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Deconstructing ‘Decasia’: A UMass Production

Deconstructing ‘Decasia’: A UMass Production

Sarah Strangie, Contributor
March 27
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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One arrest, two medical transports over ‘Blarney Blowout’ weekend

One arrest, two medical transports over ‘Blarney Blowout’ weekend

Wei Cai, Writer
March 6
Filed under Campus, Showcase, Student Life

'Blarney Blowout' generated excitement for some and disappointment for others.

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‘What’s Eating Katie?’ personifies eating disorder

‘What’s Eating Katie?’ personifies eating disorder

Alexandra Pigeon, Entertainment Editor
February 25
Filed under Campus, Entertainment, Profiles, Showcase, Student Life

“What’s Eating Katie?” uniquely portrays an eating disorder as an actual character named Ed that Katie, a freshman in college, gets into an abusive relationship with.

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Southwest Express halts delivery service

Southwest Express halts delivery service

Michael Hickey, Contributor
February 23
Filed under Broadcast News, Campus, Current Affairs, Showcase, Student Life

In a sudden upset move, Southwest Café’s delivery service Southwest Express has been discontinued, leaving some on-campus students unhappy.

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Study abroad: A three-week trip is a valuable experience

Study abroad: A three-week trip is a valuable experience

Danielle Aihini, Travel Editor
February 7
Filed under Features, Showcase, Student Life, Study Abroad, Travel

"Three weeks was the perfect amount of time. I saw more, did more and ate more than I could have ever imagined and I left a better version of myself as a result."

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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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Yookeroo: The new jam band of Amherst

Yookeroo: The new jam band of Amherst

Isaac Simon, Contributor
December 8
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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Embracing the imperfections of studying abroad

Embracing the imperfections of studying abroad

Adrienne Gagne, Contributor
December 6
Filed under Showcase, Student Life, Study Abroad, Travel

"Oftentimes I felt guilty for experiencing any sort of emotion other than elated happiness. However, it’s important to remember that nothing can be perfect all of the time. A few bad days will not negate the countless positive memories you will create during your trip."

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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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University conducts campus climate survey for first time in a decade

University conducts campus climate survey for first time in a decade

Wei Cai, Writer
November 18
Filed under Campus, Student Life

All students, faculty and staff are invited to share their observations and input on various aspects of campus life.

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