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UMass football selected to finish fourth in MAC East preseason poll -

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Legislature overrides Baker’s UMass budget cut -

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Report: UMass football’s Todd Stafford arrested Saturday morning in Stamford, Connecticut -

Monday, July 20, 2015

UMass names Molly O’Mara newly-created associate director of athletics for communications and PR -

Monday, July 20, 2015

Baker approves state budget, UMass to receive $5.25 million less than legislature’s proposed figure -

Friday, July 17, 2015

UMass bathroom policy to provide comfort, safety for transgender and non-gender conforming students -

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Long-time UMass professor Normand Berlin, 83, dies -

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

UMass professor and poet James Tate dies at 71 -

Thursday, July 9, 2015

State legislators propose budget, UMass could receive almost $532 million -

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Cause of death determined for UMass student Chloe Malast -

Monday, July 6, 2015

Nick Mariano, Zach Oliveri transferring from UMass men’s lacrosse program -

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Four months after banning Iranian students from certain graduate programs, UMass announces new measures to ensure compliance with U.S. law -

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Justin King sentenced to eight to 12 years in prison -

Monday, June 29, 2015

Two future UMass hockey players selected in 2015 NHL Draft -

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Supreme Court ruling clears way for same-sex marriage nationwide -

Friday, June 26, 2015

Former UMass center Cady Lalanne taken 55th overall by Spurs in 2015 NBA Draft -

Friday, June 26, 2015

Second of four men found guilty on three counts of aggravated rape in 2012 UMass gang rape case -

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Boston bomber speaks out for first time: ‘I am sorry for the lives I have taken’ -

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

King claims sex with woman was consensual during alleged 2012 gang rape -

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Wrongful death suit filed in death of UMass student -

Thursday, June 18, 2015

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