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Student Debt Crisis: Will it be Cancelled?

Student Debt Crisis: Will it be Cancelled?

Joe Biden's presidency will be marked by broken promises and a lack of initiative, chief among them his refusal to cancel widespread student debt.
Zach Steward, Politics/Op-ed Editor April 26, 2022

Joe Biden will never cancel student debt. Why? While some say it’s because he can’t, that he has to go through Congress to do so, I say otherwise. He could easily cancel them with the stroke of a pen...

Higher Education: Whos it Really For?

Higher Education: Who’s it Really For?

What happens when capitalism is mixed with greed and a lack of regard for students? Tuition increases.
Zach Steward, Politics/Op-ed Editor April 18, 2022

The Board of Trustees is an outdated, archaic, and foolish enterprise that should be abolished in my opinion. At present, though, they need to be more student-oriented. The decision to increase tuition...

Morbius: A Complex Character

Morbius: A Complex Character

Will this anti-hero be the one needed to shake things up? Will he get to cross into the MCU? If so, Spider-Man might be in trouble.
Zach Steward, Politics/Op-ed Editor April 17, 2022

Why a vampire doctor? Why is he relevant, and what does his introduction to the superhero world mean going forward? These are some of the questions I have following the Morbius movie, and who knows if...

B&Q at PWI: Dating as a Black Queer Man

B&Q at PWI: Dating as a Black Queer Man

Zach Steward, Op/Ed Editor April 14, 2022
Hookup culture, racism and homophobia create lots of toxic dating.
The Batman movie poster. Credit DC Films.

The Batman: Savior or Capitalist?

This version of Batman is not the seasoned vet we have come to know. Yet, the story is about more than him, as it serves to have society question itself and the lengths it will go to hold onto old ideals.
Zach Steward, Politics/Op-ed Editor April 8, 2022

Spoiler alerts below! Read only if you've seen the movie.   Robert Pattinson is a well-rounded actor that plays a broody Bruce Wayne/Batman well. Zoë Kravitz’s Selina Kyle is compelling,...

Hypocrisy & Whiteness are Two Peas in a Pod

Hypocrisy & Whiteness are Two Peas in a Pod

The Oscars are a bastion of hypocrisy and this year's show proved it. If society is to condemn Will Smith, there must be condemnation across the board past and present.
Zach Steward, Politics/Op-ed Editor April 6, 2022

Phew! Busy few days, as we are now a little over a week since “the slap heard around the world” occurred. Will Smith retired from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences last week, doing...

COVID-19 Saga Continues: Mask Mandate Lifted

COVID-19 Saga Continues: Mask Mandate Lifted

The removal of the mask mandate just before spring break shows the callous disregard by the administration to how the pandemic continues to affect the marginalized.
Zach Steward, Politics/Op-ed Editor April 5, 2022

The revoking of the mask mandate is a careless, reckless decision by the administration. UMass Amherst continues to prove they don’t care about the lives of marginalized groups, the pandemic being the...

“Another woman of color misunderstood the message”

“Another woman of color misunderstood the message”

The impact of racist incidents doesn't happen in a vacuum. It has an effect that lasts for a long time, and those effects can be seen in a multitude of ways.
Kayla Reid, Writer April 2, 2022

I am appalled on the actions of a Sweets n More staff and co-manager. Using my skin color against me and using my skin color as a poster to support. I made my comments public to the Sweets n More business,...

Is it News Worthy? The Will Smith & Chris Rock Drama

Is it News Worthy? The Will Smith & Chris Rock Drama

How many white people have been let off the hook for doing even worse than what Will Smith did? Why aren't we examining that?
Zach Steward, Politics/Op-ed Editor April 1, 2022

Alright, by now we’ve all heard that Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the 94th Academy Awards, aka the Oscars. Mr. Rock made a “joke” in regard to Jada Pinkett Smith and her hair loss, which is due...

B&Q at PWI: Pilot

B&Q at PWI: Pilot

Zach Steward, Op/Ed Editor March 30, 2022
B&Q is a safe space for the Black queer community to dish out stories, opinions and struggles of exploring sexual, gender and racial identity at a school with a White majority.
Ask UMass: Mask Mandate Lift

Ask UMass: Mask Mandate Lift

Ethan Brayall-Brown, Assistant News Editor March 28, 2022
On this episode of Ask UMass, students tell Ethan Brayall-Brown their thoughts and opinions on the lifted mask mandate here at UMass.
When Will Black Lives Matter?

When Will Black Lives Matter?

Time and again the UMass administration has proven they only care about themselves and what's good for them, especially when systemic racism is involved.
Zach Steward, Politics/Op-ed Editor February 28, 2022

“While I am proud of the longstanding commitment to social justice at UMass, even here, the barriers to racial equity and justice are real, whether subtle or overtly threatening. We can break down these...

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