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Sev Ohanian speaking at Herbert Hoover High School in 2018 (Photo Credit: Aaron Facundo)

Sev Ohanian: How YouTube fame turned into producing “Judas and the Black Messiah”

At first, he made a few videos with his friends from school. Now, he's working with the likes of Daniel Kaluuya, Zendaya and Michael B. Jordan.
Aaron Vincent Facundo, TV/Film Editor June 19, 2021
He started out as a student journalist, but now he's making movies for the entire world. Storytelling is not just Sev Ohanian's passion, it's his entire life.
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.
Graphic by Brianna Silva

Looking Back: Getting the vaccine, figure skating, mourning a loss and marriage in the time of Covid-19

Four students reflect on life the past year during the coronavirus pandemic
Editor's note: The following stories are the second part of Looking Back, a two-part series of first-person blog posts looking back at life the past year. The series is produced by Professor Steve Fox's Journalism 300 course in the Journalism Department at UMass Amherst.
The idea of finding love online isn't so far-fetched anymore

The idea of finding love online isn’t so far-fetched anymore

In March 2020 Caitlyn swiped right. It’s been a whirlwind ever since
Elizabeth Sheridan, Contributor May 13, 2021
In March of 2020 Caitlyn swiped right. It’s been a whirlwind ever since.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst Skyline from South Field/ Wikimedia Commons user Eraboin

An oral history of UMass’s only remote school year

A first-year student versus a senior's experience
Rebecca Duffy, Campus News Editor May 13, 2021
A first-year student versus a senior's experience.
Graphic by Brianna Silva

Looking Back: Corona lungs, pandemic time warp and Zoom University

Three students reflect on life the past year during the coronavirus pandemic
Jess Galvin, Catherine Hurley and Kaci Madden , Contributors May 7, 2021
The following stories are the first part of Looking Back, a two-part series of first-person blog posts looking back at life the past year produced by Professor Steve Fox's Journalism 300 course in the Journalism Department at UMass Amherst.
The Dutch Room after the heist, photographed by the FBI on March 18, 1990 / This Is a Robbery (Netflix)

Netflix’s “This Is a Robbery” Director Colin Barnicle decodes the greatest art heist of all time

“This Is a Robbery” explores the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s unsolved 1990 robbery
Julia Donohue, Managing Editor May 7, 2021
“You hear, ‘Oh, you can't move the art because it's very iconic,' but it's only iconic if people know what it is. If there's no coverage on it, and all the pictures are in black and white, when they are covered, then they're not iconic, and they can be moved.” 
SmashUMA Logo

Inside SmashUMA: the past, present and future of smash

A peek into the famous platform fighters club here at UMass
Ethan Brayall-Brown, Writer May 7, 2021
SmashUMA is a university club that was approved by the Registered Student Organization back in 2013 with the intention of just getting a group to play some smash. But with COVID-19, arguably the most fun part of the game was taken away; the in-person couch play.
Was It Wicked? logo/ Julia Donohue

Was It Wicked? : This Is a Robbery

A Massachusetts podcast featuring filmmakers from the Bay State
Julia Donohue, Managing Editor May 7, 2021
Tune in for the first ever episode of our new Massachusetts film podcast "Was It Wicked?" hosted by Julia Donohue.
Was this the worst semester in UMass History?

Was this the worst semester in UMass History?

Students mental health collapses as the third virtual semester comes to a close
Julia Donohue, Managing Editor May 6, 2021
“I’ve been failing most of my classes since and the only outreach I’ve received is from my advisors telling me my grades suck."
The do's and don'ts of dating during a pandemic

The do’s and don’ts of dating during a pandemic

Taylor Lee, Writer May 6, 2021
These couples and individuals who are active in the dating scene help to shed light on what it is like to be dating, or in a relationship during the pandemic. From the obstacles they faced to learning what works, their experiences may help others looking to explore relationships.
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