Guess Who’s Back

By: 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 him … Continue reading Guess Who’s Back

Turning Red: A Powerful Film about What it Means to be Yourself

(Collider.com) Staff Writer: Roxanne Hepburn Email: rhepburn@umassd.edu There has been a demand for diverse representation in media for as long as it has been in existence. And on March 11th, 2022, Disney Pixar released their latest film, “Turning Red,” both in theaters and on their streaming service Disney+ to supply that demand.  “Turning Red” takes place in 2002 and features a 13-year-old Chinese-Canadian girl named … Continue reading Turning Red: A Powerful Film about What it Means to be Yourself

Album Review: Love Sux

(image: metacritic.com) By: J Engels email: jengels@umassd.edu Before I’d heard “Bite Me”- the lead single off of Love Sux– I’d brushed Avril Lavigne off as little more than a bonafide pop star, having heard only her radio hits. These newer songs introduced me to another side of Lavigne that I’d been a stranger to for far too long- the fiercely feminine punk princess who helped to define fashion … Continue reading Album Review: Love Sux

Freed Britney

By: Maya Arruda. Email: marruda7@umassd.edu. Fans celebrate Britney’s freedom outside California courthouse Everyone familiar with the iconic pop star behind hits such as “Womanizer” and “Toxic” has reason to celebrate. As of November 12, 2021, Britney Spears has been freed, permanently, from her father’s conservatorship. This marks a resurgence of freedom for the pop star from her father’s control after 13 long years.  A conservatorship … Continue reading Freed Britney

Encanto: Box Office Flop, Disney+ Bop

Staff Writer: Roxanne Hepburn Email: rhepburn@umassd.edu Fans of Walt Disney’s animated films have begged the corporation to diversify the characters and cultures depicted in their movies for over a decade. Disney has partially succeeded in meeting those demands with films such as Coco (2017) and Raya and the Last Dragon (2021); however, those attempts have been blown out of the park. In November of 2021, … Continue reading Encanto: Box Office Flop, Disney+ Bop

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

(https://www.mastermindadventures.com/2021/04/01/aha-moments/) Staff Writer: Roxanne Hepburn Email: rhepburn@umassd.edu On Tuesday, November 9th, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth held a unique virtual event on zoom titled “Future Game State”: A Conversation About Massachusetts’ Game Economy and the Gametech Ecosystem. The lecture featured three local game economy experts: Krysten Callina, Ryan Canuel, and Alan Ritacco. Callina is the Founder of Mastermind Adventures LLC; she is a talent management … Continue reading The Importance of Table-Top & Online Gaming: The Future Game State

The Rise of EDM in Mainstream Media

By Staff Writer Roxy Hepburn [rhepburn@umassd.edu] EDM, or electronic dance music, is a genre that has mostly sat on the sidelines of popular culture. However, has social media changed that? As new social media and gaming platforms take over the lives of millions of people, music trends are evolving to fit their new needs.  EDM is an ever-expanding field of music with countless subgenres to … Continue reading The Rise of EDM in Mainstream Media

Cozy Grove is A New Version of Animal Crossing: New Horizon?

Izzy Rivera Staff Writer irivera1@umassd.edu Over a year ago the infamous Animal Crossing: New Horizons came out and was plenty of people’s coping strategy for the new quarantine rules set upon us. From the moment it came out people would post their codes for others to visit their islands and trade furniture items, becoming such an infamous game for gamers and non gamers alike. Since then the … Continue reading Cozy Grove is A New Version of Animal Crossing: New Horizon?

Finding the Music: Book Review of Jackie Kay’s “Trumpet” (1998)

Samantha Travis  Staff Writer stravis1@umassd.edu Jackie Kay’s “Trumpet.” A novel diving into themes of gender identity, during a time when issues like this were never discussed or even considered to exist. Yet, they still did, and Kay discusses all of it. Inspired by the life of transgendered jazz musician, Billy Tipton, “Trumpet” follows the life of black Scottish jazz musician, Joss Moody, who lives his … Continue reading Finding the Music: Book Review of Jackie Kay’s “Trumpet” (1998)