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Four UMass divers qualify for NCAA Tournament at Bucknell Invitational this weekend -

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Top 25 Basketball Notebook: UCLA pulls off major upset over Kentucky -

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College football playoff seeds came out Sunday; Alabama gets top seed -

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Notebook: UMass men’s basketball guard Luwane Pipkins among nation’s best in steals -

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Listen when you argue to truly understand -

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Letter to the Editor: local veterans on Hampshire flag burning -

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Standing Rock’s message could save America -

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What people’s email signoffs say about them -

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UMass women’s basketball team can’t recover from sluggish start in 65-55 loss to George Mason -

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‘Loving’ is simple, honest and a rare beauty -

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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‘Stand Your Ground’ must be repealed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