Author Archives: Andrew J. Sciascia

Op-Ed: MassPIRG is a partisan scam, and we should vote to defund them

Andrew J. Sciascia Connector Editor If you have spent even a semester here at UMass Lowell, chances are you have also heard of – or from – the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group (MassPIRG). MassPIRG representatives and members are well known around campus for invading classrooms to shamelessly preach their policy platforms and ask for

Mock Trial team has the Ivy Leagues in their crosshairs this tournament season

Courtesy of UMass Lowell Mock Trial team Andrew J. Sciascia Connector Editor At the end of a remarkably successful season, the UMass Lowell Mock Trial team paid a visit to the hallowed halls of Yale University – arguably the nation’s most prestigious Ivy League undergraduate university and law school – on Feb. 15 for the

River Hawks work out the kinks in tale-of-three-periods win over Merrimack

(Courtesy of UMass Lowell Athletics) Andrew J. Sciascia Connector Editor UMass Lowell fans present at the Tsongas Center on Friday night were treated to an intense 6-3, back-and-forth scoring battle Friday on a night which in all likelihood should have seen the 17-10-2 River Hawks men’s ice hockey team tuning up on a 7-21-2 Merrimack

River Hawks struggle through deflating 6-1 defeat at the hands of the Friars

Junior goaltender Tyler Wall stopped 28 shots in Friday night’s game against Providence. (Matt Dwyer/Connector) Andrew J. Sciascia Connector Editor Coming off of an exciting two weeks and ten games without a loss, the UMass Lowell men’s ice hockey team came out to face the Providence College Friars with no shortage of intensity. After just

‘Resident Evil 2’ does more than just reanimate an old corpse

Three million units were shipped worldwide the first week. (Photo courtesy of Capcom) Andrew Sciascia Connector Editor Face the music: the arts and entertainment industry has all but run out of original concepts. From Hollywood to the triple-A gaming industry, mainstream entertainment is a soulless machine that churns out tasteless remakes of timeless classics, each

Drunk driver leaves East Campus without power hours after Super Bowl

Students walk to class as National Grid works to restore power to East campus. Andrew J Sciascia/the Connector Andrew J Sciascia  Connector Editor  Keeping with tradition, rowdy UMass Lowell students took to the streets last Sunday to celebrate the New England Patriots sixth Super Bowl victory, not only in franchise history but also in most

UMass Lowell, Greater Lowell area unnerved by stabbing of 18-year old

Andrew J Sciascia Connector Editor At 8:30 p.m. last Monday, a ‘Timely Warning’ email delivered via the UMass Lowell Emergency Notification System unnerved the student body with reports of a brutal stabbing that had occurred over an hour earlier just steps from campus. “At around 7:10 p.m. Lowell Police learned of a stabbing victim behind

Students respond to stopgap end to government shutdown

President Trump makes announcement from White House Rose Garden Andrew J Sciascia Connector Editor Following 35 days of uncertainty and bitterness, Washington DC was released from the grips of the longest government shutdown in United States history. The news broke Friday afternoon when President Donald Trump made a surprise announcement from the White House Rose

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