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  • 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 …
  • 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 …
  • 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 …
  • 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 …
  • 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 …
  • 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 …
  • 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 …
  • 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 …
  • 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 …
  • 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 …
  • 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 …
  • 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 …
  • 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, …
  • 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? …
  • 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 …
  • 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 …
  • 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 …
  • 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 …
  • Disney’s Latest Movie is A Dragon Designer’s Nightmare
    J Engels Staff Writer jengels@umassd.edu A roaring success with critics, Raya and the Last Dragon looks promising overall. Positive critical reception, however, does not excuse the fact that Disney, ever greedy corporation that they are, is getting away with charging subscribers of their streaming an additional  just to watch it. Even if it did- even if I, personally, wasn’t morally against supporting this latest of …
  • UMASSD Plans to Reopen- but is that the Safest Choice for Everyone?
    J. Engels Staff Writer jengels@umassd.edu I’d known the email was coming, but that didn’t stop me from feeling a sinking sense of dread  when I saw it in my inbox. Sent out by the Vice Chancellor, the email- strangely ecstatic in tone,  sentences ending in an unprofessional amount of exclamation points abound- reads: “UMass Dartmouth anticipates resuming on-campus, in-person classes for the fall 2021 semester.” …
  • Taylor Sheridan Movies
    A.J. Merch Staff Writer amerchant1@umassd.edu In my opinion, Taylor Sheridan is the greatest screenwriter of this new generation. His screenplays are the examples of simple plots with bigger more unique takeaways. As a film lover, I had no real interest in westerns or anything connected to them in any way, shape, or form. But that all changed when I encountered Taylor’s final frontier trilogy made …
  • One Year of COVID: Where Are We Now?
    Samantha Travis Staff Writer  stravis1@umassd.edu Everyone knows what this past week has been for many of us. The anniversary of moments many of us would rather forget. I can still remember where I was a year ago at this time. It was March 13, 2020. My last day of in-person classes. It was my final semester at Bristol Community College, excited for my graduation ceremony …
  • Video Games Have Become A Saving Grace
    Izzy Rivera Staff Writer irivera1@umassd.edu To a certain extent, everyone can agree that video games have become the saving grace of 2020 and possibly 2021. Friends will hop on a Discord call and ask for the code to join a couple rounds of Among Us or join someone’s Minecraft server to blow up each other’s hard made houses. This phenomenon has of course existed before …
  • The Covid-19 pandemic and learning to make a “Damn fine cup of coffee”
    Shannen Marie Hansen Staff Writer shansen4@umassd.edu Statics run our minds. Give me a good statistic and I’ll believe almost anything you say. Today, the weather is sunny with clear blue skies and a persistent spring breeze. Yesterday looked just like today. Blue skies stretched in all directions. Everywhere I went yesterday strangers reported that the weather forecasted a 100%chance of rain on Wednesday (it was …
  • Kanopy: After Netflix gets Boring
    By: A.J. MerchStaff Writeramerchant1@umassd.edu After months of putting it off, I finally looked at the Kanopy app which was an on-demand streaming video platform for public libraries and universities that offers films and documentaries. It was during my Spanish class when my professor had assigned a homework of watching a movie called Chico & Rita on the app. While doing so, I would fall in …
  • Meme Culture Has Become Our Second Language
    Izzy Rivera Staff Writer irivera1@umassd.edu In the year 2021, memes have become the way our generation responds to life events. Whether they be catastrophic or everyday things, everyone has a meme response to represent how they feel. If I say to you “What if I told you…” or “One does not simply…” a certain set of images, voice tones, and situations will pop into your …
  • Combat Sports VS Jake Paul
    A.J. Merch Staff Writer amerchant1@umassd.edu Boxing is now a very interesting space. It has now been occupied by the likes of Jake Paul and Logan Paul in recent years. For the most part it is Jake Paul, who is Jake Paul you may ask? Jake Paul, during my middle school years into freshmen and sort of Sophomore year of high school was the era of …
  • The Future of Cinema and Television
    By: A.J. Merch Staff Writer amerchant1@umassd.edu During the quarantine of 2020, I was engulfed in the process of watching numerous shows and movies spanning from the 80s to the present. A large amount of shows on Netflix in particular as a means of escape with the pandemic and other major events of the world unfolding. After a while I started to sit to myself and …
  • Why Foreign Policy questions have no place in the Presidential Debate
    By James Mellen The South Carolina presidential Debate aired the night before I am writing this, this debate was nearly unwatchable, it devolved into a presidential screaming match. One feature this debate had that has stuck with me is the emphasis on foreign policy questions, questions ranging from whether or not Xi Xingping is a dictator, to the Syrian Civil War. There was a separate …
  • Valentine’s Day: Day of Love or Consumerist Ploy? 
