The Sloth is not, as it may appear at first blush, an apathetic new final club. It is in fact a storytelling initiative based on the national success of the Moth, a similarly named and structured event founded in 1997 that spawned a weekly podcast, public radio show, and book collection. Sloth attendees gather in the Barker Center, splay out across plush chairs and couches, and listen to their peers recount true short stories from their lives that all center around a weekly theme.
Few ordinary students have appreciated the spongy qualities of a healthy liver on Dr. Oz’s TV show, but Elana P. Simon ’18 is anything but ordinary. Diagnosed at age 12 with fibrolamel- lar hepatocellular carcinoma, a rare form of cancer, she has since gone on to beat the disease and, later, conduct research pinpointing the genetic mutation responsible for the affliction.