Arts & Entertainment

  • Paramore’s Unscalpable Concert Tickets
    Staff Writer: Rena Danho Email: rdanho@umassd.edu Music is something that people love. For some, it is vital to their everyday lives. But along with music comes concerts. Artists will drop a new album and then announce a tour to perform for their fans. However, when we see popular artists like Harry Styles, Metallica, and Luke Combs, we see prices at $300 being the cheapest and …
  • Will Hocus Pocus 2 Live Up to the Hype?
    Staff Writer: Kelsey Wink Email: kwink@umassd.edu Many a witch’s moon has passed since Hocus Pocus made its debut in 1993. The film became an instant Disney Halloween classic, thanks to the trio of frighteningly funny witches known as the Sanderson Sisters. After years of clamoring for a sequel, fans will finally have their wish granted when Hocus Pocus 2 releases on Disney+ on September 30, …
  • Zelenskyy: Servant of the People
    Staff Writer: Carolyn Doremus cdoremus@umassd.edu Since the February 24th Russian invasion of Ukraine, people living across the globe have become much more aware of the Russo-Ukrainian War, and if they weren’t knowledgeable about the history between the two countries already, have been provided with more information through the news coverage. One name in particular that of course has become more commonly seen across the world …
  • Guess Who’s Back
    Staff Writer: Maya Arruda Email: marruda7@umassdtorch EDP445 has made his return to social media, despite every single person including your deity of choice not wanting him there. He was more of a niche YouTuber who did a mix of sports coverage, namely the Philadelphia Eagle football team, and more general vlogs reminiscent of a train wreck. Those who only watch mainstream sports media would recognize …
  • Chicken Bites
  • If You Like Archie Comics, Then You Will Love This . . .
    Staff Writer: Roxanne Hepburn rhepburn@umassd.edu *This article is written as a parody for the Torchure. Archie Comics has been a beloved comic book series since its creation in 1941 and stands as the longest-running publication to come from M.L.J. Magazines, Inc. The series faced a relaunch in 2015, restarting at issue #1 with a new and improved look designed to draw in a new generation …
  • Turning Red: A Powerful Film about What it Means to be Yourself
    Staff Writer: Roxanne Hepburn Email: rhepburn@umassd.edu There has been a demand for diverse representation in media for as long as it has been in existence. And on March 11th, 2022, Disney Pixar released their latest film, “Turning Red,” both in theaters and on their streaming service Disney+ to supply that demand.  “Turning Red” takes place in 2002 and features a 13-year-old Chinese-Canadian girl named Mei …
  • Album Review: Love Sux
    (image: metacritic.com) By: J Engels email: jengels@umassd.edu Before I’d heard “Bite Me”- the lead single off of Love Sux– I’d brushed Avril Lavigne off as little more than a bonafide pop star, having heard only her radio hits. These newer songs introduced me to another side of Lavigne that I’d been a stranger to for far too long- the fiercely feminine punk princess who helped to define fashion …
  • Dino Bites
  • As Long as it Makes Money
    By Staff Writer Busola Awobode  bawobode@umass.edu  We seem to be in the era of biopics. From House of Gucci to Spencer and Pam and Tommy, there is a big push to watch real-life dramatics on the big screen. While these stories are exciting, it is easy to forget that the characters are not fictional, people lived through them, some of which are enthusiastic about these …
  • Freed Britney
    By: Maya Arruda. Email: marruda7@umassd.edu. Fans celebrate Britney’s freedom outside California courthouse Everyone familiar with the iconic pop star behind hits such as “Womanizer” and “Toxic” has reason to celebrate. As of November 12, 2021, Britney Spears has been freed, permanently, from her father’s conservatorship. This marks a resurgence of freedom for the pop star from her father’s control after 13 long years.  A conservatorship …
  • Squid Game: More than Just a TV Show
    By Maya Arruda.   Email: marruda7@umassd.edu Wherever you go, it’s nearly impossible to avoid running into someone who isn’t talking about this show. It’s so popular that merely days after the show was released, countless fan and meme accounts sprung up with posts that seem confusing to the outside eye at best and disturbing at worst. The name of the show sounds innocuous enough but …
  • Cancel Culture  Ft. Shane Dawson
    By Maya Arruda. Email: marruda7@umassd.edu Shane Dawson: a major YouTuber with over 20 million subscribers at his peak, minor filmmaker of such cinematic greats as the movie “Not Cool” that won audience vote in Starz’ show “The Chair,” and self-acclaimed empath. He was a YouTube staple with his popular true crime videos and his more recent forays into documentaries.  He is also well known for …
