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Pandemic Politics: Compromise Candidates

Pandemic Politics: Compromise Candidates

Are young organizers pushing their centrist candidates to the left?
Julia Donohue, Managing Editor May 13, 2021
It's very difficult to see beyond, black and white politics, when, you know, you follow your heart out, you were not paid. You went out there in a pandemic, and your person's not doing the things that they said that they were going to do.
Pandemic Politics: Unpaid Internships

Pandemic Politics: Unpaid Internships

Youth organizers dive into the injustice of unpaid progressive campaign labor
Julia Donohue, Managing Editor May 13, 2021
I think if you're bringing someone on and an official role, like as an intern, and you're not paying them, I think that absolutely damages the credibility of any progressive institution, because it makes it inherently elitist, and that exacerbates racial and economic inequalities.
Photo Credit: Remy Rossi  (flickr)

The Elephant in the Room: Tiger parenting and Asian American suicide

Racially motivated violence and high expectations are detrimental stressors for Asian Americans
Aaron Vincent Facundo, TV/Film Editor May 5, 2021
Intentional self-harm (suicide) is the leading cause of death in Asian Americans age 15-24, according to the CDC. This cause of death does not lead for any other group of people.
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A conversation with Sonya Epstein, the former SGA president who didn’t rerun

Sonya Epstein wanted to create a new path for the Student Government Association, instead they found a confrontational Senate and a dismissive administration: Part one of two
Talia Heisey, Writer April 22, 2021
While the past academic year has been well known for its administrative failings, behind the scenes of the Student Government Association, now former President Sonya Epstein, experienced a difficult and tumultuous relationship with members of the SGA. The mental health difficulties of dealing with these confrontations, as well as SGA members spreading rumors about them, eventually led to their decision not to run again despite being only a junior.
Ethan Tupelo, a member of the Pedal People, empties a trash can in downtown Northampton in April 2020.

“Massachusetts 2050: A Warming State” How an environmental-focused business launched a Northampton community member into politics

A ride to activism
Caeli Chesin, Writer April 2, 2021
“I just got the idea like I really want to meet everyone in my ward, or everyone that I would represent,” said Jarrett. “Especially with issues of climate change and wealth inequality, we’re not seeing action on a national level. We’re not seeing enough action on the state level, and so municipalities are the ones that need to take the lead.” 
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AAPI students denounce on-campus racism, express dismay with administrative complacency

“UMass doesn’t make racists, but people bring their prejudices into this environment and the school doesn’t force them to confront what’s wrong with their prejudices”
Rebeca Pereira and Talia Heisey April 1, 2021
“UMass doesn’t make racists, but people bring their prejudices into this environment and the school doesn’t force them to confront what’s wrong with their prejudices.”
(John Phelan / Wikimedia Commons)

Boston Public Schools sued by parent coalition

Exam schools are considering eliminating entrance exams and tackling inequality
Olivia Mahoney, Contributor March 30, 2021
The new plan creates an applicant pool that takes into account either 2019 MCAS results or student grades, all of which are pre-pandemic. 20% of the seats for each exam school are reserved for the highest-ranking students across Boston, based solely on GPA. The remaining 80%  will receive invitations using a combination of GPA and ZIP codes.
Wire News Round Up - 3.29.21

Wire News Round Up – 3.29.21

The projected winners of the SGA elections, an update on the 2021 Commencement, this week's weather and more
Nicole Biagioni and Brie Bristol March 29, 2021
The projected winners of the SGA elections, an update on the 2021 Commencement, this week's weather and more.
Wire News Round Up - 3.15.21

Wire News Round Up – 3.15.21

Blarney, SGA elections being postponed, weather and more.
Blarney, SGA elections being postponed, weather and more.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst Skyline from South Field/ Wikimedia Commons user Eraboin

UMass must do more for the Racial Justice Coalition

It's time for UMass to show support through actions, not just words
Zach Steward, Contributor March 9, 2021
Chancellor Subbaswamy has neglected his responsibilities in regards to the Racial Justice Coalition and UMass for Black Lives.
(John Phelan / Wikimedia Commons)

One-third of Boston Student Advisory Council resigns in “student mutiny,” alleges abuse of power

The exodus followed this weeks revelation of a potentially invasive mental health practice and other claims of abusive behavior
Rebeca Pereira, Writer March 5, 2021
“Girl, she’s shook,” her message reads. At the end of the day, BSAC representatives are still students, teenage students who’ve felt their voices stifled in an environment where they were meant to be valued.
Photo by Stephanie DiCarlo

Salvaging a semester: SGA, a COVID calamity and where we go from here

A frustrated student body and fatigued Amherst community turns to the Student Government Association as trust in administrators runs its course
Rebeca Pereira, Writer February 19, 2021
A frustrated student body and fatigued Amherst community turns to the Student Government Association as trust in administrators runs its course.
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