The Tree Trials

Second Treetise By AIDAN FITZSIMONS   Oak-ay everyone, I’m back with my bi-weekly tree talk.   Two weeks ago, I started this column off with my favorite tree in Harvard Yard, the Emerson Evergreen Tree in Sever Quad. This week, we’re going to kick the skill level up several notches. The Emerson Tree is a relatively easy tree to climb: the first branch is accessible at standing height, and the branches continue all the way up the tree with horizontal orientations. It’s a breeze. But the two trees we’ll bark up today are another story.   If there’s one thing …

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The Best Tree in Harvard Yard

First Treetise By AIDAN FITZSIMONS     Buckle up, beeches— I’m about to treet myself.   It’s my favorite activity and about 30% of my identity. Whenever I’m feeling a bit grim about the mouth, I look around for a nice tree to climb into, and it never fails to leaf me happy. Some trees are mainly for perching, reading, and people-watching; some trees are a tantalizing challenge just to get up into; and some trees are great for climbing really, really high. I am intimately familiar with almost every climbable tree around Harvard, although I’m constantly discovering more. I’m …

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How to Avoid Being Called ‘Mouthy’ As You Swallow Him Whole!

By HUNTER RICHARDSYou’re here again – faced with an overly self-assured, middle-aged man in a position of authority over you that isn’t a fan of you speaking up about your opinions, let alone you having them. You’re getting tired of hearing him call you ‘Mouthy’, even as you dislocate your jaw and continue to swallow him whole. But nobody’s metabolism is strong enough for swallowing all the awful men in your workplace whole, so you really have to learn to constrain yourself. Luckily, there’s enough stock images to sort through your thoughts before becoming a certified Man-Eater (and Man-Digester).   …

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Jumping Through Hoopes

Taking time to concentrate on myself after meeting concentration requirements. By HUNTER RICHARDS Everyone says that doing a thesis is going to be difficult, but nobody admits just how hard it can get sometimes. Nobody wants to talk about struggling to take care of your health and well-being. There isn’t anyone there who is asking, “How is your thesis going?” that wants to know more than what progress you’ve made academically. In reality, this is a loaded question that isn’t easy to answer in the process.   The morning after submitting my thesis, I felt a weight lifted off of …

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Lost and Found:

Your Will to Survive By HUNTER RICHARDS There are plenty of ways to hate your life that don’t require doing a thesis, so why bother spending 9 months suffering when there’s plenty of one-time instances you can lose your will to survive! Taking a class with quizzes at the beginning of each lecture that you can’t just send a clicker with a friend to get you attendance credit. The only thing worse would be when you drunk message your professor after ghosting on their email to you earlier this week that you suddenly feel too guilty to ignore. This is …

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Work of the Week

Worlds Teresa Rokos (2015) Acrylic and sharpie on canvas These three paintings are a series I did in my senior year of high school for my AP studio art portfolio. The idea was to represent the same thing in two different ways simultaneously, as it is seen or used or presented in different worlds. I hoped the contrast would highlight either the beauty or ugliness of the various forms, and I often used a modified self-portrait to represent the “first world” I knew so well. The first painting depicts facial markings. While visually similar, one set of markings is part …

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Behind the Lens: Lucy Devine

Work of the Week By ABIGAIL KOERNER   Lucy Devine is not your average History and Literature concentrator. After class, she can be found on the streets of Cambridge and beyond, photographing anything and everything. In viewing her work, it is critical to note that Lucy only ever takes the same photo once. She chooses to use film over a digital camera because of the intrigue that each unique photo she takes creates. “I can’t see the photos I take when I’m taking them, and I get the film developed a week to a month later. I’m always surprised to …

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Don’t Cry Because It Happened, Smile Because It’s Almost Over

When you’ve poorly planned how to study but your GCal is full of short breaks to cry during. By HUNTER RICHARDS It’s that time of year again: Finals. Reading Period is passing by faster than your average freshman drops their long-distance high school sweetheart around Thanksgiving. Course evaluations are out and you’re feeling your petty levels rising higher than the amount of office hours you planned to go to only to inevitably go back home to nap instead. You’d love to drag your professor for being the slowest talker you’ve ever met for someone who’s going to put more material …

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