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A college town’s last bookstore

A college town’s last bookstore

Kristin LaFratta, Writer
November 18
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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Kelly’s Restaurant: your Saturday morning breakfast spot

Kelly’s Restaurant: your Saturday morning breakfast spot

Andrea Comerford, Writer
May 1
Filed under Around the Valley, Travel

In the corner of a run-down strip of stores on College Street in Amherst, Mass., resides a small, casual breakfast and lunch spot for both locals and students. The average Saturday morning at Kelly’s has two types of customers: students in baggy sweatpants, slippers and mascara flaking off eyelashes from a good time the night before, or locals that you can tell are regulars.

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Antonio’s: Stories by the slice

Antonio’s: Stories by the slice

Brilee Weaver, Managing Editor
April 30
Filed under Around the Valley, Campus, Showcase, Travel

The North Pleasant Street storefront with the perpetual line out the door is the well-loved icon of Amherst — the college town institution that students remember and talk about long after they flip their graduation cap tassel and move on to the "real world."

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Top Five places to visit while studying in Australia

Top Five places to visit while studying in Australia

Katie Bowler, Campus Editor
March 10
Filed under Study Abroad, Top Five, Travel

Whether you're thinking about studying abroad or have simply caught the travel bug, Eastern Australia should be on your list of places to visit. Australia is home to many hidden and natural wonders, and especially an array of beautiful beaches.

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A student’s guide to eating Indian

A student’s guide to eating Indian

Nia Decaille, Writer
February 18
Filed under Travel

For three weeks I peeled apart Indian breads like “poori,” a deep fried wheat flour that looks like a puff, drank coffee with fresh cream and sipped freshly squeezed juices. Food became a way to try to connect with as much of the culture as I could.

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Hidden Gem: A look inside an asylum

Hidden Gem: A look inside an asylum

Maureen Meyer and Sarah Robertson
February 10
Filed under Around the Valley, Travel

The campus has since been abandoned and fallen into disrepair. The floors are scattered with documents from years past, stating the names, medications, and conditions of former patients. Trespassers have covered the walls with graffiti that only adds to the asylum's eerie aura.

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