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  • Consumer Price Index Report: March 2022, What The Data Means For You
    Staff Writer: Julian Cassady jcassady@umassd.edu Imagine waking up in your dorm at midnight, stomach growling because you waited too long to get a meal before the dining hall closed. All you can think of is food, and you remember that there’s a vending machine in the common area with all of your favorite $2.00 candy bars. Stumbling out of bed, you absentmindedly grab two one-dollar …
  • The Supreme Court Reverts Back to Trump-Era Clean Water Act Regulations Using a Shadow Docket
    Staff Writer: Roxanne Hepburn rhepburn@umassd.edu On Wednesday, April 6th, 2022, in a 5-4 split, the Supreme Court employed a shadow docket to temporarily reinstated a Trump-Era environmental regulation limiting states’ power to enforce the Clean Water Act on large energy projects looking to fast-track their timelines. The basis of the Clean Water Act (CWA) was initially enacted in 1948 and was known as the Federal …
  • 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 …
  • The Life or Death of the Dartmouth Indian
    Staff Writer: Maya Arruda Email: marruda7@umassdtorch If you’re a commuter student or had any reason to travel off campus in the last month, chances are you’ve noticed the green and white lawn signs saying to “Defend Dartmouth: Vote Yes April 5th” with the picture of a drawing on the side and no other caveat or explanation. Well, if you don’t keep track of local Dartmouth …
  • Chicken Grab
    Staff Writer: Julian Cassady Email: jcassady@umassd.edu *This article is written as a parody for the Torchure. Kentucky Fried Chicken has just announced a special promotion available in select locations, dubbed “Chicken Grab,” which will be available starting on April 1st, 2022. There will be a buffet-style table with various portions of its famously seasoned fried chicken available to customers in the seating area. KFC has …
  • 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 …
  • 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 …
  • 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 …
  • Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, Dies at 99
    By Sam Travis Staff Writer Email:Stravis1@umassd.edu This past week, the Royal Family, once again, made national news. Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Queen Elizabeth II, passed away at the age of 99. Buckingham Palace confirmed the death of the prince on April 9, 2021, just several months shy of his 100th birthday. While the causes of his death are still being kept …
  • UMass Dartmouth to Hold In-Person Graduation Nearly One Year After COVID
    Samantha Travis Staff Writer stravis1@umassd.edu One of the many endless things that COVID has seemed to cancel or turn upside down is graduation ceremonies. Around this time a year ago, thousands of high-school and college seniors were given the devastating news that their graduation ceremonies would be cancelled or postponed, as they could not possibly follow the strict social-distancing rules to guarantee the safety of …
  • From Lone Star State to Frozen Wasteland: A First-Hand Look at Texas After a Devastating Snowstorm
    Sam Travis  Staff Writer stravis1@umassd.edu Up in New England, no one is a stranger to the occasional snowstorm. It is normal for several inches to fall on the ground, but we are always well prepared. Snowplows, rock salt, and proper heating systems always save New Englanders from being snowed in for days on end. But what happens when snow decides to fall in places where …
  • A Trailblazing Career: Justice Ruther Bader Ginsburg
    Staff Writer: Aidan Leavitt aleavitt@umassd.edu Justice Ruther Bader Ginsburg, the trail blazing legal scholar, also known as the “Notorious RBG,” passed away at the age of 87 on September 18th, 2020. It was announced that her death was the result of complications from metastatic cancer of the pancreas.              Ruth Bader Ginsburg served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from …
  • Earth Week is here!
