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Welcome to the Valley! Now What? Where to go for (almost) anything
Aug30

Welcome to the Valley! Now What? Where to go for (almost) anything

You’ve checked into your dorm and met your roommate, scoped out the campus and located the halls where you’ll have your first classes. It’s time to get off campus and explore this new place called the Pioneer Valley where you’ll likely be spending the next four years or so. Here in the Valley, aka the Happy Valley, you’ll find excellent food, lots of music, craft beer, inventive art, and some very fun people. The following is a guide...

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College Survival Guide: Dump the rhetoric, get the facts, and VOTE this election
Aug30

College Survival Guide: Dump the rhetoric, get the facts, and VOTE this election

Editor’s Note: Welcome to Lip Bomb, the new Advocate feature that brings opinion pieces written by area college students that touch on the topics that move them most: higher education, politics, culture, campus life, arts and entertainment. We’re kicking things off with a bit of news you can use provided by Mount Holyoke College junior Emet Marwell. If you’ve got a burning passion for writing persuasively about important issues and...

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College Survival Guide: 15 tips about sharing a bathroom with 50 people
Aug30

College Survival Guide: 15 tips about sharing a bathroom with 50 people

If you’re getting ready to start at a college this year — especially if it’s a four-year school that requires you to live in a dorm — odds are you’re about to get your first taste of semi-communal living. Dorm life means sharing a relatively tight space with several dozen people, some of whom you’ll rapidly get to know on a very personal level and some of whom you’ll barely speak to and awkwardly make eye contact with when you pass...

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College Survival Guide: Cafeteria Fusion Cuisine
Aug30

College Survival Guide: Cafeteria Fusion Cuisine

Though most dining commons food comes as pre-made cuisine, already distinctly seasoned, there’s no reason students can’t still mix things up when the norm gets old. I headed into Worcester Dining Commons at the University of Massachusetts Amherst to ask students about their secret dining commons recipes and food mashup tips, and to try out some combos of my own. It’s worth mentioning that Worcester has a lot of options. But even in...

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CLICK It: Is College Worth It? Depends on Your Values
Aug29

CLICK It: Is College Worth It? Depends on Your Values

In the Valley, where you can’t throw a hacky sack without hitting a campus, September means back to college. Keep scrolling down for infographs. The value of a college degree can be debated — among people who have earned them, more than 80 percent say it was a great investment in themselves, according to a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation study, “With Their Whole Lives Ahead of Them” — and it can also be quantified. The estimated...

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Between the Lines: In Defense of Safe Spaces
Aug29

Between the Lines: In Defense of Safe Spaces

The University of Chicago may have sent one of the most bizarre and shady freshmen welcome letters I’ve ever seen, when they mailed the missives to the class of 2020 last week. The main thrust of the letter isn’t to welcome but to put freshmen on notice that the university doesn’t “condone” safe spaces or trigger warnings. The letter from “Dean Jay,” aka Dean of Students John Jay Ellison, notes that there are university administrators...

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