• The news since Election Day has been dominated by musings about what kind of outcomes the Midterms could lead to. It’s been hard to address this question when two races still haven’t been called (for governors in Georgia and Florida), but even with the uncertainty, there's a lot of material to spectate off of.  There was a lot of cool action on campus leading up to the election. The #Yeson3 campaign was holding phone banks and campaigning around campus. Christine Hallquist and Danica Roem visited to talk at a transgender rights protection rally. The UMass Democrats... Read More
  • At face value my horoscope should everything the celestial bodies have in store for me. I checked mine today. It prophesized the following: “You may have recently inherited either some money or some free time. This is a real gift, and if invested wisely, it could lead to some important self-discoveries”. Now I’ll say that both today and recently I neither have money or time by virtue of this celestial “inheritance” or from work, or from any Mars in retrograde or what have you. This is not the objection I draw. Mine is that by making such bold assertions and in such... Read More
  • Alarming new information was released regarding climate change and the planet’s future in a UN report. This report said that “there is no documented historical precedent for the scale of change required,” and that the world may have just over a decade to get climate change under control. Here are things students (or anyone) can do:   Do your research: Take an Enviro class Reduce emissions in your travel: Take public transit Ride a bike Car-share Switch to an electric or hybrid vehicle Fly... Read More
  • My first blog post will be more about who I am and less about what I have to say. The posts afterward will be the opposite. I’m dedicating the content of my blog not to personal pontification, but to showcasing the accessibility and diversity of the knowledge and wisdom in the community. This could be from faculty, classes, or a conversation on the street. Wherever it comes from, I want to present not what to think, but ways of thinking, arguments, stories — all to show you my journey in learning how to think. Critically. I welcome comments and hope that, at the very... Read More
  • As it comes time to choose classes, I find myself with the (good) problem of there being too many classes I want to take and not enough time to take them all. This means I have to find a way to sort through and prioritize what will be most important for me to learn. In doing this, I’ve been thinking a lot about how the classes I take now will benefit what I do later in life in so many different ways; in practical ways as well as providing necessary background for each situation that I may find myself trying to help. Recently, I had a conversation with a student activist... Read More
  • Ryan’s Question: What’s the role politics play on campus? Are there ever situations where it becomes a taboo topic, or is it always something that people are expressive about? Amberly’s Answer: Colleges do appear to be the most political sphere in our society, don’t they? With protests scattered throughout the week and speakers frequently coming to campus to give lectures on all sorts of topics, college provides numerous attitudes for one to “get political.” That being said, I have to say that everything is political. Politics affect everything from our views of the... Read More
  • A couple weeks ago, I took the bus to a friend’s college to visit for the day. On my way back, the bus driver was making fun of me for being late and we got into a nice conversation where he asked me about my studies. I told him I’m studying political science and he went “Oooooh! I don’t like politicians,” and then we had a good laugh and tangent conversation about this and his belief that all politicians are liars. After this, though, the conversation shifted to other things I’m studying — and that I’m minoring in Arabic and Spanish, and we started talking partially in... Read More
  • Ryan’s Question: Has college changed the way you look at your future? If so, in what ways? Amberly’s Answer: -cue nervous laughter- Oh boy. The short answer is this: yes. The long answer, though, is this: When I first came to UMass, I had a pretty strong sense of self. I knew who I, Amberly Lerner, was, and I knew exactly who I was going to be in life. I was an English major and I was going to go into creative writing. And then while I was at it, I was going to become a lawyer. Not just any lawyer, though! A lawyer that fought for social justice; a miniature, more... Read More
  • It feels weird to write a blog this week on campus activism that is not related to the two racist incidents that happened on campus, so I would like to touch on what happened and what is being done. The racist incidents, which I am sure most students have heard about already, occurred on this campus. In the first, an anonymous tip was reported to the UMass police about an “agitated black male,” when the person being referred to was actually an employee walking to work. In the second incident, “hang Melville n******” was written in a Melville residence hall bathroom. I... Read More
  • For college students who need to send in an absentee ballot to vote, you can find your application for one and instructions here. Read about the important questions on the upcoming ballot here.  For those debating voting: As a political science major, I have been trying to split my focus between what I am learning in class about politics and what is happening in the real political world all the time. It has been a weird (interesting) experience learning about politics while so much is happening in the political sphere every day. My professors bring it into classroom... Read More

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