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SLIDESHOW: Tyrone Parham Sworn in as Police Chief -

February 12, 2016

UMass men’s lacrosse falls to Army 9-5 in season opener -

February 12, 2016

UMass Police Chief Tyrone Parham ‘optimistic’ as University prepares for Blarney -

February 12, 2016

UMass revises guest policy in advance of ‘Blarney’ weekend -

February 12, 2016

Jabarie Hinds gives UMass men’s basketball a lift in upset win over VCU -

February 11, 2016

UMass men’s basketball overcomes late VCU surge in 69-63 win -

February 11, 2016

Offensive vandalism found in Integrated Learning Center -

February 11, 2016

Nominations for SGA elections will remain open until Feb. 19 -

February 11, 2016

SGA, MassPIRG work together on open source textbook initiative -

February 11, 2016

Civil rights activist Cornel West to speak at Smith College -

February 11, 2016

Uncertainties surround UMass men’s lacrosse as it kicks off season against Army -

February 11, 2016

New face, same old ‘Havoc’: UMass basketball ready to face familiar style of play against VCU -

February 11, 2016

UMass women’s lacrosse begins season with high expectations, seeking eighth straight A-10 championship -

February 11, 2016

UMass hockey players react to news of next year’s trip to Belfast -

February 11, 2016

UMass women’s basketball falls to La Salle, drops 11th straight game -

February 11, 2016

‘Havoc’ returns to Mullins Center as UMass men’s basketball prepares for VCU -

February 11, 2016

Bernie Sanders already making history as Jewish candidate -

February 11, 2016

Super Bowl is an impressive feat of entertainment -

February 11, 2016

‘The Hateful Eight’ shows Quentin Tarantino losing his edge -

February 11, 2016

Tips and travel hacks for a fun spring break -

February 11, 2016

Finding oneself in the crowd

Photo courtesy of Hannah Sparks

Op/Ed Editor Hannah Sparks reflects on the old cliché: Finding oneself at college.

Reproductive freedom is about more than sex

Abortion rights supporters demonstrate outside the Capitol in Austin, Texas, where Gov. Rick Perry signed the abortion restriction bill, House Bill 2, Thursday, July 18, 2013. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman/MCT)

Hannah Sparks explains how the conservative attack on women’s reproductive rights stems from a fundamental lack of understanding on the subject.

Gun research a public health priority

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Hannah Sparks analyzes gun violence in America as a public safety issue, advocating for change.

‘Stand Your Ground’ must be repealed

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Hannah Sparks details the racist implications of laws like ‘Stand Your Ground’ in light of a recent court finding in a case invoking it.

Pro-life and death in Texas

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“Using women’s bodies as political battlegrounds is something Texas has gotten [too] good at,” says Hannah Sparks who discusses the latest development in the poor state of women’s reproductive rights in Texas.

Students too often schooled in cynicism

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Hannah Sparks criticizes disproportionate school disciplinary policies that range from excessively harsh to terrifyingly lax.

Relaxing one-child policy a step forward

Hannah Sparks thinks the recent relaxation of China’s infamous one-child policy is a good thing, for China and the world.

Saudi women fight driving ban

Hannah Sparks explains the current de facto ban on female driving in Saudi Arabia and what is being done to fix it.

‘Pinkwashing’ doesn’t cure breast cancer

Hannah Sparks cautions against “pinkwashing” during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

‘Pussy Riot’ shakes up Putin’s Russia

Hannah Sparks discusses the imprisonment of three members of the Russian punk-rock protest group Pussy Riot, and the role it plays in President Vladimir Putin’s “heartland” agenda.

No parental rights for rapists

Hannah Sparks discusses and condemns the law that potentially allows rapists to obtain visitation or custodial rights of a child conceived during the attack.

Beware the media circus

Hannah Sparks cautions news watchers to take coverage of well-publicized criminal trials with a grain of salt.

Unpaid internships don’t help women get ahead

Hannah Sparks comments on the ill effects of unpaid internships and the posting of “volunteer” positions by Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In Foundation.

Margaret Thatcher was not a feminist

In light of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s death, Hannah Sparks criticizes narrow-minded views of feminism that classify all strong women as feminists, to the detriment of the movement.

Report shows for-profit institutions to be abusive, exploitative

Hannah Sparks criticizes the for-profit higher education system for the abusive practices as outlined in a recent Senate report.

Hysteria surrounding violence is misdirected, ineffective

Hannah Sparks criticizes the hypocrisy of the national gun control conversation in light of knee-jerk overreactions to the behavior of children in schools.

Women must be proactive

Hannah Sparks advocates for a more proactive approach to accomplishing feminist goals by making the movement more appealing to more women.

Unplug from the modern noisy world

Taking a break in between classes or during work to fool around on your phone has essentially replaced the cigarette break.

Change in attitudes necessary to lowering violence

Columnist Hannah Sparks discusses how American cultural attitudes towards violence need to change in order for acts of mass violence to become less frequent.

Is college worth it?

Hannah Sparks debates the worth of a college degree in the modern job market and economy