The quarantine chronicles: My 11 days of self-isolation

Jaimie Ding SC ’21 documents the bores and the pleasantries of her self-imposed quarantine at home in Vancouver, Washington. “I realize that without any responsibilities or human beings to interact with, I no longer have to abide by societal norms of when to eat or when to sleep,” she recounts.

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Chew on this: 3 easy tips to up your college cooking game

Food columnist Stephanie Du SC ’21 gives tips to level up in the kitchen, no matter how limited your culinary skills or supplies. “Like any skill, it takes time and practice to improve your cooking. If something doesn’t work on your first try, that’s normal,” she writes.

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The bassline: A Swift transition from ‘Red’ to blue — Taylor Swift’s political fight

Music columnist Kyla Walker PO ’22 explores Taylor Swift’s whirlwind transition from political privacy to political activism in “Miss Americana.”

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Outside the box office: ‘I Lost My Body’ teaches you to take life into your own hands

Film columnist Hannah Avalos PO ’21 discusses the French Netflix film “I Lost My Body,” and why it can help viewers who feel purposeless. “‘I Lost My Body’ … teaches us that we’re not beholden to the world. When it seems the whole world is falling apart around us, we can still do something about it,” she writes.

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Swipe right: Five dating norms we need to ditch in 2020

In this week’s relationship column, Meghan Condas SC ’22 breaks down five dating norms that are outdated and need to be left in 2020.

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Suitcases: The post-abroad ennui

Lillian Perlmutter SC ’21 explores the experience of returning from abroad and feeling like life doesn’t quite fit together the same.

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The downbeat: RIP Pop Smoke — How one artist reintroduced drill music into the mainstream

Music columnist Ella Boyd SC ’21 assesses the impact of musician Pop Smoke’s influence on the New York drill music scene after his death. “Almost with Nietzsche-esque transcendence of good and evil, Pop Smoke played by his own rules, and he won through creating a lasting legacy in the eye of the music industry and general population,” she writes.

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Read it and weep: The paradox of illness narratives

Nina Potischman PO ’21 critiques Sarah Manguso’s “The Two Kinds of Decay” and the need to extract meaning from experiences of chronic illness.

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Fisher out of water: Why easier classes are not always better

Gabe Fisher CMC ’21 discusses the pitfalls of studying abroad at a university where lectures are large and office hours are not commonplace.

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Regularly scheduled programming: I haven’t finished it yet! My problem with series finales

TV columnist Claire DuMont SC ’23 reckons with her inability to watch series finales, and whether or not the fear even matters in the age of streaming and binge-watching.

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