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UMass tries to meet demand in ‘tighter’ housing market

With the “tight” and “expensive” off-campus housing market and increasing demand for on-campus housing, due to higher enrollment rates, UMass tries to accommodate students with triples, quads, and housing in local hotels.
Selene Bonafini, Writer April 28, 2022
With the “tight” and “expensive” off-campus housing market and increasing demand for on-campus housing, due to higher enrollment rates, UMass tries to accommodate students with triples, quads, and housing in local hotels.
UMass students watching sheep graze the lawn between Isenberg and the Bromery Center. This sheep watching event was held by EweMass on April 26 and 27 to promote better land management in the UMass community.  Photo by Ethan Brayall-Brown

UMass sheep arrive on campus to promote environmental conservation

Students got to watch sheep graze the lawn between Isenberg and the Bromery Center
Ethan Brayall-Brown, Assistant News Editor April 27, 2022
Students got to watch sheep graze the lawn between Isenberg and the Bromery Center
Student Debt Crisis: Will it be Cancelled?

Student Debt Crisis: Will it be Cancelled?

Joe Biden's presidency will be marked by broken promises and a lack of initiative, chief among them his refusal to cancel widespread student debt.
Zach Steward, Politics/Op-ed Editor April 26, 2022

Joe Biden will never cancel student debt. Why? While some say it’s because he can’t, that he has to go through Congress to do so, I say otherwise. He could easily cancel them with the stroke of a pen...

Students at Graduation 2021. Photo courtesy of UMass.

UMass makes changes to academic calendar

Students express their concerns for the next academic year and graduation.
Ava Sadowski, Writer April 15, 2022
Following an email from the Office of the Provost, UMass announced it will be making numerous changes to next year’s academic calendar. These changes include a post-Labor day start-date, extended winter break, and a later end to Spring semester. 
UKRAINIAN STUDENT FEATURE: LARA STECEWYCZ ‘24

UKRAINIAN STUDENT FEATURE: LARA STECEWYCZ ‘24

English and Psychology student Lara Stecewycz shares how it’s been living at UMass during Russia’s war on Ukraine.
Maddie Fabian, Writer April 12, 2022
Following Russian President Vladmir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, Ukrainian students spoke with Amherst Wire about how the evolving conflict has impacted their lives while at UMass. Here’s English and Psychology sophomore Lara Stecewycz’s, story.
Hypocrisy & Whiteness are Two Peas in a Pod

Hypocrisy & Whiteness are Two Peas in a Pod

The Oscars are a bastion of hypocrisy and this year's show proved it. If society is to condemn Will Smith, there must be condemnation across the board past and present.
Zach Steward, Politics/Op-ed Editor April 6, 2022

Phew! Busy few days, as we are now a little over a week since “the slap heard around the world” occurred. Will Smith retired from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences last week, doing...

COVID-19 Saga Continues: Mask Mandate Lifted

COVID-19 Saga Continues: Mask Mandate Lifted

The removal of the mask mandate just before spring break shows the callous disregard by the administration to how the pandemic continues to affect the marginalized.
Zach Steward, Politics/Op-ed Editor April 5, 2022

The revoking of the mask mandate is a careless, reckless decision by the administration. UMass Amherst continues to prove they don’t care about the lives of marginalized groups, the pandemic being the...

Forrest at the protest holding a sign she made of a sunflower, the flower of Ukraine. Photo courtesy of Presley Forrest.

UKRAINIAN STUDENT FEATURE: PRESLEY FORREST ‘23

Student Presley Forrest stands up for Ukraine while living at UMass.
Christina Loberti , Writer April 4, 2022
Sophomore Presley Forrest (she/her) discussed in an interview the hardships that her and her family have faced since Russia launched its attack on Ukraine on Feb. 24. 
Spray paint by stairs across from Franklin Dining Hall at UMass. Photo Credit: Selene Bonafini

Ukraine war is ‘droning on’; what UMass students are saying

Ukraine is putting up a fight against Russia over a month after Russia’s initial invasion. UMass students share their thoughts on the current situation, the refugee crisis, misinformation in Russia, and the politics of it all.
Selene Bonafini, Contributor April 1, 2022
Ukraine is putting up a fight against Russia over a month after Russia’s initial invasion. UMass students share their thoughts on the current situation, the refugee crisis, misinformation in Russia, and the politics of it all.
Ask UMass: Mask Mandate Lift

Ask UMass: Mask Mandate Lift

Ethan Brayall-Brown, Assistant News Editor March 28, 2022
On this episode of Ask UMass, students tell Ethan Brayall-Brown their thoughts and opinions on the lifted mask mandate here at UMass.
A plaque memorializing the nine names of youths who have been killed by the Israeli defense force within the past two weeks.

On the Steps of the Student Union lies a Vigil for Palestinian Youth

Students for Justice in Palestine emerge from the pandemic with a vigil in protest of violence by the IDF.
Emilee Klein and Isabel Guilmette March 12, 2022
Students for Justice in Palestine emerge from the pandemic with a vigil in protest of violence by the IDF.
Students and parents petition for safer campus following crash on Mass. Ave.

Students and parents petition for safer campus following crash on Mass. Ave.

UMass addresses pedestrian safety concerns
Maddie Fabian, Writer March 10, 2022
Two online petitions are calling on UMass to make pedestrian safety a higher priority after a student was struck and killed crossing Massachusetts Avenue.
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