    By Contributing Writer Caroline Quirk Earth week is here! Although we are not spending Earth Day as we expected, we can still celebrate our planet from the safety of our homes. One day is not enough to appreciate everything our planet has done for us, so the Green Navigators celebrate Earth Week. If you’re bored at home, like most of us are, here are some …
  • University addresses student account concerns
    By Sawyer Pollitt Earlier this week, many UMass Dartmouth Students were alarmed to discover that their COIN account balance reported figures that were at times $1,200 higher than they were previously thought to be. This was found to be the result of an adjustment in the University Grant and Chancellor’s Merit Scholarship. For some students, this new balance resulted in a hold placed on their …
  • New England Commission of Higher Education to conduct comprehensive evaluation seeks comment submissions 
    By Gabriella Barthe  On March 22-25, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE)– one of seven accrediting commissions in the United States.   The New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) is a regional accreditation agency for Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, as well as a few institutions in Greece, …
  • Sunrise Plans Another Protest 
    By Gabriella Barthe  Editor-In-Chief    UMass Dartmouth’s Sunrise SouthCoast hub on campus has announced this week that the organization is planning another protest on campus. In an email to student leaders, Sunrise asked organizations and students to join their efforts on February 28, with a focus on the power of voting.  Coming off their fall semester strike on September 20 to convince Chancellor Johnson to sign a carbon commitment …
  • Many Names, Many Students, 125 Years
    By Nicole O’Connell noconnell@umassd.edu Contributing Writer  2020 is a momentous year for the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth because it marks the 125th anniversary of the school.   125 years holds a lot of history, and UMass Dartmouth is prepared to celebrate.  Shannon Finning, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, is excited for this anniversary.   “This celebration affords UMass Dartmouth the opportunity to document the transformational impact the University – its students, alumni, faculty …
  • State Representatives Tour UMass Dartmouth 
    By Gabriella Barthe  Editor-in-Chief    Photo Credit: Facebook, UMass Dartmouth, Rep Jeff Roy    This Valentine’s Day, Friday February 14, the Massachusetts Joint Higher Education Committee toured UMass Dartmouth as part of their ongoing efforts to visit all 29 of the Massachusetts public colleges and Universities they serve.  During their visit State Senator Anne M. Gobi, State Representative Jeff Roy, State Representative Mindy Domb, and State …
  • University Grants: What we know so far
    By Sawyer Pollitt A&E Section Editor Photo: UMass Dartmouth FOLLOW THE UMASS DARTMOUTH TORCH FOR BREAKING NEWS AND INFORMATION ON THIS ISSUE Brought to light at 4:59pm on April 12, by a post on the UMass Dartmouth Black Market, many UMass Dartmouth students were made aware for the first time that changes have been made to their Financial Aid awards as of April 10, 2020. …
  • Scholarship Established in Memory of Carlin Lynch
    To honor Carlin Lynch’s commitment to area students, his family and friends have established the Carlin Lynch Scholarship Fund at the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts.    “Carlin spent his life championing the greater good and creating opportunities for those in need.  We are humbled and grateful by the outpouring of support following his passing, and look forward to continuing his legacy of service,” his family …
  • Food Waste Highlighted by Project Clean Plate
    BY: CAROLINE QUIRK Contributing Writer Up to 40% of the food in the United States is never eaten, yet one in eight Americans struggle to put food on the table each night. This is why the Sustainability Initiative puts on Project Clean Plate every semester. Food waste is a huge problem in the world but particularly in US. Every single scrap of food that was …
  • What’s the hold up? HR delays causing difficulties 
    By Contributing Writer Nicole O’Connell    The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s Multiliteracy & Communication Center is down one administrator due to problems processing paperwork in Human Resources.  Joshua Botvin is the assistant director of the MCC and a part-time faculty member in the English Department. His paperwork to work in the MCC was submitted in August, but the paperwork has yet to be processed, and …
  • C.O.U.R.E. protests Student Government Association 
    By Arts & Entertainment Editor Sawyer Pollitt and Opinion & Editorial Editor James Mellen   On November 25, UMass Dartmouth’s Student Government Association (SGA) held its weekly public senate meeting in Library room 205. However, this meeting was anything but normal. After the meeting was called to order by SGA President Kate Egan (History/Physics, 2021), a group of student protesters entered the chamber and over …
  • Students increase community with “You Matter” messages 
    By Contributing Writer Nicole O’Connell A three-day marathon was recently held at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, but participants did not exert too much pressure, and, in fact, there was no running required at all. The You Matter Marathon was situated in the Campus Center November 12-14 and encouraged students and other members of the UMass Dartmouth community with the simple message of “You Matter.” …
  • The Transgender Day of Remembrance 2019
    By Editor-in-Chief Gabriella Barthe The Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed annually on November 20 to honor the lives of those murdered as a result of their gender identity and expression. The tradition was started in 1999 to honor Rita Hester and all those who had died since her death one year prior.   The vigil takes place at the close of Transgender Awareness Week which …
