Campus Life & Events

UMass D Unveils New Project To Provide Free Menstrual Products

Arts & Entertainment Editor: Kamryn Kobel Email: kkobel@umassd.edu On Wednesday, February 1st, UMass Dartmouth unveiled the first free menstrual product dispenser on campus. The Center for Women, Gender, & Sexuality (CWGS) partnered with the Student Government Association (SGA) to bring this project, called the Menstrual Access Pilot Program, to fruition.  The project was led by Juli Parker, the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of CWGS, and student Zoi Burns,… Continue reading UMass D Unveils New Project To Provide Free Menstrual Products

UmassD Basketball Coach Brian Baptiste Achieves 700th Win

(Image Courtesy of UMass Dartmouth) Sports Editor: Shailyn Bacchiocchi Email: sbacchiocchi@umassd.edu For Brian Baptiste, 700 wins mean more than just on-the-court victories. UMass Dartmouth men’s basketball team’s win over Castleton University on January 14th brought forth a huge milestone for head coach Brian Baptiste, as it secured his 700th career victory.  He is now the only active NCAA Division III basketball coach to reach that number. Baptiste saw his first win… Continue reading UmassD Basketball Coach Brian Baptiste Achieves 700th Win

Feminista Jones Speaks at UMass Dartmouth’s 21st Annual Martin Luther King Breakfast

(Image via cbc.ca) Arts & Entertainment Editor: Kamryn Kobel Email: kkobel@umassd.edu This year marked UMass Dartmouth’s 21st annual celebration and remembrance of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  The event was hosted over Zoom by UMass Dartmouth’s Chief Diversity Officer, David Gomes, and the President of the Student Government Association, Efe Oboh-Idahosa. UMass D’s Chancellor, Dr. Fuller, also joined the event.  The event featured two musical performances: a performance of… Continue reading Feminista Jones Speaks at UMass Dartmouth’s 21st Annual Martin Luther King Breakfast

UMass Dartmouth’s Next Top Biology Professor

Staff Writer: Maya Arruda Email: marruda7@umassd.edu In this cutthroat industry, only the most skilled and knowledgeable will survive and thrive. Not just anyone can make it. Though many have tried to reach scholarly greatness, not many have achieved the hallowed rank of Doctor and gained the legal right to put Ph.D. after their name.  Even fewer still choose life in academia, the delicate balance between enriching young minds and professional… Continue reading UMass Dartmouth’s Next Top Biology Professor

It’s Time to Destress

(Image via bannerhealth.com) Volunteer Writer: Brett Talbot Email: btalbot@umassd.edu When I was stuck at home and constantly fighting the Wi-Fi during two whole semesters of remote learning, it made sense to feel a bit stressed out. But even after my classes transitioned back into a face-to-face setting, the stress didn’t magically go away. Whether it stems from personal matters, feeling overloaded with work, or even when things don’t go according… Continue reading It’s Time to Destress

UMass Dartmouth’s Fantastic Football Season Comes to an End at Ithaca

(Image via @umassdathletics / Instagram) Volunteer Writer: Nick Stabila Email: nstabila@umassd.edu Saturday, November 19th  After winning the MASCAC title for the first time ever, UMass Dartmouth went to Ithaca for the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Ithaca College showed why they were Liberty League champions and undefeated at 10-0, as they went on to defeat the Corsairs 63-20. Ithaca was led by senior QB #15 Max Perry, who threw… Continue reading UMass Dartmouth’s Fantastic Football Season Comes to an End at Ithaca

UMassD Students Concerned about Safety after 3 Students Shot with Pellet/BB Gun on Ring Road

(Image via http://www.heraldnews.com) Sports Editor: Shailyn Bacchiocchi Email: sbacchiocchi@umassd.edu On the morning of November 17th, 2022, students and faculty received two emails regarding incidents that happened on University property over the previous two days. One was a breaking and entering in Spruce Hall, where eight people entered the building with masks/and or hoodies and stole thousands of dollars of property from a student’s room. The other was three people shot… Continue reading UMassD Students Concerned about Safety after 3 Students Shot with Pellet/BB Gun on Ring Road

