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Maintaining normalcy in spite of drastic changes

Maintaining normalcy in spite of drastic changes

April 7, 2020

Recently, my dad told me on the phone that after 70 days of home quarantine, he was finally able to go out following China’s ease on their lockdown. I almost screamed when hearing this good news. COVID-19 had forced him to stay at home since the start of the outbreak in late January—he had to wor...

Seniors are robbed of a milestone by not walking in person

Seniors are robbed of a milestone by not walking in person

By Melissa Rosales, Podcast Producer

March 31, 2020

In an email to the Class of 2020, President M. Lee Pelton announced that Commencement on May 9 and 10 will be postponed.  “No doubt, this news comes to you already anticipated,” he said. Maybe I’m an unwavering optimist, but I didn’t anticipate this—even when I read that UMass Amhers...

Let others cope with uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 on their own terms

Let others cope with uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 on their own terms

By Abigail Hadfield, Deputy Copy Editor

March 11, 2020

On Tuesday, I followed along on my phone as I flew back to Boston and watched school after school announce their plans to address the COVID-19 outbreak. My boyfriend received the notification that his school, Suffolk University, would be moving all courses online and closing residence halls, requiring...

Good customer etiquette empowers the service industry

Good customer etiquette empowers the service industry

By Melissa Rosales, Podcast Producer

March 11, 2020

The quote “put yourself in someone else’s shoes” takes a hard look at empathy. Whenever I see a “Masshole" driving in Boston, I just remember my mom telling me, “they probably just really need to poop.” While I chuckle on the roads and actually grow some empathy for crazy drivers, I wish...

The failures of Boys Scouts of America are not failures of scouting

The failures of Boys Scouts of America are not failures of scouting

By Alexander Hahn

February 26, 2020

2020 marks the 110-year anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. This year will also mark the first time in history a Scouting organization announced bankruptcy after several hundred sexual abuse lawsuits were filed against the BSA. Other branches of the Scouting Movement have been exiled, dissolved, spl...

Sacrificing sleep should not be the norm of college life

Sacrificing sleep should not be the norm of college life

By Jocelyn Yang, Assistant Opinion Editor

February 25, 2020

The ‘college triangle’ states that students can only have two of the following: good grades, a social life, and enough sleep. The first time I saw this triangle years ago, I chose to prioritize "good grades” and “social life” without hesitation. The third option—"enough sleep"—seemed less esse...

Accepting being single as a hopeless romantic

Accepting being single as a hopeless romantic

By Reilley Djou

February 19, 2020

As a college student studying in a new city, finding relationships isn’t as easy as it seems. There are nightclubs, parties, and dating apps, but in my experience, none of those ever lead to anything serious. From what I realized, the “lucky ones” were the ones who met their significant other in...

In-person conversations are essential for conflict resolution

In-person conversations are essential for conflict resolution

By Jess Ferguson, Deputy Opinion Editor

February 17, 2020

Texts are an ineffective means of resolving conflict. I was frustrated by one of my friends’ actions. She said mean things about me behind my back, and I needed to confront her about it. I spent 15 minutes crafting the perfect text message to her before finally mustering up the courage to hit send....

Parkland, two years later

Parkland, two years later

By Robbie Shinder

February 14, 2020

Every year, Feb. 14 represents a day of love. Valentine's Day. But this year, and for every year of the rest of their lives, many people will not celebrate love and instead mourn the deaths caused by this hateful act that occurred two years ago today when 14 students and three staff members died in a...

Truth matters in the war against coronavirus

Truth matters in the war against coronavirus

By Jocelyn Yang, Assistant Opinion Editor

February 12, 2020

In my five years spent studying in the U.S., I've never been so worried about my family in China as I have now. When my dad recently said over the phone it was fortunate for me to return to the States before the coronavirus outbreak began, I told him I felt sad that I couldn't be with him while our fa...

Ableist discourse hurts the disabled community

Ableist discourse hurts the disabled community

By Shruti Rajkumar, Staff Writer

February 11, 2020

In 2009, Spread the Word gained traction in the public school system of Colchester, Connecticut, my hometown, as well as in schools across the country. The campaign spread awareness about the derogatory and negative connotations that the “R-word” holds towards people with cognitive disabilit...

Treat coronavirus epidemic with caution, not racism

Treat coronavirus epidemic with caution, not racism

By Xinyan Fu, Columnist

February 5, 2020

It’s been more than a month since the first report of the novel coronavirus from Wuhan, China.According to the World Health Organization’s latest Novel Coronavirus Situation Report, as of Feb. 3, there have been 17,391 cases confirmed, of which 17,238 are reported in China. The number of reported deaths...

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