• For those of you who haven’t quite made it to UMass yet, we just had our Blarney weekend. While the university does not technically recognize the event, the students around here get very … enthusiastic about it. Let’s just say that, because St. Patrick’s day happens during spring break, we have our own (minimum of one) day of debauchery here in lieu of the usual shamrock-filled festivities. It's a campus tradition, I guess. While immensely popular, this sort of event happens during the day, when I tend to get my work done and enjoy some quiet to focus. Therefore, Blarney... Read More
  • The first time I watched the Super Bowl, my parents and I muted the game and then turned the volume back on whenever the funny commercials returned. The next year we got bored with that and switched to Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl. Since coming to college, though, I’ve gained an appreciation for sporting events. I still don’t care about the games themselves, really, but these events are a good excuse to meet up with friends and encounter new people. Plus, they provide a great venue for venting pent up energy. I don’t know the rules to hockey nor am I curious. However,... Read More
  • (co-authored by Marie MacCune and Hannah Depin)  Have you heard the good news? UMass has given us the whole week of Thanksgiving off instead of just two measly days! Can you believe it? Find out how to make the most out of your Thanks-cation...and ignore the fact finals go right up till Christmas. 1. Do your laundry...for free. I know you’ve been wearing those socks since Halloween. 2.   Catch up with friends from home and catch up on all that small town gossip. You know you’re not above it. 3.  Do the homework you promised yourself you’d get done before the break but... Read More
  • Happy almost Halloween! We've gotten into the holiday spirit at my apartment, with pumpkins, twinkling ghost lights, and plans to make ghost and bat-shaped cookies this weekend. Although I'm practically counting down the days until the annual steak and lobster dinner, I've also been trying to make some of my favorite fall recipes while I still have the chance. How is it already the end of October?  The semester is flying by and I'm getting closer and closer to leaving for study abroad in Montpellier, France! This week, I've been trying to dedicate time to checking off all... Read More
  • If you haven’t noticed, my father’s kind of a history geek. Must be where I get it from. Anyhow, we were talking about how much of a circus this presidential election is and he mentioned a concept that a man named Joseph Goebbels came up with in the ‘30s. Pretty much the idea is that if you lie copiously and vary the lies every time, then the fact-checkers can’t keep up. Something we might’ve noticed from climate change deniers and rumors about My Chemical Romance getting back together is that it takes more time to debunk a lie than to make one up. As my old man put it... Read More
  • (Co-authored by Marie MacCune and Hannah Depin) It’s autumn, baby. Time to do all things fall! Here are eight things you don't want to miss this fall at UMass.  1. Tailgate. We may have (one of) the worst teams in the division but our tailgates are nothing to shrug at. Pro tip: invite your parents for excess amounts of free food. 2. Apple picking, duh.   3. A haunted UMass Tour. It’s part of Family Weekend programming Friday, Oct. 21! 4. Visit a pumpkin patch. Hillcrest Orchards in Amherst lets you pick your perfect pumpkin for jackolantern making. 5. Take a hike up... Read More
  • Kate, We are so close to the first long weekend of the semester I can almost taste it. I’m so so so excited. I’m headed to Boston College Friday to tailgate with Marisa (going to the actual football game is still up in the air) and then home for the weekend to do some serious laundry and research - granted, you already knew that since you’re the one dropping me off! Long weekends are a magical time when you have extra hours to sleep and get work done but very often do neither. I’m committed to not letting that happen. My thesis and GPA cannot afford for me to. In order to... Read More
  • (Co-authored by Marie MacCune, Emily Esten, and Hannah Depin)       1. Excitement: The semester is almost over, the weather is warmer and you’ve been keeping ahead of all your assignments. You’ve got this.  2. Reality Check: Warmer weather means less time indoors studying. You quickly make a to-do list each day until the end of finals. 50 pages worth of papers in 4 days? You’re worried.  3. Creative procrastination: As the work piles up, your motivation starts to decrease and you’ll do just about anything to avoid homework. Organize your closet? Sure! Call your... Read More
  • Spring has sprung! I thought we’d hit it a few weeks ago when people were walking around in tank tops and napping out on the grass, but nature decided to crush our hopes, dreams, and newly planted daffodils by dumping about five inches of snow on us. In April. But, hey! The sun’s out and we get to enjoy the glory of our campus! Look at the beautiful trees! The green grass! The budding flowers! The backhoe tearing up Morrill! The clear sky! The campus pond that could count as a biohazard! The rolling hills! Listen to the chirping of the birds! The laughter of college... Read More
  • Kate,   I think it’s time that we talked about UMass’ other name…the Zoo. You’d think that in the eight hours we spent alone in a car together this weekend it would have come up but no – so I guess it’s time to talk about it now.   As I’m sure you’ve noticed in your 7 months on campus, UMass is pretty average when it comes to its social life. You’ve visited friends at other schools and I’m sure you, like I was, were surprised to find that if anything, some schools are even wilder. Whoever penned the term “ZooMass” certainly hasn’t been to campus in a while.   Now don’t get... Read More

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