UMD Senior Breaks Into Campus Store (Torchure)

Staff Writer: Sam TravisEmail: stravis1@umassd.edu During a time when hardly any students are on campus, it is not surprising to learn that there is never much excitement happening on UMD grounds. However, that all changed this week when a UMD senior broke into the campus store in the middle of the night, stealing up to $50,000 dollars of textbooks and campus merchandise. When campus workers … Continue reading UMD Senior Breaks Into Campus Store (Torchure)

Piffleditch: The Hottest New Sport (Torchure)

Staff Writer: Sam TravisEmail: stravis1@umassd.edu 2020 gave millions plenty of time to think and create new things for the world. One of them is none other than Piffleditch, which seems to be the hottest new sport of the century. Many people may be asking: what in the world is piffleditch? How is it played? Is the game as fun as it sounds? The answer is … Continue reading Piffleditch: The Hottest New Sport (Torchure)

16 and Pregnant: Addressing or Glorifying Teen Pregnancy?

Samantha Travis Staff Writer stravis1@umassd.edu Some people may not be familiar with the MTV reality series, 16 and Pregnant. The show first premiered in 2009, when teen pregnancy rates in the US were at an all-time high. The show follows teen girls from all over the country, documenting their journeys as pregnant teenagers and the struggles they face, such as adult responsibilities at a young … Continue reading 16 and Pregnant: Addressing or Glorifying Teen Pregnancy?

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?

A Tale of Two Pandemics: Looking at Katherine Porters’ ‘Pale Horse, Pale Rider,’ During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Sam Travis  Staff Writer stravis1@umassd.edu When it comes to relating to any piece of literature, I never thought I would relate to one about the 1918 influenza pandemic. It always seemed so long ago to me, a tragic event of the past, something that could never happen in the 21st century. But yet here we are today. When I read Katherine Anne Porter’s novel “Pale … Continue reading A Tale of Two Pandemics: Looking at Katherine Porters’ ‘Pale Horse, Pale Rider,’ During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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”

From Lone Star State to Frozen Wasteland: A First-Hand Look at Texas After a Devastating Snowstorm

Sam Travis  Staff Writer stravis1@umassd.edu Up in New England, no one is a stranger to the occasional snowstorm. It is normal for several inches to fall on the ground, but we are always well prepared. Snowplows, rock salt, and proper heating systems always save New Englanders from being snowed in for days on end. But what happens when snow decides to fall in places where … Continue reading From Lone Star State to Frozen Wasteland: A First-Hand Look at Texas After a Devastating Snowstorm