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Proposed increases to dining costs spit in the faces of UMass Lowell students

Proposed increases to dining costs spit in the faces of UMass Lowell students

(Photo courtesy of UMass Lowell) “Hawk’s Nest is one of several dining options at UMass Lowell that has not yet returned to its pre-COVID functionalities.” Troy Lafond Connector Editor The quality of the dining hall has been a constant source of strife for students, as expressed frequently in this newspaper. Issues such as food availability

“You” Season 4 Part 1 loses its charm

(Photo courtesy of Vogue) Penn Badgley returns for another season as Joe Goldberg in “You” season 4. Troy Lafond Connector Editor For its first three seasons, “You” has held a certain charm for its nuanced portrayal of Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley), a deranged, obsessive serial killer with self-delusions of his perceived righteousness. After the fallout

“Knock at the Cabin” is an apocalyptic disappointment

(Photo courtesy of The New York Times) “Knock at the Cabin” may not be remembered as the best of Shyamalan’s output. Troy Lafond Connector Editor Night Shyamalan has had perhaps the most tumultuous career of any director in modern Hollywood. “Knock at the Cabin” is his most interesting film since his 2015 comeback to credibility,

Marvel shrinks to new low with “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania”

(Photo courtesy of Entertainment Weekly) “Quantumania” makes great use of Jonathan Majors, while others’ roles are underwhelming. Troy Lafond Connector Editor When a franchise, especially one as notable for having a film-by-film formula as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, reaches its thirty-first installment, it is reasonable to expect that the flaws of this formula would be showing

Dive into “Infinity Pool” and emerge changed

(Photo courtesy of IMDb) “Infinity Pool” offers a solid, thrilling experience, while not ever fully reaching its true potential Troy Lafond Connector Editor The name “Cronenberg” appearing as the director of any movie is a reason to either pay attention or turn away. Brandon Cronenberg, son of director David Cronenberg, is the director of “Infinity

Sheehy Hall’s water pipes burst and wreck havoc on the building

(Photo Courtesy of Kyra Barry) “The current state of the Sheehy Hall basement ceiling.” Troy Lafond Connector Editor Saturday afternoon: a water pipe burst on the fourth floor of Sheehy Hall, extremely close to my dorm room. The entire building was immediately evacuated, and the residents of Sheehy in rooms damaged by water are still