  • Dino Bites
  • Encanto: Box Office Flop, Disney+ Bop
    Staff Writer: Roxanne Hepburn Email: rhepburn@umassd.edu Fans of Walt Disney’s animated films have begged the corporation to diversify the characters and cultures depicted in their movies for over a decade. Disney has partially succeeded in meeting those demands with films such as Coco (2017) and Raya and the Last Dragon (2021); however, those attempts have been blown out of the park. In November of 2021, …
  • The Importance of Table-Top & Online Gaming: The Future Game State
    Staff Writer: Roxanne Hepburn Email: rhepburn@umassd.edu On Tuesday, November 9th, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth held a unique virtual event on zoom titled “Future Game State”: A Conversation About Massachusetts’ Game Economy and the Gametech Ecosystem. The lecture featured three local game economy experts: Krysten Callina, Ryan Canuel, and Alan Ritacco. Callina is the Founder of Mastermind Adventures LLC; she is a talent management agency …
  • Getting Nostalgic About Pokemon Diamond and Pearl
    Staff Writer: Roxanne Hepburn rhepburn@umassdtorch It’s Christmas morning of the year 2006 and you race to the tree. After hurriedly trying to gather your family for the last hour, it’s finally time to open gifts. Your eyes meet with the present immediately. It may be a small box, but it has got a big present inside. Your parents know exactly what’s in there too, so …
  • Black Women in Rock and The Rise of Willow
    Black Women in Rock and the Rise of Willow By Staff Writer Busola Awobode bawobode@umassd.edu  Country, Hip-hip, Jazz, Rock; Black people do it all. In fact, Black people originated these music genres. So why is it still shocking when we see a black person dominating these fields. When Lil Nas X released “Old Town Road” the air of disbelief that followed was palpable. People could …
  • The Rise of EDM in Mainstream Media
    Staff Writer: Roxanne Hepburn Email: rhepburn@umassd.edu EDM, or electronic dance music, is a genre that has mostly sat on the sidelines of popular culture. However, has social media changed that? As new social media and gaming platforms take over the lives of millions of people, music trends are evolving to fit their new needs.  EDM is an ever-expanding field of music with countless subgenres to …
  • The Reboot Phenomena
    By Busola Awobode Email: bawobode@umassd.edu Recently, the gender flip version of the 1999 classic She’s All That was released to Netflix. In a short-lived debut, He’s All That starring Tiktok’s Addison Rae and Cobra Kai’s Tanner Buchanan is one in a mass of reimagined classics that have recently graced our screens. The new movie which unsurprisingly is full of painfully obvious production mistakes, underwhelming acting, …
  • Drawing the Lime
  • Life is Strange shows it’s “True Colors” with Reveal of Trailer for New Game
    J Engels Staff Writer jengels@umassd.edu (warning: mild spoilers ahead for the first 3 Life is Strange games) Featuring the return of elements I’ve so fondly come to associate with the Life is Strange franchise- moody indie music, picturesque small town scenery, and (best of all) queer teen melodrama- the trailer for the series’ next installment invites me, like an old friend, back into one of …
  • Cozy Grove is A New Version of Animal Crossing: New Horizon?
    Izzy Rivera Staff Writer irivera1@umassd.edu Over a year ago the infamous Animal Crossing: New Horizons came out and was plenty of people’s coping strategy for the new quarantine rules set upon us. From the moment it came out people would post their codes for others to visit their islands and trade furniture items, becoming such an infamous game for gamers and non gamers alike. Since then the …
  • Finding the Music: Book Review of Jackie Kay’s “Trumpet” (1998)
    Samantha Travis  Staff Writer stravis1@umassd.edu Jackie Kay’s “Trumpet.” A novel diving into themes of gender identity, during a time when issues like this were never discussed or even considered to exist. Yet, they still did, and Kay discusses all of it. Inspired by the life of transgendered jazz musician, Billy Tipton, “Trumpet” follows the life of black Scottish jazz musician, Joss Moody, who lives his …
  • SHINE ON, YOU LOVELY DIAMOND : Discussing LDR’s Lead Single Let Me Love You Like A Woman
    Shannen Marie Hansen Staff Writer shansen4@umassd.edu Desperation, is at times, an element that draws our hearts like a magnet to the source. It tends to reach into a place where sleeping strengths lie and, like the lioness, or maybe Iggy Pop circa 1990, a hyper-bold energy surges from us and we are ready to experience the range of emotions the wiser of us would block …
  • Twenty Twenty-What
  • Why are we attracted to the colors we like?
