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W.E.B. Du Bois Library hosts third annual Tower Run

W.E.B. Du Bois Library hosts third annual Tower Run

Amanda Levenson, Video Editor

December 14, 2017


Filed under Campus, Showcase, Student Life, Uncategorized, WireTV

The third annual Tower Run took place the evening of Nov. 16. It challenged participants to run the 440 steps of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, from the lower level to floor 26, during assigned time slots.

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Why I quit Instagram

Why I quit Instagram

Chanel Connor, Writer

December 14, 2017


Filed under Lifestyle, Showcase, Student Life

With finals around the corner, consider deactivating your social media accounts this holiday season.

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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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Top 5: Ways to live your best life during finals

Top 5: Ways to live your best life during finals

Alexandra Pigeon, Co-editor in Chief

December 12, 2017


Filed under Food/Health, Lifestyle, Showcase, Student Life

If you want to come out of finals week with your sanity still intact and grades you’re happy with, it’s important to make self-care a priority.

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This week in politics, 12/4-12/11

This week in politics, 12/4-12/11

John Coakley, Politics/Op-Ed/Voices Editor

December 11, 2017


Filed under Current Affairs, Politics, Showcase

Bringing you the most important stories in national politics, one week at a time.

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Freshman’s Division I dream becomes a reality

Freshman’s Division I dream becomes a reality

Abigail Desvergnes, Writer

December 11, 2017


Filed under Campus, Showcase, Student Life

“I’ve basically achieved everything I’ve ever wanted. Now, I need to prove that I deserve this spot, even if everyone else believes it, I need to believe it myself.”

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Top 5: A traveler’s Christmas

Top 5: A traveler’s Christmas

Isabel Fowler, Amherst Wire Contributor

December 8, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Top Five, Travel, Uncategorized

With the holiday season approaching and finals coming to an end, everyone is ready for favorite seasonal traditions: making gingerbread houses, decorating the tree, visiting family and opening gifts on Christmas morning. However, some of us are packing our bags and preparing for a few months away in a strange, new place.

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Tiffany Haddish makes history on SNL

Tiffany Haddish makes history on SNL

Isabel Fowler, Contributor

December 7, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase, TV/Movies, Uncategorized

Saturday Night Live is a predominantly liberal satirical show that has been known to push boundaries. With this in mind, it was rather shocking that after 43 years, the show just had their first black female comedian host.

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Out of focus: Adderall abuse at UMass Amherst

Out of focus: Adderall abuse at UMass Amherst

Amanda Levenson, Video Editor

December 7, 2017


Filed under Campus, Showcase, Student Life

For seven days straight, Bailey took Adderall to help study for finals. She has never been diagnosed with any type of attention deficit disorder, but chooses to use the prescription drug to enhance her academic performance.

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UMass International Socialist Organization protest GOP tax bill

UMass International Socialist Organization protest GOP tax bill

Brian Choquet, Photo Editor

December 7, 2017


Filed under Campus, Current Affairs, Politics, Showcase

As sprinkles of rain soaked their “Tax the Rich” signs, almost a dozen members of the University of Massachusetts Amherst International Socialist Organization held a rally outside the Student Union to protest the recent approval of the Republican federal tax plan in the U.S. Senate.

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Climb into the world of bouldering

Climb into the world of bouldering

Jonathan Kermah, Writer

December 6, 2017


Filed under Campus, Showcase, Student Life

While the Western Mass Bouldering Club is still growing and evolving, it has already received the SAMMY award for Outstanding Recreational Club.

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Research says working 30+ hours in college doesn’t pay off — some UMass students disagree

Research says working 30+ hours in college doesn’t pay off — some UMass students disagree

Alexandra Pigeon, Co-editor in Chief

December 6, 2017


Filed under Campus, Showcase, Student Life

Although there are advantages to working so much, such as gaining valuable time management skills and making more money, research from Georgetown University Director of the Center on Education and the Workforce Anthony Carnevale suggests long-term effects might be more harmful than beneficial.

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