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Quarantine Reflection

Quarantine Reflection

Amherst Wire Staff

April 10, 2020

When people think of New York City, they usually think of crowded subway cars, rude people and lots of traffic. They think of the city that never sleeps, where there’s always something to do. But only a fraction of the city is like that; Bayside is almost the exact opposite. It’s a quiet suburban town with good public schools, a healthy number of parks, and an easy commute into Manhattan and Long Island. The downtown area always has people milling about, riding their bikes or walking their dogs. But the downtown area is barren now; almost all the shops and restaurants are closed, and very few people are on the streets. Everyone on the sidewalk I did see was wearing face protection, glaring at me as they walked by.

COVID-19 Update(s): What we know right now

COVID-19 Update(s): What we know right now

Joanna Buoniconti, Brianna Silva, and Talia Heisey

April 9, 2020

In-person classes have been suspended for the remainder of the semester. We'll provide daily updates from Whitmore and beyond.

Alpha Sigma Phi raises money for local businesses

Alpha Sigma Phi raises money for local businesses

Abbie Gracie, Editor

April 7, 2020

Alpha Sigma Pi, a UMass fraternity, has organized a fundraiser through gofundme.com to raise money and lend a helping hand to the local Amherst businesses in need during this waiting period.

UMass journalism alumni covering news during a pandemic

UMass journalism alumni covering news during a pandemic

Jonathan Kermah, Editor in Chief

March 26, 2020

Three UMass journalism alumni discuss working on news coverage during a pandemic.

Not Here, Not Now, Not This Family

Not Here, Not Now, Not This Family

Harry Ortof, Editor

March 25, 2020

There are over 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S. The National Sanctuary Movement found that only 36 of them were living in sanctuary in 2018. This is one of their stories.

Celebrity Coronavirus tweets: The good, the bad, the ugly

Celebrity Coronavirus tweets: The good, the bad, the ugly

Joanna Buoniconti, Copy Editor

March 22, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, many celebrities have tweeted to their fanbases in hopes of spreading positivity and advocating for safety measures.

Making the most of remote learning: How to Zoom

Making the most of remote learning: How to Zoom

Joanna Buoniconti, Copy Editor

March 19, 2020

Many UMass faculty members are moving at least part of their classes to Zoom, a video-conferencing platform that lets everyone connect in real-time.

COVID-19 Updates: Residential Life shares plans for housing

COVID-19 Updates: Residential Life shares plans for housing

Brianna Silva, Managing Editor

March 16, 2020

While campus remains off-limits for most, UMass has devised a strategy to provide housing for the students who need it most.

Social distancing: It’s a real thing and you should do it

Social distancing: It’s a real thing and you should do it

Joanna Buoniconti, Copy Editor

March 16, 2020

Residents are advised to stay home, and if you have to go out, maintain a distance of at least six feet from other people.

COVID-19 Updates: Massachusetts implements new precautions

COVID-19 Updates: Massachusetts implements new precautions

Brianna Silva, Managing Editor

March 15, 2020

Amid the rapid growth of the COVID-19 virus, Massachusetts is moving to stop "community spread" through large events and gatherings.

UMass students express concern over transition to remote learning

UMass students express concern over transition to remote learning

Rebecca Duffy, Campus News Editor

March 13, 2020

With the coronavirus spreading at an alarming rate, universities across the U.S. are moving to remote learning. On March 11, UMass Amherst announced that students must remain off-campus for two weeks after spring break. UMass students share their thoughts on how the transition will affect their learning and spread of the virus.

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