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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

June 30, 2020

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

The power of food


Abbie Gracie, Editor

May 3, 2020

Sunday morning. 7 a.m. My hometown, Swansea, Massachusetts. My dad and I pulled off of Route 6, a bustling two-lane highway with stoplights every quarter mile, that stretched all the way from Somerset to East Providence, into the tiny lot of the Cornerstone Bakery. It didn’t look like much on the...

The Science of Craft: A class like no other

Fermann shapes a hot glass bubble into a globe with glass blowing jacks.

Nicole Biagioni, Writer

April 8, 2020

The Science of Craft is not your typical gen-ed class, with students becoming blacksmiths glassblowers.

Alpha Sigma Phi raises money for local businesses

(Alpha Sigma Phi / UMass Amherst)

Abbie Gracie, Editor

April 7, 2020

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

UMass student turned K-Pop icon

Katya Taylor/David Sohno

Nasya Blackshear, Writer

March 24, 2020

Taylor averages out at 40,000 views for every one-minute video she posts.

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.

Changes for the Five College Student Film & Video Festival

The exterior of the Stirn Auditorium (Photo/ Ian Dartley)

Ian Dartley, Writer

February 29, 2020

The winning narrative film, “Sleep Paralysis,” stood out as a carefully crafted nightmare.

Meet Alec – the UMPD officer with four legs

Meet Alec - the UMPD officer with four legs

Nicole Biagioni, Reporter

February 26, 2020

UMass Police Department's newest officer loves to sniff out danger. Alec, a 22-month-old black lab, is a new K-9 officer at UMPD who searches for explosives and other harmful materials. Nicole Biagioni speaks with Alec's handler, Officer Gerald Perkins, about what a day is like for Alec when he is on the job.

The spotlight is on Jamila Lyiscott

Jamila Lyiscott poses for Spotlight Scholar article

Carrie Smith, Contributor

February 25, 2020

“My mission is to support individuals and institutions to become their highest selves. I want to work alongside them.”

Race isn’t so black and white

Professor Goldsby in the midst of his lecture

Tristan Smith, Contributor

February 24, 2020

Why do we have different races? Richard Goldsby, a biology professor at Amherst College, lectures to an attentive audience last Tuesday about the DNA-entangled tale of race, and how racism was a result of its inception.

Mass Vintage: the new store with secondhand finds

(Photo courtesy of Mass Vintage/@Massvintage)

Sophia Torres, Writer

February 20, 2020

Five months after its grand opening in September, Mass Vintage is running smoothly and garnering more support in downtown Amherst.

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