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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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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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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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Bringing back the Dada days: UMass student brings surrealism to age of fake news

Bringing back the Dada days: UMass student brings surrealism to age of fake news

Jon Decker, Writer

October 3, 2017


Filed under Campus, Current Affairs, Showcase

In the age of fake news, local student Adam Smith is launching his very own reality bending publication in print on campus after going on a surrealist odyssey across America.

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Neglected behind bars: Incarcerated women face unique health challenges

Neglected behind bars: Incarcerated women face unique health challenges

Faith Gregory, Writer

October 2, 2017


Filed under Campus, Current Affairs, Showcase

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences is addressing an important problem: Incarcerated women have poor access to health care. This challenge was addressed Wednesday evening at a panel called “Women Behind Bars: Public Health and Criminal Jus...

The party’s over: University takes disciplinary action against two popular fraternities

The party’s over: University takes disciplinary action against two popular fraternities

Stephanie Murray, Nicole DeFeudis, and Abigail Desvergnes

September 21, 2017


Filed under Campus, Current Affairs, Showcase

Theta Chi and Phi Sigma Kappa were placed on interim suspension as the university investigates potential violations of the Code of Student Conduct.

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Small fire in Kennedy dorm prompts police and fire response

Small fire in Kennedy dorm prompts police and fire response

Jayare Alvarado, Audience Engagement Editor

September 19, 2017


Filed under Campus, Current Affairs, Showcase

Amherst Police and the Amherst Fire Department were called to the sixteenth floor of Kennedy Hall at the University of Massachusetts for a trash fire Tuesday morning.

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Undergraduates build Hydrofarm for sustainable agriculture

Undergraduates build Hydrofarm for sustainable agriculture

Jack Danberg and Charlotte Ehrhardt

September 14, 2017


Filed under Campus, Current Affairs, Showcase

At the crossroads of nutrition, food systems and climate change, the University of Massachusetts Amherst's Hydrofarm is a small greenhouse adjacent to Clark Hall in the Central Residential Area that is taking action to provide a more sustainable future.

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Students rally against Charlottesville violence and for DACA recipients

Students rally against Charlottesville violence and for DACA recipients

Morgan Hughes, Campus News Editor

September 13, 2017


Filed under Campus, Current Affairs, Showcase

Following violence in Charlottesville and uncertainty around the fate of DACA recipients, over 100 students and activists gathered Tuesday afternoon in front of the Student Union to speak out about moving forward from these “injustices.”

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Locals ‘Cross the Divide’ in GroundTruth panel

Locals ‘Cross the Divide’ in GroundTruth panel

Faith Gregory, Writer

September 10, 2017


Filed under Around the Valley, Campus, Current Affairs, Showcase, Uncategorized

Locals affected by divisive differences in the community spoke passionately about their personal experiences living and working in the Pioneer Valley in a panel by the GroundTruth Project on Wednesday in the Old Chapel.

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UMass officials blast Trump DACA decision, pledge support for immigrant students

UMass officials blast Trump DACA decision, pledge support for immigrant students

Stephanie Murray, Editor in Chief

September 7, 2017


Filed under Campus, Current Affairs, Showcase

UMass officials blasted President Trump’s plan to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a policy change they say threatens the university’s values.

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