    Izzy Rivera Staff Writer irivera1@umassd.edu We all know one of the classical questions someone asks when getting to know others is “What is your favorite color?”. Some, not all, take deeper interest in the answer to this question, as it shows insight into the other person’s likes and thought processes. For example, stereotypically pink is described to be a feminine color and people make assumptions …
  • Lil Nas X Causing Headlines With Montero
    Izzy Rivera Staff Writer irivera1@umassd.edu Lil Nas X has released a music video for his song “Montero (Call me by your Name) on March 26th, 2021 and it has caused all different types of headlines. The music video shows him in different historical, religious, and mythological settings with his own provocative twist, and reviews go from praise to slander. Lil Nas represents as a gay …
  • First Listen to Lana Del Rey’s, Chemtrails Over the Country Club
    Shannen Marie Hansen Staff Writer shansen4@umassd.edu I will be writing about Lana Del Rey’s album for the next couple of weeks. Because it deserves the attention, as it will have so much of mine.I want to start in the middle. Just before the middle. Wild at Heart. I get the chills at the opening bars of the guitar. I start to hear things I recognize beyond …
  • Croc Talk
  • The Dove and the Axe (The Torchure)
    Izzy Rivera Staff Writer irivera1@umassd.edu Dove was sick and tired of sitting on her perch in Bianca’s shower, getting used every day without any ounce of love or affection being given in return. She was dented on one side of her bar, being dropped right on top of the drain, and she was appalled by the state she was in. She yearned to escape, be …
  • Oh, Hello.
  • Warframe Game Review
    Izzy Rivera Staff Writer irivera1@umassd.edu Warframe is a free-to-play action role-playing multiplayer online video game that was developed and published by Digital Extremes. It is available on almost any gaming console you can think of including PC, however Xbox One players cannot play with PC players, it is not yet cross platform in that aspect. There is a single player and multiplayer mode, letting players choose …
  • Disney’s Latest Movie is A Dragon Designer’s Nightmare
    J Engels Staff Writer jengels@umassd.edu A roaring success with critics, Raya and the Last Dragon looks promising overall. Positive critical reception, however, does not excuse the fact that Disney, ever greedy corporation that they are, is getting away with charging subscribers of their streaming an additional  just to watch it. Even if it did- even if I, personally, wasn’t morally against supporting this latest of …
  • Pray for the Wicked Album Review
    Izzy Rivera Staff Writer irivera1@umassd.edu Pray for the Wicked is the sixth studio album released by the American pop rock group Panic! at the Disco and has left an impression on listeners. The album was released on June 22nd, 2018 on Fueled by Ramen and quickly gained traction on social media. The lead singer of the group Brendon Urie has had many highs and lows, which …
  • Goose on the Loose
  • Movie Review: Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
    A.J. Merch Staff Writer amerchant1@umassd.edu The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was a movie that I always knew I wanted to watch but never got around to. I had seen posters for it a lot when I was growing up and had a huge infatuation for what it could solely be about. But at the time I never did because of the rating and I …
  • 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 …
  • 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 …
  • 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 …
  • 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 …
  • 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 …
  • Disturbing the Fleece
  • Race Against Time: Movie Review of “Greenland.”
