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Students gather to protest racism and police brutality

Students gather to protest racism and police brutality

Kristin LaFratta, Writer
October 3, 2014
Filed under Campus, Current Affairs

A group of more than 40 students gathered in the rain outside the Campus Center on Wednesday, Oct. 1 to support “UMass Speaks Out: Rally Against Racism and Police Brutality.”

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Farewell from the Amherst Wire team

Farewell from the Amherst Wire team

May 5, 2014
Filed under Campus, Current Affairs

by Elizabeth Geffre Dear Amherst Wire reader, “Do I even enjoy writing?’ I think to myself as I start typing. You’d think that the years I’ve devoted to my journalism major would have told you, yes, yes I do. Sometimes I don’t think that’s true. I like to think that that I can,...

First Annual UMass Amherst Women in Media Conference

First Annual UMass Amherst Women in Media Conference

May 5, 2014
Filed under Campus, Current Affairs

by Kate Ferrante Rows of chairs were aligned opposite a panel of women setting down their bags and reviewing their notes. Each chair had a pen and notepad placed on top, inscribed with the conference’s title in pink that read " UMass Amherst Women in Media Conference." The first annual conference...

The other side of Autism Speaks: Protesting a “cure”

The other side of Autism Speaks: Protesting a “cure”

April 14, 2014
Filed under Campus, Current Affairs

by Rebecca Humphrey As runners and walkers in support of the 6th Annual Autism Speaks U 5k/3k waited at the starting line, so did protesters. The fundraising event, which took place at Kendrick Park in Amherst on Sunday, April 6. was hosted by Autism Speaks U as well as collaborating sororities and frat...

Mountain View Farm aids food bank produce

Mountain View Farm aids food bank produce

Jason Kotoch, Writer
April 14, 2014
Filed under Campus, Current Affairs

Farmers Liz Adler and Ben Perrault are busy at work, starting seeds in preparation for a growing season that they hope will produce 100,000 pounds of produce for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.

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Former New England Patriot Matt Light comes to Amherst

Former New England Patriot Matt Light comes to Amherst

April 4, 2014
Filed under Campus, Current Affairs

by Christina Gregg and Alex Lane Whether it's football, philanthropy or vodka, Matt Light always seems to find the balance. The three time Super Bowl Champion and former offensive lineman for the New England Patriots came to Amherst, Mass., Tuesday to promote KEEL Vodka. KEEL is a New England ba...

Protect Our Breasts: Bringing prevention to the forefront

Protect Our Breasts: Bringing prevention to the forefront

April 1, 2014
Filed under Campus, Current Affairs

by Tanya Loss When Cynthia Barstow founded the Protect Our Breasts chapter at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she had a mission. She found a group of seven UMass women of public health or business majors who were leaders and motivators and they started something much bigger than themselves ...

Journalism Major Chris Doherty talks NESN, UMass and Red Sox with Jenny Dell

Journalism Major Chris Doherty talks NESN, UMass and Red Sox with Jenny Dell

March 3, 2014
Filed under Campus, Current Affairs

Senior journalism major and WMUA Sports Director Chris Doherty had the opportunity to interview NESN on-air talent and UMass alum Jenny Dell. Dell graduated from UMass in 2008 with a Bachelors Degree in Individual Concentration in Sport Event Marketing and Operations. At the time of the interview, Dell...

Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian visits UMass

Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian visits UMass

March 3, 2014
Filed under Campus, Current Affairs

by Allee Graziano Hailed as “Mayor of the Internet” in 2012 by a magazine you may have heard of called Forbes, Alexis Ohanian has made some significant life accomplishments to say the least. Ohanian has founded three successful companies, one which was conceptualized at a Waffle House and built in hi...

A night to remember: The 86th Annual Oscars

A night to remember: The 86th Annual Oscars

March 3, 2014
Filed under Campus, Current Affairs

by Jessica Troland It was a golden night for the silver screen. The red carpet dazzled with designer dresses and the show inside was the perfect medley of sincere acceptance speeches, star-studded performances and moments that made instant headlines. It was Oscar night, 2014, and not even Twitter...

ESPN’s Fainaru brothers talk investigative journalism, NFL and “League of Denial”

ESPN’s Fainaru brothers talk investigative journalism, NFL and “League of Denial”

March 2, 2014
Filed under Campus, Current Affairs

By Marc Jean-Louis Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada, ESPN investigative correspondents and co-authors of the book “League of Denial,” were hosted at UMass on Thursday, Feb. 20 to discuss their book, investigative journalism and their work in exposing the concussion crisis within the NFL. “L...

Humanities and Fine Arts concerned with leaving Bartlett

Humanities and Fine Arts concerned with leaving Bartlett

February 17, 2014
Filed under Campus, Current Affairs

by Veronica Stracqualursi AMHERST, Mass.  – Constructed in 1960, Bartlett Hall is nearing the end of its days. Asbestos grows on the crumbling walls and ceiling. Its classrooms and offices are unbearably hot during the summer and cold in the winter, mostly due to the heat not working. There have...

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