Ghosts of Birthdays Past 

Halloween celebrations.   By KELSEY O’CONNOR      Like most people I know, my birthday is in October. I’ve always loved having a fall birthday. It falls right in the middle of the the time between summer and Christmas, so it’s something to look forward to in the middle of a long stretch of work and being busy. It’s on a long weekend, so there’s usually an extra day off. The leaves are changing, the weather is nice, and the possibilities for celebration are endless.  Growing up, I celebrated my birthday with Halloween. Because I am born in the first half …

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Debate at the Epicenter

Students pack the IOP as candidates go head to head. On September 26, 2016, Harvard’s most politically engaged students gathered at the Kennedy School, the home of the Institute of Politics, to watch the first presidential debate. At 8:05 PM, five minutes after the doors of the IOP opened for the Debate Watch Party, the maximum capacity of the building was reached. Security staff fended off students eager to be in the politics and public service hub to watch the anticipated chaos. The morning after the debate found the Internet teeming with gifs, memes, listicles, and Facebook statuses from everyone …

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“Honor Thy Music”

Country that stays. Four years ago, just about the time I got my driver’s license, a country radio station reappeared in the New York tri-state area. While NASH 104.7 immediately became the number one preset on my Jeep’s old radio, this addition was largely unnoticed by my friends. Since then I have successfully converted a few people to Country fandom, but it was not very difficult. Often when I ask people about music preferences the response is “I like pretty much anything, except I’m not crazy about country.” I’ve become so used to this response that when I am the …

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