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WSC’s Sustainability Earth Day Fair


Westfield State College hosted its annual Sustainability Earth Day Fair Wednesday in an effort to celebrate the eco-friendly holiday while also educating the campus.

The fair took place on the Tekoa Patio off of the Father Dean Dining Commons, and featured displays about sustainable farms, conserving energy, and eating and growing naturally.

Blossoming Acres, a farm located in Southwick, Mass., displayed tie-dye, soap and baked goods- all of which were homemade.

Sweepstakes Addictions


I have always been a big sweepstakes, contests, can-collecting, and picking-pennies-off-the-ground kinda girl. I am not ashamed to pick up a recyclable or any loose change left on the floor somewhere. As of right now, I actually have more than$100 in my piggy bank.

As a young’n I used to win coloring contests and gift giveaways all the time. After spending lots of money on scratch tickets and lottery tickets I feel like the magic has somewhat worn off, but I still think that maybe one day I will hit the jackpot.

Don’t forget the Dead!

This one’s for all you jam-band junkies out there. Guest writer Neil Benjamin, a sports writer for the North Adams Transcript, taps his true talent: getting into the music. He can probably get you into the show, too. – Alicia

With all the frenzy surrounding the return of Phish, it’s easy to forget about all other music. I mean, let’s face it, Phish are musical gods.

Trey Anastasio and the boys returned from a nearly five-year absence in March, and it was all anyone seemed to talk about. Or maybe it was just me. Dreadlocks everywhere smirked with excitement.

But if you need a reminder, another fabulous band has recently returned to the spotlight. The band that originally made 20-minute songs hip is back. Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, the surviving members of the Grateful Dead, along with friends Jeff Chimenti and Warren Haynes, embarked on their spring tour on Sunday.

planet stifled [by rochelle]


Last summer my darling daughter, Angela, worked for Planet Fitness. Let’s just say she was treated poorly. OK, let’s just say, they treated her like crap and the Bunt family swore they would never set foot inside their establishment.

(THEY FIRED ME FOR WEARING SANDALS! Alright, so they made me leave because I didn’t have sneakers on (they weren’t even officially open yet), and instead of going to a nearby TJ Maxx I went to a nearby 99 and got drunk. Then went back to PF to use their tanning booth. Employee discount, holler! – Angela)
Mess with one of us and you earn the wrath of us all.
Fast forward to April 5.

Opening day [by Steve]


Ladies and Gentlemen– welcome to Opening Day of the 2009 Major League Baseball season, perhaps the sweetest words of every year.

Opening Day in and of itself is in the top five most magical days of the year, and is number one in the sporting world. Not enough can be said about the excitement and energy level of a Game 7 in any sport or a Super Bowl, but nothing matches the level of Opening Day. It doesn’t just mark the start of a new baseball season, but it is a turning point in the lives of every American. It marks the true start of spring, the end of snow and consistent cold, and the beginning of roughly four months of warm sunny weather (granted us northerners still have to wait an extra 2-3 weeks).

Barack Obama: Giver of iPods, Star Wars, and ET DVDs [by Will]


Let’s be honest. We’ve all been there. It’s Christmas day and you’re watching someone open a gift you bought for them with your fingers crossed, hoping you don’t get the fake smile and the, “Oh, neat… Chinese checkers” head-tilt. And on the other hand, we’ve also had to pretend we’re excited about the motivational book about soccer from a single aunt who’s into new-age. I can’t help but imagine that that is the same reaction British Prime Minister Gordon Brown had to put on when Obama gave him his gift while Brown visited the White House back in March.

I would love to have seen Barack’s face when the Prime Minister handed him “a pen holder fashioned from the oak timber of HMS Ganner, a Navy vessel that served on anti-slavery missions off Africa,” and then, “a framed commissioning paper for the HMS Resolute, a Royal navy ship that came to symbolize British-American goodwill when it was rescued by the U.S. from icebergs and given to Queen Victoria.” Obama probably gulped, took his hands out of his pockets, and nervously took a step back before pulling out his gift for Gordon Brown, a box set of 25 American DVDs.

it took them a long time to get back on the train [by christina]

A view of the crowd gathered for the Phish performance at the Hampton Coliseum on March 6, 2009

For those of you who have been living under a rock for the past couple months… Phish is back.

At “Phish’s Phinal Phestival” in Coventry, V.T., on August 15, 2004, some people thought it was the end of the four-piece, legendary jam band. Others knew the truth- they’d be back.

October 1, 2008, was the first official announcement of three Phish shows in March. They were going to be played at the Hampton Coliseum in Virginia. This had loyal Phish fans, to put it plainly, phreaking out.