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Turkey daze: A Thanksgiving cornucopia

Turkey daze: A Thanksgiving cornucopia

November 27, 2013


Filed under Campus, Student Life

With the Thanksgiving break bearing down, reporters of a Journalism 300 class at the University of Massachusetts took to campus to find stories about the holiday's traditions, its joys and its headaches. TRAVEL: You have to get there first For many UMass students, that Thanksgiving meal lies on the...

Survey: Dating and relationships at UMass

Survey: Dating and relationships at UMass

November 20, 2013


Filed under Campus, Student Life

Have you ever wondered what UMass students really think about sex, hook ups and relationships? Help us to understand the UMass dating scene. Click here to take our survey on dating and relationships.   ...

UMass students embrace local food, sustainability

UMass students embrace local food, sustainability

November 18, 2013


Filed under Campus, Student Life

by Aviva Luttrell On a chilly October morning in a field not far from the Connecticut River, University of Massachusetts senior Molly Bajgot is up before sunrise, plucking eggplants and peppers from long green rows and tossing them into a large blue container. Bajgot is one of 10 students involv...

Local vet shares his story

Local vet shares his story

November 18, 2013


Filed under Campus, Current Affairs

[slideshow_deploy id='6527'] by Veronica Stracqualursi Casey Tylek remembers exactly where he was when 9/11 happened. He was in Spanish class when the two airliners crashed and disappeared into the World Trade Center. “I remember deciding that day, as I saw the towers falling…I’m going to join th...

People’s Market faces a tough financial situation

People’s Market faces a tough financial situation

November 18, 2013


Filed under Campus, Current Affairs

by Veronica Stracqualursi The smell of freshly brewed coffee and the sounds of indie music often come from People’s Market down the hallway of the Student Union. Despite its attractive vibe, the 40-year-old market, one of seven student businesses on campus, is going unnoticed and taking a financial ...

What makes “The Wild Party” so wild

What makes “The Wild Party” so wild

November 6, 2013


Filed under Campus, Student Life

By Christina Gregg Booze pours, songs are sung, and clothes are dropped as the UMass Theatre Guild presents their production of Andrew Lippa’s “The Wild Party” this Thursday through Saturday at Bowker Auditorium. The show begins with the tumultuous relationship between two vaudeville performers,...

Slacking that’s good for you

Slacking that’s good for you

November 4, 2013


Filed under Campus, Student Life

by Molly Gately A new trend of what looks like tight rope walking has emerged on the UMass campus. From the hill behind Baker Hall, to the lawn in front of the Goodell building, people can be found practicing their slacklining skills all over UMass. According to Gibbon Slacklines, slacklining is, ...

Iconic Old Chapel Needs Millions in Renovations to Reopen Its Doors

Iconic Old Chapel Needs Millions in Renovations to Reopen Its Doors

November 4, 2013


Filed under Campus, Current Affairs

By David Barnstone Rising nearly 300 feet into the Western Massachusetts sky, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, is known as the world’s tallest academic library and it is one of the most recognizable buildings on the UMass Amherst Campus. But standing in its shadow is a smaller and much older building. Tho...

Students trade short-term borrowing for long-term debt

Students trade short-term borrowing for long-term debt

October 24, 2013


Filed under Campus, Student Life

By Aviva Luttrell While some college students are strapped for cash but flush with credit cards, others take the issue of limited funds more seriously. “I don’t like spending money I know I don’t have,” says Eddie Leary, a senior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Leary does not...

Transgender actress inspires Homecoming 2013 audience

Transgender actress inspires Homecoming 2013 audience

October 23, 2013


Filed under Campus, Current Affairs

By Christina Gregg A young Laverne Cox was chased home from school everyday because, as she recalls, “People thought there was something different about me and that difference should be punished.” From those days of bullying to addressing an at-capacity Student Union Ballroom as the 2013 UMass...

Yen Nguyen: The face of Berkshire Dining Commons

Yen Nguyen: The face of Berkshire Dining Commons

October 21, 2013


Filed under Campus, Current Affairs

By Ilana Gensler Yen Nguyen is the centerpiece of the Berkshire Dining Commons. She sits tall and proud in her white uniform with her shiny name tag, glistening in the few rays of sun that streak into the cafeteria. Nguyen is a 70-year-old mother to ten children with a playful disposition and a reputation...

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