    By BROOKE AUBIN  Staff Writer  baubin1@umassd.edu    When we think of Valentine’s Day, there are a few staple things that come to mind. Extravagant bouquets, giant teddy bears, boxes of chocolates, and romantic candlelit dinners are just a few things that our society has deemed to contain the essence of the holiday. What do all of these things have in common? To quote ABBA: “money, …
  • The Mechanical Economy Is a Socialist Economy  
    By James Mellen In a world that is becoming increasingly posthuman, the automation of production is going to decimate the workforce for everyday people. I believe that the implication of automation will bring the Liberal right to property ownership to its logical conclusion, and incentivise the revolution of the Proletariat.   Any and all rights have logical conclusions in which they lose their validity, while we are given …
  • Bloomberg: A wolf in sheep’s clothing 
    By Brian Garrard Contributing Writer      “‘Oh my god, you’re arresting kids for marijuana that are all minorities.’ Yes, that’s true. Why? Because we put all the cops in minority neighborhoods. Yes, that’s true. Why do we do it? Because that’s where all the crime is.” -Michael Bloomberg, 2015. So… How about those Bloomberg memes huh?       Mike Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York …
  • Bernie Bros
    By James Mellen  At this point in the 2020 election cycle every candidate has undergone some level of scandal or scrutiny, however there is only one candidate getting criticized for his supporters. Since 2016 there has been a relentless series of attacks on Bernie Sanders because of his online supporters, also known as “Bernie Bros”.  Now I dislike the Bernie Bro moniker, Bernie’s coalition of …
  • The Ending of Bojack Horseman: “Why’s the main character a horse?”
    By James Mellen  American cartoon “Bojack Horseman” came to an end recently, for many viewers this came with a variety of emotions, but for this viewer, it only came along with opinions and editorials. Bojack Horseman is kind of like a documentary about Bob Saget 20 years after Full House, if Bob Saget was an alcoholic horse who abused women. This article is kind of like me ranting about the ending of …
  • New Hampshire Primary Results: Bernie Won 
    By Kira Bruce  Kbruce2@umassd.edu  Bernie Sanders, the Vermont socialist, won the New Hampshire primary last Tuesday. Followed by Pete Buttigieg, Bernie is now the leading democrat in the race.  After a confusing and narrow loss in Iowa’s caucuses, Sanders has officially won a primary election. He’s only 1 delegate behind Buttigieg and people are pretty surprised.   Having the title of socialist attached to your name is not usually beneficial in the United States. For years republicans have used the term as derogatory remark against their …
  • Tales From The Sevice Industry  
    By James Mellen    This weekend I went out to a restaurant with my girlfriend, and we ordered a dessert which took about 25 minutes to come out. The waitress apologized about 10 times and took the dessert off of our bill. However, this made me extremely sad, because I know that this poor waitress was concerned that she wasn’t going to get paid because …
  • On the Subject of Subtitles
    By Nicole O’Connell Contributing Writer  You are reading these wonderful words of mine on the page of a newspaper (or, perhaps on The Torch’s website!), but would you still read them if they were at the bottom of a video screen? Well, you probably would not see my words specifically, but what about any words? I’m talking about subtitles.  By now, you’ve probably heard of …
  • Self-Care Is Important
    By Contributing Writer Jordon DaSilva-Martins Stress can be damaging to college students’ physical and mental health. While stress typically receives negative connotations, it is the body’s natural response to change. Therefore, everyone needs some level of stress in their life and it should be depicted as a normal aspect of life. Harvard Healthy explains that without stress, we as humans would have never developed our …
  • UMass Dartmouth New Dorms and Dining
    By Contributing Writer Catalina McLucas The campus of UMass Dartmouth is changing at a pace like never before. The newest project on campus is the building of the new $134 million freshman dorms, built in only one year and replacing those that have been standing for over 40 years.   The 267,500-foot dorm consists of 1,210 beds, academic classrooms, maker spaces, study lounges, and recreation spaces. …
  • Tips for Young Adults Who Want to Quit Vaping
    Maybe you started vaping in high school thinking it was a cool fad.  Maybe you started in college or at a party after work with friends.  Maybe you started vaping because you thought it would help you stop smoking.    However you started, and for whatever reason, now you are regularly craving the nicotine buzz from vaping; perhaps you have a nicotine addiction.  Are you concerned …
  • It’s food: Dunkin’ releases “beyond meat” sausage 
    By Arts & Entertainment Editor Sawyer Pollitt  Dunkin’ Donuts, or just Dunkin’ as they have rebranded themselves, released the “Beyond Meat Sausage” this month. Is it good? Should you care about it? As one of the Torch’s resident vegetarians, I feel like I can speak on this topic with some degree of authority.   It was a wet and cold Sunday morning when I pulled up …
  • Why is the DNC so Cringy? 