    Samantha Travis  Staff Writer stravis1@umassd.edu Calling all sci-fi, action junkies. Or anyone staying in on a Friday night looking for a movie that will keep you wondering from the beginning to the end. Ric Roman Waugh’s “Greenland” (2020) is a jarring, nail-biting movie about survival, global disasters, and humanity during desperate times. It may, ironically, not sound too unfamiliar, considering the year that all of …
  • “Amorphous” Album review
    J Engels Staff Writer jengels@umassd.edu Icon for Hire’s new album opens with lead singer Ariel Bloomer  scream-singing that she isn’t “Brittle.” This rejection of fragility, accompanied by a dynamic electronic beat, is our introduction to Bloomer’s persona of an unbreakable rockstar- a  persona that,  within that same opening song, seems to come undone. Soon after the emotionally forceful chorus of “Brittle”, the music slows down …
  • Amy Sherald Changed The Art World for Black Women
    Izzy Rivera irivera1@umassd.edu Staff Writer To celebrate Black History Month I wanted to focus on a female Black artist who changed the painting world as we know it. Amy Sherald is an American painter who specializes in focusing on the injustice present in Black culture, creating portraits with grey scale skin tones. She is currently 47 years old and she’s from Columbus, GA but currently …
  • Black Directors and Cinema
    A.J. Merch Staff Writer amerchant1@umassd.edu Throughout the years of 2017 to 2019 my love for film would forever be changed. In 2017, Jordan Peele would come onto the scene with the critically acclaimed movie gaining more and more attention. Leading Peele to become the first black man to ever win an Oscar for best original screenplay. The movie Get Out would end up bringing into frame a …
  • Lupin Review
    By: A.J. Merch Staff Writer amerchant1@umassd.edu Lupin was a surprisingly interesting Netflix original for me, before the show had been released there was a sort of controversy around the show based on the name. Many people thought the show was based on the anime classic of the same name, and they had changed the main character to Black man. But as things progressed those who …
  • Tenet: The Man on a mission
    A.J. Merch Staff Writer amerchant1@umassd.edu As the number of cinemas slowly open up, during this seemingly never ending pandemic. Christopher Nolan comes right behind it, to save film industry with his ground breaking blockbuster Tenet. Tenet follows the Protagonist played by John David Washington, a secret agent who travels on a epic time bending mission to prevent the beginning of World War III. With this …
  • Alex & The People – Boys Will Be Boys
    By A&E Editor Sawyer Pollitt Discovering new music is one of the few joys that can be found in the COVID-19 hellscape we are all collectively experiencing. Fortunately for me, new music often appears in my inbox! And thanks to Boston based indie rock band “Alex & The People”, not only did new music show up, but good music did as well. “Alex & The …
  • Modern perspectives on an ancient land: CVPA unveils Contemporary Iranian Art & The Historical Imagination
    By SAWYER POLLITT A&E Section Editor spollitt@umassd.edu Photo Credit: Pamela Karimi, Michael Kilbride, Gabriella Barthe “I’ve reached the end of this great history and all the land will fill with talk of me. I shall not die, these seeds I’ve sown will save my name and reputation from the grave.” – Abul-Qâsem Ferdowsi Tusi, 940-1020 C.E. This line ends the Shahnameh, the Persian Book of Kings, an epic poem …
  • UNLOCKED sounds like a mistake in the best possible way 
    by BRIAN GARRARD   Contributing Writer  bgarrard@umassd.edu  Photo Credit: Dazed    Denzel Curry is the last great bastion of Miami’s SoundCloud rap scene, and on UNLOCKED, he continues to demonstrate why. Following two critically acclaimed albums, 2018’s TA13OO and 2019’s ZUU, Curry is once again showing his ability to hit hard, blend into any sound he applies himself to, and still maintain his unique voice in hip hop today.   …
  • A New Kind of Girl Gang in DC’s BIRDS OF PREY 
    By BROOKE AUBIN  Staff Writer  baubin1@umassd.edu  Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures    When the DC Extended Universe released Suicide Squad in 2016, audiences were pumped to see a comic book movie about the bad guys. With the market saturated with the likes of Marvel’s Avengers and DC’s beloved heroes Batman and Superman, Suicide Squad offered a refreshing change. Sadly, however, the movie was panned by critics and audiences alike.  On …
  • Wins, Losses, and History Made at the 2020 Oscars 
    By BROOKE AUBIN  Staff Writer    Photo Credit: Variety     As the stars flooded the Dolby Theater on the eve of the 2020 Oscars ceremony, the rain flooded the famous red carpet, starting the evening off with a mad scramble to protect the celebrities’ expensive outfits. As a Los Angeles Times reporter put it, you could hear the “squish-squish of shoes” as people walked by. But, …
  • EXCAVATION: Layers of Meaning
