Confessions Of UMass Dartmouth Students

Confessions Of UMass Dartmouth Students

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but a few things keep sticking out when it comes to issues about campus.
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Recently, I asked the students of UMass Dartmouth to share with me the biggest issues they have with the school. There are a few sessions for students to voice their concerns about campus, but a lot of things seem to go unnoticed.

Please hear us out.


On the issue of: Wifi


"Unreliable wifi"

- Jamie, 21

The wifi is famous for always leaving us at the most inconvenient time. With the banning of routers across campus in an effort to "speed up UMASSD-A", students have lost their ability to have better speeds at home. A lot of wireless things that could be used with ease before are either no longer available or an absolute pain to set up (ChromeCast, XBox, etc.).


On the issue of: On campus transportation

"How they changed the times for the retail shuttle and cut back on the hours."

- Alexandra, 19

"Lack of shuttles running on weeknights. I work at 7pm a few nights a week in a building across campus, and never have I seen any shuttles running when I have to leave my building, though they are supposed to start at 6pm. When walking I notice maybe 2 out of the 12 are missing from their section of the parking lot. We pay too much money to not be able to catch a shuttle to get around campus in the near freezing temperatures starting around this time of year."

- Juliette, age unknown


On the issue of: Parking

"Not enough parking, yet higher prices for a parking pass"

- Kimberly, 20

Having to pay full price for a parking pass for only needing it for half a semester"

- Lyndsy, age unknown

Parking passes are wayyy to expensive. And they keep cutting funds from certain departments.. If you want to know more about the funding issue I would be glad to explain."

- Breezy, age unknown

"I keep getting tickets"

- Dan, 19

"Requiring us to pay for a parking pass is pretty much stealing unless we have working cameras in the parking lot. Especially when parking is so limited and prices are so high. I can't believe this hasn't been brought up more .... isn't this extortion? They justify prices with cameras, cameras don't work. Prices go up, number of spaces goes down."

- Rachael, age unknown

"Having to park miles from your destination is not only annoying during the day but it can be extremely unsafe at night. I don't live in the apartments but it's ridiculous that those who do can't even park relatively close to their building and have to walk in the dark (likely alone). There should be more parking bottom line and parking passes should mean you can in the majority of campus parking locations. I've gotten 2 tickets within the week and I bought the decal in September. It's just a rip off.. we are paying for non existent parking essentially"

- Maria, age unknown


To be fair to the parking issues stated, a staff member of the parking office also made a fair point:

"In rebuttal to all the parking complaints I would just like to point out although the prices have increased we still have some of the cheapest parking decals for Massachusetts state universities. For example I used to attend Framingham State university and I had to pay $500 to park a mile off campus and due to safety I had to wait for a shuttle to reach my car. I can understand the frustration in the lack of parking but we have it pretty good here believe it or not. And I know some schools get parking for free but in order for them to do that the schools work the parking price into everyone's tuition even if they don't have a car on campus. Nothing is free, that's just the way the cookie crumbles"

- Courtney, 22




On the issue of: Security

Absolutely the lack of security cameras. That's a big problem in the parking lots. If they could just put them up in the parking lots that'd be a million times better than what we have now"

- Dani, age unknown

"THE LACK OF CAMERAS my NEW (to me) car got keyed last week while parked outside of ivy for 5 minutes and although they could check ivys' cameras to see who came in and out during the 5 minutes it most likely won't happen. I just don't get how we can't get more cameras."

- Jessy, age unknown

We really need more cameras.


On the issue of: Class availability

"classes only being offered one semester a year so that people have to stay a whole extra semester or year if something goes wrong or they cant get into the class, overall the advising system in general not being helpful/easy/convenient to navigate, lack of emphasis of the education side of things in general when if comes to the facilities of the university (we are in school primarily to learn and when a professor can't show a presentation because of tech issues or you can't hear the professor speaking because of construction outside or you can't get proper rest to refresh yourself for the next day of studying and learning because your dorm room is too hot/cold, that is a problem), also gym is too small but I think the academic issues are far more important"

- Eve, 20

"I hate that I've had to delay my graduation date because they screw up when and what semesters you can take certain classes and then only having time option..."

