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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

Give Amazon Drivers a Break this Year – Shop Small Instead

(Image via SMITH COLLECTION/GADO/GETTY IMAGES) Staff Writer: Maya Arruda Email: marruda7@umassd.edu It’s gotten to the middle of November. While many Americans know this as the season of Thanksgiving (or, as I like to call it, the season of feasting), many people use this time to get their Christmas shopping done early. Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become well-known holidays in their own right, celebrations of capitalism and the eternal… Continue reading Give Amazon Drivers a Break this Year – Shop Small Instead

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

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

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

BookTok’s Impact on Literature

Staff Writer: Kamryn Kobel Email: kkobel@umassd.edu TikTok, the short-form video application, has quickly dominated the social media scene. The app is currently number one in entertainment, with over one billion users worldwide. Since the application reaches such a wide audience, the trends within the app have become very influential. Many types of entertainment industries, including the music and television industries, have been impacted by whatever trends on TikTok. The book… Continue reading BookTok’s Impact on Literature

Ranking Every MLB Playoff Team’s World Series Chances

Staff Writer: Colton Almeida Email: calmeida4@umassd.edu As the 162-game Major League Baseball regular season comes to a close, the playoff picture is all but finalized. The playoffs are set to begin Friday, October 7th, with the best-of-3 wild card round matchups kicking off. Who is a serious contender and who is just happy to be in the dance? Time to rank every team’s realistic chances at taking home the championship.… Continue reading Ranking Every MLB Playoff Team’s World Series Chances

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 events, the sign is about… Continue reading The Life or Death of the Dartmouth Indian

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 population on this matter which… Continue reading A Letter to the Chancellor: Campus Response to Changes in the Mask Mandate Advisory

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 celebrated during Black History Month.… Continue reading The Importance of Uncomfortable Art

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 movies, but not many are.… Continue reading As Long as it Makes Money

Replacement of Humans with AI in the Workplace

Staff Writer: Roxanne Hepburn Email: rhepburn@umassd.edu The tour guide claps his hands together, signaling the factory tour’s start. One thing pops out to you as you are led from room to room. Where are all of the workers? The machines move in tandem, perfectly producing each product as a single supervisor watches from a glass window above.  This tour represents a generic factory in a generic location as industries worldwide… Continue reading Replacement of Humans with AI in the Workplace

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 being a massive racist on… Continue reading Cancel Culture  Ft. Shane Dawson

Intellectual Risks are a Game of Life

Staff Writer: Roxanne Hepburn Email: rhepburn@umassd.edu It’s the first day after winter break in eighth grade, and you walk into homeroom. Students buzz and bubble into conversation as each of them are handed a sheet of paper. It is the high school decision form. There are two typical options, public high school or specialized trade school. Where will you go? Do you want to learn a trade? Do you want… Continue reading Intellectual Risks are a Game of Life

Covid-19 and Mental Health 

By Staff Writer Busola Awobode bawobode@umassd.edu As the COVID 19 pandemic continues to restructure our world, many individuals across the globe struggle to adjust to their new realities. College students have been hit especially hard as the pandemic has forced radical transformations to their academic and personal lives. Due to this many college students are worse off both physically and mentally. They are reporting higher levels of depression, anxiety and… Continue reading Covid-19 and Mental Health 

UMass Dartmouth’s Response to Positive Cases

Staff Writer: Roxanne Hepburn Email: rhepburn@umassd.edu As winter break came to an end and the spring semester was right around the corner, Umass Dartmouth students had one thing on their mind: the Omicron variant. Cases of this new COVID variant were popping up everywhere across the US, and it was inevitable that the students of UmassD would be affected by this crisis. What the students were really wondering, though, was… Continue reading UMass Dartmouth’s Response to Positive Cases

Capitalism Kills: Black Friday Traditions Need to Change

(https://foundationdigital.com/black-friday-kill-count/) Staff Writer: Roxanne Hepburn Email: rhepburn@umassd.edu The tradition of stores opening at midnight after Thanksgiving, otherwise known as Black Friday (BF), needs to die – one person is killed, and nine people are injured on BF in the United States each year, according to thehustle.co. Stores should open around three hours early or preferably not alter their hours for BF at all. Employees are overworked and underpaid each year;… Continue reading Capitalism Kills: Black Friday Traditions Need to Change

How Much is Too Much TikTok?

