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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.
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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 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."
Smartphones may be the new safety blanket

Smartphones may be the new safety blanket

Studies show an increase in phone use during COVID-19 pandemic
Amanda Powers, Contributor May 5, 2021
With many social events either canceled, postponed, or relegated to Zoom, it is clear that spending more time on smartphones to stay connected with one’s social circles is quickly becoming the norm.
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Introspective Ramblings: “Endings Are Just Beginnings”

Joanna Buoniconti, Copy/Managing Editor May 5, 2021
In the final poem of the semester, Joanna Buoniconti, reflects on her time at the Wire and the mark that she and her classmates will leave behind on the campus community as graduation draws near.
UMass community reacts to 2021 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony announcement

UMass community reacts to 2021 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony announcement

Commencement will feature four in-person ceremonies with two guests per graduate
Rebecca Duffy, Campus News Editor April 28, 2021
Commencement will feature four in-person ceremonies with two guests per graduate
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A conversation with Sonya Epstein, the former SGA president who didn’t rerun

Sonya Epstein wanted to create a new path for the Student Government Association, instead they found a confrontational Senate and a dismissive administration: Part one of two
Talia Heisey, Writer April 22, 2021
While the past academic year has been well known for its administrative failings, behind the scenes of the Student Government Association, now former President Sonya Epstein, experienced a difficult and tumultuous relationship with members of the SGA. The mental health difficulties of dealing with these confrontations, as well as SGA members spreading rumors about them, eventually led to their decision not to run again despite being only a junior.
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Introspective Ramblings: “BLACK FREEDOM”

Zach Steward, Writer April 21, 2021
In this week's poem, student poet Zach Steward, poignantly reflects on the Black Lives Matter movement as a student of color and poses the question; how can one process all the hate, the anger, the sense of injustice toward Black people in this country when it's so constant? The power of anti-Blackness is so deeply ingrained in our society there can be no way to undo it unless whiteness, capitalism, neoliberalism, settler-colonialism, elitism, neocapitalism and more are decentralized and the idea of white superiority is destroyed. Enough is enough. Black Lives Matter.
(Alex Qi poses with one of Frank Catalano’s lightsabers, exchanging his PVC saber for a red, light-up blade. Photo submitted by Rebekah Panaro.)

Lightsaber duels transport UMass to a galaxy far, far away

The Draglagos Jedi Academy aims to turn the antagonism of the lightsaber duel, a notorious big-screen stunt, into a collaborative pastime
Rebeca Pereira, Writer April 21, 2021
The Draglagos Jedi Academy aims to turn the antagonism of the lightsaber duel, a notorious big-screen stunt, into a collaborative pastime
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