Author Archives: Andrew Sciascia

Verging on predatory: Edge Merrimack River’s shady marketing practices

Andrew Sciascia Connector Editor “Find Your Freedom.” Chances are, if you have been active on the UMass Lowell campus this semester you have encountered Edge Merrimack River. You’ve seen them tabling by our dining halls. You’ve heard their pitch. And chances are, if you saw the email from Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Larry Siegel

New off campus housing site has UMass Lowell administrators on edge

Andrew Sciascia Connector Editor Just crossing the Bridge Street bridge into the heart of the city or driving past French Street, one can see the speedy development of a new “purpose built, student housing” facility on the water: Edge Merrimack River. Throughout the 2016-17 academic year at UMass Lowell numerous students have come in contact

Ed Sheeran keeps to winning formula with ‘Divide’

“Divide” debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 upon it’s release. (Photo courtesy of Asylum Records) Andrew Sciascia Connector Staff The red-headed, mid-twenties music icon with the humble, awkward persona and English roots had been dodging the public eye for over a year after taking a social media hiatus. An off blue square

‘Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands’ indicates Ubisoft is back in form

“Ghost Recon: Wildlands” is the first major entry in the “Ghost Recon” series since 2012’s “Ghost Recon: Future Soldier.” (Photo Courtesy of Ubisoft) Andrew Sciascia Connector Staff When the beta dropped for the newest installment of the “Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon,” longtime fans of Clancy games and the tactical shooter genre were floored. With last

Indie Game Spotlight: ‘Outlast’

“Outlast 2” will be released on April 25, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Red Barrels Studio) Andrew Sciascia Connector Staff “Outlast” is the dark, horrifyingly gruesome and stress-inducing adventure that took the gaming world by storm with its stunning story and gritty design in September 2013. With its long awaited, and seemingly unrelated, sequel just under

Chancellor’s Forum panelists address student academic, financial success

Associate Vice Chancellor Larry Siegel speaks at the Chancellor’s forum on Tuesday. (Courtesy of Student Government Association) Andrew Sciascia Connector Editor Following a half-hour of mingling and dining shared among members of student leadership, the student body and UMass Lowell administration, Student Affairs administrators took the microphone for the Chancellor’s Open Forum that happens once

The ‘perks’ of living in Perkins

The Perkins complex has become of high interest to residential students next year. (Taylor Carito/Connector) Andrew Sciascia Connector Editor “I believe that the Perkins Complex is a great addition to UMass Lowell. It provides students with affordable luxury housing, and many colleges do not offer buildings nearly as nice as Perkins,” said freshman Kevin Lucey.

Degou, Madigan elected SGA president, vice president; Reed re-elected trustee

President-elect Lisa Degou and Vice President-elect Brian Madigan won the election by a close margin. (Courtesy of Facebook) Andrew Sciascia Connector Editor “I thought it was a hard-fought election, between two terrific candidates. I knew whichever ticket took over, they were going to lead the student experience to be more positive. It’s the closest election

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