Breaking and Entering Incident Causes Student Safety Concern at UMassD

(Image via Dimella Shaffer) Sports Editor: Shailyn Bacchiocchi Email: sbacchiocchi@umassd.edu On the morning of November 17, 2022, students and faculty received two emails regarding incidents that happened on University property over the previous two days. One was a breaking and entering in Spruce Hall, where eight people entered the building with masks/and or hoodies and stole thousands of dollars of property from a student’s room. The other was three people… Continue reading Breaking and Entering Incident Causes Student Safety Concern at UMassD

UMassD Football Captures First MASCAC Championship in Blowout Victory

(Image via @umassdatheltics / Instagram) Volunteer Writer: Nick Stabila Email: nstabila@umassd.edu UMass Dartmouth won its first Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) title on Saturday, November 12th after a 46-21 victory at Plymouth State (8-2, 6-2 MASCAC). The Corsairs were led by junior QB Dante-Aviles Santos, who had another spectacular game. Aviles-Santos completed 26 passes for 316 yards and three touchdowns. This performance was good enough to secure MASCAC Offensive… Continue reading UMassD Football Captures First MASCAC Championship in Blowout Victory

The SGA’s New Sequel to Shake the Ship: Leadership Forum

Editor-in-Chief: Roxanne Hepburn Email: rhepburn@umassd.edu On Thursday, November 10th at 7PM, Umass Dartmouth’s Student Government Association held the first-ever Leadership Forum, which is the new follow-up event to Shake the Ship. The main topic up for discussion during this event was the disastrous distribution of budgets to clubs for the 2022-2023 year and the use of SPFs to counteract empty club bank accounts. About a week prior to the Forum,… Continue reading The SGA’s New Sequel to Shake the Ship: Leadership Forum

UMassD Labyrinth Project – Will it Get the Jumpstart it Needs from New University Leadership?

(Photo via http://www.seattletimes.com) Volunteer Writer: Ray Davis Email: raymond.davis@umassd.edu NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA – Imagine that you are hustling to class, and you come across an expanse of stone inviting you to slow down and stop in for a while. What you were imagining is a labyrinth! A committee made up of faculty and staff across many departments on the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth campus has been working for many years… Continue reading UMassD Labyrinth Project – Will it Get the Jumpstart it Needs from New University Leadership?

UMassD Weekly Sports Wrap-Up 10/31-11/6

Volunteer Writer: Nick Stabila Email: nstabila@umassd.edu Hockey Wednesday, November 2nd – UMass Dartmouth was defeated 4-2 in their first MASCAC game of the season against Worcester State (1-2, 1-0 MASCAC). The Corsairs struck first at the end of the first period. Junior forward #17 Michael Mania scored after assists from freshman forward #42 Matthew Zdanowicz and senior defenseman #2 Jake Maynard.  Worcester State responded with a goal halfway through the… Continue reading UMassD Weekly Sports Wrap-Up 10/31-11/6

UMass Dartmouth’s Sensational Volleyball Season Comes To An End

(Image taken from @umassdvolleyball/Instagram) Volunteer Writer: Nick Stabila Email: nstabila@umassd.edu UMass Dartmouth entered the Little East Conference (LEC) Tournament as the No.3 seed with high hopes but ultimately was upset by No. 6 seed UMass Boston at the Tripp Athletic Center. UMass Boston defeated UMass Dartmouth 3-2 (16-25, 25-21, 25-14, 18-25, 15-7). UMass Boston used their championship experience to pull off the upset. After being swept by the Corsairs 3-0… Continue reading UMass Dartmouth’s Sensational Volleyball Season Comes To An End

UMassD Weekly Sports Wrap-Up 10/24-10/30

Volunteer Writer: Nick Stabila Email: nstabila@umassd.edu Football Saturday, October 29th – UMass Dartmouth continued its dominant season, defeating Bridgewater State 48-7 at Cressy Field. Bridgewater State is now 4-4 overall and 4-2 in MASCAC. The Corsairs honored 12 seniors honored before the game: DB #3 Adam Washington, LB #5 Javien Delgado, DB #7 JP Mason, DB #8 Stevie Kolodko, WR #12 Winston DeLeon, WR #19 Keenan Little, LB #25 Malik… Continue reading UMassD Weekly Sports Wrap-Up 10/24-10/30

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 the hand or forehead. Before… Continue reading Rocky Horror Picture Show Opening Night – “Don’t Dream It, See It!”

