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Is Amazon too big?

Is Amazon too big?

Harry Ortof, Contributor

October 17, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Politics, Showcase, Voices

After completing the purchase of Whole Foods for over $13 billion, Amazon has expanded its reach into yet another market as the company's influence continues to grow.

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Sex and violence: A hardwired love story?

Sex and violence: A hardwired love story?

Jon Decker, Writer

October 17, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase, TV/Movies

We are traumatized when we witness or experience violence in real life. So why do so many love watching it so much in entertainment? A researcher explains.

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UMass Journalism alumni share wisdom with undergrads

UMass Journalism alumni share wisdom with undergrads

Abigail Desvergnes, Writer

October 16, 2017


Filed under Campus, Showcase

A panel of seven distinguished University of Massachusetts Amherst journalism alumni — from The Washington Post to Yahoo! Sports — shared advice and personal stories with journalism majors and faculty in the Old Chapel on Thursday evening.

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Frugal Foodie: Pork tenderloin, roasted butternut squash and green beans

Frugal Foodie: Pork tenderloin, roasted butternut squash and green beans

Mackenzie Webb, Writer

October 16, 2017


Filed under Food/Health, Lifestyle, Showcase

Fall is in the air. That means it's time for apples, squash and all things pumpkin spice. This dinner is the epitome of fall and perfect for a crisp autumn evening.

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Outing Club hosts kayak lessons at Totman pool

Outing Club hosts kayak lessons at Totman pool

Jon Decker, Writer

October 13, 2017


Filed under Campus, Showcase, Uncategorized

The Totman Gymnasium pool was busy Tuesday night, but not with swimmers. The water was filled with plastic kayaks and UMass students who were taking their first lessons in whitewater kayaking.

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Students lead composting initiative

Students lead composting initiative

Brian Choquet, Contributor

October 13, 2017


Filed under Campus, Showcase, Student Life

Being named one of top 50 most sustainable schools in the country, here’s how UMass students are using compost to keep sustainable.

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At Simple Gifts Farm, local food is a year-round affair

At Simple Gifts Farm, local food is a year-round affair

Nicole DeFeudis, Contributor

October 11, 2017


Filed under Around the Valley, Food/Health, Lifestyle, Showcase, Uncategorized

Simple Gifts Farm in North Amherst offers a chance to buy organic produce in a small-farm setting. And you can get there by bus.

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Gov. Baker awards grants to UMass researchers for ‘smart band-aids’

Gov. Baker awards grants to UMass researchers for ‘smart band-aids’

Bryan Bowman, Senior Reporter

October 10, 2017


Filed under Campus, Current Affairs, Showcase, Technology

Gov. Charlie Baker awarded University of Massachusetts Amherst researchers a $500,000 grant on Friday for the development of flexible, wearable electronics, or “smart band-aids.”

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‘Sleepless @ UMass’ gives strategies for restful sleep

‘Sleepless @ UMass’ gives strategies for restful sleep

Michael Connors, Writer

October 10, 2017


Filed under Campus, Showcase, Uncategorized

The common issue of sleep inconsistency and deprivation among college students was the main focus of “Sleepless @ UMass," a sleep fair and lecture held Wednesday afternoon in the Student Union Ballroom co-organized by the the UMass Center for Health Promotion and Campus Recreation.

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‘AHS: Cult’ finds inspiration in 2016 election

‘AHS: Cult’ finds inspiration in 2016 election

Cassidy Kotyla, Writer

October 10, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase, TV/Movies

“AHS: Cult” preys on the deepest fears the 2016 election brought out in American citizens.

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‘Blade Runner’: A revisit before 2049

‘Blade Runner’: A revisit before 2049

Kevin Rogers, Contributor

October 9, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase, Technology, TV/Movies

Let the ominous noir world of this cyberpunk film consume you.

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Top Five: Local nature spots

Top Five: Local nature spots

Julie Harrington, Writer

October 5, 2017


Filed under Lifestyle, Showcase, Travel

As the leaves begin to change color and fall weather approaches, it’s time to get outside and enjoy what the area has to offer.

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