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Should Christmas music be listened to before Thanksgiving?

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A highly-debated topic in a year unlike any other
November 19, 2020
A highly-debated topic in a year unlike any other.

Students grapple with mental health as first fully-remote semester draws to a close

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UMass has reported 321 cases of COVID-19 since August 6
November 18, 2020
College students at UMass Amherst, many of whom expected nothing more than a two-week extension of spring break at the onset of remote learning, were thrust into a purgatory of uncertainty commandeered by a novel contagion. 

Governor Charlie Baker’s new COVID-19 guidelines and its implications on UMass

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Guidelines include a stay-at-home advisory and restrictions on business' operating hours
November 6, 2020
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced a new stay-at-home advisory along with other measures to fight back against COVID-19 cases. These measures go into effect on Nov. 6. This comes amidst a surge of COVID-19 cases. As of Nov. 4, there were 1,629 new cases, making a total of 103,066 COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth.

Life “upside-down”: How international students have taken UMass abroad

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How international students are coping with the pandemic and classes, when they live on the other side of the world
October 27, 2020
Public universities and the college towns they are situated in rely on their ability to accommodate international students, but the fate of international students is only one of many considerations in the race to reopen.

Five safe fall activities to do around Amherst 

Five safe fall activities to do around Amherst 
With these outdoor activities, you can still enjoy the fall season
September 28, 2020
These 5 fun activities are perfect for the new season, and can still be done during a pandemic.

Virtual community forum held to discuss UMass and Town efforts to reduce spread of COVID-19

Virtual community forum held to discuss UMass and Town efforts to reduce spread of COVID-19
Panelists discussed plans for spring semester, resources for students who test positive and more
September 3, 2020
With the number of COVID-19 cases rising at universities across the country, officials from UMass and the Town of Amherst held a virtual community forum to discuss how they are working to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Nurse manager discusses how COVID-19 impacted Winchester Hospital and her own life

Nurse manager discusses how COVID-19 impacted Winchester Hospital and her own life
Chrissie Quill's unit was converted to a COVID-19 unit on March 13
July 18, 2020
Winchester Hospital has seen a major influx of patients due to COVID-19. Chrissie Quill, a nurse manager at the hospital, talks about how the staff have adjusted to treating their patients and her personal experience with COVID-19.

A pediatric infectious disease specialist shares his knowledge of COVID-19

A pediatric infectious disease specialist shares his knowledge of COVID-19
Dr. Mark Denison has been studying coronaviruses since 1984
July 17, 2020
Dr. Mark Denison, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, talks about the history of coronaviruses, the future of COVID-19 and how we can protect ourselves.

MASSPIRG co-hosts 50th Earth Day anniversary celebration for 100% renewable energy

MASSPIRG co-hosts 50th Earth Day anniversary celebration for 100% renewable energy
Guest speakers included Sen. Jo Comerford, Reps. Lindsay Sabdodosa, Natalie Blais and Dan Carey
April 22, 2020
MASSPRIG celebrated Earth Day's 50th anniversary by co-hosting a virtual event for 100% renewal energy.

COVID-19 leaves college students to question summer internships

COVID-19 leaves college students to question summer internships
Over one million internships will be affected
April 13, 2020
What happens to summer internships when there is a worldwide pandemic?

UMass students express concern over transition to remote learning

UMass students express concern over transition to remote learning
All classes will be online for rest of semester
March 13, 2020
With the coronavirus spreading at an alarming rate, universities across the U.S. are moving to remote learning. On March 11, UMass Amherst announced that students must remain off-campus for two weeks after spring break. UMass students share their thoughts on how the transition will affect their learning and spread of the virus.

PodCheck: The Coronavirus

PodCheck: The Coronavirus
March 10, 2020
Celina Rivernider and Maggie Yonce do some research on the coronavirus.
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