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New art bar opens in downtown Amherst

New art bar opens in downtown Amherst

Julie Shamgochian and Kerry O'Connor
November 25
Filed under Around the Valley, Travel

This past Sunday, November 23rd, everyday writing pencils were replaced with different styles of painting brushes, displayed in cool colored mason jars, and a palette of Christmas colors. Under the instruction of Annalise Ritter, a group of aspiring painters put their creative energy into designing advent calendars for the holiday season.

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What my Italian language crisis taught me about happiness

What my Italian language crisis taught me about happiness

Sarah Robertson, Writer
November 21
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

“Are you Italian?” my friends would ask. “Not that I know of, but my dad was adopted so I might be.” “You could be, you’re kind of tan so you look Italian.” My spirit would fly a bit higher every time I heard someone would suggest I was Italian. Maybe this is why when I decided...

The buzz on All Things Local

The buzz on All Things Local

Erica Garnett, Travel Editor
November 5
Filed under Around the Valley, Travel

But inside, you'll find a fresh take on over 200 local producers providing everything from organic spinach to handmade baby shoes.

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Amherst Coffee: hidden in plain sight

Amherst Coffee: hidden in plain sight

Zach Hammer, Contributor
October 19
Filed under Around the Valley, Travel

You can hear the grinding of beans, the hissing of the machines, the low murmur of conversation as well as the occasional shaker mixing some type of special, adult beverage. Jazz plays at a low volume in the background, creating the perfect environment to do your work.

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UMass alum takes a leap to volunteer in Nicaragua

UMass alum takes a leap to volunteer in Nicaragua

Kerry O'Connor, Writer
October 14
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

“Right after college is the best time to do something like this,” Robinson said, “It’s a time where you’re trying to figure out what’s next in your life. Going far outside your comfort zone and surrounding yourself with a completely new culture and language is a great way to reflect on the past 4 years of college. It’s a time where you have the most freedom you will probably ever have in life.”

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Witnessing history while abroad in Scotland

Witnessing history while abroad in Scotland

Joe Callagy, Writer
October 3
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

But, on Friday, Sept. 19, the people of Scotland could have seen the sun rise over an independent Scotland for the first time in over 300 years. The day before on Thursday, Sept. 18, over four million voters, aged 16 and up, took to the polling stations deep to answer one simple question: Should Scotland become an independent country?

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Flayvors of Cook Farm

Flayvors of Cook Farm

Andrea Comerford, Writer
September 29
Filed under Around the Valley, Travel

The more it feels like you're in the middle of nowhere, the closer you are to this hidden gem in Hadley, MA. As you pull off the road into the dirt parking lot of Flayvors of Cook Farm, an instant sense of comfort washes over you. You can either walk up to the window for some of their delicious homemade ice cream, or you can venture inside to choose from their lunch menu.

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A farewell to Ireland

A farewell to Ireland

May 5
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

by Katie McKenna I finished packing minutes before we drove to the airport because I hoped, in that same irrational way that most college students do, that if I put it off for long enough, it just might go away. Weeks before, and especially the day before I left to go abroad, I had no desire to lea...

Interning abroad

Interning abroad

May 5
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

by Daniel Rodriguez As a journalism major, I knew London was the perfect place to study abroad. London is an international hub for news and media, and when I discovered that the CAPA program offered internships based on a student’s specific major, I immediately signed up. I spent this past semest...

Aquaculture at Australis

Aquaculture at Australis

May 5
Filed under Travel

by Eleine Fang A mechanical hum like the crashing of ocean waves fills the air as workers weave through the large tanks that held clusters of black and silver fish of all sizes. In a super-sized trailer set at an industrial park near the airport in Turner Falls, Mass., a new kind of farming is t...

Finding your faith in Birthright

Finding your faith in Birthright

May 5
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

by Dan Peltier Sitting in Hebrew school can only teach students so much about their religion and their culture. Sitting in a restaurant in Jerusalem ordering dinner? That’s an educational moment. A Birthright trip to Israel during college years helps students deepen their Jewish faith and have the tim...

Surreality in Sicily

Surreality in Sicily

May 5
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

by Molly Boushell and Taylor Gilmore For the past 17 years, Professor Richard Newton has led UMass Journalism students to the sun-drenched Italian island of Sicily. Students in the three credit Journalism 391R course, otherwise known as the “Sicily class,” have the opportunity to travel to the isla...

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