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UMass Football needs to join a conference

UMass Football needs to join a conference

Daniel Morrison, Contributor

December 17, 2017


Filed under Campus, Opinion, Showcase, Sports

It’s difficult to determine what the best conference option for UMass is. But in order to improve recruiting, gain more fans, and increase revenue, UMass needs to join a conference immediately.

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Don’t pet her, she’s working

Don’t pet her, she’s working

Jill Webb, Writer

December 17, 2017


Filed under Campus, Showcase, Student Life

UMass Amherst students taking Service Dog Training know that training a service dog means a lot more than just gaining a new furry friend.

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W.E.B. Du Bois Library hosts third annual Tower Run

W.E.B. Du Bois Library hosts third annual Tower Run

Amanda Levenson, Video Editor

December 14, 2017


Filed under Campus, Showcase, Student Life, Uncategorized, WireTV

The third annual Tower Run took place the evening of Nov. 16. It challenged participants to run the 440 steps of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, from the lower level to floor 26, during assigned time slots.

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Freshman’s Division I dream becomes a reality

Freshman’s Division I dream becomes a reality

Abigail Desvergnes, Writer

December 11, 2017


Filed under Campus, Showcase, Student Life

“I’ve basically achieved everything I’ve ever wanted. Now, I need to prove that I deserve this spot, even if everyone else believes it, I need to believe it myself.”

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Out of focus: Adderall abuse at UMass Amherst

Out of focus: Adderall abuse at UMass Amherst

Amanda Levenson, Video Editor

December 7, 2017


Filed under Campus, Showcase, Student Life

For seven days straight, Bailey took Adderall to help study for finals. She has never been diagnosed with any type of attention deficit disorder, but chooses to use the prescription drug to enhance her academic performance.

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UMass International Socialist Organization protest GOP tax bill

UMass International Socialist Organization protest GOP tax bill

Brian Choquet, Photo Editor

December 7, 2017


Filed under Campus, Current Affairs, Politics, Showcase

As sprinkles of rain soaked their “Tax the Rich” signs, almost a dozen members of the University of Massachusetts Amherst International Socialist Organization held a rally outside the Student Union to protest the recent approval of the Republican federal tax plan in the U.S. Senate.

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Climb into the world of bouldering

Climb into the world of bouldering

Jonathan Kermah, Writer

December 6, 2017


Filed under Campus, Showcase, Student Life

While the Western Mass Bouldering Club is still growing and evolving, it has already received the SAMMY award for Outstanding Recreational Club.

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Research says working 30+ hours in college doesn’t pay off — some UMass students disagree

Research says working 30+ hours in college doesn’t pay off — some UMass students disagree

Alexandra Pigeon, Co-editor in Chief

December 6, 2017


Filed under Campus, Showcase, Student Life

Although there are advantages to working so much, such as gaining valuable time management skills and making more money, research from Georgetown University Director of the Center on Education and the Workforce Anthony Carnevale suggests long-term effects might be more harmful than beneficial.

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Kevin Hart to perform at UMass

Kevin Hart to perform at UMass

Elissa Borden, Campus News Editor

December 4, 2017


Filed under Campus, Current Affairs, Entertainment, Showcase, Student Life

The popular comedian will perform at the Mullins Center in March 2018.

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UMass student referendum to determine future of Student Union

UMass student referendum to determine future of Student Union

Faith Gregory, Writer

December 1, 2017


Filed under Campus, Showcase

The referendum, which will take place on Campus Pulse from Dec. 4 to Dec. 7, will ask students if they would be willing to accept an increase to the Student Activity Trust Fund (SATF) fee from $65.50 per semester to $115.50.

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Meningitis B ‘outbreak’ declared, UMass UHS to hold vaccination clinics

Meningitis B ‘outbreak’ declared, UMass UHS to hold vaccination clinics

Cameron Merritt, Writer

November 28, 2017


Filed under Campus, Current Affairs, Showcase

UHS announced that four large-scale vaccination clinics will be held in the Cape Cod Lounge at the Student Union from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 30, Dec. 1, Dec. 4 and Dec. 5., and no student will be turned away from receiving the vaccine.

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A bit of light in the darkness: refugees in the Pioneer Valley

A bit of light in the darkness: refugees in the Pioneer Valley

Bryan Bowman, Senior Reporter

November 16, 2017


Filed under Campus, Showcase, Uncategorized

As Donald Trump turns his back on refugees, local professionals, activists and volunteers across the Pioneer Valley are working to make a difference for the world’s most vulnerable people.

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