  • Sanders and AOC co-sponsor Green New Deal 
    By Contributing Writer Caroline Quirk The quest for a more sustainable future is coming to the forefront! Just this week Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) proposed the Green New Deal for the Public Housing Act.    The proposal of the Green New Deal would slash emissions, stop years of neglect, and overall improve the lives of American citizens. Additionally, the bill could cut …
  • University announces inaugural recipient of Hailey Angel Allard Nursing Scholarship 
    MEDIA RELEASE – November 20, 2019  The scholarship honors Hailey Allard of Somerset who passed away in 2018  In May 2020, Keryann Estrela and her daughter, Hailey Angel Allard, 20, planned to graduate together from the UMass Dartmouth College of Nursing & Health Sciences – Estrela with a doctor of nursing practice degree and Allard with a bachelor of science.  Those plans were derailed in …
  • Annual Diwali showing to grace Angus A. Bailey stage once more
    By Contributing Writer Abigail Field The annual Diwali Celebration is fast upon us, with the event being held on November 16 at 5 pm in the Main Auditorium on campus. Tickets for UMD students cost$5 and general admission cost$10. The celebration of Diwali on our campus started as a relatively small scale event in the early 1990s, says Dr. Sukalyan Sengupta, Director of the Center …
  • UMASSD Law exceeds statewide average Bar exam scores for second year in a row 
    By Staff Writer Kira Bruce  For the second year in a row UMASS Law has outscored the statewide average on the Bar exam. This is really great news since only three years ago the college earned their full accreditation from the American Bar Association. As the only public law school in Massachusetts this is a very big deal. With an 82.6 percent first time pass …
  • UMass Dartmouth student celebrates “birthday” of first book, Lung Lung Meets HES
    By Contributing Writer Nicole O’Connell  University of Massachusetts graduate student Michaella Lesieur is celebrating the one-year anniversary of her book: Luna Lung Meets HES.  “This has been a book I have wanted to write ever since I could remember,” she says. And Lesieur did not just write it. She also illustrated the book and completed the layout for it.   A project like this certainly requires …
  • Ocean Cleanup Project’s first mission a success
    By Contributing Writer Caroline Quirk Just under a month ago one of the Ocean Cleanup projects had its first successful plastic pick up from the high seas. The focus of this project is to lessen the amount of trash and pollution in the ocean, specifically the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.   The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a collection of marine debris (litter) in the North …
  • Corsairs! We need you 
    By Contributing Writer Jordon DaSilva-Martins   Did you know that 28% of the university’s population experiences food insecurity? That is almost 2000 students, faculty, and staff! Food insecurity is limited food availability and access based on numerous factors. Such as, time, income, health restrictions and/or needs, etc. You may not notice by being swamped with classes and endless exams, but there is still a need for …
  • Sanctum Folkloria hosts 2nd Annual Witches’ Ball  
    By Editor-In-Chief Gabriella Barthe  With a dim glow emanating on the upper level of the TriWorks Building, the open hall filled with burning smoke from sage as Sanctum Folkloria owner Lucky Cabral circled the room in preparation for the opening performance. The room parted into a large circle with Lucky and Priestess of the Black Forest Tradition Madame Ceridwyn centered among them.  As the music began, …
  • Fall Family Festival combines with Homecoming to spectacular results
    By Editor-in-Chief Gabriella Barthe UMass Dartmouth welcomed home alumni this past weekend October 25 through October 27, 2019 for the annual Homecoming Weekend. The events coincided with the University Fall Family Festival October 26 to showcase a full day of what UMass Dartmouth has to offer.  Homecoming Weekend kicked off with a Reception in the University Club at 4 PM on Friday and was followed …
  • New director for the Portuguese-American archives
    By Contributing Writer Abigail Field It is the 10-year anniversary of the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese American archives this year, and while quite a number of exciting events are planned (like a performance by acclaimed pianist Ines Andrade this past Thursday), probably the most exciting happening is the recent hiring of the new faculty director for the archives. Dr. Paula Celeste Gomes Noversa, an esteemed professor of …
  • UMass Dartmouth secures approval to offer only accredited public interior architecture design program in New England 
    By Public Affairs Specialist Ryan C. Merrill  The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education approved a Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture and Design (IAD) at UMass Dartmouth yesterday, establishing the only accredited program of its kind at a public university in New England. The program had previously been approved by the UMass Board of Trustees.  The program grew out of a Mount Ida College program that …
  • Trustee talks to Chancellor Johnson about enrollment & SGA round-up
    By Opinion & Editorial Editor James Mellen III Like every SGA meeting, the afternoon of Monday October 21st started with an open forum where non-SGA members of the campus community are permitted to speak to the senate. This week the Umass Dartmouth black room announced that they were cutting their hours as well as changing the type of positions offered in the black room. The …
  • Amazon commits to renewable energy, who is next? 
