How to Break Free from “Fluffy” Writing
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How to Break Free from “Fluffy” Writing

When teaching my high school students how to write for radio, a common problem surfaces. Many students struggle to break free of that “high school essay” writing style which asserts more is more. Use fluff to fill space! Dance around the subject to downplay lack of confidence! Meet that page requirement! Write 3,000 words without… really… saying… anything. And so on. … Continue reading

Former NAACP president speaks at UMass
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Former NAACP president speaks at UMass

AMHERST — Former President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Ben Jealous spoke on Thursday to a crowd of 100 in the University of Massachusetts Amherst Student Union Ballroom. The lecture, “The Forgotten Origins and Consequences of Race in America” came at a time of uncertainty … Continue reading

Should they stay or should they go? Psychologists weigh in on value of freshman-only dorms
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Should they stay or should they go? Psychologists weigh in on value of freshman-only dorms

Originally published on Amherst Wire Allyson Morin, Writer | December 9, 2016 (Morgan Hughes/Amherst Wire) AMHERST — At the University of Massachusetts Amherst, first-year students are typically placed in freshman-only residential halls. Some say this experience helps to form friend groups and make connections. Others say that freshman-only dorms can breed a problematic atmosphere for the … Continue reading