Forget textbooks — professors are using bells, Legos, fruit as online educational materials

As learning goes virtual, professors and coaches are thinking outside the box and outside their typical syllabi.

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The downbeat: How to use music to feel less alone and anxious during social distancing

Music columnist Ella Boyd SC ’21 compiles an exhaustive list of ways to use music to your benefit while social distancing, whether through creating, sharing or listening to it.

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The 5Cs get colorful during Holi celebration

The Claremont Colleges Hindu Society hosted Holi, a religious and cultural festival which includes throwing colors, at Walker Beach.

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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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The downbeat: 5 of the best love (and it’s complicated) songs

Ella Boyd SC ’21 provides a playlist of 5 songs for any romantic scenario, from love to lust to heartbreak. “Love’s intricacies and realities shouldn’t be ignored; after all, the experiences of yearning, heartbreak, confusion, nerves and sensuality are intertwined with love,” she writes.

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The bassline: Billie Eilish represents the age of anxiety and the future of fiction

Music columnist Kyla Walker PO ’22 examines the allure of Billie Eilish in a time of anxiety and uncertainty for Generation Z. “Eilish and her music speaks to a generation that has grown up in chaos amidst 9/11, school shootings and imminent climate change,” she writes.

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The downbeat: Wilco released ‘Ode to Joy,’ so here’s an ode to Wilco

Music columnist Ella Boyd SC ’21 pens an ode to the Chicago alternative rock band Wilco and their new release, “Ode to Joy.” “Filled with their signature stripped down songs, soft vocals and haunting lyrics, Wilco continues to create meaningful music that’s sure to stand the test of time,” she writes.

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OPINION: In praise of the modern opera

Opera has a reputation for being old and stuffy. Yet modern opera demonstrates that the art can be flexible, dynamic and engaging.

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