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Op-ed: Is it ethical for UMass Lowell to partner with Aramark?

Alexander Gounaris Connector Contributor   On Dec. 3, 2018, students at New York University (NYU) — the nations largest private university — began a 155-hour occupation of the institution’s library demanding the termination of any business relations with the dining services conglomerate Aramark. NYU’s Incarceration to Education Coalition, which advocates for prison divestment organized the protest.

MassPIRG’s unwillingness to make inroads is both telling and troubling

Andrew J. Sciascia Connector Editor Recently, around the country we have seen a dynamic, and much needed, shift in the way we discuss predatory behaviors and actions – and it all begins with the idea of affirmative consent. For those unfamiliar with the term, affirmative consent is the idea that we should all be discussing

Op-Ed: Trump’s national emergency doomed to fail

Trump declared a national emergency on Feb. 15. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP) Troy Lafond Connector Editor On Friday, February 15, President Trump decided to declare a national emergency along the southern border of the U.S. in an attempt to finally get his wall built. Throughout his shutdown of the government, he had threatened to do so

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

A welcome address from an old friend

Hannah Manning Connector Editor Being Editor-in-Chief of the paper is absolutely surreal for me. I’m still having trouble really grasping it. I’ve been here since the first week of my freshman year back in Fall 2015 (ancient history, I know). I was a nervous kid — I was running a few minutes late for the

The True Beauty of Life

Editor’s note: This article was originally sent to The Connector during the waning weeks of the last semester. Due to some shuffling around of articles at that time, including the publication of former Editor-in-Chief Taylor Carito’s farewell letter, we were unable to fit it in last semester. However, due to recent events highlighting how harrowing

Op-Ed: Is Living on Campus Worth it?

Brigid Archibald Connector Staff Housing contracts opened last month and are due on March 31st. As always, some residents are debating whether they’d like to return to on-campus living next year, between the cost and other pitfalls of dorming some think an off-campus apartment is a better option.  Personally, the convenience of dorming alone is

Finding peace in the wake of tragedy

Ann Kurian Connector Contributor As of late, it seems the world is throwing us unexpected events each and everyday. From the recent school shootings to the deportation threats to our country’s Dreamers, pain is always surrounding us. It is hard to live in our society and not loose faith in humanity. So how do we

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