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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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2015
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, 2015
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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A college town’s last bookstore

A college town’s last bookstore

Kristin LaFratta, Writer
November 18, 2015
Filed under Around the Valley, Features, Travel

Amherst Books is the bibliophile's haven, providing an escape for a leisurely read or spontaneous book purchase. For others, it is a place to go to take photos of books they later buy on Amazon.

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Community blooms at the Bridge of Flowers

Community blooms at the Bridge of Flowers

Erica Garnett, Travel Editor
November 12, 2015
Filed under Around the Valley, Travel

People flock to the famous landmark to paint, revisit memories, relax, photograph, propose to spouses, and, of course, smell the flowers.

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Cushman Market: Where creativity and breakfast are served all day

Cushman Market: Where creativity and breakfast are served all day

Frank Dutan, Contributor
November 3, 2015
Filed under Around the Valley, Features, Profiles, Travel

The North Amherst market and café offers residents a taste of New York's famous "beatnik" neighborhood, the East Village. The neighborhood, home to a community of lower-class immigrants and the birthplace of contemporary artists Andy Warhol and Jean Basquiat, was a haven for artists, musicians, and working class people in the 1980's.

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Northampton hosts tenth annual Zombie Pub Crawl

Northampton hosts tenth annual Zombie Pub Crawl

Erica Garnett, Travel Editor
October 28, 2015
Filed under Around the Valley, Travel

Zombies roamed the streets, bouncing between bars like ping pong balls. Fake blood, heavily blackened eyes and tattered clothing were the finishing touches on nearly every costume. People took a zombie-style spin on existing favorites like brides, superheroes, and fictional characters.

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Mannheim: Life in Germany’s second ugliest city

Mannheim: Life in Germany’s second ugliest city

Shannon Broderick, Travel Editor
October 20, 2015
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

The 'ugly duckling' of southern Germany was the best place I could have chosen to spend five months of my life.

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Cultural survival: An eclectic community of indigenous artisans

Cultural survival: An eclectic community of indigenous artisans

Erica Garnett, Travel Editor
October 15, 2015
Filed under Around the Valley, Travel

The public roam freely on the grounds, browsing among artwork and talking face-to-face with the artists behind them. Cultural Survival prides itself on featuring fair-trade art and screens the vendors to ensure direct sourcing from the artists.

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A nightmare abroad

A nightmare abroad

Taylor Gilmore, Writer
May 2, 2015
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

Barcelona International College is not located along the coast, and the roof-top terrace is surrounded by buildings, although the image on the website shows blue skies all around. The only students I met during my time at BIC were American students studying abroad and we were not given any opportunities to meet local students.

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