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Santiago Vidales: A person of action

Santiago Vidales: A person of action

Maria Manning, Contributor

February 1, 2017


Filed under Campus, Current Affairs, Profiles, Showcase

Santiago Vidales, 28, is a key player in activism at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, bolstering support for a sanctuary campus and leading the Graduate Employee Organization (GEO) union as co-chair.

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‘We are still just praying he can get on a plane’: Immigration ban blocks 3 from UMass

‘We are still just praying he can get on a plane’: Immigration ban blocks 3 from UMass

Bryan Bowman and Nicole DeFeudis

January 31, 2017


Filed under Campus, Current Affairs, Showcase

Mohsen Hosseini, an Iranian graduate student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, returned to Iran over winter break to get married. Whether or not he will ever return to Amherst — to his work, his friends, his car, his home — remains uncertain.

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The Women’s March on Washington is a call for unity

The Women’s March on Washington is a call for unity

Emilia Billett, Contributor

January 31, 2017


Filed under Current Affairs, Opinion, Showcase, Voices

There can be a space where individuals of all races can see a crowd of peers chanting, “Black lives matter,” where individuals of all sexual orientations can see political friends with signs reading, “Love is love is love,” where all privileged people can see all of the pain and resilience of those that are oppressed.

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Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen offers insight on Trump and Putin

Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen offers insight on Trump and Putin

Bryan Bowman, Campus News Editor

January 30, 2017


Filed under Campus, Current Affairs, Showcase

Gessen is an outspoken critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin and is “widely regarded as Russia’s leading LGBTQ activist,” according to Kathrine Epstein, a dean of faculty and event organizer at Amherst College.

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From D.C. to Dublin: A first-hand look at Women’s Marches around the world

From D.C. to Dublin: A first-hand look at Women’s Marches around the world

Amherst Wire Staff

January 23, 2017


Filed under Current Affairs, Showcase, Uncategorized

Amherst Wire reporters turned out to cover marches across the globe, from the nation's capital to Dublin, Ireland.

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Women’s March unites millions across the globe

Women’s March unites millions across the globe

Morgan Hughes, Campus News Editor

January 21, 2017


Filed under Current Affairs, Showcase

Women and their allies united in cities across the globe following President Donald J. Trump's inauguration to sound off against past and future discriminatory rhetoric.

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‘Not Ready For Bedtime Players’ reinvents health class on campus

‘Not Ready For Bedtime Players’ reinvents health class on campus

Caeli Chesin, Writer

December 21, 2016


Filed under Campus, Current Affairs, Profiles, Showcase

“I thought I was so comfortable with myself and confident, and then when you get on stage and have to talk about things like this, you realize there is a whole new level of confidence you have to bring through,” says freshman troupe member Gabrielle Farulla-Bastian.

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VIDEO: Protesters chained to TD Bank doors risk arrest

VIDEO: Protesters chained to TD Bank doors risk arrest

Jon Decker, Writer

December 19, 2016


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

Protesters arrived in the frigid morning temperatures at 8:00 a.m. Five members occupied the two entryways to the bank, securing their bodies with heavy steel chains and padlocks to the door handles, making entrance to the business all but impossible.

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Podcast: UMass students tell first-hand stories of Standing Rock protests

Podcast: UMass students tell first-hand stories of Standing Rock protests

Carson McGrath, Writer

December 19, 2016


Filed under Campus, Current Affairs, Podcasts, Showcase

In this podcast, two senior University of Massachusetts Amherst students, Victoria Carrier and James Frank, describe in detail their times at Standing Rock last month.

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How prescription opioids helped fuel the Massachusetts heroin epidemic

How prescription opioids helped fuel the Massachusetts heroin epidemic

Bryan Bowman, Nicole Defeudis, and Jacqueline Pollock

December 13, 2016


Filed under Campus, Current Affairs, Multimedia, Showcase

Rob Lelacheur was prescribed OxyContin in 12th grade after breaking his ankle. He had no idea at the time that this would mark the beginning of a long-term battle with opioid addiction that nearly took his life.

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State budget cuts may force Amherst homeless shelter to close

State budget cuts may force Amherst homeless shelter to close

Wei Cai, Writer

December 13, 2016


Filed under Campus, Current Affairs, Showcase

Without funding, the shelter is in jeopardy of closing, forcing dozens of its patrons onto the streets in the dead of winter.

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After legalization, cannabis reform activist says there is still work to be done

After legalization, cannabis reform activist says there is still work to be done

Jon Decker, Writer

December 8, 2016


Filed under Campus, Current Affairs, Showcase

Massachusetts voted to legalize the use and commercial sale of marijuana on Nov. 8, but the federal government still classifies it as a Schedule I drug. Devork said that while there’s been enormous progress made so far, there’s still a long way to go for cannabis activists.

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