Five Seconds of Everything with Kimberly Cruz | Stories for Strangers

https://soundcloud.com/user-220894949/five-seconds-of-everything-with-kimberly-cruz-stories-for-strangers I sat down to discuss the challenges of novel writing with high school of Commerce senior Kimberly Cruz. Cruz is the author of five novels on a story-sharing site called Wattpad where her most popular work, "Night and Day" garnered 2,600 reads. She is a prolific writer with a passion for storytelling. Her drafts …

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Standardized testing means make-or-break at Commerce

SPRINGFIELD--High schools all across the country use standardized testing as a measuring stick for school performance.  For the students at Springfield’s Commerce High School, some say this year of testing is especially nerve-wracking. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education classifies Commerce as a level 4 school due to chronic underperformance on Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment …

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Innovation and team building the focus at fourth annual HackUMass

Originally published October 11, 2016 on the Amherst Wire. View the story here. Innovation and team building the focus at fourth annual HackUMass Allyson Morin, Contributor October 11, 2016 Filed under Campus, Current Affairs, Showcase AMHERST — Tech-savvy University of Massachusetts Amherst hackers from across the northeast produced projects to be proud of at HackUMass, a 36-hour …

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“It’s hard to imagine what a college town would look like without a bookstore”

Amazon@UMass enters its second school year with the university to mixed reaction, announces new locations across nation for 2016.   On Tuesday Sept. 15, Blake Simon accidentally ordered The Republic instead of Republic from Amazon for his political science class. It was a mistake that could have left him bookless as required reading piled up. …

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Significant Mileage: My Mom’s 18-year Running Streak

BY ALLYSON MORIN At 4:44 a.m., my mom Beth’s alarm goes off for school.  Before she begins the 45-minute commute to her fifth grade classroom to work as a math teacher, she goes through her routine like clockwork.  She lets out the dogs, eats oatmeal, talks to her father on the phone, watches the news …

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The Art of Perception: Rethinking How We See

AMHERST, Mass.--At the University of Massachusetts Amy E. Herman gave a lecture to a group of art history students about the art of perception.  She began her Mar. 29 lecture with a warning, “Refrain from using two words--obviously and clearly.  We live in a complex world where nothing is obvious and nothing is clear.” Herman …

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What Climate Change Means for Maple Syrup

BY ALLYSON MORIN--A conversation with Dr. Joshua Rapp at the Harvard Forest to discuss his ongoing research on the effect of climate change on maple sap quality. Warming conditions means bad news for maple syrup producers.