    By AIDAN GODDU  Contributing Writer  Photo: New Bedford Art Museum / Artworks!    On Thursday, February 13th, the New Bedford Art Museum Hosted one of its monthly AHA Nights.  AHA nights are free for the public to enjoy, and is one of free avenues for the new people to enjoy and experience the art on display at the New Bedford Art Museum / Artworks!.   There were multiple shows on exhibit on …
  • UMass Dartmouth’s Folk Heroes
    By SAWYER POLLITT  A&E Section Editor     Photo Credit: Zack Wedge  Cowboy boots and an Appalachian twang are an unusual sight here in New England. However, going against the grain of Southern Massachusetts is Jake Hunsinger and the Rock Bottom Band, and this past Saturday at the News Café in Pawtucket, RI, the yeehaw vibes were strong.  Beginning only with vocalist and guitarist Jake Hunsinger (English/History, 2020), the …
  • “Bite your own Teeth” Poppy destroys in Boston
    By A&E Editor Sawyer Pollitt “And opening tonight: Charlie Parker!” said two young men standing in the February cold on one Tuesday night. They were college-aged, dressed like they took Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop” as gospel, and they were the exact kind of people who would wait outside to see internet sensation turned metal musician, Poppy.   The ragtag line of concert-goers who stretched down the sidewalk and …
  • Sustainable Movie Series presents the Bee Movie
    By Contributing Writer Caroline Quirk Yes, you heard right, the Sustainable Movie Series presents The Bee Movie on Wednesday, February 19 at 6pm in library room 207.   The family favorite, meme making, movie, starring Jerry Seinfeld as a talking bee, certainly will not disappoint. If you want a good laugh or a fun break from your long day of homework, come join in the fun.  …
  • Viva la Vulva vivifies reproductive health
    By Staff Writer Kira Bruce Last Thursday night at the University Club, the Center of Women, Gender, and Sexuality held ‘Viva La Vulva’ – a paint night to celebrate the diversity of the vulva. The Torch attended this event to learn, and also to paint! Andria DePillow lead the painting demonstration and Juli Parker provided information about vulva health. DePillow, a former student of UMass …
  • Rick and Morty season 4: Not the worst 
    By Opinion & Editorial Editor James Mellen This is my Rick and Morty Season 4 premiere review. This episode was titled “Edge of ToMorty: (it’s like tomorrow if tomorrow was Morty) Rick Die Repeat”.        The episode revolves around Rick and Morty going to a foreign planet in an attempt to farm death crystals. Death crystals, for those unaware, are rocks that allow Morty to …
  • TCo’s Pride and Prejudice brings new life to play 
    By Contributing writer Abigail Field  The UMass Dartmouth theater company, TCo, put on another showstopper over the past weekend in the form of Pride and Prejudice. The show, this time set in the 1920s, surprised the audience with its humor and wit, and, in many cases, had people laughing hysterically, which is not something often associated with Jane Austen pieces. This was due to both …
  • Podcast review: Crime Junkies 
    By Staff Writer Kira Bruce  Allow me to start this off by clarifying that I am not a murderer. I have never murdered anyone and I would not like to. However, I have always had an interest in reading and watching documentaries about notorious serial killers and cold cases.    When classmate Lauren Talbot (Political Science/Sustainability, 2022) suggested the Crime Junkies: true crime podcast to me …
  • Not all that glitters is Goldblum: The Woody Allen controversy 
    By Staff Writer Eric Sousa Jeff Goldblum, 50% America’s heartthrob and 50% crazy uncle, has been quoted recently as feeling comfortable working with controversy-covered director, Woody Allen. This has been in response to a resurgence of accusations made against Allen by his stepdaughter, Dylan Farrow.   This comes as a surprise to most fans, as Jeff Goldblum seemed infallible to them.  Known for his eccentric characteristics …
  • The creation of “Entropy” from our own CVPA Professor Latt Savage 
    By Staff Writer Eric Sousa The New Bedford Art Musuem / Artworks! (NBAM) is currently adorned with a memorable piece from UMass Dartmouth professor and artist Stacy Latt Savage. Known as “Entropy”, the piece is unique in its origin and process. Created on-site, it will continue to grow and adjust and change throughout the months. To learn more about the piece, the Torch sat down …
  • Camp Flog Gnaw’s Frank disrespect of Drake 
    By Assistant Lead Designer Jordan Vongsithi  Camp Flog Gnaw Festival. Originally called the Odd Future/OFWGKTA Carnival, it is one of the biggest music festivals/carnivals year-round (yes, it is also a legitimate carnival). The hip-hop and alternative-heavy event frequently features high-profile performers and artists as part of their lineup.   One of the consistent performers of the event is Tyler, the Creator, which makes sense, since he …
  • UMass ceramics seen by thousands at Jingdezhen Autumn Festival 
    By Staff Writer Eric Sousa  In the second week of October, students at UMass Dartmouth were provided an incredible opportunity to travel to Jingdezhen in China for a special festival. The Autumn Festival is a renowned ceramics festival where artists travel from all over the world to display their work and appreciate the craftsmanship of others. Two students accompanied ceramics professor Jim Lawton this year …
