Northampton Event Encourages Women Activists to Speak Up
Feb16

Northampton Event Encourages Women Activists to Speak Up

The day after Donald Trump’s election in 2016, corporate communications trainer Cathy McNally vowed to join activist communities to oppose the conservative forces that got him elected. Founder and CEO of the Women Speak Up organization, she realized that it was her work with teaching women to be better public speakers that could make a real difference. “Women are the leaders of so much movement work, but they need to be...

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Undocumented Hampshire Student to Walk 250 Miles for Immigrant Rights
Feb14

Undocumented Hampshire Student to Walk 250 Miles for Immigrant Rights

Representing the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, 11 undocumented individuals will walk from New York City to Washington, D.C., starting Thursday, Feb. 15. Among them will be Eduardo Samaniego, 25, of Amherst. Samaniego is in his third year at Hampshire College and has been active in fighting for immigrant rights, both at the state and federal levels. “It’s about 250 miles we’ll be...

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V-Spot: How Do I Tell Someone I Have a Sexually Transmitted Infection?
Feb15

V-Spot: How Do I Tell Someone I Have a Sexually Transmitted Infection?

Hi Yana, I recently found out after my 21-year pap smear that I carry HPV (human papillomavirus). It’s incredibly annoying that even though I’ve been tested all my life, a very common STI can still be transferred to me. It was also troubling that after checking a little bit more, HPV can also be transferred with a condom on, so it could have been from any of my sexual partners. My overall question is, how do I navigate...

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Pick of the Day 2/15: Foghorn String Band at the Parlor Room
Feb15

Pick of the Day 2/15: Foghorn String Band at the Parlor Room

Foghorn String Band at the Parlor Room Listening to the Foghorn String Band is like pulling out your great grandma’s handmade heirloom quilt. It’s American roots music drawn from bluegrass, classic country, and Cajun musical traditions. The band has produced eight albums over 15 years and is comprised of four master musicians/historians who “exemplify the very best of the roots music traditions from their respective native...

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Valley Show Girl: The Brian and Vicky Show at 7B’s in Westfield
Feb14

Valley Show Girl: The Brian and Vicky Show at 7B’s in Westfield

With that typical New England ice storm still fresh in the air, I had Vanilla Ice’s Ice Ice Baby in my head all day. Walking into 7B’s Bar and Grill in Westfield to hear the classic Johnny Cash tune The Ballad of Jesse James was all it took … poof! be gone Ice Ice Baby! Set up in the corner, performing classic and new country tunes are Vicky St. Pierre and Brian Chicoine. If you’re a Johnny Cash and/or June Carter Cash fan,...

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