    By Contributing Writer Caroline Quirk The recent influx of global climate strikes and the 2019 UN Climate Summit have sparked an increasing interest in the issue of climate change. More discussions have developed globally about what can and should be done about the growing climate crisis, so much so that monster companies such as Amazon have completely changed course.  No doubt that the issue of …
  • Clothesline Project: for every woman 
    By Editor-in-chief Gabriella Barthe On October 23, 2019, the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) set up shop along the accessibility ramp in the Library Living Room to showcase their ongoing Clothesline Project in partnership with the Center for Women Gender and Sexuality (CWGS). Lining the ramp and a clothesline immediately next to it were Tee Shirts designed and decorated by women and children survivors of violence …
  • Eyes on the Trump Impeachment Inquiry from then to now
    By Editor-In-Chief Gabriella Barthe Over the last three weeks an impeachment inquiry has been underway focusing on President Trump’s actions toward the Ukraine and seeking foreign involvement in the upcoming presidential election. A lot has unfolded in that time frame, and for those who haven’t paid attention as information has surfaced it is easy to fall behind. The following is an outline of the highlights …
  • Student Government Association gets new senators and updates from committee members
    By Editor-In-Chief Gabriella Barthe Student Government has been hard at work this semester to get traction in their endeavors. After reports of Technical Services’ rising costs and concerns over parking on campus, the Student Government Association has begun marching forward to address new topics.  Max Ciarlone (MassPirg) addressed his concerns regarding the MassPirg chapter at UMass Dartmouth during the October 7, 2019 open forum. During …
  • Saturday of service shines spot on sustainability
    By Arts & Entertainment Section Editor Sawyer Pollitt On October 5th, the Leduc Center for Civic Engagement partnered with the Sustainability Office for their monthly Saturday of service where UMass Dartmouth students, faculty, staff, and community members teamed up to clean the trails on campus. Meeting at the Leduc Center, the group of environmentally conscious activists took to the Red Cardinal Trail to clean up …
  • Rising tech costs, parking issues, and the SGA meeting 
    By Editor-in-Chief Gabriella Barthe   Monday September 30, 2019 the Torch sat in on the SGA formal meeting in Library 206 to get insight on the goings on of our student leaders. In addition to the general Student Government officials was Technical Services Coordinator Scott Lynch with updates on an anticipated rise in costs for use of their spaces and employees.  Even with the rise of …
  • Greta Thunberg’s UN speech 
    By Contributing Writer Caroline Quirk Just a few weeks ago, Greta Thunberg crossed the Atlantic Ocean in a zero emissions sail boat to speak at the United Nations Climate Action Summit. Her speech was nothing short of extraordinary, let alone necessary. In the speech, Thunberg addressed the issue of the youth community being left to deal with the mess that older generations left, due to their …
  • Dining services awarded half million-dollar grant 
    By Staff Writer Kira Bruce This past year, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Northeastern University, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, and Eastern Connecticut State University have all been awarded two grants of $250,000 to increase sustainability in our on campus dining! The Kendall Foundation who awarded this large sum of money to us is trying to get more campuses involved in a sustainable way to look at food. The …
  • Making a difference in Guatemala
    By Staff Writer Maddie Kenn A member of The Torch had a life changing opportunity to participate in a non-profit organization and travel to Guatemala this past July. The organization, known as Worthy Village, first started in 2014 with a small group of volunteers and has increased in size over the years. Worthy Village was established by a former UMass Dartmouth student, Julia Rayberg. Rayberg …
  • Sunrise Movement maintains pressure on administration
    By Arts & Entertainment Editor Sawyer Pollitt Chants of “What do we want? Commitment! When do we want it? Now!” echoed throughout the main campus quad on Friday, September 27th, over twenty members of the UMass Dartmouth Hub of the Sunrise Movement, who had organized a climate walkout the previous week, gathered again to demand commitment from UMass Dartmouth’s administration.   This commitment, says Hub Organizer …
  • Plant-based progress
    By Contributing Writer Caroline Quirk The standard American diet consists of pre-packaged foods, processed meats, and high-fat dairy products. It doesn’t sound so good when said out loud, does it? Thursday October 10 at 12:30 in the campus center the Green Navigators will be leading a discussion about how a plant-based diet will help reduce the impact on people, the planet, and profits. A plant-based …
  • The scientific facts behind Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus (EEE)
    By Staff Writer Maddie Kenn Students and faculty are preparing themselves for the outbreak of Eastern Equine Encephalitis, commonly known by its abbreviation, EEE in the Dartmouth area. Staff writers for the Torch were able to meet with professor Bromage, an immunologist here on campus to discuss the virus and what community members can do to avoid getting infected. The virus is known to be …
  • How to decide on the best meal plan for your appetite
