February 17, 2022

Volume XXXIII, Issue II

Editor's Note

Dear reader, You may have forgotten, but Valentine’s Day was this week. My Tinder date may have been a bust, but luckily for me, I had the better plans: editing this week’s content under the soft, romantic, fluorescent lighting of 14 Plympton St. In all seriousness, this second issue is chock-full of thoughtful, thought-provoking, and thoroughly entertaining stories, and we are so proud of all the work that went into it! We start the issue with a trio of levities. AHL takes us on an MTV-style tour of some overachievers’ (masochists?) home away from home: Lamont Library. In anticipation of the upcoming Housing Day, JKW imagines an episode of Survivor — blocking group edition. Nine will enter, but only eight will emerge victorious. Finally, KL puts together a slate of advice for FM’s favorite fictional freshman, in a Valentine’s Day edition of Advice for Josh. Josh may be a fabrication, but some of you could really use the advice. Next up, CY goes behind the memes to Folk Myth 150, the class about digital storytelling that has, for lack of a better word, gone viral. CJK talks with Lise van Susteran, a psychiatrist investigating the impact of climate change on mental health. DCB ventures out to Central to cover a local art exhibit with a culinary catch: everything is made from edible materials. In a stellar retrospection, MGB breathes new life into the brief, wondrous, eclectic musical group that was the Cambridge Harmonica Orchestra. And down at the Brattle, ITM investigates why the local theater broke their decades-long tradition of showing “Casablanca” on V-Day to show “The Princess Bride” instead. The reason? Inconceivable! TS adds a dash of introspection in a stunning endpaper about her complicated relationship with food and cooking. It's a lovely reflection on losing control and ultimately, about growing up. Finally, IYG and KIS ground our issue with their cover story on the history and future of psychedelic drugs at Harvard. In the early 1960s, the Harvard Psilocybin Project made national headlines for its controversial experimental practices and its even more controversial leader, Timothy Leary, later known as the "high priest of LSD." Now, sixty years later, Harvard finds itself again part of the conversation around the future of psychedelic drugs, as medical research proceeds at MGH and decriminalization movements gain momentum in Massachusetts. This cover story is no bad trip — be sure to give it a read! As always, many thanks to our wonderful co-workers from multimedia (PCZ, AGW, and all our photographers) and design (MHS, SS, MH, and all our designers), for bringing our words to life. Thanks to JGG for proofing at frightening hours of the morning, and to all our execs for thoughtful editing and speedy adminning. And of course, thanks to SSL, for keeping calm and carrying on, and for a much-needed bar of chocolate after a long night. Can you believe we’re, like, running a magazine?? FMlove, MVE & SSL