(https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-54316992) Staff Writer: Roxanne Hepburn rhepburn@umassd.edu “Here are three new cozy games I recommend….” Swipe. “Today is a no-bones day….” Swipe. Swipe. “The life of a typical….” Swipe. Swipe. Swipe. The background music changes with each swipe as the different creators choose various audios to best suit the message they are trying to get across, whether it be a joke, a story, a recommendation, or even something they deem serious.… Continue reading How Much is Too Much TikTok?

How to Prepare for your Covid-19 Vaccine

Izzy Rivera Staff Writer irivera1@umassd.edu We are now over a year into the Covid-19 Pandemic and slowly but surely vaccines are being rolled out to the public. Getting vaccinated is doing your part to keep not only yourself safe but also those around you to get things headed in the right direction. So, if you are interested, what does getting a Covid-19 Vaccine look like and how should you prepare?… Continue reading How to Prepare for your Covid-19 Vaccine

UMassD’s Student Focus Group is a step in the Right Direction

J Engels Staff Writer jengels@umassd.edu When I heard that  the UMD administration would be holding a student focus group, I was skeptical that it would not actually be a forum but another disappointing town hall where the Q & A portion was mere formality. I attended the focus group with low expectations- and I’m happy to report that they were surpassed.  It seems, at last, that the university is genuinely… Continue reading UMassD’s Student Focus Group is a step in the Right Direction

If You Love ___ so Much, Why Don’t You Marry it?! (The Torchure)

Izzy Rivera Staff Writer irivera1@umassd.edu We all have definitely heard the expression “If you love “x”, why don’t you marry it?!” when people get fussy and I’m going to have a fantastic time adding to the band wagon. I am cracking my knuckles, stretching out, and I’m gonna let you have it. Ready? If you love the gym so much, why don’t you marry it? If you love your kombucha… Continue reading If You Love ___ so Much, Why Don’t You Marry it?! (The Torchure)

Timothy Treadwell is a mentally ill icon ❤ (The Torchure)

J Engels Staff Writer jengels@umassd.edu There’s some celebrities I hear about and I wonder, what’s the big deal? Why is everyone so obsessed with this average looking goon? More often than not, to me, celebrity worship feels like a pointless waste of life.  But there’s one celebrity I’ll make an exception for, one man whose reputation truly lives up to the hype: golden haired,  cherub faced bear enthusiast Timothy Treadwell.… Continue reading Timothy Treadwell is a mentally ill icon ❤ (The Torchure)

Letter To The Editor: Student Leaders Call for Vice Chancellor Finning’s Resignation

Letter to The Editor Written by: Liz Anusauskas: eanusauskas@umassd.eduTatiana DosSantos: tdossantos@umassd.eduJasmine Jenkins: jjenkins1@umassd.eduDakeyla Johnson: djohnson11@umassd.eduIsabelle Joseph: ijoseph@umassd.eduPearl McCarthy: pamonumccarthy@umassd.edu Introduction Written By Editor-In-Chief: James Mellen Jmellen@Umassd.edu Today, March 31st 2021, six students sent a letter to Chancellor Mark Fuller and Deputy Chancellor Mark Preble demanding the immediate resignation of Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Shannon Finning. The students who drafted and sent this letter include the 2021 class president, the… Continue reading Letter To The Editor: Student Leaders Call for Vice Chancellor Finning’s Resignation

How COVID is Causing a Gender Identity Crisis

J Engels Staff Writer jengels@umassd.edu As I scroll through social media lately I’ve been noticing something: more and more users- (including, as of recently, a celebrity as big as Halsey)- are putting “they” pronouns in their bios. Seeing that people are comfortable  enough to openly display these pronouns is a refreshing sign that  non-binary gender identities are starting to be destigmatized, but there are those who would attribute the increasing… Continue reading How COVID is Causing a Gender Identity Crisis

amazon is consuming us all

Izzy Rivera Staff Writer irivera1@umassd.edu Everyone you have come to know and love has more than likely purchased at least one item off of the all encompassing website called amazon. This website has become the world’s largest online marketplace, live-streaming platform with Twitch, and AI assistant provider measured by revenue and market capitalization. Amazon is currently the largest Internet company by revenue in the world. Almost every day you can drive… Continue reading amazon is consuming us all

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