    By Contributing Writer Nicole O’Connell Wherever your classes are located on campus, you probably run into one of the many dining locations at one point or another throughout the day. UMass Dartmouth’s Dining Services boasts The Marketplace, 2. Mato, Mondo Subs, Wendy’s, Plate by Plate, Corsair Café, Library Café, Birch Grill, Law School Café, and the Academic Carts located in LARTS, SENG, and CVPA.  With …
  • Making friends is easy, here’s how
    By Arts & Entertainment Editor Sawyer Pollitt Making friends isn’t easy for everyone. In fact, for some people, it can be one of the hardest things to do. The stress of coming to a new school coupled with the stress of living on your own can make college seem like an insurmountable challenge. The simple act of having a shoulder to lean on, or an ear to …
  • I Believe in Becoming Who You Want to Be – This We Believe contest winner
    By Abigail J Soares I believe you are who you choose to be. Opioids are a class of highly addictive drugs that are derived from the opium in poppy plants. I remember learning about opioids in 5th grade through the drug abuse program (D.A.R.E) offered at my school, but my young mind did not yet know how a topic that seemed so unfamiliar and irrelevant …
  • Study Abroad at UMassD
    By Op-Ed Editor James Mellen  Are you interested in spending a semester overseas with study abroad UmassD? Study abroad is a program where students from UmassD are invited to go to study in foreign countries. These classes are taught in English and count for UmassD credits, as well as boost employment opportunities for students who participate. Besides looking good on paper, studying in another country is a once in a lifetime opportunity. …
  • Taking the crown for teen environmentalism
    By Contributing Writer Caroline Quirk What started with a 16-year-old organizing a school strike for climate, flourished into a huge environmental movement, seemingly overnight. Greta Thunberg is a 16 Swedish teenager who has taken the future of our climate crisis in her own hands. Thunberg first learned about climate change when she was 8 years old and has since then become one of the only teenagers who has captivated the attention of adults and environmental activists all over the …
  • Affordable textbooks for all: Masspirg affordable textbook campaign
    By Staff Writer Tamendy Raymond. MassPIRG, a statewide student organization that works to defend public interest, has been working on the affordable textbook campaign, which is fairly new to UMassD. Junior, Bryce Vickery, became Coordinator of the Affordable Textbook Campaign in the beginning of this semester. He, alongside his team, strived for affordable textbooks for all college students. The Torch had the opportunity to interview …
  • 2019-2020 SGA election results are in
    By Staff Writer Seth Tamarkin. After weeks of candidates campaigning and a week for students to vote, the Student Government Association has officially listed the winners of the election for the upcoming 2019-2020 year. Nicole Arruda accrued 258 votes to become the student trustee. Next came the results from the various Senate seats up for grabs from the many different institutions on campus. Commuter students …
  • Expanding student authority through active reading
    By Staff Writer Tamendy Raymond. On Wednesday April 17, in LARTS 215, students and faculty were able to join the conversation about the importance of annotating, presented by English Professor Meghan Fair. It was a professional environment, while being in a room full of various professors from the Arts and Sciences department, creating a diverse atmosphere. Professors’ now seen as students was a mind-blogging scene, …
  • Watching history burn before our eyes as 800-year-old Notre Dame Cathedral was engulfed in flames
    By Staff Writer Ben Pfeffer. The infamous Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France caught fire at 12:30 PM ET on Monday, April 15 and the fire raged overnight in France until the following day. The Notre Dame Cathedral has been standing for 850 years and is the center of Catholicism in France. It is also considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture …
  • UMass Dartmouth shakes the ship once again
    By Staff Writer Seth Tamarkin. As with other past semesters, the faculty at the UMass Dartmouth have set aside a day called ‘Shake the Ship’ where students can ask questions and share concerns to a variety of UMass Dartmouth officials in an open forum conversation. This semester’s Shake the Ship occurred on April 10 in the library, and featured members of SGA as well as …
  • Professor Bridget Teboh set to return to Ondo, Nigeria
    By Editor-In-Chief Chelsea Cabral. Bridget Teboh, a Professor of History at UMass Dartmouth, has just learned that she has been offered The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship for a second time, after initially winning the fellowship in 2017. The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship (ADF) was created in 2014 by the Carnegie Foundation in New York to support African-born scholars who live in the U.S. or Canada …
  • National Society of Black Engineers expand career opportunities at national convention
    By Staff Writer Kylie Cooper. The UMass Dartmouth chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) attended the National Society of Black Engineers 45th National Convention in Detroit, Michigan from March 27-31 to connect with industry leaders and strengthen their professional skills.  “Our main goal in going to this conference was to get opportunities for our members,” said Vivian Obodo ‘19, President of UMassD’s …
  • Earth Week at UMassD
    By Contributing Writer Caroline Quirk. Next week the Green Navigators are hosting a plethora of events to celebrate Earth day in style. One day dedicated to the Earth is simply not enough, which is why we are taking the whole week to celebrate our planet! Kicking off the week, Monday April 22 we are hosting ‘Earth Day on The Patio’ from 10 A.M.-2 P.M. at …
  • Cheers to a successful Unity Fest
