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Loss, heritage and the artist’s life of Alvilda Sophia Anaya-Alegría

Loss, heritage and the artist’s life of Alvilda Sophia Anaya-Alegría

Jackson Cote, Contributor
March 29, 2017
Filed under Around the Valley, Current Affairs, Profiles, Showcase

As a native of Guayama, Puerto Rico, culture is a major influence in the art of Anaya-Alegría.

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Deconstructing ‘Decasia’: A UMass Production

Deconstructing ‘Decasia’: A UMass Production

Sarah Strangie, Contributor
March 27, 2017
Filed under Around the Valley, Features, Music, Showcase, Student Life, Travel

Director Bill Morrison’s experimental film is a 70-minute series of decomposing film stock played alongside composer Michael Gordon’s original score.

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Amherst Wire 360: The Botanic Garden of Smith College

Amherst Wire 360: The Botanic Garden of Smith College

Morgan Hughes and Joshua Murray
March 19, 2017
Filed under Around the Valley, Current Affairs, Showcase, Travel

Free and open to the public, anyone can visit the Botanic Gardens of Smith College and walk from greenhouse to greenhouse to explore the exotic rainforests, crisp tulip gardens and rows of precious succulents.

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Casino gambling not bad for state lottery, study says

Casino gambling not bad for state lottery, study says

Cameron Merritt, Writer
February 28, 2017
Filed under Around the Valley, Campus, Showcase

Their research found that lottery revenue did not decrease after the Plainridge Park Casino opened in June 2015. The casino, located in Plainville, was the first facility of its kind in the state. Lottery revenue rose 4.37 percent, according to the study.

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Amherst mourns death of citizen journalist Larry Kelley

Amherst mourns death of citizen journalist Larry Kelley

Morgan Hughes, Campus News Editor
February 21, 2017
Filed under Around the Valley, Current Affairs, Showcase

Roughly 30 friends, family and community members gathered Monday in the Amherst Town Common to mourn the loss of the established town figure, who died Friday afternoon in a car crash.

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Top Five: Affordable Valentine’s Day dates

Top Five: Affordable Valentine’s Day dates

Shayla Costa, Contributor
February 11, 2017
Filed under Around the Valley, Lifestyle, Showcase, Top Five

Since Valentine’s Day happens to be on a Tuesday, you know what that means — “$5 Tuesday!” Finally, you and your date will get to see Fifty Shades Darker or the Lego Batman Movie for only $10.

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ATG treasurer gets jail time for embezzling over $130,000

ATG treasurer gets jail time for embezzling over $130,000

Amanda Levenson, Contributor
February 3, 2017
Filed under Around the Valley, Campus, Current Affairs, Uncategorized

ATG alumni Christopher Estes, 53, was sentenced to one year in jail Monday morning for embezzling $133,000 from the fraternity.

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VIDEO: Protesters chained to TD Bank doors risk arrest

VIDEO: Protesters chained to TD Bank doors risk arrest

Jon Decker, Writer
December 19, 2016
Filed under Around the Valley, Campus, Current Affairs, Showcase

Protesters arrived in the frigid morning temperatures at 8:00 a.m. Five members occupied the two entryways to the bank, securing their bodies with heavy steel chains and padlocks to the door handles, making entrance to the business all but impossible.

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Hidden Gem: Richardson’s Candy Kitchen satisfies the sweet tooth the old-fashioned way

Hidden Gem: Richardson’s Candy Kitchen satisfies the sweet tooth the old-fashioned way

Shelby Ashline, Writer
December 16, 2016
Filed under Around the Valley, Travel

Only a short 20 minute drive from campus, this hidden gem is unheard of by most students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. But to locals, Richardson’s Candy Kitchen has been a part of their families’ lives for years and sometimes — as is the case in my family — for generations.

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Yookeroo: The new jam band of Amherst

Yookeroo: The new jam band of Amherst

Isaac Simon, Contributor
December 8, 2016
Filed under Around the Valley, Entertainment, Music, Showcase, Student Life

“We’re all trying to make the best kind of music possible and since we’re all on the same page with our approach it makes it much easier to play,” Cornetta said. “It is important that we don’t take ourselves too seriously, we’re just having fun and hoping the crowd will have fun with us.”

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At Simple Gifts Farm, local food is a year-round affair

At Simple Gifts Farm, local food is a year-round affair

Nicole DeFeudis, Contributor
December 5, 2016
Filed under Around the Valley, Food/Health, Lifestyle, Showcase, Uncategorized

Simple Gifts Farm in North Amherst offers a chance to buy organic produce in a small-farm setting. And you can get there by bus.

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The Hampshire College flag debate: What you need to know

The Hampshire College flag debate: What you need to know

Amy Russes, Writer
December 2, 2016
Filed under Around the Valley, Politics, Showcase

Protests end after Hampshire College raised the American flag once again on Dec. 2, after the decision to remove it from it's campus upset locals.

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