The Life or Death of the Dartmouth Indian

By 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, … 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 … 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 … Continue reading The Importance of Uncomfortable Art

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 … Continue reading Replacement of Humans with AI in the Workplace

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 … Continue reading Intellectual Risks are a Game of Life

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 … 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 … Continue reading Capitalism Kills: Black Friday Traditions Need to Change

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, … Continue reading UMassD’s Student Focus Group is a step in the Right Direction

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 … 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 … Continue reading amazon is consuming us all