Two UMass Students Have Meningococcal Illnesses

Originally Aired Nov. 14 2017

Update 5:15 p.m. Nov. 15 2017: UHS has confirmed that the second student, who contracted meningitis, was infected with the B-strain of the Meningococcus bacteria. Head to timestamp 3:42 to see why that matters.

Two UMass students have fallen ill from Meningococcal infections in the past month, according to releases from University Health Services. Last month, a student infected with the B-strain of the Meningococcus bacteria contracted meningococcemia, a blood infection that can kill in hours. The student is reported to be in stable condition.

It is not yet known what strain of bacteria infected the second student, who contracted meningitis, an infection of the brain, and is also reported to be in stable condition. UMass students are not required to be vaccinated against the B-strain of the Meningococcus bacteria, but vaccinations to protect against this strain are available at UHS. Dr. George Corey, director of University Health Services, and Anne Becker, R.N. spoke to WMUA News about the outbreak. WMUA News’ Jesse Fisher, Kenneth Borges, and Becky Wandel report.


November 8th, 2017

Hear an overview of the results from the 2017 elections, gain some insight on a high-profile media merger, and listen to a state representative give his take on the Massachusetts bump stock ban. WMUA reporters Ian Munnelly, Alicia Bochnak, and Jesse Kolodkin bring you these updates and more on tonight’s broadcast

Also, WMUA’s Michael Hanson sits down with and avid skateboarder and discusses the activity’s position as a sport and art form.

November 7th 2017

Maura Healey says OK to an Amherst city bylaw, an apartment in South Amherst burns down, and a new study suggests opioid painkillers may not be necessary for most ER patients.

WMUA News’ Liz Flood, Talon Urdzik, and Michael Hanson cover all that and more in tonight’s broadcast.

Plus we hear from WMUA News contributor Jenna Mola about what UMass students wish they’d known when they were younger.

Fun Friday Broadcast 11-3-17

In this Fun Friday broadcast, we hear from our reporter Ian Munnelly regarding the Amherst branch of the Craig’s Doors homeless shelter, Jesse Kolodkin brings us an update on the Presidential Village housing situation, and Parker Louison discusses the contract negotiations between UMass Amherst and it’s graduate students.

We also bring you some insight on the Hack UMass event on campus, speaking to both organizers and participants.

Our thumbnail photo is one of a graduate student speaking to an administrator at the protest rally covered by Parker Louison.

As always, if you listen, let us know what you think!

Check this out

Becky here.

As news editor, I read lots of news every morning to decide what WMUA should be covering. Sometimes I come across stories that are great reads, but wouldn’t translate well to radio for any number of reasons. They’re still excellent pieces of journalism that I know our listeners would enjoy reading, so I’ll be sharing some here.

This article from the Boston Globe is a great example. Their correspondent, Joseph P. Kahn, sat down with Pete Souza, who photographed President Obama for the entirety of his presidency.

It’s a great read and contains some really stunning photographs of everything from Obama and his team in the situation room monitoring the capture of Osama Bin Laden to the president and First Lady huddled up together on their way to the Inaugural Ball in 2009.

Check it out if you get the chance, and, as always, be sure to tune in tonight and every weeknight to 91.1 fm or online at to hear our news team bring you the stories that matter most to UMass and Pioneer Valley.


Halloween Broadcast

As promised, here’s our spooky, fun-filled Halloween broadcast!

In addition to bringing you the day’s top headlines, Talon Urdzik investigates the case of an AI that writes horror stories, Liz Flood tells us about coffins for the living, and Jesse Fisher has some lesser-known facts about Halloween.

Also in this broadcast: a feature on UMass students’ best Halloween costumes from Ian Munnelly, a campus survey about belief in aliens from Matt Leonard, and a special weather report from a certain slimy Hogwarts Professor.

If you listen, don’t be afraid to let us know what you think!

And Happy Belated Halloween!

Hello again!

We finally got back into our website — yay! We apologize for not posting yet this semester, but now that we’re back in, you can look forward to some great content coming soon to this page!

This is Becky Wandel speaking. I’m this semester’s news editor. Our news operator, Phillip Bishop, will also be posting on this blog. Here’s a picture of us trying to look tough at a Halloween party.


We are really proud of the work we’ve been doing with our news team this semester and can’t wait to start showing it all to you. Be sure to check in with our twitter as well @WMUANews and, as always, listen to our Monday – Friday news broadcasts from 5:30 – 6:00 p.m. on 91.1 FM or online at

Thanks for sticking with us and please check back here soon for some of our best original content. Later today, I’ll be sharing our extra spooky Halloween broadcast that you’ll definitely want to check out.

Until then, all the best from your news team!



Becky Wandel, News Editor

WMUA 91.1 FM Amherst