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Wire News Round Up - 3.1.21

Wire News Round Up – 3.1.21

Massachusetts enters new step of re-opening phase, in-person dining resumes, this week's weather and more
Nicole Biagioni, Brie Bristol, and Rebecca Duffy March 1, 2021
In their second weekly broadcast, Wire News Round Up covers Wellbeing Wednesday "Pondfire," reopening in Massachusetts, this week's weather and more.
Raaya Alim and her family/ Raaya Alim

Texas winter storm spares no one

Frigid temperatures and an electric grid rigged for profiteering plunged Texas into week-long dark age, startling UMass and other college students with little recollection of the system’s previous lapses.
Rebeca Pereira, Writer March 1, 2021
Young people across the South have watched as pipes ran bone-dry or burst and have helped haul buckets of non-potable pool water up flights stairs to flush neighbors’ unflushable toilets. But even Texas’ youngest and fittest are impotent to an indiscriminate storm and the impenetrable immunity of youth has come undeniably into question under the strain of freezing temperatures and unstable power.
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Major layoffs leave the Daily Hampshire Gazette “overwhelmed”

Current and former Daily Hampshire Gazette contributors fight for local journalism on a community forum
Julia Donohue, Managing Editor February 25, 2021
“The bottom line is that the decline in objective and fact-based journalism has created an environment where information can be weaponized and conspiracy theories can radicalize people into believing that the things that happened didn’t even happen,”
Wire News Round Up - 2.22.2021

Wire News Round Up – 2.22.2021

New campus operational posture, this week's weather and more.
Nicole Biagioni and Ethan Brayall-Brown February 22, 2021
Catch Nicole Biagioni and Ethan Brayall-Brown debut the first episode of their campus updates broadcast
Campus operational poster set to lower from

Campus operational poster set to lower from “High Risk” to “Elevated”

New email by Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy goes over the new conditions and plan for UMass students
Ethan Brayall-Brown, Writer February 19, 2021
In addition to these specifications, the Student Union will open if the conditions of public health improve. Only students with the Campus Health Hub green checkmark will be allowed entry. All public health guidelines will be strictly monitored. 
Photo by Stephanie DiCarlo

Salvaging a semester: SGA, a COVID calamity and where we go from here

A frustrated student body and fatigued Amherst community turns to the Student Government Association as trust in administrators runs its course
Rebeca Pereira, Writer February 19, 2021
A frustrated student body and fatigued Amherst community turns to the Student Government Association as trust in administrators runs its course.
UMass Amherst community reacts to Student Union Building reopening

UMass Amherst community reacts to Student Union Building reopening

Daily Collegian and WMUA 91.1 among first to move in
Paris Saenz, Contributor February 16, 2021
“I know personally from a WMUA perspective, it’s the radio station we always wanted it and felt like we could really use," said Burke. "I think it’s been a massive upgrade in that sense as well and we are getting closer to our goals that we want to do going forward."
South Pleasant Street in Amherst,MA/ John Phelan

Employed students sacrifice basic needs for new sequester policy

UMass posture changes students sent scrambling and created an uproar out across numerous social media platforms
Talia Heisey, Writer February 14, 2021
Sam Napolitano was working when UMass released their email statement. “I was extremely worried as my graduation is riding on the one in-person class that I do have. I actually had to be sent home because I was crying so much and I couldn't calm down." 
The University of Massachusetts Amherst Skyline from South Field/ Wikimedia Commons user Eraboin

A timeline of UMass Amherst’s changing guidelines for off/on campus student workers

Mandated student sequester resulted in a week that left students fearful if they could work at all.
Talia Heisey, Writer February 13, 2021
Sally Linowski, Associate Dean, Off-Campus Student Life sends an additional email that emphasizes, "Violations of these policies are taken seriously, and will result in disciplinary actions, including suspension." 
Rebecca Duffy

Package delivery limit lifted to acommodate on-campus students during self-sequester

Previous package delivery limit left students waiting for textbooks and necessities
Rebecca Duffy, Campus News Editor February 10, 2021
Self-sequester and package delivery limit left students waiting for necessities. Residential Life warned those who did not comply.
Person administering shot courtesy of discoverysociety.org

UMass Amherst begins administering the COVID-19 vaccine at it’s new clinic

Clinic planner explains the process of vaccination and clinic procedures
Talia Heisey, Writer February 10, 2021
UMass' COVID vaccine clinic opened on Jan. 14, and continuing throughout the spring semester, this clinic is one of 49 other vaccination sites across the state, which has been administering a two-dose Moderna vaccine. 
Theta Chi house courtesy of thetachiumass.com

UMass fraternity throws party against COVID-19 restrictions

Students express strong emotions against first documented large gathering
Nicole Biagioni, Writer February 9, 2021
The UMass community reacts to the COVID-spreading party that took place at the Theta Chi fraternity this past weekend.
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