  • 13th Annual Broadway Revue delivers once again 
    By Contributing Writer Abigail Field  The UMass Dartmouth Theatre Company, TCo. (which stands for Theatre Company, if inquiring minds want to know), hosted its annual Broadway Revue last week. For those who do not know, and indeed, this humble writer was one of the naïve, a Broadway Revue is where actors and actresses perform their own renditions of Broadway songs. I would like to offer, …
  • UMass Dartmouth Smash Club solidifies itself as one of the best in the region 
    By Arts & Entertainment Sawyer Pollitt  On October 27, the UMass Dartmouth Super Smash Bros. Club was a competitor in the Collegiate Star League (CSL). This intercollegiate league is open to all colleges in North America. After competing against 32 teams of five players, UMass Dartmouth’s Smash Club was able to secure a 2nd place ranking, cementing their place as one of the best teams …
  • Jeff Goldblum shouldn’t be telling you this, but he’s a Jazz artist 
    By Assistant Lead Designer Jordan Vongsithi Jeff Goldblum is widely known as an actor in films such as Jurassic Park and Independence Day. He is also widely known for being the fashion inspiration for every art student’s wardrobe with his high-level self-expressive outfits via his Instagram. But Jeff is so much more than that. In fact, as of late, he’s been honing his craft as …
  • Award-Winning Musicians Perform at UMass Dartmouth
    By Contributing Writer Nicole O’Connell  In the early afternoon of Thursday, November 7, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth hosted a concert showcasing the musical talents of performers Eunghee Cho and Jayoung Kim. The concert was sponsored by the Music Department on campus as part of the department’s Afternoon Concert Series.   The Afternoon Concert Series, “presents highly skilled musicians, who are energetic and passionate about sharing …
  • Let’s do the Time Warp again! Rocky Horror takes the stage for the 26th year! 
    By Contributing Writer Abigail Field  Halloween 2019 kicked off the 26th annual Rocky Horror Picture Show. A wonderful show which consists of actors expertly miming the scenes of the iconic movie while it plays on a screen in the background, it captivated the audience with its humor and interactivity throughout.   The beginning of the show, hosted by Director Sawyer Pollitt (History and Religious Studies, 2020), …
  • Kiwanuka brings ‘70s nostalgia
    By Arts & Entertainment Editor Sawyer Pollitt A&E Section Editor  Michael Kiwanuka, British born singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist recently released his third full-length studio album, the self-titled Kiwanuka. For someone unfamiliar with his work, Kiwanuka plays like a retro throwback that wouldn’t seem out of place in a ‘70s period Netflix original.   Kiwanuka, who has been described as an indie-folk musician, has been a known …
  • Fortnite’s black hole
    By Arts & Entertainment Editor Sawyer Pollitt  This past October, the popular battle royal video game, Fortnite went offline beginning on Sunday October 13th and continuing for several days. This temporary absence of Fortnite caused pre-teens, videogame journalists, and anyone else who cared to go into a collective panic during their wait for the game to return.   During the downtime, players were met with a …
  • Counting down the minutes until Countdown was over
     By Editor-in-Chief Gabriella Barthe   Walking into the theatre I had almost no expectations for Countdown. All I knew was that is was going to be about an app that tells people when they would die – interesting premise for a horror movie right? Unsurprisingly – its not original.   In the last decade multiple productions have been made with that very premise. Most notable has …
  • Zombieland 2: Double Tap review
    By Staff Writer Kira Bruce  America has a fascination with zombie movies, it seems like every year there’s a new film coming out that plays to the same zombie tropes. Zombieland 2: Double Tap came out this past week and brought  many audience members back to theaters for more of the late 2000’s fun that they got from the original film.  Zombieland was one of …
  • Outer Worlds: The spiritual successor to classic Fallout games 
    By Staff Writer Eric Sousa  The Outer Worlds, a game released on October 25th, is a first-person RPG set in a multi-planetary universe. It has some of the best story-telling I’ve ever experienced. It has a diversity of weapons, playthroughs, and characters. This means that no playthrough will ever be a repeat. It has a plethora of good qualities, but it has my most important …
  • New artist in residence hopes for interdisciplinary projects 
    By Contributing Writer Nicole O’Connell This article has been edited for clarity. 11.13.19 The Artist-in-Residence position is open to all, it just so happens that multiple individuals from Portland State have taken on the position. The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has a new Artist in Residence. Xi Jie Ng, who goes by Salty, arrived on campus in mid-October. Originally from Singapore, Salty moved to Oregon …