    By Opinion and Editorial editor James Mellen   If you have been following this DNC primary cycle like have, then your brain has most likely been completely destroyed from the utter pointlessness of it all. There are 15 identical candidates, then there’s Bernie Sanders, Tulsi Gabbard, Marianne Williamson, and Andrew Yang. This is not to say that any of those four candidates are good, it is …
  • On conspiracies, 
    By Opinion & Editorial Editor James Mellen My dad believes that if you read every seventh letter of the book of Revelations in the Bible, it actually predicts the holocaust. If you think that sounds insane, that’s because it is. However, growing up in such an environment has made me naturally more curious about conspiracy theories than other people. Currently, I suffer from a terminal …
  • JUUL mint pods: Another type of pod you shouldn’t consume 
    By Staff Writer Eric Sousa    Last week, JUUL released a statement of intent to pull all mint JUUL pods from the market. This was in response to newly released data from the 2019 National Youth Tobacco Survey. This prompt decision was heralded in before the FDA’s official ban on these ‘fun’ flavors that target underage clientele.  This decision began to unfold with the 2019 National …
  • How a meme refused to let the Epstein controversy die 
    By Staff Writer Eric Sousa Now this might come as a surprise to you, but the online community feels a strong presumption that Jeff Epstein, convicted sex trafficker and high-society connector, did not kill himself. There is a solid reasoning behind this presumption, as well as conflicting examiner diagnoses on the nature of the injury. There is uncertainty riddled throughout this situation from head to …
  • Taxing extreme wealth under Warren’s proposed tax bill
    By Staff Writer Kira Bruce    Last Wednesday in an interview with the New York Times, Bill Gates sounded strangely similar to a Trump twitter rant regarding the proposed Warren tax bill. Gates said, “I’ve paid over $10 billion in taxes. I’ve paid more than anyone in taxes. If I had to pay $20 billion, it’s fine. But when you say I should pay $100 billion, then …
  • Vote blue no matter who
    By Staff Writer Jake Hunsinger  It is three months until the start of the primary voting season. While Republican President Donald Trump is not facing any serious primary challengers, things are getting messy in the crowded Democratic field. Early voting states like Iowa has turned into a four way statistical tie between former Vice President Joe Biden, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Senators Elizabeth Warren and …
  • Is Sanders the right way to go to stop discrimination against American citizens?  
    By Staff Writer Sarah Vasquez  If you don’t know who Ilhan Omar is I am about to tell you a little about who she really is and her core beliefs as a Somali-American. Ilhan Omar was the first Somali-American to be voted into the legislative office and has also been the first on landing a spot in the U.S. Congress. Omar has never been a …
  • Tulsi Gabbard vs. the Lizard People
    By Contributing Writer Abigail Field It may delight readers who longingly wish to return to early 1950s America that at least one aspect of the time has reared its head. One might remember more likely, from vague recollections of middle school than personal experience, the Second Red Scare, and, of course, McCarthyism. McCarthyism refers to the practice of making accusations of treason or subversion without …
  • Ed Markey, host the climate debate at Umass Dartmouth!
