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What I am thankful for

Christina Laderoute Connector Staff Well, it’s that time of year again where everyone is asking each other what they are thankful for. I guess it’s my turn. I am thankful for all of the opportunities and experiences that have presented themselves to me this year. As a singer, I am thankful for the crazy things

Keep calm and march on: Why UMass Lowell’s Marching Band draws such a large crowd

The UMass Lowell Marching Band performed at the 2016 Freshman Convocation. (Courtesy of the Lowell Sun) Colin Blackmer Connector Contributor For most, the UMass Lowell is known, primarily, for its engineering discipline and hockey team; there is, however, something else that is arguably just as important to the identity of UMass Lowell. It is the

That’s a wrap: My final fall semester

Veronica Cashman Connector Staff Any college student is all too familiar with the feeling. The feeling of returning to campus after working your butt off all summer, reuniting with friends you haven’t seen since May and getting ready to conquer the new school year. The first day of fall semester was one that I anxiously

How feminism can combat degrading medias

The late Hugh Hefner founded Playboy Magazine in 1953. (Jae C. Hong/AP) Jack Healey Connector Contributor Everybody knew of him as the misogynist, male chauvinist pig who took advantage of women to grow his millions.  You’ve seen him plastered on billboards in his red velvet robe with women less than half his age wrapped around

Student expectations of university dining are unreasonably high

Andrew Sciascia Connector Editor For years it has been said, by employers, alumni, faculty, staff and the student body alike, that one thing that truly sets UMass Lowell apart from other world-class centers of higher education is the unentitled attitude of its students. The Open Forum on Campus Dining this past week was, however, an

Tax Reform should help the needy, not the greedy

The proposed tax brackets for 2017. (Courtesy of kitces.com) Alex DePalma Connector Contributor For the past 50 years, America has been suffering from an increase in economic inequality; the wealthiest individuals are accumulating a greater share of the national income and capital assets than at any time since the 1920s. The median wage has not

Discussions, donations and hard conversations: How many more until we solve gun control?

After the Las Vegas shooting, many are questioning gun control laws and are advocating for change. (Courtesy of iStock) Alex DePalma Connector Contributor I am only 25 years old, but I am already too familiar with the cycle of discussion after a mass shooting. The initial confusion and absence of answers opens a vacuum for

What it means to be a River Hawk

For the 2017-18 academic year, university administrators have begun to focus in on what it means to be a River Hawk. (Courtesy of UMass Lowell) Kelly Skelton Connector Contributor Ah, the almighty question: What does it mean to be a Riverhawk? This is a question that every UMass Lowell student can answer. Though, I’m sure

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