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Celebrating Black History Month with the New Bedford Whaling Park

(Image via wpafb.af.mil) Volunteer Writer: Isabella Gerardi Email: Igerardi@umassd.edu Black History Month is celebrated every February and takes on a new theme each year.  In 2023, Black History Month will recognize “Black Resistance,” which addresses how African Americans have stood up to extreme racial oppression throughout American History, with a focus on the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s through the 1970s.  This month hopes to honor and celebrate the… Continue reading Celebrating Black History Month with the New Bedford Whaling Park

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is Laid to Rest

Staff Writer: Kelsey Wink  Email: kwink@umassd.edu  Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was laid to rest on Thursday, January 5th, in Vatican City in the first funeral ever conducted by a sitting pope. Pope Francis, who has led the Catholic Church since his election in 2013 following Benedict’s surprise resignation, led the funeral Mass sitting down due to a pre-existing knee alignment.  The historic funeral capped a chapter of Catholic Church history… Continue reading Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is Laid to Rest

Remembering the OG Green Ranger Jason David Frank

Staff Writer: Maya Arruda Email: marruda7@umassd.edu  On November 19th, 2022, beloved actor Jason David Frank died by suicide. His death was confirmed a day later, on the 20th.  Jason David Frank was most known for his role in the popular children’s series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993-1995), where he played Tommy Oliver, first the green ranger and later the white ranger. He played the red ranger in Power Rangers Zeo… Continue reading Remembering the OG Green Ranger Jason David Frank

Tokyo Takes on LGBTQ+ Rights

(Image via http://www.tbsnews.net) Volunteer Writer: Isabella Gerardi Email: igerardi@umassd.edu On November 30th, 2022, Tokyo courts ruled same-sex marriage unconstitutional.  Despite this, activists say there is hope for the future as the courts also acknowledge denying members of the LQBTQ+ community the right to marriage represents a human rights violation. This statement marks a huge change in sentiment from one of the only G7 nations that still doesn’t recognize same-sex unions. … Continue reading Tokyo Takes on LGBTQ+ Rights

Iran Exits the World Cup, But Player Safety Remains in Concern

Staff Writer: Colton Almeida Email: calmeida4@umassd.edu Iran was officially eliminated from the World Cup in a narrow 1-0 defeat at the hands of the United States last Tuesday. As the players make the return to their home country, concerns over their safety have become a critical matter.  Back in September of 2022, mass protests broke out across Iran in reaction to the death of Masha Amini, a 22-year-old woman living… Continue reading Iran Exits the World Cup, But Player Safety Remains in Concern

What’s All the Controversy About the 2022 FIFA World Cup?

(Image via http://www.mojidelano.com) Staff Writer: Kelsey Wink  Email: kwink@umassd.edu  In April of 2010 FIFA’s ex-president, Sepp Blatter, endorsed the idea of having a World Cup take place in the Arab World, saying that “the Arabic world deserves a World Cup. They have 22 countries and have not had any opportunity to organize the tournament.” So on December 2nd, 2010, it was announced that Qatar would host the 2022 FIFA World… Continue reading What’s All the Controversy About the 2022 FIFA World Cup?

Results of the 2022 Massachusetts Midterm Elections

(Photo via NBC News) Staff Writer: Kamryn Kobel Email: kkobel@umassd.edu The official results of the Massachusetts midterm elections are in. Unsurprisingly, there was a democratic sweep throughout the state.  All 9 of the House seats were won by democrats.  District 1 elected Richard Neal, with 61.4% of the vote.  District 2 elected James McGovern, with 66.2% of the vote. District 3 elected Lori Trahan, with 63.8% of the vote. Jake… Continue reading Results of the 2022 Massachusetts Midterm Elections

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

UKY Student Sophia Rosing Assaults Black Student Employee in a Race-Based Incident

(Image via nypost.com) Staff Writer: Maya Arruda Email: marruda7@umassd.edu  People do crazy things in college. It’s pretty much a fact of life like birds fly or the sky is blue. Doing crazy or outlandish things in college is part of the college experience. For some, it’s their first time without their parents’ family rules. For others, doing crazy things is a way to deal with the mind-numbing constant waves of stress… Continue reading UKY Student Sophia Rosing Assaults Black Student Employee in a Race-Based Incident

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

Astronomer Removed from Leiden University

Volunteer Writer: Mckenzie Ferrari Email: mferrari@umassd.edu On October 18th, 2022, Leiden University – located in the Netherlands and one of Europe’s largest research institutions – released a statement declaring that an unnamed professor was suspended from the university for “subject[ing] various colleagues to intimidating and unacceptable behaviour for a longer period.”  Multiple staff members at Leiden University filed complaints with the institution’s independent behavioral committee; such complaints included “sexually transgressive… Continue reading Astronomer Removed from Leiden University

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

Interest Rates are Increasing to Combat Inflation: Here’s Why

(Image taken from: http://www.forbes.com) Staff Writer: Julian Cassady Email: jcassady@umassd.edu On November 2nd, 2022, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) confirmed that they will be hiking interest rates by 0.75%. This article explains how the interest rate hike will affect inflation. Before going into details on the interest rate increase it’s important to clarify what the FOMC is, what purpose it serves, and who are the members of the committee.… Continue reading Interest Rates are Increasing to Combat Inflation: Here’s Why