    By Staff Writer Tamendy Raymond. Unidad 2019, meaning “Unity” in Spanish, gave a deeper meaning to community, in essence creating a family. The Campus Center beautifully decorated with different colors and flags celebrating the different heritages and cultures of many. On April 11, 2019, in the Campus Center held their annual Unity Fest, where different cultural groups, students and faculty gathered together to broaden the …
  • Autism Awareness Month
    By Staff Writer Tighe Ratcliffe. April, spring has just sprung, the weather is getting better, and for those who are touched by autism it’s a time for awareness to be spread. Autism Society writes, about 1% of the world population is on the autism spectrum (myself included), and roughly 1 out of 59 people born in the US are affected by it. More than 3.5 …
  • 2nd Corsair Challenge proves to be a success
    By Staff Writer Seth Tamarkin. Last year, the university posed an interesting question to students and faculty, asking, “What could we do with 1,895 minutes?” The question was an introduction to the Corsair Challenge, a new annual crowd-funding challenge that lasted 1,895 minutes long and sought to secure as many funds as possible for various UMass Dartmouth institutions, primarily through social media. After successfully raising …
  • UMassD strives for 100% renewable energy
    By Staff Writer Tamendy Raymond. The students of MassPIRG, a statewide student organization that works to defend public interest, hosted their “Energizing to 100% Renewable Energy Campaign,” a press event to educate the UMass Dartmouth community on the importance and impacts of renewable energy, on April 4 at 2:30 PM in the Birch Hall Conference room. They had the opportunity to discuss the environment that …
  • Claire T. Carney Library Associates Authors’ Brunch
    By Staff Writer Kylie Cooper. The Claire T. Carney Library Associates hosted their 13th annual Authors’ Brunch on Sunday, April 7 featuring Gish Jen, Susan Wissler, and Lauren Wolk. The winners of the Claire T. Carney Library Associates’ student essay contest were also recognized. The essay theme was “Invent Your Future” and prompted students to discuss an “issue [they] believe is important.” The first place …
  • Diversity, academics, and parking: Shake the Ship returns April 10
    By Staff Writer Kylie Cooper. Student Government Association (SGA) will be hosting Shake the Ship on Wednesday, April 10 to let students directly voice their campus questions and concerns to heads of administration. The open forum will be held in the Library Living Room from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Key topics that will be discussed include parking, diversity, and academics. All students, faculty, and staff …
  • Chancellor Johnson recognizes Beyoncé’s birthday as official university holiday
    By Amazon Alexa DISCLAIMER: This article is part of The Torch’s annual “Torchure” issue, the April fools Issue. During the Torchure, our journalistic ethics and commitment to the truth hop on the earliest bus out of town, and we spend the better part of the week trying to coax them back with cannolies and baby oil. The Torch will return to faithful, truthful coverage of …
  • Oh, you’re reading the Torch? How noble…
    By what we’re all thinking, but don’t have the cojones to say out loud. DISCLAIMER: This article is part of The Torch’s annual “Torchure” issue, the April fools Issue. During the Torchure, our journalistic ethics and commitment to the truth hop on the earliest bus out of town, and we spend the better part of the week trying to coax them back with cannolies and …
  • Animal Lovers Rejoice!
    By an entirely underqualified Southwest Airlines pilot. DISCLAIMER: This article is part of The Torch’s annual “Torchure” issue, the April fools Issue. During the Torchure, our journalistic ethics and commitment to the truth hop on the earliest bus out of town, and we spend the better part of the week trying to coax them back with cannolies and baby oil. The Torch will return to …
  • Out with Dell security, in with medieval measures
    By the few bad apples who ruined it for all of us. DISCLAIMER: This article is part of The Torch’s annual “Torchure” issue, the April fools Issue. During the Torchure, our journalistic ethics and commitment to the truth hop on the earliest bus out of town, and we spend the better part of the week trying to coax them back with cannolies and baby oil. …
  • Wait, the students did what?!?
    By ??? DISCLAIMER: This article is part of The Torch’s annual “Torchure” issue, the April fools Issue. During the Torchure, our journalistic ethics and commitment to the truth hop on the earliest bus out of town, and we spend the better part of the week trying to coax them back with cannolies and baby oil. The Torch will return to faithful, truthful coverage of UMass …
  • UMassD resident artist Lo presents: “Community is a question”
    By Staff Writer James Mellen III. While UMassD has many popular and well-represented positions and programs on campus, one that may fly under the radar is our artist-in-residence program. This position was filled by last year’s artist-in-residence Roz Crews. The position is rotational, meaning that every year a new artist comes to campus to do their work. 2018-2019’s academic year featured Connecticut native Lauren “Lo” …
  • Internet Communication and Culture prepares students for the future
    By Staff Writer Tighe Ratcliffe. Professor Stanley Harrison has worked here at UMass Dartmouth since 2003. He is one of our many outstanding professors in the English department, and he has the upmost faith and enthusiasm in what he teaches his students. In his ENL 368 class, Internet Communication and Culture, he prepares students for a life in the twenty-first century. And this class is …
  • Sustainable movie series presents, Food Inc.
