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UMass Lowell and the City of Lowell Sow the Seeds for a Sustainable Future

UMass Lowell and the City of Lowell Sow the Seeds for a Sustainable Future

(Courtesy of UMass Lowell) The university has four solar arrays, located on the roofs of Costello Gym, Bourgeois Hall, Leitch Hall and Dugan Hall, consist of 1,172 panels that combined can produce 246 kW of power. Vernon Gibbs Connector Staff The world is changing. For better or for worse, today’s world is in a constant

Aramark On Thin Ice: University administrators deliver firm ultimatum to meal provider regarding food quality

(Photo Courtesy of UMass Lowell Dining) Pricing for UMass Lowell’s 2019-2020 Plans, which are mandatory for most campus residents, range from $4,450 to $5,120. Brigid Archibald  Connector editor Last spring, UMass Lowell dining halls underwent a reform that was supposed to fix issues with food quality and service in a location. Flyers were hung all

Microplastics, the smaller the piece, the larger the impact?

(Courtesy of Timothy Jean / Eagle Tribune) Dr. Weile Yan, an associate professor in UMass Lowell’s Civil and environmental engineering department, addresses the issue of microplastics in water at the Merrimack River Watershed Council’s (MRWC) fourth State of the Waters Conference. Brigid Archibald Connector Editor  It is simple. Giving up plastics straws and bringing a

Local group seeks to find a solution to sewage overflows in Merrimack River

(Brigid Archibald / The Connector) the MRWC has held the conference, focusing on the potential threats to the river and the people who depend on it. This year speakers focused on topics like PFAs, Combined Sewage Overflows, and Green Architecture.   Brigid Archibald Connector Editor  Many students say they have heard stories about how people used

University prioritizes safety in snow day calls

(courtesy of UMass Lowell) Brigid Archibald Connector Editor Last semester snow storms extended Thanksgiving break by two days and forced some students to make up their finals. If this weekend’s storm and subsequent parking ban are any indications, there are likely more snow days on the horizon, but how does the university decide when to

Students say they worry about their votes mattering

Julia Ashley  Connector Contributor In the political sphere, two extremes dominate the discussion: those who are not aware of any political agenda, and people who care very much about the political climate. A point of contention between these two differing views often stems from the subject of voting participation or lack thereof among the different

Little-known program, River Hawk Experience Distinction, offers students service-learning opportunity

Nicholas DeBella  Connector Contributor  The River Hawk Experience Distinction (RHED), a community involvement program, offers the opportunity for UMass Lowell students to earn a special stamp on their diploma, stating they have been involved in two courses participating in community engagement and two volunteer experiences. Although the program is two years old, information about RHED

MBTA and university cut student discount due to funding concerns

(Courtesy of Learning Lowell) Jeffery Ring Connector Contributor  Many students at UMass Lowell used the pilot program that allowed students to use the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) commuter rail for free. But a year later, the program is gone, because they both believed it was financially unsustainable. The program was based on an idea

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