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Marina Molarsky-Beck

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Summer Postcards 2012


The Barnes Foundation’s art collection moved in May of 2012 from its original home, an elegant 1920s mansion on the grounds of an arboretum, to a modern limestone structure designed by New York architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien.

Summer Postcards 2012


The Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, built in Japan in the 1950s and moved to Philadelphia shortly thereafter, occupies a site in West Fairmount Park that has been home to a number of Japanese cultural installations since the Centennial Exposition of 1876.

Summer Postcards 2012


To enter the Shofuso Japanese House, visitors must remove their shoes and don socks (if they aren't already wearing them) in observance of the Japanese tradition of "shoes on stone, socks on wood."

Summer Postcards 2012


Shofuso encourages visitors to feed the koi fish that populate the pond. Staffers call one of the oldest and largest koi “Moby” after the Melvillian white whale.

Summer Postcards 2012

Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia, PA
Summer Postcards 2012

Fish Food

To say The Barnes Foundation’s move from the suburban Merion, PA to Benjamin Franklin Parkway in downtown Philadelphia wasn’t easy would be gross understatement; it entailed a nearly decade-long legal battle to maneuver around the strict provisions in the trust of the late Albert C. Barnes, a pharmaceuticals magnate who spent his vast fortune on a trove of artwork that includes a dizzying number of Renoirs, Matisses, and Picassos.


Athena Conference Helps High Schoolers Re-Think Gender

Approximately 40 Boston-area high school students grappled with gender and identity on Saturday at a day-long conference led by the Athena Program.


Lack of Sleep May Cause Diabetes

Following an irregular sleep and meal schedule over a prolonged period can lead to an increased risk of obesity and diabetes, according to a new study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School.


The War of the Houses: A Map

The recent conflict between Currier and Adams has intensified over the past several days to involve Mather, Pfoho, and Cabot—each of which has allied with Currier. Flyby brings you a suggested military strategy for the inevitable climactic battle:

InterHouse War of 2012


In The Meantime

Coordinates: At the Heart of Mexico

“What should I write?” my best friend, Raisa, asked me. We each held pens and pieces of scrap paper, illuminated by two flickering Virgin of Guadalupe votive candles. La Parroquia, the parish church of San Miguel de Allende, shone bright in the distance, a giant electric cross blinking from its topmost tower.


Harvard on the Campaign Trail

Harvard, as an institution and as a symbol, has been a regular topic of discussion—or object of derision—in the 2012 presidential contest. Flyby brings you some of the most notable mentions of fair Harvard on the campaign trail.

For The Moment

Second Generation Blogger

Until my junior year of high school, a Google search of my name did not yield links chronicling my accomplishments, but rather my mom’s blog posts.

Student Life

Students Flock to 'Hooking Up on Campus' Event

Harvard’s first annual Sex Week, now in full swing, drew a crowd of enthusiastic students to Science Center last night for "Hooking Up on Campus," a talk by sociologist and cultural critic Dr. Lisa Wade.

House Life

Housing Day Goes Tumblr

In the pre-Housing Day flurry, several Houses have begun rolling out promotional tumblr blogs. Cabot House's tumblr features its mascot, the Cabot Fish, planking in front of various Harvard hotspots such as the steps of Memorial Church, the doorway of The Crimson, and even the Sanders stage before an Ec 10 lecture. Lowell, too, launched a tumblr, which rides on the coattails of the Harvard meme trend with images featuring captions like: "Significant other got quadded / Long distance relationship."

Massachusetts Hall

Graduate Students Start Movement To Unionize

Central Administration

Amidst Title IX Debate, Law Faculty Raise Governance Concerns

John Stilgoe Office

John Stilgoe’s Secret History

Big States, Little States

Beyond Boston: Regional Diversity at Harvard