    By Opinion & Editorial Editor James Mellen   On September 21st 2019 representative of Massachusetts 4th congressional districts Joe Kennedy announced his decision to run for senate against incumbent Massachusetts senator Ed Markey. Only minutes after Kennedy’s announcement of his senate race, Ed Markey challenged Kennedy to a climate debate, Kennedy has yet to respond to this challenge.  Not only should Kennedy and Markey have a …
  • The State of Journalism in 2019 
    By Opinion & Editorial Editer James Mellen In November 2019 popular sports journalist website Deadspin was completely gutted when it was taken under new ownership. When the company was purchased in April, the former bosses of the company were fired in favor of representatives of the new owners. Quickly after that the company was changed for the worse. Their website was made completely unusable within …
  • ‘Bojack Horseman’ is the greatest adult animated show of all time
    By Opinion & Editorial Editor James Mellen It is said that in order to achieve world class expertise in any area of discipline it is necessary for one to put in ten thousand hours of dedicated, well regimented training. If we are to put our faith in this theory, then I know only one world class expert in one area of discipline. This is me, …
  • The undead are alright 
    By Contributing Writer Nicole O’Connell  I must in all good conscious preface this by saying I have never seen a zombie movie, other than Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island, in my life. And yet, I feel qualified to tell you about the living dead. Whether you yourself think me qualified is another matter.   No longer just a Halloween staple, zombies in media are present year-round. From …
  • The torture of disabled children in Canton, Massachusetts 
    By Contributing Writer Abigail Field  The torture of disabled children and young adults, often thought of as a thing of the past, is in fact still alive and well in Canton, Massachusetts. Autistic young adults and children as young as nine years old are made to live in constant terror at a facility called the Judge Rotenberg Center. This center, founded in 1971, uses electric …
  • Bernie’s boys not Biden’s bros 
    By Staff Writer Kira Bruce  Oct, 2. 2019 was the day Bernie Sanders suffered from a heart attack. A little over two weeks later more than 25,000 people gathered in Queens at the Bernie’s Back rally and to watch as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorsed Sanders as the democratic nominee.   Many people have criticized Sanders’s age, after his heart attack I think Bernie really wanted to prove …
  • The state of comedy in 2019 
    By Opinion & Editorial Editor James Mellen The current culture surrounding comedy is one that has been highly fluctuating in recent years. This is evidenced by multiple responses from famous, renowned comedians, such as Jerry Seinfeld, noting a change in their audiences. While there is a disagreement between audience and performer over what flies as a joke and what plummets as an offense, it’s important …
  • Unlikely friends face public backlash 
    By Staff Writer Jake Hunsinger   Former President George W Bush and Ellen DeGeneres are friends. And they should be! If they enjoy each other’s company then they should be. It should be that simple. It was that simple for a very long time! Be that as it may, it seems that the general public has decided that it is deeper than that, and that these …
  • Haiti endures the seventh week of protests over government corruption 
    By Staff Writer Eric Sousa Over the past seven weeks, major cities in Haiti have undergone intense rioting in protests as an outcry against President Moise. Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, has seen incredible unrest as the majority of the country reaches its boiling point. Stores are looted, cars are set aflame, burning tires are strewn through the destroyed streets. The outcry is a response to …
  • Large protests in Catalan
    By Contributing writer Liz Anusauskas  While climate activists are flooding the streets of America, there are dozens of other protests going on around the world. If I could talk about all of them in one coherent article, I would but instead, I’m simply going to write about the one closest to me- the Catalan crisis.  So… what’s up with those protests in Spain? The northeastern …
  • Opulence, you (look like you) own everything!
    By Contributing Writer Abigail Field   Natalie Wynn, better known as ContraPoints on YouTube, has just come out with a long awaited video on opulence. Wynn is an American transgender YouTuber whose channel is primarily comprised of intricate and theatrical video essays, and she is well known as a prominent left-wing voice on the platform. She is also fairly notorious for her work in “de-radicalizing the …
  • Revolving door of Trump Administration keeps spinning
    By Staff Writer Kira Bruce It isn’t news to anyone that Trump has had a difficult time keeping appointees in his administration.   It also isn’t news that Trump is a difficult person to work for. He has to be appeased at all times and cannot be at fault for anything going wrong.   Due to this, Trump has lost more cabinet officials and senior advisors than …
  • Tensions rise further between Venezuela and Colombia
    By Staff Writer Eric Sousa The conflict between Venezuela and Colombia is a powder keg waiting to go off, with recent rhetoric between the two governments pushing the situation one step closer to combustion. An immigrant crisis, which has been occurring since 2015, has grown into a many-headed hydra that may involve multiple countries, including the United States.  Colombian senator, Pablo Catatumbo, recently voiced concerns …
  • We Don’t Have Enough Time!
