is sunny with clear blue skies and a persistent spring breeze. Yesterday looked just like today. Blue skies stretched in all directions. Everywhere I went yesterday strangers reported that the weather forecasted a 100%chance of rain on Wednesday (it was … Continue reading The Covid-19 pandemic and learning to make a “Damn fine cup of coffee”

Kanopy: After Netflix gets Boring

By: A.J. MerchStaff Writeramerchant1@umassd.edu After months of putting it off, I finally looked at the Kanopy app which was an on-demand streaming video platform for public libraries and universities that offers films and documentaries. It was during my Spanish class when my professor had assigned a homework of watching a movie called Chico & Rita on the app. While doing so, I would fall in … Continue reading Kanopy: After Netflix gets Boring

Pokémon: The First Movie, Is Even Deeper than You Thought

J Engels Staff Writer jengels@umassd.edu (Warning: Spoilers ahead for Pokémon: The First Movie) When I was a kid, I was utterly enchanted by the stunning visual design of Pokémon: the First Movie. Even with  the sometimes clunky 90s effects, the artistry of the  film- its dreamy pastel color palettes, fantastical settings,  and the graphic, fluid motion of the animation- captured my imagination. And although the … Continue reading Pokémon: The First Movie, Is Even Deeper than You Thought