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! Staff writers are a paid… 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 29 yards and two touchdowns.… 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 and they know when they… 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 like Dr. Shari Evans, the… Continue reading Banned Book Lending Library at UMASS Dartmouth – The Ongoing Fight Against Censorship

Cliteracy on Campus

Volunteer Writer: JJ Galindo Email: jgalindo1@umassd.edu On September 13th, Sophia Wallace opened “Cliteracy: The Art of Intimate Justice,” a new art exhibit in the CVPA gallery, located on the building’s first floor. In the exhibit, which runs until November 4th, women’s reproductive parts are presented in sculptures, paintings, and poetry. The exhibit follows the recent end of the federal right to safe abortions, through the overturning of Roe v. Wade.… Continue reading Cliteracy on Campus

What Plankton has to do with Your Scallop Dinner

Staff Writer: Maya Arruda Email: marruda7@umassd.edu On October 5th, the Department of Fisheries presented a seminar by John Zang about the relationship between phytoplankton and Atlantic Sea Scallops on the Northeastern U.S. continental shelf. By using complex models, the behavior and characteristics of the phytoplankton on this shelf have been thoroughly examined. However, while phytoplankton might not be seen as important to the casual viewer (except for any Spongebob enthusiasts),… Continue reading What Plankton has to do with Your Scallop Dinner

Dr. Mark Fuller to be Inaugurated as UMass Dartmouth’s Sixth Chancellor

Volunteer Writer: Raymond Davis Email: raymond.davis@umassd.edu Dr. Mark Fuller will be sworn in as the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s sixth Chancellor on Friday, October 14, 2022, at 3:00 PM, a part of this year’s Blue and Gold Weekend. Festivities will include an all-campus picnic, an alumni student leadership luncheon, and a concert featuring DJ Wonka and DJ Donut. Fuller will be sworn in on the main campus quad, “replacing Dr.… Continue reading Dr. Mark Fuller to be Inaugurated as UMass Dartmouth’s Sixth Chancellor

UMassD Weekly Sports Wrap-Up 10/3-10/9

Volunteer Writer: Nick Stabila Email: nstabila@umassd.edu Football Thursday, October 6th – UMass Dartmouth continued their dominant form and picked up their fourth straight win Thursday night. The Corsairs defeated Mass. Maritime 28-14 away from home at Clean Harbors Stadium.  Coming off winning another MASCAC Offensive Player of the Week, junior QB Dante Aviles-Santos completed 19 passes for 319 yards and a touchdown. Aviles-Santos also added a rushing touchdown from four… Continue reading UMassD Weekly Sports Wrap-Up 10/3-10/9

Paving the Future for Cybersecurity

Volunteer Writer: Brett Talbot Email: btalbot@umassd.edu The MassCyberCenter division of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative opened applications last month for their undergraduate cybersecurity mentorship program. “This is a really wonderful program to help promote the diversity of the cybersecurity workforce,” says Maxwell Fathy, the Ecosystem Program Manager for the MassCyberCenter. “We have a lot of great mentors who have been participating in this program who have dedicated their time and energy… Continue reading Paving the Future for Cybersecurity

Blue and Gold Weekend Schedule (10/14-10/15 2022)

Editor-in-Chief: Roxanne Hepburn Email: rhepburn@umassd.edu *If you wish to attend any of these events please make sure to register here. Friday, October 14th UMassD Foundation Board Annual Meeting: 10:00-11:30 AM Location: Robert F. Stoico/FirstFed Charitable Foundation Library Grand Reading Room, Claire T. Carney Library Price: Free The Foundation Board’s annual meeting is open to the public. If you have any questions about the annual board meeting, please contact Carol Kozma,… Continue reading Blue and Gold Weekend Schedule (10/14-10/15 2022)

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