Katie in Tamil

Katie Sherman

Read in its original presentation on Masslive.com.

She left a New England winter in 2008 hoping to be transformed by a study-abroad experience in India. By Spring, the village dogs of Auroville stopped barking at her and drowsily accepted the blond woman swerving into town on her bicycle; local women smiled at her rushed American mannerisms. Children stained her T-shirts after weeks of nuzzling into her with hair combed with coconut oil, and one day at their day care, after months of yelling “Aka! Aka! Aka!” or older sister, they circled her as their teachers helped Katie Sherman ink “Kamali” in her notebook.

Some in Auroville called her, “Katie,” still. Over eight weeks, whenever she sat with her group members in a grass-thatched hut for lessons in sustainability and green living, it would eventually be “Katie’s” turn to share. She lived as Katie, Aka and Kamali interchangeably from Sunday to Saturday. But when her father, Charles Sherman, came from the states for her body and stood at the memorial service dedicated to Katie by Living Routes on March 24 in 2008, he said “Katherine” over and over and over.

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Life Clips

Fall River native McGuinness tapped to lead Herald News online initiatives

Read Herald News.com’s original report here.

FALL RIVER —A Fall River native has been selected to spearhead online efforts at both The Herald News and the Taunton Daily Gazette.
William McGuinness was hired by GateHouse Media New England this week to become the first-ever online product manager for both newspapers. McGuinness’ duties will include oversight of all websites associated with The Herald News and the Taunton Daily Gazette. He will be responsible for new online products and social media applications designed to encourage engagement and drive traffic to all newspaper-related websites.

“We pride ourselves on hosting a remarkably engaged online audience, but Will has the vision and talent to further transform the online experience to offer a myriad of opportunities for — and levels of interactivity with — our online users,” said Lisa Strattan, editor in chief of The Herald News and Taunton Daily Gazette. “In relatively short order, I think our online audience will begin to notice more frequent and more focused news updates, more targeted local information and more structure and flow to our online offerings.”

McGuinness is a 2010 graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he served as editor in chief of the Daily Collegian, New England’s largest daily college newspaper. He also is publisher/co-founder of CampusLIVE INK, an online network for collegiate news organizations.

Sean Burke, publisher of The Herald News and Taunton Daily Gazette, is excited about expanding the company’s online capabilities and creating a better product for readers.

“Today’s news marketplace is truly defined by engagement and interactivity,” said Burke. “With Will joining our team, we can build on our online success to date, and accelerate our digital evolution toward greater multi-dimensional storytelling that presents our content in fresh and engaging ways, and fosters greater community participation.”

Life Clips

A Commitment to Journalism

William McGuinness '10 at the podium in front of Fanuel Hall, Boston, speaking last spring on behalf of saving the Boston Globe

From a profile done by the University of Massachusetts’ College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Read the original here.

Let there be no doubt: William McGuinness ’10 (journalism), editor-in-chief of the Daily Collegian, is serious about journalism. “I’ve started my future,” he says. “It’s a simple plan: find something you love and do it as long as you can. Obviously, I’d like to find a place where people will intensively read what I write—an audience that cares. I guess I’ve been something of a journalism Calvinist: work hard, work towards perfection, and see what happens.”

It all began in his hometown of Fall River, Massachusetts. “In this working class, rusting mill city, local politics are a huge deal,” McGuinness explains. “My family has always been part of the scene; I’ve been holding signs, soliciting ‘beeps’ and dropping campaign material since I was a toddler.”
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Essays, Others

Wrestling with God

The sun was not up over the palm trees behind his house on Los Angeles’ Makee Avenue‘ when a nightmare terrorized Martin Aguilera until he could sleep no more. He imagined a man in his room, an intruder, who caused the nine-year-old to swing his legs from under his blankets and sink to his knees beside his bed. Whenever he was scared, the young Aquilera prayed to the Virgin Mary. He always felt a connection to her. Before he was Martin, his parents entertained the name ‘Guadalupe.’ Kneeling there, he said the Hail Mary five times before he felt comfortable enough to fall back asleep ‘- before he was certain the man of his dreams wouldn’t come back.
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Emotional ceremony held for student’s death

Mourners of University of Massachusetts junior Katherine “Katie” Sherman’s death and celebrants of her life gathered in the Craft Center in the Student Union last night to express their emotions through song, stories and knowing silence.

Sherman died suddenly while studying abroad in Auroville, India. Little information is available regarding the circumstances surrounding her death; but students, family and close friends chose instead to focus and share the events of her life both at UMass and elsewhere.

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Et in arcadia ego: even in Amherst, it is.

Amherst College was shocked in its Ivory Tower last past weekend. Marcus Smith,’ a student from the University of Massachusetts, and’ Isaac Cameron,’ from AmherstCollege, were involved in an on-campus altercation that left both wounded, according to police documents. The fight was at a party and was said to be over a girl. Nothing fresh there, but the reaction was anything but.

The UMass student allegedly pulled a knife and stabbed the Amherst College student between six and seven times in the abdomen and back. Some eye witnesses said they came together in an embrace, as if calming each other down. Others said the knife was out from the start and what looked like a hug was actually one student repeatedly stabbing the other.

Students answered television reporters’ questions with shock and disbelief.

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