  • Boom, Tetris for Joseph! Classic Tetris World Championship crowns new king 
    By Contributing Writer Michael J. Kilbride III Autumn, a beautiful time of year. Sit back, sip some tea, watch the leaves change, and tune into the Classic Tetris World Championship! It is here, in Portland Orgon, where the annual wave of nostalgia has been reaching the hearts of adults and children alike since 2010. All around the world, viewers and enthusiasts of the original 1984 …
  • Spicy lime you so fine, you so fine you blow my mind 
    By Staff Writer Eric Sousa  First impressions are important, and this is especially true of restaurants. It’s like a first date; there has to be a strong opener, but not TOO strong. There has to be conversation, but not TOO much conversation. There has to be crab Rangoon, and there’s no such thing as too much crab Rangoon. Spicy Lime, located in New Bedford, is …
  • Sturgill Simpson’s Sound & Fury: It’s really loud 
    By Contributing Writer Jacob Hunsinger Nobody can tell Sturgill Simpson what to do. We ought to know that by know. The wildly ambitious singer-songwriter and Kentucky native has been breaking convention and musical tradition since his sophomore record Metamodern Sounds in Country Music where he explored traditional country writing akin to Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings(whom Simpson’s voice is often compared to) through a bent …
  • A taste of Pakistan at UMass Dartmouth  
    By Contributing Writer Abigail Field On Saturday, October 20th, the Pakistani Student Association hosted its second annual Mehndi Night in the Woodland Commons, and it was a night all who were in attendance are sure to remember. Upon entering the building, guests were met with the smell of delicious food that they would later be able to partake in, as well as beautiful Pakistani decorations …
  • Portuguese comfort food at Churrascaria Novo Mundo  
    By Staff Writer Kira Bruce  Opened in 1993 this family-owned Portuguese barbeque spot in New Bedford has many adoring customers. Churrascaria is roughly translated to the Portuguese word, churrasco which is like barbeque, but it’s very different from what North Americans think of the same dish.   Churrasco is the style the meat is cooked in. This usually involves a flame grill and is often cooked …
  • American fans or Chinese communist support, what matters to American companies? 
    By Contributing Writer Nicole O’Connell   The American video game company Activision Blizzard, responsible for popular titles including World of Warcraft, Call of Duty, and Overwatch, is making decisions that are disturbing the morals of its fan base.  Earlier this month, Blizzard took action against Hong Kong resident and professional Hearthstone player Ng Wai Chung because of the pro-Hong Kong statements the player made during a …
  • Cultures collide on Kandiafa’s Mali Country 
    By Arts & Entertainment Editor Sawyer Pollitt When one thinks of virtuoso musicians one most likely thinks of places like France, Germany, China, or America. It is unlikely that one would look to Mali, a landlocked West African country that for all intents and purposes shouldn’t be on the musical map. Kandiafa’s Mali Country changes this with a project that is as uniquely African as …
  • The Joker gives message of the dangers of media while inciting warnings of incel violence
    By Editor-In-Chief Gabriella Barthe  With reports of the Joker movie being a possible source for incel violence in the weeks leading up to its release, movie goers have been conflicted about seeing the film.   Fears of a repeat of the September 20, 2012 theatre mass shooting at a screening of “The Dark Knight” in Aurora, Colorado, has fueled many of these responses.   In response to …
  • For feather or worse, Untitled Goose Game is a hit 
    By Staff Writer Eric Sousa   After playing Untitled Goose Game for an hour, I realized a few things. One, I’ve spent the last hour pretending to be the fowlest goose this world has ever seen. An hour I could’ve spent studying, an hour I’ll never get back. Two, I’m going to waste even more precious time playing this game.  It’s hard to explain this …
  • Fairhaven Festival shares story of Manjiro
    By Contributing writer Nicole O’Connell On Saturday October 5th, the 17th Manjiro Festival was held in nearby Fairhaven. The Manjiro Festival celebrates the ties between the United States and Japan, centering on a friendship that began over 175 years ago between a Japanese boy named Manjiro and an American whaling captain named William Whitfield.   Manjiro was only 14 years old in 1841 when his fishing …
  • Tensions of a language and identity 
    By Contributing Writer Nicole O’Connell  On Tuesday, October 8, Márcia Rego presented Portuguese Disturbed: The Contested Sovereignty of the Cape Verdean Language. The students, professors, and other UMass Dartmouth community members crowded into a LARTS conference room to hear Rego speak.  Rego, a cultural anthropologist professor at Duke University, was born in this region of New England, but moved to Brazil when she was young. …
  • The Fall of Hobo Johnson: The Rise of Hobo Johnson 
