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Homecoming preview

Homecoming preview

(Photo courtesy of UMass Lowell) Homecoming will be from Oct.15 to Oct. 17. Troy Lafond  Connector editor  Homecoming 2021 is a weekend for students, alumni, family and friends alike to come together and celebrate UMass Lowell and experience a variety of campus events. This year, Homecoming runs from Friday, Oct. 15, to Sunday, Oct. 17,

UMass Lowell dining hall food still misses the mark? Another students opinion

(Photo courtesy of UMass Lowell) Troy Lafond Connector Staff UMass Lowell dining has historically had its fair share of struggles. After threats to terminate its contract with Aramark erupted in the spring of 2020, the quality of UMass Lowell student dining faded to the background as the school and its students entered quarantines and lockdowns.

Lil Nas X rocks both audiences and critics with his first studio album, “MONTERO”

(Photo Courtesy of Columbia Records) Troy Lafond Connector Staff When “Old Town Road” went viral in 2019, its success felt unprecedented and unrepeatable. Lil Nas X showed clear talent in songwriting and performing, but striking viral gold twice is nearly impossible. However, with his triumphant and impressively vulnerable debut album “MONTERO”, Lil Nas X shows

2020’s “Mulan” can’t escape its own reflection

(Photo courtesy of Disney) Troy Lafond Connector Editor  The 2020 remake of the Disney animated classic “Mulan” had an incredibly troubled rollout, with plans for the movie starting as early as 2010. Hope for the project began resurfacing in 2015 when director Niki Caro joined on, and momentum finally picked up when Yifei Liu was

Taylor Swift’s “Folklore” is a Career Standout for a Pop Sensation

(Photo courtesy of Universal Music) Through powerful storytelling emanating from every track and a lush production landscape, “folklore” stands as one of the most impressive albums Swift has ever released.  Troy Lanford Connector Editor  The music career of pop sensation Taylor Swift has been one of the biggest of this generation to watch unfold. Starting

“Knives Out” a razor sharp murder mystery

“Knives Out” is directed by Rian Johnson, the director of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” (Photo courtesy of Lionsgate) Troy Lafond Connector Editor “Knives Out” is a murder-mystery whodunit directed by Rian Johnson starring a large A-list ensemble cast including Daniel Craig as the investigator Benoit Blanc, Chris Evans as Ransom, Ana de Armas as

“Frozen 2” burns bright and lives up to original

“Frozen 2” had the biggest global debut for an animated film ever with $358.5 million. (Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures) Troy Lafond Connector Editor In 2013, Disney released their long-delayed, production-troubled, animated adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Snow Queen,” titled “Frozen.” “Frozen” went on to break box office records and became

Op-Ed: Do not buy “Pokémon Sword and Shield”

“Pokémon Sword and Shield” are the first mainline Pokémon games to ever be released on a home console. (Photo courtesy of Nintendo) Troy Lafond Connector Editor I have been a long-time fan of Pokémon. One of the first video games I ever played was a copy of “Pokémon Gold” for the Nintendo Gameboy Color that

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