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Mom Rock’s “I Wish Every Day Was Today” brings light to darker days

Photo Credit: Logan Wilder. From left to right: Tara Maggiulli, Wilson Reardon, Curtis Heimburger and Josh Polack
The Berklee originated group emerges as upcoming stars in music industry
November 20, 2020
Featuring four catchy, feel-good songs on the EP, “I Wish Every Day was Today” truly is a must-listen if you are searching for a soundtrack that will lift you up and generate positive energy.

Meet the NYU student running a small business from her dorm room

Pictured: Samet with 2 of her hand painted bags. Photo from @cutelilbaggies on Instagram
Creating your own version of reality that you can wear
November 18, 2020
Since opening the shop on July 26, Samet has sold around one hundred bags and expanded her business, which originated on Instagram, on several different online shopping websites, including Depop and Etsy, and she isn’t slowing down.

Mass incarceration in Massachusetts

Picture from the San Francisco Bay View courtesy of Google Images
Narratives from formerly incarcerated advocates and their vision of a future beyond prisons
November 16, 2020
What are the experiences of those imprisoned within Massachusetts?

How a kid from a small town became Massachusetts’ State Representative of the 14th District

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Adam Scanlon on climbing the ladder of local politics
November 12, 2020
Adam Scanlon, North Attleboro's State Representative, on climbing the ladder of local politics.

A whirlwind of a Presidential election

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in Delaware to deliver victory speech from Google Images
Overwhelming feelings have come to light from the results of the Election Day that turned into Election Week
November 11, 2020
On Saturday, Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris have officially become the president-elect and vice president-elect for the next four years, making Donald Trump one of the few incumbent presidents to lose in his race for a second term. The results brought a lot of conflicting emotions throughout the United States. 

Life “upside-down”: How international students have taken UMass abroad

How international students are coping with the pandemic and classes, when they live on the other side of the world
October 27, 2020
Public universities and the college towns they are situated in rely on their ability to accommodate international students, but the fate of international students is only one of many considerations in the race to reopen.

Pledging Allegiance to Our Ears: The Politics of Being Considerate

Pledging Allegiance to Our Ears: The Politics of Being Considerate
October 15, 2020
How one UMass student’s open ears sparked his political transformation.

Sororities tackle the recruitment process over Zoom

Sororities tackle the recruitment process over Zoom
October 3, 2020
Nothing about this year is normal; classes and RSO’s are no different and for the most part, online. So how does one aspect of college life, specifically Greek life, adapt to the new normal? 

Coolhand Jax’s journey to “No Dreams of Anything”

Jake Weissman also known as Coolhand Jax/Used with permission of photographer James Wyatt
From inception to release, the multi-instrumentalist songwriter debuts an EP that welcomes finding comfort in the unknown
September 22, 2020
“When I finished school, I went on a big long road trip across the country for like two or three months and then I tracked a bunch of demos,” Weissman professed. Home again after his lengthy road trip, Weissman got to work and Coolhand Jax was born. 

What is it like to be an OnlyFans content creator?

What is it like to be an OnlyFans content creator?
September 20, 2020
OnlyFans has been a hot topic and career choice for many. This creator shares her story and maybe will inspire you to start yours.

Nurse manager discusses how COVID-19 impacted Winchester Hospital and her own life

Nurse manager discusses how COVID-19 impacted Winchester Hospital and her own life
Chrissie Quill's unit was converted to a COVID-19 unit on March 13
July 18, 2020
Winchester Hospital has seen a major influx of patients due to COVID-19. Chrissie Quill, a nurse manager at the hospital, talks about how the staff have adjusted to treating their patients and her personal experience with COVID-19.

The power of food

It defies boundaries defined by culture and a pandemic
May 2, 2020

Sunday morning. 7 a.m. My hometown, Swansea, Massachusetts. My dad and I pulled off of Route 6, a bustling two-lane highway with stoplights every quarter mile, that stretched all the way from Somerset...

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