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Podcast: UMass students tell first-hand stories of Standing Rock protests

Podcast: UMass students tell first-hand stories of Standing Rock protests

Carson McGrath, Writer
December 19
Filed under Campus, Current Affairs, Podcasts, Showcase

In this podcast, two senior University of Massachusetts Amherst students, Victoria Carrier and James Frank, describe in detail their times at Standing Rock last month.

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How prescription opioids helped fuel the Massachusetts heroin epidemic

How prescription opioids helped fuel the Massachusetts heroin epidemic

Bryan Bowman, Nicole Defeudis, and Jacqueline Pollock
December 13
Filed under Campus, Current Affairs, Multimedia, Showcase

Rob Lelacheur was prescribed OxyContin in 12th grade after breaking his ankle. He had no idea at the time that this would mark the beginning of a long-term battle with opioid addiction that nearly took his life.

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State budget cuts may force Amherst homeless shelter to close

State budget cuts may force Amherst homeless shelter to close

Wei Cai, Writer
December 13
Filed under Campus, Current Affairs, Showcase

Without funding, the shelter is in jeopardy of closing, forcing dozens of its patrons onto the streets in the dead of winter.

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Should they stay or should they go? Psychologists weigh in on value of freshman-only dorms

Should they stay or should they go? Psychologists weigh in on value of freshman-only dorms

Allyson Morin, Writer
December 9
Filed under Campus, Showcase, Student Life

Some say this experience helps to form friend groups and make connections. Others say that freshman-only dorms can breed a problematic atmosphere for the university’s youngest students.

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After legalization, cannabis reform activist says there is still work to be done

After legalization, cannabis reform activist says there is still work to be done

Jon Decker, Writer
December 8
Filed under Campus, Current Affairs, Showcase

Massachusetts voted to legalize the use and commercial sale of marijuana on Nov. 8, but the federal government still classifies it as a Schedule I drug. Devork said that while there’s been enormous progress made so far, there’s still a long way to go for cannabis activists.

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New generation of farmers encourage shopping local

New generation of farmers encourage shopping local

Rebecca Wiesman, Contributor
December 7
Filed under Campus, Food/Health, Lifestyle, Showcase

More and more students are getting involved with the agriculture industry to learn how the food we eat is grown.

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From UMass to Silicon Valley: An interview with ‘Everipedia’ founders

From UMass to Silicon Valley: An interview with ‘Everipedia’ founders

Bryan Bowman, Campus News Editor
December 7
Filed under Campus, Profiles, Showcase, Technology

Just four months after graduating from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Dave Liebowitz left his home in Northern New Jersey and ventured some 3,000 miles to Los Angeles in pursuit of his dream job.

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UMass professor Sut Jhally responds to being named to list of ‘radicals’

UMass professor Sut Jhally responds to being named to list of ‘radicals’

Morgan Hughes, Campus News Editor
December 5
Filed under Campus, Showcase

“This really stupid thing that has nothing substantive behind it has gotten so much press,” Jhally said.

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Students rejoice as Baby Berk 2 revives old menu

Students rejoice as Baby Berk 2 revives old menu

Elissa Borden, Contributor
December 5
Filed under Campus, Food/Health, Showcase

The new menu has most of the melts that were on the menu in previous years, including the "BB2 BBQ," a sandwich featuring pulled pork and macaroni and cheese.

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Pro-flag protesters to return to Hampshire College Sunday

Pro-flag protesters to return to Hampshire College Sunday

Carson McGrath, Writer
December 2
Filed under Campus, Showcase

Protesters calling for Hampshire College to replace the American flag on their campus are planning to return to the school on Sunday at 12 p.m. for a rally called #RaiseOurFlag.

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Sue Dreyer: the UMass ‘squirrel lady’

Sue Dreyer: the UMass ‘squirrel lady’

Caeli Chesin, Writer
December 1
Filed under Campus, Profiles, Showcase

Dreyer sees her animals as more than just rodents or another facet of a natural system. She cherishes them and builds real relationships with the animals she encounters.

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Folks with Jokes presents: Thankfulla’ Sh*t

Folks with Jokes presents: Thankfulla’ Sh*t

Alexandra Pigeon, Entertainment Editor
November 30
Filed under Campus, Entertainment, Features, Showcase, Student Life

Music blasts over the murmur of conversation as about 80 students sit in the darkness of a half-filled Herter auditorium staring at a chalkboard that reads, “Thankfulla’ Shit."

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