- Megan, age unknown

I can attest to the classes situation. A lot of classes are only offered on a semesterly basis, meaning if the class is full and you can't enroll, you fail a course and need to retake it, you receive an incomplete grade because of an illness or emergency, you're pretty much screwed and can't make up that class until the following year.


And finally, this student's response with no text needed:

-Chris, 19

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A Girl Gets Raped At School Then Gets Suspended

Boys are always going to be boys, right?
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How many cases have there been about young girls get raped? As of late rape is becoming a huge topic that some are still afraid to talk about. I am here to share a story of a ninth grader who is, of course, getting the blame rather than the boys that did the crime.

A female student who goes to Miami Carol Senior High School has brought claims to people about three boys who had raped her. Where did it happen? It happened in the bathroom at the school, yep you read that correctly. These students had taken advantage of another during the time they should be learning.

The fourteen-year-old who I'm going to refer to as Sarah claims she was sexually assaulted by three boys and gets suspended from the aftermath.

"He was holding onto my sweater really tight and I was trying to leave to get back to class, and he kind of just pulled me into the restroom," Sarah tells. She went to a teacher had told her about the incident that occurred. Eventually, the school suspended the boys but did not expel them.

I get that Sarah may be horrified or even scared to go to go due to what happened. Why does she need to be suspended? What did she do in the situation that she should get a strike for it? Maybe it's for Sarah's safety, maybe they are treating her unfairly.

Moving on, the first boy she says forced her to have anal sex while the others forced her to perform oral on them. However, the girl supposedly told the Mother that she didn't scream or run away leaving that as consensual.

Sigh, why does it always come down to that? If a girl or woman doesn't strike back it is considered consensual. I've read that in other cases before and I just don't understand how that can validate any situation. I'm sorry I didn't have enough time to fight back when I was being held down or forced.

As if this story could get any worse it did and fast. Two of the boys' families stepped forward and told the investigator something that no one wants to hear. One of the boys has gonorrhea and the other is HIV positive.

This girl is only fourteen years old and is going to have life ripped away. They had given Sarah medication just in case and she won't know if she is positive until a year later. Why? What did he do to deserve that?

The same with the boy though, it is a shame that he is HIV positive but why would you want to infect someone else? Why would you want to let someone else suffer from the same disease?

The school had released a statement which said “School district administrators in conjunction with Miami-Dade Schools Police are thoroughly investigating this case thoroughly, and it continues to be an active investigation. Information regarding the case has been provided to the State Attorney’s Office as well as the Department of Children and Families (DCF).”

Sarah is getting therapy and is staying away from the school which I said I would completely understand. Her Mother is stating that the district is being difficult with allowing her to transfer someplace else.

Rape isn't going to go away even if we want it to. People are still going to do the same thing no matter how hard we fight. It becoming the same fight over and over and there isn't much we can do.

I just hope that this won't be so popular in the news. With each and every story that comes up reads the same thing. Female gets raped by a male and they usual result in the winning of the man.

At some point we need to figure out a way to calm this but unfortnauly for us we can't make it stop.

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Full of Emotions: A poem

Not positive emotions, but they needed written
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This is a poem that has been stewing in the back of my head for the past week, things that I've felt like I needed to voice and should've spoken up about ages ago.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy it.


I can't bring myself to love you.

I can't stand you

I almost hate you

and yet,

because of who you are,

I know it shouldn't be like this.


Does it make me a bad person

if I wish for your existence to end?

Does it make me evil

to wish no good to come to you?

If this is a sin,

I think it probably is,

I am not ready to repent for it yet.


All these feelings

I used to have for you

have been numbed

by the anesthesia of time.

Every time the anesthesia wears off

I learn a new thing to like

and almost just as quickly

another thing to hate.

You hurt me and you hurt

people I love

with equal abandon

and I can't forgive that.


Maybe it makes me a bad person

maybe I'm justified

in my feelings of dislike

and even if I am

I don't care.

My emotions have been

stunted for so long

because of you.


Being away from you,

I'm allowed to lower my defenses

and actually let my emotions grow

and attach myself to others.


Being away from you,

I realized how strange your love is,

how different your views are

and I've seen how far apart

you and I are now.

And I'm okay with it.

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