    By Staff Writer Maddie Kenn In this perilous time of rapidly changing environments we need to figure out ways to help our planet stay healthy. Let’s brainstorm, what are some ways we can give back to the planet? Well, we can recycle, reduce green house gases, clean the pollution from the ocean, eat babies… Wait, what was that last one? Eat babies? You read that …
  • Trump impeachment inquiry
     By Staff Writer Kira Bruce  Since the fateful election day back in 2016 there has been talk about impeaching Donald Trump, yet every time he does something that seems like it would be impeachment worthy nothing happens. Until his recent conversation with the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, I would have guessed that nothing could get him impeached. The whistleblower informed the press about a suspicious …
  • Sunday Service with Kanye West  
    By Staff Writer Maddie Kenn On Friday, September 27th, 2019,  Kanye West performed at his second concert in Detroit, and the best part was guests didn’t have to pay in order to attend. The 6,000 offered free tickets were available on ticketmaster and were gone within 18 minutes, proving his popularity. The concert was titled the “Detroit Sunday Service” and was held at the Aretha …
  • America’s fascination with drama in politics 
    By Staff Writer Eric Sousa President Donald Trump has recently committed a new faux pas in his cling to power; he pressed the Ukraine government to spill the beans on some dirt for Joe Biden’s controversial son, Hunter Biden. This comes in the midst of one of the tensest political climates this century, and is yet another indication we’re living in the movie Idiocracy. Hunter …
  • The dark side of YouTube
    By Staff Writer Meg Sullivan YouTube’s algorithm has been recommending a number of videos of YouTubers promoting disproven cures to cancer. BBC investigated YouTube in ten languages, and there has been about eighty videos found of misinformation in ways to cure cancer. YouTube tends to advertise big named brands but, also, strangely fake cancer cure videos. The meaning of YouTube’s algorithm is it renders the …
  • The Commonwealth of Vapeachusetts
    By Staff Writer Max Dean White   Ever since vaping products hit the market back in 2003, they have been used by many for their own reasons. Users often site their reason as being a quick fix to relieve stress in the same way as traditional smoking.  However, with growing concern from government authorities over the validity of the vaping companies’ marketing over the years …
  • Saudi Arabia oil conflict
    By Staff Writer Kira Bruce Unfortunately, conflict in the Middle East continues into the last few weeks when a drone-lead missile hit a Saudi Arabian oil production plant. This had serious repercussions in ME-US relations.  The United States is Saudi’s military ally so they expect us to help when there is a need for military aid. Yet, since Saudi government officials are keen on blaming …
  • Burger King lets vegetarians have it there way
    By Staff Writer Eric Sousa   As I waited in the drive through at Burger King, I could see the Wendy’s sign across the street. It felt as if Wendy was looking at me judgmentally, like I was cheating on her. “How could you?” Her giant, freckled expression started towards me accusingly. “How could you ruin the beautiful thing we had?”  I turned my attention, and my …
  • Barstool continues to act like a bunch of Barfools!
    By Contributing Writer Abigail Field It may come as a surprise to anyone who follows the UMass Dartmouth satellite accounts of Barstool Sports on Twitter and Instagram, but it appears that they have somewhat changed their stances on the importance of academics and public disturbances. The accounts are well known for their typically humorous posts about unbridled drinking and carousing, memes aimed at the administration, …
  • Brett Stephens bites back after being called a ‘bedbug’
    By Staff Writer Eric Sousa Last week, an innocuous tweet was sent out by a college professor calling Bret Stephens a bedbug. The exact tweet was, “The bedbugs (at NYT) are a metaphor. The bedbugs are Bret Stephens.” This tweet was seen by less than a dozen people…. One of which was the aforementioned Stephens, a columnist for the NY Times. How would a renowned …
  • Fall River mayor has his 2nd arrest this year
    By Staff Writer Kira Bruce Fall Rivers Mayor, Jasiel Correia, was charged with bribery and extortion last Friday Sep 6.  The city’s youngest mayor took office when he was just 24 years old in 2015. Now 27, he’s out on bail for the second time this year.  He stands accused of extorting cannabis vendors in need of a non-opposition letter. A non-opposition letter is one of the …
  • Hong Kong riots
    By Staff Writer Megan Sullivan Hong Kong has unfortunately been going through an unpleasant political crisis since the end of March this year. But why? If you are unsure, here is where to find out. Riots have broken out due to the proposal of a bill with a very long name: The Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation (Amendment) Bill. Passing …
  • Third Democratic Debate: Biden Is Still The Man To Beat 
    By Contributing Writer Jacob Hunsinger On Thursday, September 12th, ABC News hosted the third Democratic Presidential Primary Debate. Voters were given another chance to get better acquainted with the top tier candidates who are polling over 2% nationally. The candidates were also given another opportunity to differentiate themselves in what has become the most crowded field of candidates in the history of the Democratic party. …
  • Internships for every student, from New Bedford to Yellowstone
    By Staff Writer Kylie Cooper. Amidst the many internship opportunities offered, one in a school district may not immediately come to mind. Yet, through their internships in the New Bedford Public Schools system, two UMass Dartmouth students have been able to closely interact with the local community while gaining professional experience. Allison Goodwin ‘20, English (Communication), and Samantha Perry ‘19, English (Literature and Criticism), are …
  • What should be done about Julian Assange?
