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Community talks education, immigrants’ rights, climate change with state senators -

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Q&A: Khalif Nunnally-Rivera, an advocate for access and affordability for underrepresented students -

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Plant-Based Nutrition club promotes healthier, sustainable diets on campus -

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Rolling tobacco and high profits for iRollie -

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UMass softball to kickoff conference schedule on Thursday at Boston University -

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UMass baseball coach Mike Stone trying not to dwell on 2017 being his final season -

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Fresh off NCAA Championship appearance, UMass diver Emma Roush looks ahead -

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Notebook: UMass men’s soccer adds junior college transfer to roster for next season -

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Newly appointed UMass defensive line coach Dave Wissman has taken interesting road to Amherst -

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Student Union Craft Center serves as an open space of expression for students -

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An ode to Amherst’s American Legion -

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Letter: The Graduate Employee Organization wants to empower those who are marginalized -

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To counter and balance: A place for conversation in the opinion pages -

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Activism can change the world -

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Active Minds strives to start conversation about mental health, end stigma -

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Native American Student Association plans for powwow after travelling to Native Nations Rise March in Washington D.C. -

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Black Student Union aims to be a strong voice for the African-American community on UMass’ campus -

March 28, 2017

UMass Students for Reproductive Justice continue fighting for student rights -

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UMass notebook: Celtics assistant coach Micah Shrewsberry reportedly interviewed for a second time Monday for men’s basketball head coaching vacancy -

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UMass softball anxiously awaits start of conference play with doubleheader against BU looming Thursday. -

March 28, 2017

Letter to the Editor: Trump’s lobbying ban won’t be enough

To the Editor:

From the Women’s March to protests at Logan Airport, people are turning out across the country to make their voices heard. These gatherings tell the story of a vibrant democracy, but behind the scenes our lawmakers have another constituency they’re listening to—special interest lobbyists.

Official reports show that lobbyists spent over $3 billion in 2016 alone to influence our federal lawmakers. But even those reports underestimate the size of the influence industry, where many lobbyists take advantage of loopholes that allow their work to go undisclosed.

Following a campaign where voters made ethics reform a top priority, Congress has an opportunity to pass long-lasting lobbying reforms that create a more transparent, accountable government. While President Trump signed a lobbying-reform executive order this past weekend, it features the same loopholes which allowed the lobbying industry to flourish during the Obama years.

To pass comprehensive, lasting reform, we need Congress to act now. Please contact your representative and ask them to pass lobbying reforms that crack down on special interest influences and close loopholes that allow lobbyists to dodge disclosure laws.

From,

Caitlin Moeller

UMass Student

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