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A coffee renaissance in Florence, Italy

A coffee renaissance in Florence, Italy

Julie Shamgochian, Lifesyle Editor
April 12
Filed under Features, Food/Health, Profiles, Study Abroad, Travel

In Italy, it's normal to see locals standing at the wooden bar surface for a quick morning cappuccino, but what may seem untraditional is finding café-goers seated, enjoying a long coffee break.

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Beauty dwells in an old place at the Montague Bookmill

Beauty dwells in an old place at the Montague Bookmill

Connor Spach, Contributor
April 4
Filed under Around the Valley, Showcase, Travel

Chairs are sun-faded and tattered from the many visitors who have worn them in. Students slump into comfortable worn cushions and gaze out the windows to procrastinate from studying.

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Massachusetts’s first drive-thru wedding chapel

Massachusetts’s first drive-thru wedding chapel

Kyle Olsen, Contributor
March 30
Filed under Around the Valley, Features, Travel

"I’ve married people of all faiths. I’ve married students. I’ll go to Cape Cod or Boston. I’ve even married people on motorcycles. I’ve made a lot of people happy, I’ve had a lot of people come up and thank me for marrying them and I love it."

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Ice cream in the ice cold

Ice cream in the ice cold

Julia Economou, Contributor
March 11
Filed under Around the Valley, Food/Health, Lifestyle, Multimedia, Travel, WireTV

“Ice cream should not be restricted to a certain season, if you love it, eat it!”

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A night in Seoul: How to drink soju

A night in Seoul: How to drink soju

TK Hwang, Contributor
March 8
Filed under Features, Food/Health, Lifestyle, Travel

Soju translates to "burn liquor" and has been declared the largest-selling alcohol in the world, with sales of 71 million cases worldwide in 2014. So, why haven't you tried it?

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Black Sheep Deli: Mixing local food with local politics

Black Sheep Deli: Mixing local food with local politics

Haley Bucelewicz, Contributor
March 1
Filed under Around the Valley, Campus, Politics, Travel

Black Sheep owner Nick Seamon does not mind offending some customers with his passionate political views.

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“Denglisch”: Learning German in Germany

“Denglisch”: Learning German in Germany

Shannon Broderick, Travel Editor
February 11
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

The language barrier, and subsequent misadventures, were exhausting, overwhelming, and seemingly impossible to overcome. In addition to my limited vocabulary and shaky sentence structure, I had a habit of mangling German words without repair. My attempts to make the harsh, hissing-cat voice in the back of my throat made everyone, including myself, wince, and I had never been so self-aware of my own American accent.

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‘Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day’ at Herrell’s benefits Whole Children

‘Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day’ at Herrell’s benefits Whole Children

Katie Bowler and Brilee Weaver
February 10
Filed under Around the Valley, Travel

The shop opened at 9 a.m., offering a special breakfast-themed menu that included cider doughnut ice cream and fresh waffles.

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Herrell’s Ice Cream: Home of the “smoosh-ins”

Herrell’s Ice Cream: Home of the “smoosh-ins”

Katie Bowler, Campus Editor
December 2
Filed under Around the Valley, Multimedia, Travel

Since Steve Herrell first founded the flagship store in Northampton, Mass. in 1980, there has always been a crowd of people waiting to taste the shop’s handmade ice cream. The store is known for its award-winning hot fudge, unique flavors, and “smoosh-ins,” chunks of cookies and candies mixed in.

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The Real World: Interning in Ireland with CAPA

The Real World: Interning in Ireland with CAPA

Margaret Moriarty, Contributor
December 1
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

I think about how lucky I am to call Ireland, with its surreal, stunning beauty, my temporary home.

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