    By Staff Writer James Mellen III. There is a whole lot of controversy related to basically every aspect of Assange’s career as a criminal. It all started in 2006 when Assange founded /wikileaks/, an organization dedicated to leaking secret government information to the public. In 2010 Assange released numerous documents such as “The Afghanistan war logs”, “The Iraq war logs”, and the infamous “collateral damage” …
  • Produce & You: A look at the Stop & Shop strike
    By Staff Writer Sawyer Pollitt. If you are a part of the food-buying public, you have most likely noticed the picket lines forming outside of Stop & Shop stores across New England. This strike, one of the largest in recent memory, has garnered massive attention from locals, national news, and several presidential candidates. For many of us here living on campus, especially in Woodlands and …
  • Pro-life lawmaker loves life so much, wants the death penalty for those who seek abortions
    By Staff Writer Ben Pfeffer. Some people really just shouldn’t be allowed to make decisions. Yet, a Texas lawmaker has proposed a bill that would impose the death penalty on women who have abortions and doctors who administer those abortions. Lawmaker…that means he was elected by the people. It is Texas, but that’s bad even for Texas. The lawmaker’s name is Tony Tinderholt, otherwise known …
  • It’s the end of the semester, and I’m not ready!
    By Staff Writer Tighe Ratcliffe. Chances are that you’re currently bogged down with an overwhelming amount of homework; I’m in the same sinking boat as you. This semester just seemed to go by too quickly to keep up with all of the homework. And it didn’t help that all my professors pushed back their final projects to the same week; it’s hard to keep up …
  • London introduces Green Tax
    By Staff Writer Ben Pfeffer. On Monday April 8, London has introduced the world first ever 24-hour, 7 day a week air pollution charge zone. This means that vehicles inside of the zone must pay a fee if their vehicles do not meet the strict emission standards. The purpose of introducing this Ultra Low Emission Zone, or ULEZ, is to reduce toxic air pollution and …
  • Is Biden a touchy subject for Trump?
    By Staff Writer Tighe Ratcliffe. With the next round of presidential elections coming up, we’re bound to see any candidate be investigated for anything that would tarnish their reputation. I still find it hard to imagine that Trump managed to get into office with all the scandals he’s been a part of, but here we are. Our president posts to his Twitter feed very often. …
  • Is FOX News Trump-aganda? Bernie thinks so
    By Staff Writer James Mellen II. In an interview with the Huffington Post, Bernie Sanders responded affirmatively when asked if Fox News is a propaganda arm for the Trump administration. Duh. This became a completely inarguable point when Trump  shut down the government because Ann Coulter called him weak for not building the wall. However, the news outlet wasn’t always such a caricature of the …
  • Celebrity presidents are terrifying
    By Staff Writer Sawyer Pollitt. “Beating Trump would be so easy. So easy. So easy.” was a phrase tweeted by actor and veteran Donald Trump impersonator Alec Baldwin this past week. It is unclear if he actually intends on running for President of the United States in 2020, but what is clear is that he shouldn’t. In that same tweet, Baldwin also wrote “If I …
  • Family gets caught smuggling deceased family member to Canada
    By Staff Writer Eric Sousa. Have you ever heard the expression, “Healthcare costs are so high you might as well smuggle your deceased dad’s 80 year-old body to Canada,” before? No? Well, based on events that happened March 31st, that might just become the next hit phrase. At around 2:30 in the morning on Sunday, a van was stopped at the border between Vermont and …
  • What’s going on with Net Neutrality?
