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Spirituality without religion, One mans take on modern religion

Jeffery Theriault Connector Contributor Spirituality without religion seems to be one of the fastest growing convictions upheld in modern life. When asking a young person today about their spiritual practices, one will frequently receive an answer like, “Spirituality is important, but I don’t think I have to be religious.” Why might this notion be becoming

Discussing in-person learning and activities, and how the timing for returning to them Is not right

(Photo Courtesy of UMass Lowell) David Rosario  Connector Staff The COVID-19 pandemic interrupted the lives of many students last year. There was uncertainty that came with adjusting to the new situation. People around the world were upset and held back from their professional and personal pursuits. Yet, after a year and some months of the

Op-ed: Managing and dealing with feelings of hopelessness in an online environment

(Charles Deluvio/Unsplash) One study published in the Journal of Medical Internet research found that of the 195 students surveyed, 138 (71%) indicated increased stress and anxiety due to the COVID-19 outbreak. David Rosario Connector Staff It’s been nearly a year since UMass Lowell adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic, and many students still continue to pursue

Black student leaders demand UMass Lowell hold itself accountable for student experience and create a task force

(Photo Courtesy of UMass Lowell) According to the office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA), in the fall of 2019 7% of the student population identified as black. Emmanuel Idehen-Ovabor Connector Staff In light of Black History Month, it seems appropriate to look at one of UMass Lowell’s newest clubs, the Black Leadership Action Council (BLAC). Prior

Op-Ed: What are next steps for athletics during COVID-19

Photo courtesy of UMass Lowell Twitter. Abdulmajid Ali Connector Contributor In mid- March, college basketball teams were prepared to participate in the highly anticipated 68-team tournament we recognize as “March Madness.” In the National Basketball Association, Rudy Gobert had tested positive for COVID-19. Soon after, his teammate Donovan Mitchell also tested positive for COVID-19. This

Op-ed: Massachusetts sees a spike in COVID-19 cases and it will not stop till we do more

(CDC/Unsplash) Matthew Micale Connector Staff  As of Oct. 28, Massachusetts has had a total of 153,000 coronavirus cases. Of these cases, close to 10,000 have resulted in deaths. This past week, there was a recent spike of coronavirus cases in Massachusetts with over 1,000 new cases per day. This is amid social distancing guidelines and

Op-ed: Why people are saying ‘It’s time to settle for Biden’

Cassandra Milnes Connector Editor  Everyone has heard the tagline or seen it on a yard sign, “Settle for Biden.” Many ex-Warren and ex-Sanders supporters are following this trend as they prepare to enter the polls on November 3 with the hope to make Donald Trump a one term president. Many people are voting for Biden

Op-ed: A student’s thoughts from their first time watching a presidential debate

(Brian Snyder/Reuters) President Trump and Vice President Biden on stage at the first of the 2020 presidential debates on Sept. 29, 2020 David Rosario  Connector Contributor  When I saw the first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden, I was in disbelief. America is in an outrageous state. Wildfires, racial injustice and an

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