The Power of Paws: Therapy Dogs Proven to Boost Mental Health
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The Power of Paws: Therapy Dogs Proven to Boost Mental Health

The stress of college weighs heavily on the mental health of many students. Therapy dogs can provide the answer for stress relief and self-care at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Through the Paws Program, Bright Spot Therapy Dogs, a group that places well-trained therapy dog teams in programs around New England, visits the Student Union … 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

Lisa Bowleg addresses intersectionality of identities at UMass Amherst
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Lisa Bowleg addresses intersectionality of identities at UMass Amherst

Originally published on the Amherst Wire on November 4, 2016. View the story here. “If you aren’t attending to power and inequality, you aren’t doing intersectionality”   Lisa Bowleg of George Washington University addressed a casual crowd of 50 University of Massachusetts Amherst students and faculty on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016. (Allyson Morin/Amherst Wire) Allyson Morin, … Continue reading

Standardized testing means make-or-break at Commerce
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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 … Continue reading

UMass nursing snags grant for sleep and stress research
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UMass nursing snags grant for sleep and stress research

Originally published on the Amherst Wire October 25, 2016. View the story here. The goal is to use data to enable patients to take charge of their symptoms. Allyson Morin, Writer • October 25, 2016 UMass Life Sciences Building (Allyson Morin/Amherst Wire) AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Nursing has begun researching fatigue and stress … Continue reading

Innovation and team building the focus at fourth annual HackUMass
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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 … Continue reading

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Hacked! 700 hackers to flood UMass

Originally published October 6, 2016. View the story on the Amherst Here. Hacked! 700 hackers to flood UMass Friday Allyson Morin, Contributor October 6, 2016 Filed under Campus, Showcase AMHERST — Hackers and tech-savvy students will spend their Friday night in a University of Massachusetts Amherst classroom, and they won’t emerge until Sunday morning. Nearly 700 students from … Continue reading