Personal Roots to the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

Staff Writer: Roxanne Hepburn Email: rhepburn@umassd.edu In the early morning hours of February 24th, 2022, Russian President Vladamir Putin launched an invasion masked as a special military operation on the nation of Ukraine. President Putin asserts that he seeks the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine rather than an occupation, but his actions do not support that claim. Instead, his efforts have sparked a reignition of … Continue reading Personal Roots to the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

Turning Red: A Powerful Film about What it Means to be Yourself

(Collider.com) 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 … Continue reading Turning Red: A Powerful Film about What it Means to be Yourself

Paralympic Games Ban Russia

(image taken from Rueters.com) By Staff Writer Shailyn Bacchiocchi sbacchiocchi@umassd.edu The Paralympic Winter Games announced March 3rd they would no longer be allowing athletes from Russia and Belarus to compete, reversing their decision made just the day before.  These bans come in the wake of the ever-worsening Russian invasion of Ukraine. The U.S. along with Europe has been implementing harsh economical sanctions against Russia, and … Continue reading Paralympic Games Ban Russia

A Letter to the Chancellor: Campus Response to Changes in the Mask Mandate Advisory

Staff Writer: Roxanne Hepburn Email: rhepburn@umassd.edu Dear Chancellor Mark A. Fuller, On February 18th, 2022, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth released a blast email on behalf of the Chancellor, titled “Mask Advisory Update,” which announced the sudden lift of the campus-wide mask mandate on February 28th, 2022. In response, I released a survey to UmassD students and faculty to understand the opinions of the campus … Continue reading A Letter to the Chancellor: Campus Response to Changes in the Mask Mandate Advisory

Cryptocurrency: Future or Failure

By Maya Arruda Email: marruda7@umassd.edu If you live in the U.S., you were asked when filing taxes this year if you bought or traded any Bitcoin. It may have been a bit of a surprising question. I was amazed that something that seemed to exist solely on the internet would actually gain the attention of the IRS. My older relatives, especially my grandparents, didn’t even … Continue reading Cryptocurrency: Future or Failure

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 … Continue reading Album Review: Love Sux

The Importance of Uncomfortable Art

By Staff Writer Busola Awobode bawobode@umassd.edu Last week the university participated in the Annual National African American Read-In (AARI). This event was sponsored on campus by the Fredrich Douglass Unity House (FDUH), the Leduc Center for Civic Engagement and Black History 4 Seasons. AARI centers around black literature and was created by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English to be … Continue reading The Importance of Uncomfortable Art

Long Live the Seals

By: Maya Arruda Email: marruda7@umassd.edu You ever get that feeling of frustration when you get stuck cleaning up someone else’s mess? I’m sure anyone who ever worked in a fast food joint or a service industry can relate.  Anyone in the environmental conservation field feels the same way, having to clean up the damage our ancestors did from overhunting, to pollution, to over-logging, to the … Continue reading Long Live the Seals

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 … Continue reading As Long as it Makes Money