Author Archives: Andrew Sciascia

Op-250 scores million-dollar DOJ grant for cyber security education

Op-250 scores million-dollar DOJ grant for cyber security education

Operation 250 team members include, from left, Asst. Prof. Neil Shortland, director of the Center for Terrorism and Security Studies; UMass Lowell graduates Jaime Keenan and Danielle Thibodeau; student Nicolette San Clemente; and graduates Jonas Pierribia and Tyler Cote. (Photo courtesy of Neil Shortland) Andrew Sciascia Connector Editor Acclaimed across the northeast as a top-of-the-line

River Hawks triumph over UVM in nail-biting America East Quarterfinal

A dramatic victory through a penalty kick shootout marked their first win in America East postseason history (Photo courtesy of Bob Ellis) Andrew J Sciascia Connector Editor Fans were on the edge of their seats Thursday night at Cushing Field as the women’s soccer team climbed to victory over the Vermont Catamounts in penalty kicks

Cumnock reopens, student organizations impacted by university growing pains

Andrew J. Sciascia Connector Editor In previous academic years, North Campus students have found themselves between classes sitting out in their cars, cramped elbow to elbow in hallways outside their lecture halls to do homework or making the lengthy trek back to Fox Dining Commons just to have a bite. Recognizing a key issue in

RIT deals UMass Lowell a 5-4 overtime defeat in Homecoming heartbreaker

An exciting Homecoming game unfortunately ends in a loss for the River Hawks (Matt Dwyer/Connector) Andrew J Sciascia Connector Editor Saturday’s River Hawk Homecoming rematch between the UMass Lowell River Hawks and the Rochester Institute of Technology Tigers was no defensive chess match. With nine goals scored, and the lead changing hands three times throughout,

River Hawks win out over RIT in dramatic 2-1 season opener

The River Hawks win behind a strong performance from Tyler Wall (Matt Dwyer/Connector) Andrew J Sciascia Connector Editor The stunning opener to the 2018-19 UMass Lowell men’s hockey season came to a close Friday night under a chorus of jangling keys in the Tsongas Arena. Taunts and chants rained down from the UMass Lowell fan

River Hawks men’s hockey team appears primed for 2018-19 season

Bazin and his team look to rebound from disappointing year (Courtesy of WMUR) Andrew J Sciascia Connector Editor When crispness enters the air in the Merrimack River Valley, and the foliage begins to don its colorful fall attire, the students of UMass Lowell know one thing is certain. River Hawk Homecoming is just around the

Alumni Spotlight: Different worlds above and beneath the surface in Coach Norm Bazin

Norm Bazin has been a River Hawk for over two decades (Courtesy of Hockey East) Andrew J Sciascia Connector Editor In his seven-year tenure as head coach, Norm Bazin has ushered in an era of record prosperity for the UMass Lowell men’s hockey team. Rarely appearing anything but cold and calculated from the Tsongas Arena to

Despite minor opening woes, Hawk’s Nest opens to student praise

The Hawk’s Nest will be open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursday. (Hannah Manning/Connector) Andrew Sciascia Connector Editor For sophomore exercise science major Patrick Pang, the opening of the newly renovated Hawk’s Nest dining hall at University Suites has, despite minor hiccups, been an overall positive experience. “I think it’s really cool.

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