Amherst Wire

Graphic by Brianna Silva

Looking Back: Getting the vaccine, figure skating, mourning a loss and marriage in the time of Covid-19

Four students reflect on life the past year during the coronavirus pandemic
Editor's note: The following stories are the second part of Looking Back, a two-part series of first-person blog posts looking back at life the past year. The series is produced by Professor Steve Fox's Journalism 300 course in the Journalism Department at UMass Amherst.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst Skyline from South Field/ Wikimedia Commons user Eraboin

An oral history of UMass’s only remote school year

A first-year student versus a senior's experience
Rebecca Duffy, Campus News Editor May 13, 2021
A first-year student versus a senior's experience.
Smartphones may be the new safety blanket

Smartphones may be the new safety blanket

Studies show an increase in phone use during COVID-19 pandemic
Amanda Powers, Contributor May 5, 2021
With many social events either canceled, postponed, or relegated to Zoom, it is clear that spending more time on smartphones to stay connected with one’s social circles is quickly becoming the norm.
The correlation between social isolation and social distancing

The correlation between social isolation and social distancing

How do they relate to each other?
Julia Indursky, Contributor May 5, 2021
How do they relate to each other?
(Tom's photo gallery / Flickr)

“Massachusetts 2050: A Warming State” Temperature changes in Massachusetts will affect the distribution and population of different insect species

Here are two losers and four winners
Bella Damiecki, Contributor April 30, 2021
One aspect of climate change is that of native insect populations. In Massachusetts, two species that are facing a rapid decline are honey bees and monarch butterflies. However, there are several species that have seen increases in their populations such as southern pine beetles, deer ticks, cockroaches and mosquitoes.  
UMass community reacts to 2021 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony announcement

UMass community reacts to 2021 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony announcement

Commencement will feature four in-person ceremonies with two guests per graduate
Rebecca Duffy, Campus News Editor April 28, 2021
Commencement will feature four in-person ceremonies with two guests per graduate
SGA logo courtesy of Google Images

A conversation with Sonya Epstein, the former SGA president who didn’t rerun

Sonya Epstein wanted to create a new path for the Student Government Association, instead they found a confrontational Senate and a dismissive administration: Part one of two
Talia Heisey, Writer April 22, 2021
While the past academic year has been well known for its administrative failings, behind the scenes of the Student Government Association, now former President Sonya Epstein, experienced a difficult and tumultuous relationship with members of the SGA. The mental health difficulties of dealing with these confrontations, as well as SGA members spreading rumors about them, eventually led to their decision not to run again despite being only a junior.
(Alex Qi poses with one of Frank Catalano’s lightsabers, exchanging his PVC saber for a red, light-up blade. Photo submitted by Rebekah Panaro.)

Lightsaber duels transport UMass to a galaxy far, far away

The Draglagos Jedi Academy aims to turn the antagonism of the lightsaber duel, a notorious big-screen stunt, into a collaborative pastime
Rebeca Pereira, Writer April 21, 2021
The Draglagos Jedi Academy aims to turn the antagonism of the lightsaber duel, a notorious big-screen stunt, into a collaborative pastime
(Marc A. Hermann / Flickr)

UMass students share what it’s like to get the COVID-19 Vaccine

Getting vaccinated at UMass? Here is what you'll experience
Ethan Brayall-Brown, Writer April 16, 2021
Getting vaccinated at UMass? Here is what you'll experience.
(Photo credit / Caeli Chesin)

“Massachusetts 2050: A Warming State” Where does our trash go?

The pathway from the University bin to the dumping ground
Caeli Chesin, Writer April 16, 2021
According to the 2018 UMass Amherst Waste Management Report, UMass produced 8,103 tons of trash, with 4,889 of those tons being recyclable. Yet, we can not be sure if that amount actually ends up being recycled due to contamination in the recycling stream or a lack of demand from buyers.  
Wire News Round Up - 4.12.21

Wire News Round Up – 4.12.21

UMass hockey wins national championship, updated COVID case numbers and more
UMass hockey wins national championship, updated COVID case numbers and more.
State Representative Mindy Domb speaks as State Senator  Jo Comerford watches/Julia Donohue

“Massachusetts 2050: A Warming State” Where have all the children gone? A reflection on youth absence at the 2019 Climate strike

Baby boomers filled the 2019 climate strike at UMass Amherst, leaving many to wonder what work students are doing to save the planet
Julia Donohue, Managing Editor April 9, 2021
Only “hundreds” attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s climate strike protest on Sept. 20, 2019. So what is it? Does no one at UMass care? Do young people turn 18 and collectively root themselves in jaded attitudes or is there something more?
Load More Stories
Activate Search
Around the Valley