President Trump announces the Air Bud initiative

This is a source of parody, satire, and humor and is for entertainment purposes only, published for the week of April Fools. Said posts or stories may or may not use real names, always in semi-real and/or mostly, or substantially, fictitious ways. As the purpose of said stories is to entertain and amuse and not to disparage any persons, or institutions, in any way and no malice … Continue reading President Trump announces the Air Bud initiative

This Week in SGA: A parting message from a senior senator

By Sebastian Moronta, SGA Correspondent At the end of this semester, the SGA will lose a significant portion of its members once the seniors graduate, and one of them has a clear message for those she’s leaving behind: remember what it’s all for. Emike Okhipo is a biochemistry pre-med major with a minor in political science. She serves as a senator for the class of … Continue reading This Week in SGA: A parting message from a senior senator

Wanted: Civility not cynicism

By Sebastian Moronta, SGA Correspondent Over the weekend, hundreds of thousands gathered in cities across the country for pro-gun control marches where activists, public figures, and most notably students from the shooting in Parkland spoke about a host of topics surrounding guns. The Parkland students have been largely responsible for organizing these marches, and they’ve also presumably had help from liberal organizers. That’s not a … Continue reading Wanted: Civility not cynicism

This week in SGA: Infrastructure powerhouse

By Sebastian Moronta, SGA Correspondent During the spring break recess, most students went home to relax on their couches, or take trips with friends and family. UMass senior and political science major Katie Lovett didn’t go home, instead keeping her nose to the grindstone working 14-16 hour days at two jobs while still managing to squeeze in an interview with The Torch. Her vigor is … Continue reading This week in SGA: Infrastructure powerhouse

YouTube to give conspiracy theorists more homework

By Sebastian Moronta, SGA Correspondent Since the advent of the internet, the looney-bin hopefuls of our society have congregated and shared the wildest of conspiracies and plots with each other anonymously, and their influence is growing. Technology makes it harder every day to distinguish between properly sourced news and the work of a Russian bot or a high school dropout clad in tin-foil. YouTube, one … Continue reading YouTube to give conspiracy theorists more homework

This week in SGA: Student Affairs’ Carson Longendorfer

By Sebastian Moronta, SGA Correspondent This week, the Student Government Association handled a few student issues, reviewed a proposal for an increase to the student fee, and considered several student funded programs submitted by student organizations. At long last, the hole in the ceiling of Willow has been patched, the infrastructure committee announced. They also spoke of the arrival of a new disc golf course … Continue reading This week in SGA: Student Affairs’ Carson Longendorfer

This week in SGA: a sit-down with student trustee Sam Reid

By Sebastian Moronta, SGA Correspondent The UMass system, made up of five campus’ across Massachusetts, is overseen by a board of trustees who make macro-level decisions for all of the universities in the system. This board has five student trustees, one for each campus, and UMass Dartmouth political science major Sam Reid represents ours. Reid is in her third and final year at UMass, serving … Continue reading This week in SGA: a sit-down with student trustee Sam Reid

High schoolers don’t need guns

By Sebastian Moronta, SGA Correspondent Another tragedy has thrown the us into yet another gun control debate cycle, and so far, little progress has been made. Understandably so, as the public discourse on guns doesn’t lend itself to reasonable discussion of potential solutions. Finding common
ground is easy. Nobody
in America wants
children to get shot, so
you would think it would
be that much simpler
finding a solution and
sticking to … Continue reading High schoolers don’t need guns

This week in SGA: a chat with Campus Services

By Sebastian Moronta, SGA Correspondent At this week’s SGA meeting, representatives from Campus Services Bill Mitchell and Jan Stahl delivered a presentation on the changes coming to the mail and packaging system, as well as updates to the Campus Store. To discuss these changes and the operations of the Campus Services committee within SGA, The Torch sat down with the committee’s chair, Kate Egan. Kate … Continue reading This week in SGA: a chat with Campus Services

In America, there are no lanes

By Sebastian Moronta, SGA Correspondent As of late, the American public has seen a surge in political activism and speech from celebrities, namely Jimmy Kimmel, Mark Ruffalo, Lebron James, and more. This activism has produced a myriad of responses from the public and political commentators alike, which vary wildly depending on your political affiliation.       If it’s liberal speaking, which most celebrities are, … Continue reading In America, there are no lanes