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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
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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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
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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The splendid spontaneity of my spring break

The splendid spontaneity of my spring break

Isaac Simon, Contributor
March 8
Filed under Entertainment, Features, Music, Showcase, Travel

Then, one night, as I was hosting a soiree at my house, I took my phone out and made the executive decision of all executive decisions. I was going to take Jeremy and myself to see Drake in London. I bought two tickets, texted him and it was done. It happened about as fast as the idea originated. The only thing I needed to think about next was how I was going to get there.

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A protest against Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

A protest against Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Kyle Olsen, Contributor
February 24
Filed under Features, Opinion, Profiles, Showcase, Study Abroad, Travel

"Police guarded a single lane of traffic to support the hundreds who marched through the downtown metropolitan chanting and holding signs comparing his government practice to fascism."

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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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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
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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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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‘It’s kind of early for this’: October snow upsets students

‘It’s kind of early for this’: October snow upsets students

Bridget Higgins, Contributor
October 28
Filed under Around the Valley, Showcase, Student Life, Travel, Uncategorized

“I definitely hate snow in October,” said junior Alyssa Thompson. “It looks like everyone has dandruff and that just makes me sad.”

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Escape the dead heat: A weekend trip to Montreal

Escape the dead heat: A weekend trip to Montreal

Caeli Chesin, Writer
October 26
Filed under Showcase, Travel

"With midterms nearing, feeling trapped on campus and homesick, I decide I should take a trip to clear my mind."

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Top Five: Local places to experience fall

Top Five: Local places to experience fall

Caitlin Cooke, Assistant Photography Editor
October 18
Filed under Around the Valley, Showcase, Travel

"With expansive mountains, beautiful bodies of water and miles of farmland, Western Massachusetts has some of the most spectacular views during fall."

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An iPhone lost at sea: Three months without a phone in a foreign place

An iPhone lost at sea: Three months without a phone in a foreign place

Sarah Strangie, Contributor
October 13
Filed under Showcase, Study Abroad, Travel

"There would be no more staring at my screen to avoid awkward silence. Instead, I learned to appreciate it."

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Will Mill 180 Park be the park of the future?

Will Mill 180 Park be the park of the future?

Joshua Murray, Photo Editor
October 13
Filed under Around the Valley, Lifestyle, Showcase, Travel

"What is unique about Mill 180 Park is that we are using hydroponics aesthetically. Not just to grow food, but to grow plants to give people the sense that they are in the middle of nature."

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