Massachusetts Receives Opioid Crisis Settlement

Staff Writer: Maya Arruda Email: marruda7@umassd.edu  In July 2021, a massive settlement occurred between the state of Massachusetts and the major pharmaceutical companies responsible for producing and selling opioid-based pain relievers and contributing to the opioid epidemic. Nationwide, this settlement involved $26 billion dollars. The state of Massachusetts got $525 million for opioid rehab programs and, to put it bluntly, damage control.   Of this … Continue reading Massachusetts Receives Opioid Crisis Settlement

A Guide to the Massachusetts Voter Questions

Staff Writer: Kamryn Kobel Email: kkobel@umassd.edu Elections are on Tuesday, November 8th. You can find the nearest polling place by using this website. Here’s a comprehensive guide to the 2022 ballot questions for Massachusetts voters: Question One: Increased Taxation on Millionaires   This question proposes a new amendment to the state constitution that would place an additional 4% state income tax on taxable incomes over $1 … Continue reading A Guide to the Massachusetts Voter Questions

Rocky Horror Picture Show Opening Night – “Don’t Dream It, See It!”

Editor-in-Chief: Roxanne Hepburn Email: rhepburn@umassd.edu Thursday, October 27th was the opening night of 20 Cent Fiction’s 29th annual showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show, which went off without a hitch! If you, like me, have never seen a live showing of Rocky Horror, you’ll be in for a wild ride. All first-timers are labeled “virgins” at the door with a red lipstick V on either … Continue reading Rocky Horror Picture Show Opening Night – “Don’t Dream It, See It!”

The Spine-Chilling Case of the Watcher

Staff Writer: Kelsey Wink Email: kwink@umassd.edu A couple’s dream home turns into a total nightmare in Netflix’s The Watcher. The limited seven-episode series from creator Ryan Murphy is based on a true story that is almost too horrifying to believe. In the series, Dean and Nora Brannock (played by Bobby Cannavale and Naomi Watts), are a couple who exhaust their savings to purchase their dream … Continue reading The Spine-Chilling Case of the Watcher

The Clock Hasn’t Struck Midnights On Taylor Swift

Staff Writer: Kamryn Kobel Email: kkobel@umassd.edu At midnight on Friday, October 21st, Taylor Swift’s tenth studio album was released. Fans have been eagerly awaiting the album, which is titled Midnights. When Swift announced the album on August 29th, she described it as “the stories of 13 sleepless nights scattered throughout [her] life”.  The album’s announcement blindsided fans, as Swift is currently in the process of … Continue reading The Clock Hasn’t Struck Midnights On Taylor Swift

China Delays the Release of its Quarterly Gross Domestic Product Report

Staff Writer: Julian Cassady Email: jcassady@umassd.edu For the first time ever, China delayed the release of its quarterly gross domestic product report. Financial analysts and politicians are questioning if China is intentionally lying about its economic performance to maintain its image as a powerful nation. For decades China has surged in economic growth, consistently rivaling the U.S. economy. However, after the recent release of their … Continue reading China Delays the Release of its Quarterly Gross Domestic Product Report

We are Hiring for the Spring 2023 Semester!

Editor-in-Chief: Roxanne Hepburn Email: rhepburn@umassd.edu Calling all UMD students! The Torch is currently recruiting writers for the spring semester. We have a wide variety of volunteer and paid positions available. Volunteer writers can choose when and how often they write with minimal deadlines. You work at your own pace in a stress-free environment to build your writing skills. Volunteer writers are invited to start ASAP! … Continue reading We are Hiring for the Spring 2023 Semester!

UMassD Weekly Sports Wrap-Up 10/17-10/23

Volunteer Writer: Nick Stabila Email: nstabila@umassd.edu Football Saturday, October 22nd – The Corsairs continued their dominant form, this time with a 49-0 shutout win at Fitchburg State (1-7, 0-6 MASCAC). UMass Dartmouth’s offense accounted for 532 yards, with 170 passing yards and 362 rushing yards. Junior QB #6 Dante Aviles-Santos completed 7 passes for 140 yards. Sophomore QB #24 Matt Gacioch completed 3 passes for … Continue reading UMassD Weekly Sports Wrap-Up 10/17-10/23

UMassD Center for Women, Gender & Sexuality Hosts Consent Discussion

Volunteer Writer: Ella Foster Email: efoster3@umassd.edu On September 30th, the Umass Dartmouth Center for Women, Gender & Sexuality (CWGS) hosted Dr. Lori Bednarchik’s hour-long discussion of consent and awareness of sexual violence. Bednarchik specializes in relational/interpersonal communication with students and teaches young people specific skills to communicate consent. In her talk, Bednarchik said that “students think communicating consent is positive and beneficial, safe and useful … Continue reading UMassD Center for Women, Gender & Sexuality Hosts Consent Discussion

Banned Book Lending Library at UMASS Dartmouth – The Ongoing Fight Against Censorship

Staff Writer: Shailyn Bacchiocchi Email: sbacchiocchi@umassd.edu “What are they afraid of?”  According to a new study released by PEN America, books have been banned in 2,532 instances between July 2021 and June 2022, affecting 1,648 unique book titles. These instances are not random or sporadic but in fact the work of many organizations pushing to censor ideas, topics, and expressions they do not agree with.  Educators … Continue reading Banned Book Lending Library at UMASS Dartmouth – The Ongoing Fight Against Censorship