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

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 … Continue reading Disney’s Latest Movie is A Dragon Designer’s Nightmare

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.” … Continue reading UMASSD Plans to Reopen- but is that the Safest Choice for Everyone?

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 … Continue reading Taylor Sheridan Movies

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 … Continue reading One Year of COVID: Where Are We Now?

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 … Continue reading Video Games Have Become A Saving Grace

Finding the Spark: Movie Review of Disney Pixar’s “Soul”

Sam Travis  Staff Writer stravis1@umassd.edu Pixar movies have a great reputation of reaching people’s hearts. Their movies are made for children, yet also have humor adults can relate to, suddenly making movies people all ages can enjoy. So when they released their newest movie “Soul,” there was no doubt it was going to be the next big family movie. Soul is a touching and humorous … Continue reading Finding the Spark: Movie Review of Disney Pixar’s “Soul”

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 … Continue reading The Covid-19 pandemic and learning to make a “Damn fine cup of coffee”