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Alicia M. Chen

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Arts

500 Days of Mismatched Expectations

My first reaction after watching “500 Days of Summer” was that I didn’t like Summer. But how would I feel if the genders were reversed?

Summer Postcard: Cambridge
Summer Postcards 2019

Summer Postcard: Organ Meats

I have been thinking about organ meats a lot this summer because I have been thinking about my grandfather, who was recently diagnosed with rapidly progressing dementia.

Summer Postcard: Cambridge
Summer Postcards 2019

Summer Postcard: Cambridge

Summer Postcard: Cary
Summer Postcards 2018

Summer Postcard: Hometown Changes

The phrase “coming home” has a connotation of something familiar and stable, like a soft couch you sit in after a long and full day.

Summer Postcard: Cary
Summer Postcards 2018

Summer Postcard: Cary

Buckets for Boiling
Around Town

The Big Boil Down

The other Boil Down attendees are either 10 years younger or 10 years older than I am. I’d predicted this: It’s Saturday morning. But I am not fazed.

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Introspection

Good Places for Families to Live

For FM's "Contemporary Romance" feature, AMC revisits the closest thing she has to a hometown.

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Retrospection

Operation Match

In 1965, two Harvard students created the very first computer-based matchmaking service in the United States. They called it Operation Match.

OpenBiome
Around Town

Give a Shit

Pooping is a part of life everywhere, but I get the sense that here, it’s a lifestyle.

Food and Drink

Techno-HUDS: College Dining in the Digital Age

HUDS knows when and what you're going to eat tonight.

Freshmen

The Ties that Bind: Welcoming Freshmen into House Life

For some first-year students, the transition to House life is difficult. The Houses are larger than most freshman dorms, and further from the Yard. Most importantly, they can be intimidating.

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Around Town

Window to the Soul: The World's Biggest Eye Contact Experiment

Gazing into the eyes of the other participants in what Facebook promised would be the World’s Biggest Eye Contact Experiment, I felt surprisingly at ease.

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