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Starbucks attempts to serve coffee and race dialogue: How should we race together?

Starbucks attempts to serve coffee and race dialogue: How should we race together?

Nia Decaille, Writer

March 27, 2015


Filed under Opinion, Voices

"Race together” is written on Starbucks cups. Buying into social justice convictions can seem meaningless if it only goes as far as buying a cup of coffee.

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The dangers of political apathy

The dangers of political apathy

March 6, 2015


Filed under Opinion

by Afnan Nehela “Dude, who cares why Obama went to India last week, I want to know where Angelina and Brad went for their anniversary.” A peer said this to me as I was rambling about how funny it was that the Indian Prime minister welcomed Obama by wearing a pinstripe suit with his own nam...

Net Neutrality is the new Freedom of Information Act

Net Neutrality is the new Freedom of Information Act

March 5, 2015


Filed under Opinion, Technology

By Taylor Gilmore Imagine your life without Internet access. It is a difficult thing to picture. We live in a world where technology gives us access to unlimited information and instant communication. But what if corporations started to monitor and restrict the information we could access, or...

The solution to “Blarney Blowout”

The solution to “Blarney Blowout”

Taylor Gilmore, Writer

February 25, 2015


Filed under Campus, Opinion

"The negativity the administration expressed about their students set an example for newscasters, reporters and other public figures."

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A lack of awareness for a tragedy in Mexico

A lack of awareness for a tragedy in Mexico

Estefania Marti Malvido, Contributor

November 13, 2014


Filed under Opinion, Voices

Human rights violations in Mexico have reached its limits. When is it enough?

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Fearbola strikes UMass Amherst

Fearbola strikes UMass Amherst

Kristin LaFratta, Writer

October 28, 2014


Filed under Opinion, Voices

Its symptoms include unnecessary panic, and perhaps the most lethal of them all: unnecessary e-mails.

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Does James Bond have to be white?

Does James Bond have to be white?

October 23, 2014


Filed under Opinion

by Zack Tobin In a recent interview promoting his new film "The Equalizer," actor Denzel Washington said his dream role would be to play James Bond. Fans have been talking about it on Twitter with the hashtag #DenzelisJamesBond. In a lot of ways, the role would make sense for Washington. He has all the ...

Five things we can do to change racial ignorance at UMass

Five things we can do to change racial ignorance at UMass

October 23, 2014


Filed under Opinion

by Nia Decaille Some students were shocked when the news broke about the October 14 incident in which University of Massachusetts Amherst sophomore Josh Odam found the graffiti,  “Kill these n----" on the door of his room in Coolidge, in Southwest. Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy who spoke at an ...

How to get away with being racist

How to get away with being racist

September 29, 2014


Filed under Opinion

by Nia Decaille In an article in the New York Times called “Wrought in Rhimes’s Image,” Alessandra Stanley commends screenwriter, director and producer Shonda Rhimes on creating characters of color that transcend stereotypes of black women in entertainment. What Stanley miscalculates along w...

Wage Gap Wages Dumbest Politics Ever

Wage Gap Wages Dumbest Politics Ever

Kristin LaFratta, Writer

September 29, 2014


Filed under Opinion, Voices

Women in the United States still earn an average 77 cents to every dollar a man makes.

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I hate those tiny orange juice glasses

I hate those tiny orange juice glasses

September 29, 2014


Filed under Opinion

by Mia Bornstein Breakfast at Hampshire Dining Commons is undeniably a big deal since it is the only dining hall in the Southwest residential area that serves breakfast to the roughly 5,500 students living there, which I’m sure, is nothing the DC takes lightly. So why then, has my satisfaction ...

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