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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.” 
(Elvert Barnes / Wikimedia Commons)

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.
Official movie poster

“Judas and the Black Messiah” recreates an underlooked part of American history

Director Shaka King's studio debut leaves audiences wondering why anyone still trusts the FBI
Aaron Vincent Facundo, TV/Film Editor February 12, 2021
Throughout the duration of the film, the audience is constantly presented with dramatic irony. While they are made well aware of O’Neal’s cooperation with the FBI, Hampton's lack of awareness plays into the heartbreaking betrayal.
The legacy of odd Trump imagery

The legacy of odd Trump imagery

Now that the Trump presidency has ended, it is time to reckon with the odd iconography that his candidacy engendered—and what it means for the future of our politics
Joe Lancaster, Contributor January 28, 2021
In the Internet age, the traditional campaign ad has been enhanced by Twitter videos, and the traditional campaign poster has largely been supplanted by the meme. And in the age of Donald Trump, the pro-Trump memes and placards became a bizarre form of outsider art.
Trump encourages supporters to refuse to concede the election

Trump encourages supporters to refuse to concede the election

Violence ignites in Washington D.C as protestors clash
Chloe Lindahl, Writer November 25, 2020
President Trump's refusal to debrief the President-elect has put countless lives at risk as the nation faces unprecedented challenges. Although it is the end of the controversial Trump Presidency, he’s making sure to leave his mark one last time.
How does the Electoral College actually work?

How does the Electoral College actually work?

The electoral college is a system that dates back to the beginning of US history that we still use to this day
Talya Torres, Writer November 20, 2020
The election is not decided by the amount of votes a presidential candidate gets, known as the “popular vote.” It is instead decided by electors, or representatives states choose to cast their votes. This process comes from the Constitution, as a compromise between a vote only in Congress, and a popular vote.
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