    By Contributing Writer Caroline Quirk. The sustainable movie series moved forward with one of the most eye-opening and mind-boggling documentaries, Food Inc. It was shown Thursday, March 28 at 7 P.M. in room 207 of the library, and it certainly changes the way you think of the United States’ food chain. In Food Inc. Robert Kenner, a documentary filmmaker, examines how huge corporations have taken …
  • Tell your story and express yourself at Poetic Justice
    By Staff Writer Seth Tamarkin. Look at your Instagram and social media and you are bound to see tons of people who want to pursue rap or poetry. Often though, most people with that desire do not have an outlet to express their poetry freely. If you’re looking for that means of expression, the student organization Poetic Justice is the perfect fit. Founder Leiandra Riley …
  • Nursing students learn global health care perspectives in Portugal
    By Staff Writer Kylie Cooper. Nursing students traveled to the Azores over spring break to learn about health care systems and homelessness in the United States and Portugal. The opportunity was part of the Bridging the Atlantic exchange with the University of the Azores nursing program. “We went to different clinics that they had and hospitals to compare American health care and Portuguese health care,” …
  • UMassD welcomes newly appointed CVPA Dean
    By Staff Writer Kylie Cooper. A. Lawrence Jenkens has been appointed as Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). The decision was announced on February 27. Jenkens currently serves as the Interim Dean of the CVPA at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. He was the Acting Dean, Associate Dean, and Department Head of the same school, which is largely a part …
  • UMass Foundation hosts second ‘Speaker Series’
    By Staff Writer Zach Lunghi. The UMass Foundation hosted two faculty speaker events in Florida this past spring break, one in Palm Beach on the 13 of March and one in Naples on the 14 of March. Over one hundred-seventy-five alumni and friends were in attendance for the programs. This is the second faculty speaker series for the foundation as they’ve hosted its initial Speaker …
  • Hillel brings the party to Purim
    By Staff Writer Seth Tamarkin. As the only Jewish student organization on campus, Hillel has a goal to bring Jewish culture to the UMass Dartmouth community. Isaiah Weidmann, president of Hillel’s UMass Dartmouth chapter, spoke with The Torch on how the group does that with events such as their annual Purim party that was hosted on March 18. Sitting at an orange table near the …
  • Spring welcomes the re-awakening of bike share
    By Contributing Writer Mark Yanni. As buds fill the trees and flowers start to shoot up from the ground, the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth will see the re-awakening of the VeoRide bike share program that began last fall. You’ll see a gradual and visible increase in the number of bikes on campus as VeoRide’s team re-deploys many of the bikes that have been in …
  • As Democrats Pile in, Yang holds tight on automation
    By Staff Writer Timothy Howard. Andrew Yang is a tech entrepreneur with a big goal; he wants to be President of the United States. Yang started out at Brown University where he earned a degree in economics. He then followed that up with a law degree from Columbia Law School. In keeping with his impressive education, he worked a test-prep company to help students hone …
  • Google unveils next-gen gaming platform at GDC
    By Assistant Editor-in-Chief Sebastian Moronta Blanco. Google has entered the gaming sphere with a next-generation platform unlike any gaming console currently on the market. During their press conference on Tuesday at the annual Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, the tech giant revealed an ambitious plan to use Chrome and YouTube as tent poles for a mobile, synchronous gaming experience across multiple devices. Google …
  • Who are the Guerrilla Girls?
    By Staff Writer Tamendy Raymond. Entering Women’s History Month with the daring group of feminist activist artists. Over fifty-five people have been members over the years, and their anonymity keeps the focus on the issues at hand. They wear guerrilla masks in public and use facts, humor, and extreme visuals to expose gender and ethic biases as well as corruption in politics, art, film and …
  • Additional bins for organic waste come to campus
    By Contributing Writer Caroline Quirk. Organic waste collection is coming to UMass Dartmouth! Ever wonder what happens with your scraps from Res? Are you ever uncertain about what to do with your apple cores or banana peels? The sustainability initiative on campus is taking on these questions with an additional bin for your organic waste. Organic composting is a natural process of recycling organic products …
  • My Sister’s Keeper presents: Vagina Monologue auditions
    By Staff Writer Tamendy Raymond. The Torch had the lovely opportunity to interview women’s and gender studies major, Black literature studies minor, and Rho Rhose senior Ayden Holliday. On Wednesday February 27, 2019, she hosted UMassD’s 2019 auditions for the Vagina Monologues. This is not a yearly production; however, it has been performed on campus before. The play was created with the hopes that women …
  • Programs and services offered at the Writing and Reading Center
    By Staff Writer Kylie Cooper. The Writing and Reading Center (WRC) offers a variety of resources for students seeking tutoring, help on papers, and exam preparation. However, the Center also offers lesser-known programs, such as the conversation partner program. “We pair an American English speaker to volunteer with an international student,” said Michael Helou ‘19, illustration, who has been tutoring at the WRC since his …
