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“Penn Face”: The ugly truth about mental health on college campuses

“Penn Face”: The ugly truth about mental health on college campuses

Harry Ortof, Contributer

December 12, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase, Student Life, Voices

What needs to change so that administrators and students alike can recognize when someone is depressed or suicidal?

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Is FOMO driving our need to overshare?

Is FOMO driving our need to overshare?

Jill Webb, Contributor

November 10, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase, Technology, Voices

There’s no denying that millennials are phone addicts; we all know that. But why do we check our phones so much, even when no one is texting us?

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Here’s why I’m so old and in school

Here’s why I’m so old and in school

Sarah Heinonen, Contributor

October 29, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase, Voices

Those detours, with all their bumps and false starts, make up a part of who you are as a person.

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Is Amazon too big?

Is Amazon too big?

Harry Ortof, Contributor

October 17, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Politics, Showcase, Voices

After completing the purchase of Whole Foods for over $13 billion, Amazon has expanded its reach into yet another market as the company's influence continues to grow.

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What it’s like having all white friends at UMass

What it’s like having all white friends at UMass

Hannah Tran-Trinh, Contributor

April 26, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase, Voices

Having all white friends at UMass is like hiding your brown skin behind a white mask while your pale friends are out getting spray tans.

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Sexual harassment isn’t normal behavior

Sexual harassment isn’t normal behavior

Amy Russes, Assistant Politics/Op-Ed Editor

April 26, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase, Voices

What gets me is that some of us see the problem, while others fail to acknowledge its existence.

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When it comes to UMass athletics, apathy breeds mediocrity

When it comes to UMass athletics, apathy breeds mediocrity

Bryan Bowman, Campus News Editor

March 27, 2017


Filed under Campus, Opinion, Showcase, Sports

The problem, of course, is that the students and alumni, by and large, simply don’t care.

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Did political scientists fail us?

Did political scientists fail us?

John Coakley, Writer

March 22, 2017


Filed under Current Affairs, Opinion, Politics, Showcase

While nearly everyone and their Facebook friends failed to predict a Trump victory, many political scientists accurately predicted this shocking outcome. The problem is that they widely rejected their own findings.

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A protest against Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

A protest against Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Kyle Olsen, Contributor

February 24, 2017


Filed under Features, Opinion, Profiles, Showcase, Study Abroad, Travel

"Police guarded a single lane of traffic to support the hundreds who marched through the downtown metropolitan chanting and holding signs comparing his government practice to fascism."

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Trump and the conservative narrative

Trump and the conservative narrative

Jack Danberg, Contributor

February 23, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Politics, Showcase, Voices

President Donald Trump has appointed the least effective, most detrimental and glaringly inept cabinet in recent history.

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The political revolution continues

The political revolution continues

Carson McGrath, Writer

February 23, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Politics, Showcase, Voices

We now have a president who tweets as his form of communication to the public. How is this not an episode of Black Mirror yet?

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What is the future of the Democratic Party?

What is the future of the Democratic Party?

John Coakley, Contributor

February 20, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Politics, Showcase

Whether it’s Sanders or someone else, the Democratic Party needs a new hope.

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