Travel

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A farewell to Ireland

May 05, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

I couldn’t wait to see my family and friends, but I remember just wishing that everyone I knew in America could move over to my new Irish home. I’d grown used to the harsh winds, the lack of peanut butter, and the left side of the road. Strangers became my closest friends. The Irish pubs and clubs were (and still are) better than any college party I’d been to in America.

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London

Interning abroad

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I spent this past semester living in London and interning at The Independent, a national British newspaper. The Independent was launched in 1986 and is one of the youngest daily newspapers in the United Kingdom. When I first received my placement, I wasn’t very familiar with the Indy, but after doing some research I realized it is one of the most respected newspapers in the UK.

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Aquaculture at Australis

May 05, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

A mechanical hum like the crashing of ocean waves fills the air as workers weave through the large tanks that held clusters of black and silver fish of all sizes. In a super-sized trailer set at an industrial park near the airport in Turner Falls, Mass., a new kind of farming is taking place. In exchange for crops growing in rows, giant pools over six feet tall fill up the room.

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Finding your faith in Birthright

May 05, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Sitting in Hebrew school can only teach you so much about your people and their culture. Sitting in a restaurant in Jerusalem ordering dinner? That’s an educational moment.

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Entertainment

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Network through handshakes

May 05, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

UMass seniors Marco Chiang and Nate Tepper teamed up last semester to turn a big idea into a promising product. Leaf, a Pebble SmartWatch outfitted with their own software, aims to change the way people network by replacing a dead-stop in conversation to swap contact information with… nothing. By tapping into a natural social behavior, the handshake, Leaf’s wearable technology transforms a basic interaction into a digital networking tool.

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Auto-pilot online: Automating your professional social media presence

May 05, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

People get squeamish about “personal branding,” but a strategic social media presence is the online equivalent of choosing to shower, brush your teeth, and get dressed in the morning. Caring about your personal appearance doesn’t make you shallow, and putting thought into how you present yourself online isn’t inauthentic.

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10 new artists to check out

May 05, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

We are back with another batch of fresh artists. This is my final column with Amherst Wire and I hope I did not disappoint. This bittersweet final edition ranges from international artists to DJ’s, so before I get weepy, get those headphones ready!

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Sabaton wows at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival

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Swedish Power Metal band and military history enthusiasts, Sabaton have been gaining a lot of momentum in the American Metal scene. Currently on tour with Dutch Progressive Metal band, Revamp and American metal band, Iced Earth, Sabaton made a stop at the Palladium in Worcester, Mass. for the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival. This year, the festival hosted heavyweight Metal bands such as Battlecross, Behemoth, All That Remains and Acacia Strain, who have been a mainstay in the New England Metal Scene for 16 years.

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