  • Climate Café: Lets talk about weather
    By Contributing Writer Caroline Quirk. Do you have questions, doubts or strong opinions about climate change but feel like you have no one to talk to? Well, you’re in luck, UMass Dartmouth has joined Mass Audubon in the Climate Cafe to answer to all your questions and listen to your opinions! Though considerably underrated, communication is one of the most important actions individuals can take …
  • Fashion for a cause
    By Staff Writer Maddie Kenn. On Friday March 1, a fashion show was brought to the UMass Dartmouth campus on behalf of the Leduc Center for Civic Engagement. At approximately 6:30 PM, the Charlton College of Business building doors opened, welcoming guests into the main lobby for the cocktail reception. At about 7:15 PM, the fashion show began, “kicking off international Women’s Day featuring styles …
  • Learn how to stay motivated for your intended career
    By Staff Writer Maddie Kenn. Want a chance to win raffle prizes, and learn how to stay motivated for your intended future career? Look no further! “Turning the Tide” is an upcoming event that is being hosted here on campus, located in the Charlton College of Business building, room 149. This event will be held at 6:30 pm on Friday March 1, in room 149, …
  • Mt. Everest climber shares how to improve the environment
    By Staff Writer Kylie Cooper. Mountaineer and humanitarian Dan Mazur shared stories of his expeditions up Mount Everest, as well as his environmental and societal efforts, during the Center for Indic Studies’ first seminar of the spring 2019 semester. The multimedia presentation held on Thursday, February 21 included photos and videos Mazur has captured on his many adventures up Everest, the highest mountain above sea …
  • Starbucks replaces plastic straw with plastic
    By Contributing Writer Caroline Quirk. Starbucks made a seemingly momentous sustainability move this past summer. With the anti-straw movement gaining popularity, there is a growing pressure on companies and individuals to ditch plastic straws. One of the leading coffee corporations, Starbucks, have joined the cause. We all know the dilemma of plastic straws; the small, lightweight plastic cannot make it through most recycling equipment, so …
  • The ‘S’ Word film examines mental health
    By Staff Writer Tamendy Raymond. On Wednesday February 20, 2019, UMassD’s Counselling Center, Director Dave and Kate Perry with Beth Anne Guthrie as the host screened The ‘S’ film movie in the Library Grand Reading Room. Mental illness is a health condition that causes changes to a person’s thinking, mood and behavior. Suicide is one of the leading deaths in America. Approximately, 1.3 million people …
  • House of Deliberations Ask: Are all slurs equal?
    By Staff Writer Seth Tamarkin. Anytime House of Deliberations has an event, it is a guarantee that hot takes will fly, interesting videos will be shown, and divergent opinions will be shared. On February 26, House of Deliberations kept up this tradition with another event centered around a hotly-contested topic; ‘all racial slurs should be weighed equally.’ The poster for the event featured mugshots of …
  • Cohen on the hot seat as House Oversight Committee deliberates
    By Assistant Editor-In-Chief Sebastian Moronta Blanco. Yesterday morning, President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen returned to Capitol Hill to testify before the House Oversight Committee. His testimony contained several allegations of wrongdoing on the part of the President, and asserted that Michael Cohen committed numerous crimes “at the direction of and coordination with” the President. This hearing takes place months after Michael Cohen …
  • 7th annual Black History Month show recap
    By Staff Writer Tamendy Raymond. Sigma Phi Rho Fraternity, Inc. and the Black Student Union held their 7th annual Black History Month show located in the Main Auditorium on February 16, 2019. The show promptly started at 5:30 PM, however doors opened at 4:30 PM. The show began and opened up with the “Black Migrations: Movement of the People.” The Preshow was a kekeli African …
  • UMassD Housing Residence plans to form union
    By Staff Writer James Mellen III The UMass Dartmouth Residence Assistance have officially started the process of forming a workers union. The way workers unions are formed is through the gathering of union cards. Say that an employee has agreed to allow a union to represent them in collective bargaining with their employer. Once over thirty-percent of workers have signed these cards, they are submitted …
  • Amy Klobuchar 2020
    By Staff Writer Timothy Howard. Last week Amy Klobuchar, a democratic Senator from the state of Minnesota, announced her intention to run for president. This makes her another addition to the ever growing list of candidates eager to challenge Trump in 2020 and reclaim the White House for the Democratic party. While her candidacy doesn’t really have any unique attributes (no unique policy positions or …
  • New campus-based talk show organization seeking members
    By Editor-in-Chief Chelsea Cabral. Junior political science student, Amanda Kuffoh, is spearheading a new student-led club in partnership with the campus radio station, WUMD, called “IQ: Intellectual Quest,” a YouTube series that seeks to think, analyze, and deliberate over socio-cultural topics and complications in both national and international contexts. Kuffoh hopes that the conglomerate with the campus radio station will strengthen both student engagement amongst …