Saturday, March 11, 2017

UMass students look to improve their rec center


By Alex Francisco and Jamie Cushman
It’s 5 p.m., you just got out of class, and you want to get a quick workout in before eating dinner and starting your homework. The only problem: hundreds of other people have the same idea.
Students at the University of Massachusetts face this issue every day as the school’s Recreation Center fills up in the late afternoon and evening when classes get out and people have more free time.
For example, this past Monday, March 6, about 1,200 people swiped into the Rec Center from the hours of 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., according to Assistant Manager for Building Operations Ben Blodgett.
With this many students exercising at the same time, some members of the UMass community are looking for ways to find more space for their workouts.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Silver Shadow

A personal essay. I wrote this to tell a story about picking up the pieces and moving on, that hopefully, anyone going through something similar could draw inspiration from.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Fagan uses her gender as an asset in sports media

Today, more women are sports fans than ever before. Yet, women in sports journalism and media are still facing discrimination for trying to step into the traditional men’s club.
With the help of her employer, Kate Fagan of ESPN optimistically see’s her gender as an asset to help her change and diversify the industry for the better.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Profile: Oliver Wyeth, UMass Swimming



Sophomore Oliver Wyeth’s swimming career began with his face being soaked from salty tears rather than chlorine water.

At his first swim competition, the little boy’s fair skin was flushed the same color as the faded red lane lines that divided the pool. He threw a tantrum and refused to get in the water.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Western Mass. heroin epidemic and Narcan touch UMass

Tim considers himself a casual drug user. He’s tried methamphetamines, and admits that he regularly uses cocaine and marijuana. Ever since September, however, he hasn’t touched any opiates.

After his experience reviving a friend with the anti-opiate drug Narcan in his off-campus apartment, the UMass student is hesitant to ever use heroin again.



Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Blog: Reflecting on my "Income or Interests" piece

As a sports journalism major, I tend to get very mixed reactions when I tell people what I'm studying at UMass.

Sometimes, I'll get an unconvinced expression as someone tells me, "oh, that's interesting."I've learned that that's their polite way of really saying, "you must be having fun wasting thousands of dollars paying for school."

Not quite as blunt as my accountant's response to my major: "Are there even newspapers to write for? Don't you think it's going to be a little hard to find a job?"

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Income or Interests? Why students choose their major


They say if you love what you do, then you'll never work a day in your life. Yet, potential paycheck has a higher impact than passion when it comes to how UMass Amherst students choose their major.
Assignment for Steve Fox's Multimedia Reporting class.
October 2015

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Essay: Out on the Point


An essay based off my favorite tradition: annual family vacation to Provincetown, Massachusetts.
Written November 2014 objected to be a "sensory place" piece. Assigned by Prof. Dina Bozicas, UMass Lowell.

Grade: A

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Please God (and major sports media outlets), deflate the controversy.



Public Service Announcement to the herd of sheep who call themselves "journalists": Roger Goodell owns you all. Put these one-sided stories and the sieve-like Ted Wells report to rest already. LEAVE MY QB ALONE.