Posted on May 17, 2013

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Posted on May 17, 2013

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Posted on April 29, 2013

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The lawn between the Old Chapel and Goodell was full of activity as the UMass community came together for Founder's Day. It was UMass' Sesquentennial, which means it was the University's 150th birthday! In true UMass fashion the celebration featured great food, the UMass band, and a nod to UMass' rich history. This came in the form of a 150-pound cake version of the iconic Old Chapel. This was also the launch of UMass Gives, a fundraising campaign for the Univeristy. People of all ages were sitting out on the grass enjoying the springtime. There was even a horse-drawn carriage taking people for rides. Happy Birthday UMass!

Posted on April 27, 2013

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Posted on April 19, 2013

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At 3 o'clock last Monday, I was sitting on a couch in the Rolling Green apartment complex, chatting with two of my friends in between homework assignments.  It was beautiful outside.  From my spot in the living room, I could see residents relaxing in the grass across the street as their children played basketball on the sidewalk.

Then came the news.  It trickled in slowly from across the state as news of explosions at the Boston Marathon came in online bursts of 140 characters.  As articles confirming injuries followed, both my mom and uncle battled failing cell phone service to confirm I wasn't in the city.

We weren't really sure how to react. As thoughts of "who do I know in Boston? Are any of my friends running the Marathon?" flooded my head, silence flooded the living room, broken only occasionally to offer an update aloud.

This Thursday, I watched my peers unite in the face of the assault on the city many know as home. The theme that showed throughout the UMass Amherst community's Run for Boston was one of strength in the face of tragedy, mourning for the lost while celebrating a strong unity in the Boston community.

The race, which stretched 2.62 miles from the Mullins Center to North Pleasant then back again, was filled with runners sporting Boston t-shirts and blue and yellow.

Posted on April 12, 2013

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This past weekend, the University Democrats traveled to Harvard University to listen to speakers and talk to politically like-minded peers at other colleges throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. There were panel discussions about specific issues such as immigration and education. Students had a chance to ask questions of local politicians and to hear them speak on relevant issues for college students. It was a chance for politically active students from schools across the state to get together and talk about how to promote their political interests.

Posted on April 02, 2013

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On Friday evening, I visited the UMass Fencing Club practice at the Rec Center. I was instantly welcomed and invited to take as many pictures as I would like. I asked questions such as, "What is that?" and "What are you wearing?", my ignorance of the sport becoming apparent.

The teammates began to face off with friendly banter as well as with their metal weapons. It was clear to me that they were just a group of friends who also happened to be good at poking and whacking at each other with metal objects.

The UMass Fencing Club practices every evening during the week and welcomes those interested to come and learn.

Posted on March 28, 2013

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If you're a regular reader of this blog, you might realize that photos of my dorm are few and far between.  Instead of posting those, this is an introduction to the place that is undoubtedly my second home. Located in the basement of the Campus Center, the Daily Collegian offices and the staff inside have welcomed me since I was a freshman.

During the third week of school in Fall 2010, I remember the anxiety I felt as I slinked into this new space.  I had never referred to myself as a photographer in high school, preferring to tell people "I take pictures!" or "I'm interested in photography!" I had never shot news or taken a journalism class before, and I was afraid I wouldn't fit in among a group of dedicated photojournalists. 

This meeting turned out to be a bigger part of my life than I expected.  After receiving my first assignment, I showed up to more and more meetings.  Through years of attending plays, shows, events and celebrations as a journalist, I feel comfortable approaching a stranger, shaking their hand and saying hi, I'm Shaina Mishkin, and I'm a photographer.

Now I'm an assistant photo editor of the paper, which means I spend even more time down there than I used to; I help with production every Sunday and attend weekly photo meetings (open to any interested student) on Wednesday at 7:30 .  This is a photographic tour through the typical meetings and production that goes into creating the largest daily student paper in New England every school night. 

Posted on March 25, 2013

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It was finally spring break and my younger sister Becca and I decided to visit our older sister Rachael. She is living in Washington, D.C. and we decided that it was the perfect destination for a small road trip. We hit the road in the afternoon, stopping for a healthy dinner at McDonald's.

We got closer and closer as it got darker and darker, yet we still had a long way to go. Through tunnels and cities, over rivers and hills we drove.

Finally we arrived at our destination after an 8 hour trip of horrendous singing and sisterly bickering. Then there was four days of warmer weather and sightseeing to experience. As well as catching up with the third member of our sister trio.

Posted on March 08, 2013

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I was still half asleep when I stumbled out of Sabrina's car and headed toward the towering building in the distance.

"I honestly didn't think you'd do this," she said to me.

"Yeah, no, me neither," I yawned.

With the campus center in the distance and the time looming closer and closer to 2 A.M., we broke into a powerwalk towards WMUA.

As it turned out, we arrived just about on time for the early Thursday morning show.  This is Sabrina's first semester hosting a radio show on campus, so she jumped at the opportunity for any timeslot when it presented itself.

It might've been how sleepy I was, the coffee and/or the company, but the two hours flew.  Cover to Cover is, as you might expect, a show focused on airing renditions of songs by artists other than the original, and I spent the next 120 minutes combing my iTunes library and throwing the suggestions at Sabrina. 

Come 4 A.M., I was wide awake at the wrong time.  I headed back up to Orchard Hill and willed myself to sleep.

"Maybe I'll go back next week," I thought as I drifted off, "okay, no, maybe not."

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