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Interning abroad

Interning abroad

May 5, 2014
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, 2014
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, 2014
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, 2014
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...

An adventure in the caves of Northern Thailand

An adventure in the caves of Northern Thailand

April 14, 2014
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

by Kristina Kulyabina A Bumpy Start I'm paddling in the front, my cohort Mikaela is in the back. The Lang River's current gains speed as we approach the vast opening of Tham Lod Cave. The tip of the inflatable red kayak is heading straight towards a rock masked by branches as I try to recall our t...

The Works Bakery Café has it all

The Works Bakery Café has it all

Paul Bagnall, Writer
April 14, 2014
Filed under Around the Valley, Travel

Coffee makers with beans imported from Costa Rica stand proudly in front of the food counter at The Works Bakery Café.

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Bringing the taste of Africa to Amherst

Bringing the taste of Africa to Amherst

Kaitlin Boyer, Writer
April 14, 2014
Filed under Around the Valley, Travel

A colorful mural of a West African beach stretches across the wall in Baku’s, located at 197 North Pleasant St. In the mural, three African women are depicted: The woman on the left holds a basin of water, the woman in the middle carries papaya and mango, and the woman on the right carries a large yam....

What’s “in” for fashion writers

What’s “in” for fashion writers

Emma Sandler, Contributor
April 14, 2014
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

I spent the entire month of February checking the British Vogue website every day, waiting for one particular announcement: the release of tickets to the third Vogue Fashion Festival in association with Harrods in London on March 29 and 30. The extravaganza promised to be a Mecca for the fashionabl...

Minding the gap: An American abroad in London

Minding the gap: An American abroad in London

Vincenza Parella, Writer
March 31, 2014
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

I’ve been in England for almost two months and have completely fallen in love with this country of rolling green pastures, endless rain, and tea. And I’ve taken advantage of the fact that my university in Norwich is only about an hour and a half outside of London, making visiting the city easy to...

When a picky-eater goes to Ireland

When a picky-eater goes to Ireland

Katie McKenna, Writer
March 31, 2014
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

For my entire K-12 schooling career I ate a peanut butter sandwich for lunch – no jelly.  Just a peanut-butter sandwich, every single Monday through Friday, for thirteen years. Most people found this to be pretty ludicrous behavior.  And then there were others, like my friend Nat, who also happened...

St. Patrick’s Day: Not as Irish as you think

St. Patrick’s Day: Not as Irish as you think

Katie McKenna, Writer
March 15, 2014
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

What’s it like to spend the greenest day on the Emerald Isle? I can tell you one thing: It’s nothing like it is in America. “Why do all the Americans come to Ireland for St. Paddy’s? Don’t do it! Ye celebrate it so much more in America than we do here!” This was the general reaction I’d g...

The Summana Center for Healing in Northampton

The Summana Center for Healing in Northampton

March 4, 2014
Filed under Around the Valley, Travel

By Kristina Kulyabina Bon Jovi’s ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ is blaring through the speakers as four energetic women maneuver individual strip poles early Saturday morning. “Up! Good job, that’s it. Awesome, look at that she’s got it!” says Tekla Kostek, also known as T.K., class instruc...

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