    By Assistant Lead Designer Jordan Vongsithi When you hear the name Frank Lopes Jr., you’re likely not going to bat an eye. However, if you heard the name Hobo Johnson, there is a good chance you would recognize that name. If not, then this is the perfect article for you. Many people likely first discovered Hobo Johnson with his viral hit “Peach Scone,” the music …
  • Dear Harbor Radio Project 
    By Arts & Entertainment Editor Sawyer Pollitt & Staff Writer Maddie Kenn The desire to have one’s thoughts and opinions heard by the public is a distinctly human feeling. Dear Harbor Radio, “a nomadic bike-powered love letter writing and recording studio”, can offer anyone with the creativity and the ambition the chance to make their voice heard around the world. This artistic work is making …
  • Italian Studies screens dread-filled House with the Laughing Windows 
    By Contributing Writer Jake Hunsinger There’s something deeply uncomfortable about The House with the Laughing Windows. Scenes overstay their welcome, with long gaps of silence between dialogue and action that forces viewers to live in the unsettling backdrop of an Italian village. The world feels empty and desolate and the atmosphere emits an anxious humidity that makes you feel trapped. That was Italian film-maker Pupi …
  • 8th Annual Drag Show returns to UMass  
    By Contributing Writer Abigail Sampson On Thursday, October 3rd, the 8th Annual Halloween Drag Show was hosted in part by SAIL, the Center for Women, Gender, and Sexuality, and GenderPunks. The event took place in the UMass Dartmouth Main Auditorium with local headliner Complete Destruction, a returning alumni and past member of 20 Cent Fiction Production Company as master of ceremonies. The Merriam-Webster definition of …
  • New posters bring a sense of self to Campus Center 
    By Contributing Writer Abigail Field  Students entering the Campus Center at the beginning of this semester were likely surprised, and hopefully delighted, to be met with large canvas photographs depicting student life, campus activities, and the recent ground-breaking of the new dorms. “I tried to think about ‘What will really visually impact people to make this feel like home?’” said Vice Chancellor Shannon Finning. “One …
  • Oral History: hearing the stories that haven’t been told 
    By Contributing Writer Max Dean White History is the study of the past events. We study history to understand the causes and effects of situations that have already happened in the hopes that we learn from them by repeating the good decisions and preventing mistakes from reoccurring. When we study history, we assess the decisions made by those who played a significant role in their …
  • Voices of women through the centuries 
    By Staff Writer Meg Sullivan Kristen Murdaugh, a vocal pedagogue and performer of opera, oratorio, and art song, and her piano accompanist, Miles Fellenberg, starred in the afternoon concert series Thursday, the 26th. Murdaugh showcased Voices of Women Through the Centuries, singing operatic tunes from female composers and opera singers going all the way from 1098 to present. She is a beautiful opera singer that …
  • Film D’orrore !
    By Contributing Writer Nicole O’Connell The Italian Film Series prepares to entertain audiences for another semester, and this time, the theme is horror!  If that theme sounds eerily familiar to you, it is because this is not the first time the film series has decided to scare its audiences.  “We actually had a horror theme in the spring semester of 2018,” says Rose Facchini, professor …
  • InsideOut explores femininity and gender politics at star store 
    By Staff Writer Kira Bruce  This past week the Torch met with Viera Levitt, the schools Gallery Director. She is a very busy woman as she curates the galleries for both CVPA and the star store in New Bedford.   When the Torch sat down with Levitt she was at the star store setting up for a very cool exhibition that opened Sep 20, this is …
  • Blink and you’ll miss this album
    By Staff Writer Eric Sousa After listening to Blink 182’s new album, Nine, I can assure the listener of three things. One, Travis Barker is still going bananas on the drums. Two, it’ll definitely remind you of old school Blink 182. Three, try as it might, this LP does not quite hit that nail on the head.  Several of the songs on Nine, such as …
  • The truth about the Area 51 Alien Raid 
    By Staff Writer Maddie Kenn  A majority of citizens had suspicion that Area 51, a secret Air Force base located in Southern Nevada, was in contact with extraterrestrial entities. These suspicions led to a festival on this past Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 2019 in the towns of Rachel and Hiko, Nevada.   The event originated from a Facebook user by the name of Matt Roberts, …
  • Upcoming Theatre at UMass Dartmouth
    By Contributing Writer Nicole O’Connell As UMass Dartmouth begins another semester, it also begins another season of theatre. Both the UMass Dartmouth Theatre Company and 20 Cent Fiction Production Company are preparing to bring some excitement to campus in their upcoming seasons. The UMass Dartmouth Theatre Company’s 12th Annual Broadway will be held in early November. Kenzi Farland, UMass Dartmouth Theater Company’s secretary and Reilly …