Permanently Homeless or Permanently Housed in Amherst
Feb13

Permanently Homeless or Permanently Housed in Amherst

Not many people would characterize the town of Amherst as poor. The downtown is interspersed with homey coffee shops, ethnic cuisine, fine dining, boutiques, and independent cinema. But behind the hip shops and $4 coffees is a growing homeless population. Though firm figures are difficult to come by, Craig’s Place, the only shelter in Amherst, reports serving 186 unique individuals in 2015, the most recent information available. In...

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Five Things We Love About February
Feb13

Five Things We Love About February

It’s cold and the icy, black slush is up to your knees. The wind rips across the thick white fields of snow, stabbing tiny icicles through your coat. Breath in and the hairs in your nose freeze. This is February and it’s lovely. Bye, Bye Resolutions By the time February rolls around, no one really cares much about most things. It’s far from the beginning of Winter so the excitement of snow is gone, and it’s far enough from Spring that...

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Muslim Life in the Valley: Alia Al Absi
Feb11

Muslim Life in the Valley: Alia Al Absi

“Islam has rules for us … That makes me feel more strong” Alia Al Absi was born in Jordan several decades after her family was expelled from Palestine, along with 700,000 other Arabs, during the 1948 Palestine War. In 2011, she and her young daughter came to the United States to visit her sister. Alia decided to stay — and she just became a U.S. citizen. Some people think, “Oh, Islam is very strict and forces women...

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News of the Weird: Work of a Researcher
Feb06

News of the Weird: Work of a Researcher

Field work is always challenging, explained Courtney Marneweck of South Africa’s University of KwaZulu-Natal in a recent journal article, but studying the sociology of a white rhino’s dung meant developing a “pattern-recognition algorithm” to figure out “smell profiles” of 150 animals’ feces — after tracking them individually to observe them in the act. Wrote Marneweck, “I think my record for waiting for a rhino to poo was 7½ hours.”...

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Must Love Dogs: Dating Apps for Everyone
Feb06

Must Love Dogs: Dating Apps for Everyone

If you have a cellphone and the ability to access the internet,no one has to celebrate a Valentine’s day alone anymore. Now there is a separate outlet for specific needs to accommodate the growing culture of online dating. Want to find a date that definitely is into dogs? Twindog has your back. Whether you want to find love or to be entertained (like I was), here is the top 10 dating apps that you can download onto your phone. Luxy —...

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