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Dragging it out: Justin Petrie works to expand drag culture at UMass

Dragging it out: Justin Petrie works to expand drag culture at UMass

Jill Webb, Contributor

October 31, 2017


Filed under Campus, Current Affairs, Showcase, Student Life

Justin Petrie’s first attempt at painting his face was awful. Petrie, 19 at the time, slathered special effect makeup all over his face in preparation for a night out on the Providence, Rhode Island drag scene.

This week in politics 10/23-10/29

This week in politics 10/23-10/29

John Coakley, Politics/Op-ed/Voices Editor

October 30, 2017


Filed under Current Affairs, Politics, Showcase

Bringing you the most important stories in national politics, one week at a time.

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman reflects on triumphs and failures of economics

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman reflects on triumphs and failures of economics

Bryan Bowman, Senior Reporter

October 27, 2017


Filed under Campus, Current Affairs, Showcase

Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman delivered the annual Philip Gamble Memorial Lecture in the Mullins Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Thursday evening.

3,000 miles away: UMass student from California speaks about wildfire devastation

3,000 miles away: UMass student from California speaks about wildfire devastation

Michael Connors, Writer

October 24, 2017


Filed under Campus, Current Affairs, Showcase

UMass sophomore Anthony Newman tells us what it's like having loved ones in Northern Calif., which is fighting severe wildfires.

University lifts Theta Chi suspension

University lifts Theta Chi suspension

Nicole DeFeudis, Managing Editor

October 23, 2017


Filed under Campus, Current Affairs, Showcase

The party is back on at Theta Chi. As of Oct. 23, the University of Massachusetts fraternity is off interim suspension and once again recognized by the university, according to university spokesman Ed Blaguszewski.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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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