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‘Mandy:’ An underrated gem of 2018

‘Mandy:’ An underrated gem of 2018

“Mandy” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in Jan. of 2018. (Photo courtesy of Spectrevision) Jaden Mendola Connector Contributor “Mandy,” starring Nicholas Cage and Andrea Riseborough, changed the way I look at film. Phrases like ‘A hallucinatory trip’ or ‘The psychedelic fever dream of a blood lusting metal head’ are perhaps the best way one

Vaping on campus – all the rage, or just smoke?

Jaden Mendola Connector Contributor Vaping and e-cigarette devices have been exploding in popularity recently, and there are few demographics that have been affected as heavily as college undergraduates. Originally intended as an aid for those who want to quit cigarettes, vaping has exploded into a national phenomenon and has been taken up by both ex-cigarette

Kurt Russell sleighs in “The Christmas Chronicles”

“The Christmas Chronicles” was streamed 20 million times its first week up. (Photo courtesy of Netflix) Linda Poe Connector Contributor Should a Christmas film contain a high speed car chase and a jailhouse rock number? Apparently for director Clay Kaytis and screenwriter Matt Lieberman, the answer is an enthusiastic, “Yes.” These elements, along with many

Men’s basketball bounces back with another Tsongas Center victory

The River Hawks remain a perfect 4-0 at home thus far into the season (Photo courtesy of UMass Lowell Athletics) Marcos Aguilar Connector Staff The UMass Lowell men’s basketball team (6-6) bounced back in their 110-63 rout of the Maine-Fort Kent Bengals (2-9) this past Friday night. The team had five players scoring in double figures with redshirt junior Christian Lutete scoring a team

Men’s basketball falls to Boston University 79-60 in road loss

Noel and the River Hawks will look to bounce back this Friday at the Tsongas Center (Photo courtesy of UMass Lowell Athletics) Marcos Aguilar Connector Staff The UMass Lowell men’s basketball team (5-6) is still looking for their first road win of the season after a disappointing 79-60 loss to the Boston Terries (6-4) at

Stephen Hillenburg leaves behind a legacy of optimism

Hillenburg was diagnosed with ALS in March of 2017. (Photo courtesy of Consequence of Sound) Jessica Kergo Connector Staff Stephen Hillenburg, creator of the highly acclaimed children’s animated television series “Spongebob Squarepants,” passed away at the age of 57 last Monday, Nov. 26. The cause of his death was a neurodegenerative disease known as amyotrophic

Achieving in-state tuition at UMass Lowell

Isabella Cacioli Connector Contributor There is a lot of confusion and misinformation surrounding the process of getting in-state tuition for out-of-state students. “I thought you had to live in Massachusetts for 3 years or so before being considered for in-state [tuition]. The exact law, though? I’m not too sure about that,” said Connor Greenfield, a

Men’s basketball wins Tsongas Center debut against NJIT in blow out fashion

Lutete led the River Hawks with a career high 28 points (Photo courtesy of UMass Lowell Athletics) Marcos Aguilar Connector Staff The UMass Lowell men’s basketball team (5-5) won their debut game at the Tsongas Center on Saturday defeating the visiting New Jersey Institute of Technology Highlanders (7-2) with a final score of 94-71. Redshirt junior

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