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Ellison, McGovern discuss future of progressivism and the Democratic Party

Ellison, McGovern discuss future of progressivism and the Democratic Party

Bryan Bowman, Campus News Editor
March 27, 2017
Filed under Campus, Showcase

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Mn.), the deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee, joined local congressman Jim McGovern Saturday night at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for an even titled “Progressive Politics in the Age of Trump

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Amherst Wire Office Chat: Mongabay Editor Erik Hoffner

Amherst Wire Office Chat: Mongabay Editor Erik Hoffner

Amherst Wire Staff
March 27, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Uncategorized, WireTV

Amherst Wire spoke with Erik Hoffner of Mongabay on Facebook Live.

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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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When it comes to UMass athletics, apathy breeds mediocrity

When it comes to UMass athletics, apathy breeds mediocrity

Bryan Bowman, Campus News Editor
March 27, 2017
Filed under Campus, Opinion, Showcase, Sports

The problem, of course, is that the students and alumni, by and large, simply don’t care.

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Pat Kelsey era over before it starts

Pat Kelsey era over before it starts

Cameron Merritt, Writer
March 24, 2017
Filed under Campus, Showcase, Sports, Uncategorized

Just 35 minutes before he was scheduled to be unveiled as the next coach of the University of Massachusetts Men’s basketball team, Pat Kelsey, citing personal reasons, backed out.

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Do you have the right to do drugs? Experts debate at UMass

Do you have the right to do drugs? Experts debate at UMass

Bryan Bowman, Campus News Editor
March 23, 2017
Filed under Campus, Showcase

This question was debated by Dr. David Murray, a former chief scientist for the federal government's Office of National Drug Control Policy under president George W. Bush, and Dr. Jeffrey Miron, a libertarian economist at Harvard University.

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Can’t Swim’s ‘Fail You Again’ whips energy dynamic on pop rock tightrope

Can’t Swim’s ‘Fail You Again’ whips energy dynamic on pop rock tightrope

Fitzgerald Pucci, Writer
March 22, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Music, Showcase

Incorporating destruction, a recurring theme of drowning and a one-way magnifying glass towards the self, “Fail You Again” creates a typical “me-first” narrative focusing on love and women.

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UMass students safe after London attack, officials say

UMass students safe after London attack, officials say

Morgan Hughes, Campus News Editor
March 22, 2017
Filed under Current Affairs, Showcase, Study Abroad, Uncategorized

University of Massachusetts Amherst spokesperson Ed Blaguszewski released a statement saying university officials are in the process of confirming the safety of students studying abroad in the London area after an attack.

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Did political scientists fail us?

Did political scientists fail us?

John Coakley, Writer
March 22, 2017
Filed under Current Affairs, Opinion, Politics, Showcase

While nearly everyone and their Facebook friends failed to predict a Trump victory, many political scientists accurately predicted this shocking outcome. The problem is that they widely rejected their own findings.

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Professors and Politics: Musgrave and Curtis

Professors and Politics: Musgrave and Curtis

Amherst Wire Staff
March 21, 2017
Filed under Showcase, WireTV

Professors Paul Musgrave and Diane Curtis discuss politics and policy in the era of Trump.

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‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ plays its strengths

‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ plays its strengths

John Coakley, Contributor
March 21, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Showcase, TV/Movies

While the sequel is perhaps inferior to the original, it is a genuinely fun adventure that sets up an intriguing premise for another sequel.

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Study Abroad: The most vulnerable four months of my life

Study Abroad: The most vulnerable four months of my life

Nujhat Purnata, Contributor
March 20, 2017
Filed under Features, Showcase, Study Abroad, Travel

Studying abroad might not be the easiest four months of your life, it might not even be the best, but it sure is a thrilling rollercoaster which requires solid optimism.

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