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Students reflect on UMass administration’s support during Ramadan

In an interview with Melisa Avdic ‘23 and Taqdees Ahmad ‘24, both students express their concerns and satisfaction with UMass’ take on Ramadan this year.  
Christina Loberti, Writer April 22, 2022
Being in college, one might find it difficult to uphold their cultural and religious obligations in a setting outside their home. For junior Melisa Avdic and sophomore Taqdees Ahmad, celebrating Ramadan at UMass has come with both positive and negative aspects. 
Offical Poster for the O-Hill Festival. Courtesy of Sawyer Phillips

A Look Inside The O-Hill Music Festival

“SALT” brings the first annual outdoor concert to UMass this weekend
Shanti Furtado, Writer April 15, 2022
Though this school year is quickly coming to a close, one thing is for certain: the music scene is not.
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.
“A hug is sometimes all you need”

“A hug is sometimes all you need”

An anonymous Student offers free hugs on Valentine’s Day
Maddie Fabian, Writer February 14, 2022
For many, Valentine’s Day is a day full of love and romance, but for others, it can be lonely and difficult.
UMass students decorate Valentines Day cookies at the W.E.B. Du Bois Library during a food writing journalism class.

A celebration of all things pink: Single students talk about love

Rosa Vogel, Writer February 14, 2022
Valentine's Day can be special for those of us who are not in relationships, too.
Bella Hadids Instagram post on mental health

UMass students respond to Bella Hadid’s Instagram post

Bella Hadid posts on her mental health and the impact of social media
Liesel Nygard, Writer January 25, 2022

On Nov. 9, 2021, Bella Hadid shared her struggles with mental health through Instagram by posting eight photos of her crying, one photo of an IV in her arm and a video from Willow Smith. In the video,...

COVID-19 Hits Home: How the Pandemic Has Affected Small Businesses in Amherst

COVID-19 Hits Home: How the Pandemic Has Affected Small Businesses in Amherst

Small businesses have taken a particularly hard hit here in Amherst due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the town has been building itself up again piece by piece.
Gabbie Merullo, Contributor December 6, 2021
Small businesses have taken a particularly hard hit here in Amherst due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the town has been building itself up again piece by piece.
Image Cred: Sean Krajacic from Getty Images

Whiteness as a License to Kill

White supremacy is alive and well, and the verdict in Kenosha, Wisconsin proves that.
Zach Steward, Politics/Op-ed Editor November 29, 2021
Make no mistake: if he were Black, Rittenhouse would have been murdered on sight, not being given the benefit of the doubt that white people are given all the time.
Five of the best places near UMass to take a first date

Five of the best places near UMass to take a first date

Looking for first date ideas but not sure where to start? Keep reading for five local hotspots.
Julie Harrison, Writer November 19, 2021
It’s Friday night and the person you’ve been talking to has finally asked or agreed to go on a date. After hours of getting ready, finding the perfect outfit, and you wonder, “where should we go?” Don’t worry, I have you covered. 
The best hidden study spots found on UMass campus

The best hidden study spots found on UMass campus

Can't get work done in your room? No worries, here are some of the best study spaces to explore on campus!
Aliana Liz Tavares, Writer November 17, 2021
Finals season arrives in just a few weeks--if you need a quiet place to study, but can’t do so in your room, here are some of the best places to be productive on campus.
Former Coach Walt Bell with members of the UMass Football team courtesy of Massachusetts Athletics on Flickr

UMass football head coach fired

Walt Bell has been fired following his 35-22 Saturday loss against URI.
Shanti Furtado, Contributor November 16, 2021
Walt Bell has been fired following his 35-22 Saturday loss against URI.
Poetry Jam guests attentively watching a performer by Tristan Smith

UMass Amherst BSU presents the 2021 Poetry Jam: A night of kinship, laughs and soul

The UMass Amherst Black Student Union hosted a successful Poetry Jam full of all kinds of talent.
Tristan Smith, Social Media Manager November 14, 2021
The UMass Amherst Black Student Union hosted a successful Poetry Jam full of all kinds of talent.
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