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W.E.B. Du Bois Library takes on the digital age

W.E.B. Du Bois Library takes on the digital age

Meghan Parsons, Contributor

October 20, 2017


Filed under Broadcast News, Campus, Showcase, Student Life, Technology, Uncategorized, WireTV

A library without books was once unthinkable, now it seems inevitable. Amherst Wire’s Meghan Parsons explains how college libraries adapt to the digital age.

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Just add water: Stockbridge students explore the future of farming

Just add water: Stockbridge students explore the future of farming

Maria Manning, Writer

October 19, 2017


Filed under Broadcast News, Campus, Showcase, Uncategorized, WireTV

In the past two years, the University of Massachusetts Amherst took great strides to invest in sustainability on campus. Its most recent investment? A student organized hydroponic farm.

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‘My ear still hurts’: Easthampton man talks about alleged assault at Phi Sigma Kappa last month

‘My ear still hurts’: Easthampton man talks about alleged assault at Phi Sigma Kappa last month

Abigail Desvergnes, Nicole DeFeudis, and Stephanie Murray

October 18, 2017


Filed under Campus, Showcase, Uncategorized

A series of events unfolded that landed Diovanni Aquino and his sister in the hospital, left Aquino missing part of his ear and led Phi Sigma Kappa to face disciplinary action from the university.

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Can a universal basic income work? Experts weigh in

Can a universal basic income work? Experts weigh in

Bryan Bowman, Senior Reporter

October 18, 2017


Filed under Campus, Current Affairs, Politics, Showcase

With the threat of automation looming, the concept of universal basic income (UBI) is increasingly gaining traction across the political spectrum, both in the United States and around the world.

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Community members march to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Community members march to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Michael Connors, Writer

October 18, 2017


Filed under Campus, Current Affairs, Showcase

NASA’s goal for the march was not solely to challenge the lack of recognition of Indigenous People’s Day by the university. Rather, participants at the event were more interested in honoring both unity and community.

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UMass Journalism alumni share wisdom with undergrads

UMass Journalism alumni share wisdom with undergrads

Abigail Desvergnes, Writer

October 16, 2017


Filed under Campus, Showcase

A panel of seven distinguished University of Massachusetts Amherst journalism alumni — from The Washington Post to Yahoo! Sports — shared advice and personal stories with journalism majors and faculty in the Old Chapel on Thursday evening.

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Outing Club hosts kayak lessons at Totman pool

Outing Club hosts kayak lessons at Totman pool

Jon Decker, Writer

October 13, 2017


Filed under Campus, Showcase, Uncategorized

The Totman Gymnasium pool was busy Tuesday night, but not with swimmers. The water was filled with plastic kayaks and UMass students who were taking their first lessons in whitewater kayaking.

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Students lead composting initiative

Students lead composting initiative

Brian Choquet, Contributor

October 13, 2017


Filed under Campus, Showcase, Student Life

Being named one of top 50 most sustainable schools in the country, here’s how UMass students are using compost to keep sustainable.

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Gov. Baker awards grants to UMass researchers for ‘smart band-aids’

Gov. Baker awards grants to UMass researchers for ‘smart band-aids’

Bryan Bowman, Senior Reporter

October 10, 2017


Filed under Campus, Current Affairs, Showcase, Technology

Gov. Charlie Baker awarded University of Massachusetts Amherst researchers a $500,000 grant on Friday for the development of flexible, wearable electronics, or “smart band-aids.”

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‘Sleepless @ UMass’ gives strategies for restful sleep

‘Sleepless @ UMass’ gives strategies for restful sleep

Michael Connors, Writer

October 10, 2017


Filed under Campus, Showcase, Uncategorized

The common issue of sleep inconsistency and deprivation among college students was the main focus of “Sleepless @ UMass," a sleep fair and lecture held Wednesday afternoon in the Student Union Ballroom co-organized by the the UMass Center for Health Promotion and Campus Recreation.

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New ’emergency assembly areas’ added outside dorms

New ’emergency assembly areas’ added outside dorms

Faith Gregory, Writer

October 4, 2017


Filed under Campus, Showcase

New signs popped up over the summer outside of University of Massachusetts Amherst residence halls in an effort to better distinguish predefined "emergency assembly areas."

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Southern Poverty Law Center talks hate crimes and race at UMass Amherst

Southern Poverty Law Center talks hate crimes and race at UMass Amherst

Faith Gregory, Writer

October 4, 2017


Filed under Campus, Current Affairs, Showcase

The Southern Poverty Law Center addressed the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Monday about the current state of hate and extremism in the United States.

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