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 … Continue reading Freed Britney

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 … Continue reading Squid Game: More than Just a TV Show

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 … Continue reading Cancel Culture  Ft. Shane Dawson

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, … Continue reading Encanto: Box Office Flop, Disney+ Bop

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 … Continue reading The Importance of Table-Top & Online Gaming: The Future Game State

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 … Continue reading Getting Nostalgic About Pokemon Diamond and Pearl

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 … Continue reading Black Women in Rock and The Rise of Willow

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 … Continue reading The Rise of EDM in Mainstream Media

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, … Continue reading The Reboot Phenomena