Paul Pelosi Attacked in Violent Home Invasion

Staff Writer: Kelsey Wink  Email: kwink@umassd.edu  On Friday, October 28th, just before 2:30 a.m., Paul Pelosi, business executive, and husband of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was violently assaulted during a break-in of their San Francisco home. The perpetrator, David DePape, smashed a window to break into the Pelosis’ home, as he shouted, “Where is Nancy?” before unleashing the attack on Paul.  In his effort to escape, Paul asked… Continue reading Paul Pelosi Attacked in Violent Home Invasion

What You Need to Know About the Student Debt Relief Application

(Image taken from: https://humbledbudget.com) Staff Writer: Kelsey Wink Email: kwink@umassd.edu On October 17th, 2022, the Biden administration officially launched its student debt relief application, ending months of anticipation for millions of American borrowers.  President Biden announced his plan for student loan debt relief in August 2022. The program offers debt relief of $10,000 to those who did not receive Pell Grants or $20,000 for those who did. The income threshold… Continue reading What You Need to Know About the Student Debt Relief Application

America’s Peculiar Institutions

(Image taken from: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/brief-life-cornelius-frederick-warning-signs-missed-teen-s-fatal-n1234660) Volunteer Writer: T. Etna Email: rhepburn@umassd.edu (Superscripted bracketed numbers[*] refer to footnotes in the Reference doc linked at the bottom of the article.  The Reference doc contains specific text from the sources, images, and comments.) 3 weeks before the death of George Floyd, 16-year-old black boy, Cornelius Frederick, was suffocated to death on camera for throwing a sandwich. (www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/video-shows-fatal-restraint-cornelius-fredericks-16-michigan-foster-facility-n1233122) Unlike George Floyd, he was not killed… Continue reading America’s Peculiar Institutions

Remembering Leslie Jordan

Staff Writer: Kamryn Kobel Email: kkobel@umassd.edu On October 24th, 2022, actor Leslie Jordan passed away due to a car crash. The crash occurred in Hollywood at 9:30AM on the morning of the 24th. Sources from the Los Angeles Times report that Jordan may have had a medical emergency while driving, causing him to crash.  The exact cause of death is still unknown. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Jordan… Continue reading Remembering Leslie Jordan

What You Need to Know About the Vote

(Image taken from: https://www.wgbh.org/news/politics/2022/08/05/how-to-vote-in-the-2022-elections-for-massachusetts-governor-attorney-general-and-more) Staff Writer: Maya Arruda Email: marruda7@umassd.edu  The 2022 fall elections are quickly approaching, with the final election date in Massachusetts being November 8th. While the presidential elections are still two years away, this upcoming mid-term election offers the chance to vote for Congressional positions. For Massachusetts, only Congressional positions in the House of Representatives will be up for grabs. Election for local officials will also be… Continue reading What You Need to Know About the Vote

The Wisconsin Women’s Volleyball Team Leaks Should Spark Better Conversations

Image by Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA/Getty Images  Staff Writer: Shailyn Bacchiocchi Email: sbacchiocchi@umassd.edu Twitter blew up last Thursday night when explicit videos and photos of the University of Wisconsin’s women’s volleyball team started circulating. The University of Wisconsin subsequently released a statement that the UW-Police Department is investigating “multiple crimes” per the leaking of the private videos and photos.  “The unauthorized sharing is a significant and wrongful invasion of the student-athletes’ privacy,”… Continue reading The Wisconsin Women’s Volleyball Team Leaks Should Spark Better Conversations

Massachusetts Receives Opioid Crisis Settlement

Staff Writer: Maya Arruda Email: marruda7@umassd.edu  In July 2021, a massive settlement occurred between the state of Massachusetts and the major pharmaceutical companies responsible for producing and selling opioid-based pain relievers and contributing to the opioid epidemic. Nationwide, this settlement involved $26 billion dollars. The state of Massachusetts got $525 million for opioid rehab programs and, to put it bluntly, damage control.   Of this $525 million, 60% will be… Continue reading Massachusetts Receives Opioid Crisis Settlement

A Guide to the Massachusetts Voter Questions

Staff Writer: Kamryn Kobel Email: kkobel@umassd.edu Elections are on Tuesday, November 8th. You can find the nearest polling place by using this website. Here’s a comprehensive guide to the 2022 ballot questions for Massachusetts voters: Question One: Increased Taxation on Millionaires   This question proposes a new amendment to the state constitution that would place an additional 4% state income tax on taxable incomes over $1 million. Tax money would go… Continue reading A Guide to the Massachusetts Voter Questions

China Delays the Release of its Quarterly Gross Domestic Product Report

Staff Writer: Julian Cassady Email: jcassady@umassd.edu For the first time ever, China delayed the release of its quarterly gross domestic product report. Financial analysts and politicians are questioning if China is intentionally lying about its economic performance to maintain its image as a powerful nation. For decades China has surged in economic growth, consistently rivaling the U.S. economy. However, after the recent release of their quarterly GDP, the data shows… Continue reading China Delays the Release of its Quarterly Gross Domestic Product Report

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!

Rex Orange County Charged with 6 Counts of Sexual Assault in London

Staff Writer: Rena Danho Email: rdanho@umassd.edu Rex Orange County is a big name in the indie alternative music scene. Whether you call him Rex Orange County or Alex O’Connor, he has made a big name for himself and is recognized by many. Numerous people turn to Alex’s music, as he is called a “comfort artist.” This means that whenever things are going south, Alex’s music is always there for the… Continue reading Rex Orange County Charged with 6 Counts of Sexual Assault in London

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