    By Staff Writer Tim Howard. Do you recall all of the memes about Ajit Pai? Well if you don’t, let me aid you. He is the Chairman of the Federal Communication Commision. Pai has the power of oversight over most pieces of technology that transmit signals. All technology companies selling such devices in the United States must have their technology examined and approved by the …
  • Cars II: Electric Boogaloo
    By Staff Writer Tighe Ratcliffe. In Norway, electric cars outsold gas-powered vehicles in March for the first time ever. The question on many driver’s minds now becomes, are we about to see the end of gasoline driven cars? Or are they still going to be commonly used for a long time to come? I’d love to say that yes, the age of fossil fuels polluting …
  • New Jersey approves bill for terminally-ill patients
    By Staff Writer Tamendy Raymond. One of the most controversial American bill subjects of the last 50 years is once again in the news. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy will soon sign a bill into legislation allowing terminally ill patients to seek life ending medication. New Jersey will be the sixth state, including the District of Columbia, to have similar laws once the bill is …
  • Why callout culture is a good thing
    By Staff Writer James Mellen III. As the internet has dragged people down through the mud for being problematic, many people (especially those who are a fan of the people who have gotten dragged through the mud) have come out against “callout culture”. So what is callout culture and why do people do it? Whether it’s “Callout culture,” “PC culture,” or “identity politics” they all …
  • The Mueller report: where are we now?
    By Staff Writer Sawyer Pollit. The Mueller report has been dominating the political news cycle since it has been released. It’s a topic that can be difficult to follow and even more difficult to come to a solid conclusion on. A brief summary of the situation is that Mueller and his team submitted a 300 plus page report to attorney general William Barr. This report, …
  • The Titanic wouldn’t have sunk if global warming was REAL
    By Jack Dawson. 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 …
  • I’ve been waiting for the shuttle for two years.
    By Two Chainz. 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 Dartmouth to deputize geese: goose law and you
    By Staff Writer BLE-DLE-DEE DEE DEE DEE 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 …
  • I LOVE YOU, CHANCELLOR JOHNSON
    By Staff Writer (well wouldn’t you like to know?) 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 …
  • I just CANNOT get enough of that turkey bacon
    By an incel named Zack. 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 …
  • iPad Mini and iPad Air offer no exciting improvements
    By Staff Writer Zach Lunghi To all the Apple enthusiasts, please remove your Airpods for one second. This past week the newest additions to the iPad air and iPad mini families were announced. Consumers will be able to purchase these products starting the week of March 24. So yet again, bust out your wallets for more minute changes to re-branded products. Starting with the “improvements” …
  • The college admissions scandal tells us what we already knew
    By Staff Writer Ben Pfeffer. You almost definitely have heard of the College Admissions Scandal. For those of you who haven’t, it was happening over the past decade and it was when rich and/or famous parents would illegally bribe colleges in order to get their children into top schools. It has been recently discovered that a few famous individuals have been involved in this multi-million-dollar …
  • Where did all the retailers go?
    By Staff Writer Tamendy Raymond. It has been a tumultuous start of 2019 since retailers have announced closures of hundreds of stores across the nation. Some of the United States’ most prominent retailers have shutting down stores or declaring bankruptcy in recent months. The rise of e-commerce outlets like Amazon has made it difficult for traditional retailers to attract customers to their stores and forced …
  • The failed recall of Jasiel Correia?
    By Staff Writer Tamendy Raymond. The Fall River Election Commissioners had to wait until 5pm Friday, March 15, to certify official special election results. Jasiel Correia II is officially the mayor of Fall River after the results of the special election that “saw him recalled then re-elected” according to sources at WPRI. Federal prosecutors allege Correia misused $231,000 of the $363,000 investment funds and accepted …
  • An unnecessary necessity? Why the GRE is useless for graduate school admission
    By Editor-In-Chief Chelsea Cabral. When I arrived to take the GRE this past October, it was hard to tell whether I was in a testing facility or a harsh airport security line. After submitting my identification and placing all my belongings in a locked drawer, I was waved over by a security wand and instructed to turn out my front and back pockets, shake out …