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Norah M. Murphy

Norah M. Murphy is the Magazine Chair of the 146th Guard. She can be reached at

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Ted Judge Will Keep in Touch

For more than 40 years, Ted — who lives with cerebral palsy — has worked with a series of Harvard student helpers, forging friendships that last decades. The string of volunteers form a precarious chain that could come undone at any moment.

Leaked Bisexual Agenda

Leaked: The Bisexual Agenda

FM’s roving bisexual reporter has taken it upon herself to leak The Bisexual Agenda, in the interest of extending such visibility beyond the brief, sweet 24 hours of this vaguely named holiday.

Karate Kids

The Karate Girl

I had begun karate in pursuit of knowledge and Danger, but by age twelve, I simply enjoyed the sport.

7am Rave
Around Town

Where the Wild Things Are at 7 a.m.

We are waiting to enter Cure Lounge (described as “Boston’s Sexiest Lounge” on its website) in the wee hours of a Thursday morning to attend Daybreaker: an “early morning dance movement.”

Around Town

Gay Secrets of Harvard Art Museums

Puritanical influences be damned: The Boston Museum of Fine Arts is known to have an impressive collection of BGLTQ-centric art. (The company Oscar Wilde Tours leads “Gay Secrets of the MFA,” which has caught the eye of many a Facebook-browsing FM writer.) Harvard’s origins are similarly Puritanical, but is our art museum just as secretly queer? FM’s self-identified “roving bisexual reporter” investigates.

Transit Protest - Street

The Neighbors

All kinds of Allstonians are affected by the congestion—and proposed development—around I-90, and a multi-generational group of neighbors has stepped up.

Ms. G
The Scoop

Out of the Shadows and into Stardom

From injured baby groundhog to world-renowned meteorological superstar, kind of.

Harry T. Newman-Plotnick Juggling

Harry T. Newman-Plotnick

While Newman-Plotnick is a "very big proponent of just sitting around doing absolutely nothing for extended periods of time," this philosophy does not accurately reflect his time on campus.

Will MacArthur

Electoral College

Will H. MacArthur ’20 was one of two sophomores who ran in Cambridge’s recent municipal election; Nadya T. Okamoto ’20 ran for a seat on Cambridge’s City Council. Her campaign, too, was unsuccessful.

Lowell Renovation

A Social Blueprint: Harvard's Houses, From Randomization to Renewal

Amid campus-wide debate on Harvard’s social landscape, some hope that the time is ripe to breathe life into a tired social scene stifled by a socially fractured student body.

Brattle Flowers
Around Town

In Perennial Bloom: A Century at Brattle Square Florist

The shop is an old-fashioned stronghold in Harvard Square’s tumultuous real estate environment.

Professor Roberto G. Gonzales

Roberto G. Gonzales

Roberto Gonzales has done extensive research on undocumented immigrant youth and young adult populations in America.

Annie Jump Cannon

Eyes to the Sky: Annie Jump Cannon and the Harvard Observatory

While Cannon’s system of classification was respected by and essential to the astronomical community, it was dubbed the “Harvard System,” erasing Cannon’s name from its history.

Ivy League Vegan Conference
College Life

More Than Just Tofu: The 2017 Ivy League Vegan Conference

“The purpose of the conference is to open up a dialogue about the potential power of plant-based diets to address the heaps of global issues,” Nina Gheihman, co-organizer of the conference, says.

Paige Innards

Printed on Paige: Harvard Book Store's Book Machine

This mechanical behemoth is Paige M. Gutenborg, the shop’s resident book-making machine.