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” … Continue reading What should be done about Julian Assange?

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 … Continue reading Is FOX News Trump-aganda? Bernie thinks so

Wrestlemania

By Staff Writer James Mellen. WrestleMania 35 changed wrestling history, as it was the first WrestleMania main event to be headlined by the women of WWE. This followed the WWE’s Women’s Revolution. Formerly, female superstars were referred to as “Divas” and were more known for stripteases in the middle of shows rather than their wrestling skills. Now a days, the women of WWE often main … Continue reading Wrestlemania

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 … Continue reading Why callout culture is a good thing

Us subtly tells a history of American racism through background imagery

By Staff Writer James Mellen III. (Major Spoilers for the Jordan Peele film Us ahead) Most of the theories that surround Us have been in relation to classism or to the twist ending, but this is still a Jordan Peele film and there has been a complete lack analysis on the subtle allusions to American racism throughout the film. Numeric symbolism is obviously present throughout … Continue reading Us subtly tells a history of American racism through background imagery

From touchdowns to the Holy Orders: Gronk’s career change

By James “The Felon” Mellen. 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 … Continue reading From touchdowns to the Holy Orders: Gronk’s career change

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” … Continue reading UMassD resident artist Lo presents: “Community is a question”