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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, 2015
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, 2015
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, 2015
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, 2015
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, 2015
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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New art bar opens in downtown Amherst

New art bar opens in downtown Amherst

Julie Shamgochian and Kerry O'Connor
November 25, 2014
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, 2014
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, 2014
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, 2014
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, 2014
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, 2014
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, 2014
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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