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Protester in front of Theta Chi by Abbie Gracie

UMass protests to ban Theta Chi after alleged assault

Amid allegations of a woman being roofied at the fraternity, UMass students took the streets to protest against frat culture.
Abbie Gracie and Zach Steward, Editors September 20, 2021
Amid allegations of a woman being roofied at the fraternity, UMass students took the streets to protest against frat culture.
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UMass cancels first tailgate of the 2021 football season

Increase in positive cases forces UMass to cancel the first tailgate of the season
Nicole Biagioni, Co-News Editor September 9, 2021
Increase in positive cases forces UMass to cancel the first tailgate of the season
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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.
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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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Texas winter storm spares no one

Frigid temperatures and an electric grid rigged for profiteering plunged Texas into week-long dark age, startling UMass and other college students with little recollection of the system’s previous lapses.
Rebeca Pereira, Writer March 1, 2021
Young people across the South have watched as pipes ran bone-dry or burst and have helped haul buckets of non-potable pool water up flights stairs to flush neighbors’ unflushable toilets. But even Texas’ youngest and fittest are impotent to an indiscriminate storm and the impenetrable immunity of youth has come undeniably into question under the strain of freezing temperatures and unstable power.
Campus operational poster set to lower from High Risk to Elevated

Campus operational poster set to lower from “High Risk” to “Elevated”

New email by Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy goes over the new conditions and plan for UMass students
Ethan Brayall-Brown, Writer February 19, 2021
In addition to these specifications, the Student Union will open if the conditions of public health improve. Only students with the Campus Health Hub green checkmark will be allowed entry. All public health guidelines will be strictly monitored. 
Five ideas for a safe Valentines Day

Five ideas for a safe Valentine’s Day

How to have the best date night during a pandemic
Emma Sammuli and Madison Bethune February 11, 2021
Although the pandemic is making date nights more challenging, the circumstances present the perfect opportunity to get creative.
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UMass fraternity throws party against COVID-19 restrictions

Students express strong emotions against first documented large gathering
Nicole Biagioni, Writer February 9, 2021
The UMass community reacts to the COVID-spreading party that took place at the Theta Chi fraternity this past weekend.
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Mass incarceration in Massachusetts

Narratives from formerly incarcerated advocates and their vision of a future beyond prisons
Talia Heisey, Writer November 16, 2020
What are the experiences of those imprisoned within Massachusetts?
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A whirlwind of a Presidential election

Overwhelming feelings have come to light from the results of the Election Day that turned into Election Week
Abbie Gracie, Co-News Editor 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. 
Five ways to cope with election stress

Five ways to cope with election stress

You are not alone
Emma Sammuli, Lifestyle Editor November 6, 2020
If you are anything like me, every day has proven to be a new battle to preserve your mental health. Of course, no stress management tip or technique is a substitute for seeking help from a licensed healthcare professional, but here are five ways I have been coping with stress and anxiety these past few weeks (and months). 
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This Week’s Eeks

The most spine-tingling podcasts to keep you up at night
Emma Sammuli, Lifestyle Editor October 22, 2020
Here are my top five favorite chilling podcasts that I listen to all year round but are even better to tune into during spooky season. 
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