UMass Parkour Club

This project highlights the Parkour Club and the members that are part of it. It’s aimed at showing how it sets itself apart from other clubs and what it has to offer. They meet four days a week Monday to Thursday and is a way for some to wind down after a strenuous day of academics. Parkour Club started in Spring 2008 and provides students and members of the community with the space and atmosphere to train and practice. From this people can build on their physical and mental strength. Anyone can join no matter their skill level, so don’t be shy.

Due to the high risk of injury, anyone that joins the Parkour Club has to sign a waiver of liability.

Marc Freccero does a flip off of a wall in front of Hampden convenience store. Parkour takes a lot of focus and most importantly you need confidence.

Travis Swain cut his hands after scaling a wall outside of the Campus Center. Hand injuries are the most common injury that occurs in the club.

Scott Maxson studies for a final in the common room on the ninth floor of Washington Tower. Parkour is his way to relax after a busy day of work.

Travis Swain shows Quz Lyimo, a high school student, the footage of his flip that he just performed outside of the Studio Arts Building.

Scott Maxson shows a new comer, Kat Soni, how to properly leap over a rail outside of the Fine Arts Center. Anyone can join the club even if you’re just walking by and have the urge to try something new.

Parkour Club members sit back and watch Scott Maxson as he does a flip off of a platform outside of the Studio Arts Building. Members of the club aren’t forced to do anything and can go at their own pace.

Jayme Giancola and Scott Maxson hold themselves in a tree in Southwest. Parkour challenges and helps people and helps them gain physical and mental strength.

When the weather doesn’t hold up the Parkour Club practices in the Curry Hicks Cage or in the tunnel from Bartlett to Herter.

Marco Casarano does a vault over a railing at the Hagis Mall. Flips aren’t the only part of parkour, but moves like vaults, which is a way of getting from one place to another easily.

Travis Swain does a flip off of the Bezanson ramp as some students walking by stopped to watch. Having bystanders watch is a frequent occurrence for the club.

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Not Ready For Bedtime Players

Not Ready for Bedtime Players cast members, Jeff Bielat (left) and Joey Goldstein (right), perform in Grayson dorm on March 23, .2011

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Men’s Lacrosse: UMass v. Brown

UMass attackman Art Kell tries to get by Brown defenseman Peter Fallon during the men’s larcrosse game at Garber Field on March 5, 2011. UMass won 9-6.

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Whitmore Administration Building

A group of friends eat at the Whitmore Café on February 28, 2011.

Tori Conlin helps a student at the Ucard Office in Whitmore on March 7, 2011.

Students eat and do school work in the second floor lobby of Whitmore on March 7, 2011.

The sign outside of Whitmore was damaged during the several snowstorms at the beginning of the semester.

Kyla Guidoboni sits at her desk in the Student Affairs office on the third floor of Whitmore on March 7, 2011.

A teller attends to a student at the Bursar Office  on the second floor of  Whitmore on February 28, 2011.

“It’s kind of notorious for its big ramp” – Kyla Guidoboni

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Art Major

Collin Perry, a sophomore, made a lightbulb sculpture  for his Art 142 class. The project was  inspired by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, a gay artist who died of AIDS in 1996.

Collin Perry ‘s project was made out of condoms, soap, highlighter fluid, PVC pipe, and string.

Tim McDonough (left) and Collin Perry (Right) work on their art projects at 2:00 a.m. in the Fine Arts Center on February 14, 2011.

Tim McDonough observes Collin Perry’s art project at the Fine Arts Center on February 14, 2011.

Collin Perry present his art project to his Art 142 class on February 15, 2011.

Professor Young Min Moon critiques Collin Perry’s art project during class on February 15, 2011.

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Photo Assignment 1: Dj Khaled

Dj Khaled performs during the White Out Party at the Mullin Center on January 28, 2011.

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Photo Story: Yair Yschatz

Yair Schatz, 21, is a senior at University of Massachusetts Amherst majoring in environmental science. Due to credits accumulated during high school he is able to graduate this fall semester. He hails from Arlington,Mass and  is currently living in the Chabad House on campus. Judaism is an important aspect of his daily life and indulges in prayer frequently. Over his college career he participated in parkour and Torah studies. Only living in the Chabad House for a semester he has no regrets and has enjoyed every moment of it. Once graduated he plans on going on a five day road trip to Washington D.C with his family to visit relatives. As for the future, he wants to get a job that has anything to do with envnmental science, but especially strengthen his Jewish background.

Yair Schatz holds Mr. and Mrs. Gottlieb’s son, Muki, in their apartment at the Chabad House on December 2, 2010.

“The kosher food here puts my beleifs into action and expression of my faith in daily life. Plus it’s really good.”

“The quality of the people at the Chabad House is deeply warm. There’s a lot of wisdom, love, and care.”

Yair Schatz says a Jewish blessing, called Birkat Hamazon, after eating dinner at the Franklin DC on December 7, 2010.

“Prayer gives me routine and structure to my daily schedule. Also it’s a source of relaxation. Like my uncle says, ‘it’s like a spiritual dialysis.'”

“I love living in the Chabad House because it’s convenient to have a place to pray downstair, a Jewish library, and a family near by with kids to play with.”

Yair Schatz listens to Rabbi Adelman’s blessing during his attendance of the Menorah lighting at the Amherst Town Center on December 7, 2010.

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