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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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“Fearless (Taylor’s Version)” better depicts the country artist’s musical identity

13 years later Swift reclaims her breakout album in this recent re-recording
Isabel Guilmette, Writer April 18, 2021
The pop star’s re-recording of her 2008 albumi is one that is both nostalgic and tacitly introspective.
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AAPI students denounce on-campus racism, express dismay with administrative complacency

“UMass doesn’t make racists, but people bring their prejudices into this environment and the school doesn’t force them to confront what’s wrong with their prejudices”
Rebeca Pereira and Talia Heisey April 1, 2021
“UMass doesn’t make racists, but people bring their prejudices into this environment and the school doesn’t force them to confront what’s wrong with their prejudices.”
Jess Chevalier

The Pandemic Chronicles: Is it worth staying on campus during a pandemic?

One student's decision to leave campus and finish her semester at home
Ethan Brayall-Brown, Writer March 23, 2021
One student's decision to leave campus and finish her semester at home
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BLACKPINK’s Rosé releases solo debut

The girl-group member offers a surprisingly light solo debut
Isabel Guilmette, Writer March 17, 2021
Rosé becomes the second member of the group to release her own personal track, hoping to excite BLACKPINK fans even more.
Wire News Round Up - 3.15.21

Wire News Round Up – 3.15.21

Blarney, SGA elections being postponed, weather and more.
Blarney, SGA elections being postponed, weather and more.
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One-third of Boston Student Advisory Council resigns in “student mutiny,” alleges abuse of power

The exodus followed this weeks revelation of a potentially invasive mental health practice and other claims of abusive behavior
Rebeca Pereira, Writer March 5, 2021
“Girl, she’s shook,” her message reads. At the end of the day, BSAC representatives are still students, teenage students who’ve felt their voices stifled in an environment where they were meant to be valued.
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Up-and-coming artist Phoenix Rios turns heads in Amherst

UMass theater major opens Paper City Studios in Holyoke
Caroline Smith, Contributor March 5, 2021
In March, 2020, Rios finally took the leap, dreaming with his eyes open. Producing lo-fi and groovy melodies paired with upbeat lyrical flows, Rios combines a variety of musical genres, creating his own space in the music world. 
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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.
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“The World’s a Little Blurry”: Billie Eilish’s world of her own

The 19-year-old superstar’s rise-to-fame documentary proves dreams can become a reality
Sean Dunham, Music Entertainment Editor February 28, 2021
Going from an ordinary, music-crazed teenager to a worldwide icon, Eilish's documentary takes viewers on an emotional journey through her life and career.
Wire News Round Up - 2.22.2021

Wire News Round Up – 2.22.2021

New campus operational posture, this week's weather and more.
Nicole Biagioni and Ethan Brayall-Brown February 22, 2021
Catch Nicole Biagioni and Ethan Brayall-Brown debut the first episode of their campus updates broadcast
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Salvaging a semester: SGA, a COVID calamity and where we go from here

A frustrated student body and fatigued Amherst community turns to the Student Government Association as trust in administrators runs its course
Rebeca Pereira, Writer February 19, 2021
A frustrated student body and fatigued Amherst community turns to the Student Government Association as trust in administrators runs its course.
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