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Taking it to the extremes: Living life like the Finnish

HELSINKI, Finland — I stepped outside in my simple black two piece bathing suit, bare feet and hair tied up. The cold air hit my flushed skin and filled my desperate lungs. I could see my breath cloud in front of me. I walked along the deck, down the steps and to the ladder at the edge. I looked down, hands clasped tight in front of my chest. The water was clear, shallow enough to see the rocks at the bottom. I looked across the shore at the larger rocks still capped in snow, the sky beginning to change...

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Smiles in the midst of stress

By Alison Perelman, Assistant Culture Editor Somehow I managed to accidentally leave all three tubes of chapstick that I own back in my dorm room. And it was chilly with a slight breeze. It didn’t take long before I could feel my lips turning bright red. Emporium probably has some, Devon said in response to my complaining. But I don’t want to buy new chapstick when I have enough, just not with me. I had resigned myself to stinging lips for the rest of the night when Devon came back a few minutes later and threw something on the...

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‘Fantastic Beasts’ brings back the magic

By Alison Perelman, Assistant Culture Editor After 13 years filled with books and movies, our Harry Potter generation was forced to go five more before the thrill of new material. Of course, I was overjoyed — I may have cried seeing the trailer. But I was also worried about returning to the wizarding world. Would it (could it) ever be the same? But the wait was worth it, and I wasn’t disappointed. After four successful Harry Potter films, director David Yates has conjured up magic once again with “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Based on the “textbook”...

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Symphony orchestra to feature American premiere of ‘Chimera’

By Alison Perelman, Assistant Culture Editor The hallways in the basement of Presser Hall start to buzz with activity — students in conversation, weaving in between the growing crowd and getting instruments out of the lockers. A few are already inside room seven. The percussion players set up their drums and cymbals. The harpist plucks at the strings, adjusting the knobs for tuning. Others blow notes to tune or play up and down a scale. In the middle of this slight chaos, Ricardo Palmezano practices a section of his piece, his violin’s slow, melodic tune rising above the random...

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Free hugs: Spreading a message of love and hope

Alison Perelman, Assistant Culture Editor Wind blew, making the air chilly, the sky was already beginning to fade and not many students were still walking the sidewalks. But despite all of this, Emma Shibley stood where she had been all day, on the corner of Maple and Spring Street with a smile on her face.  She stood next to a sign that read “FREE HUGS” in blue and red dry-erase markers and offered one to anyone passing by.  Around 11:15, as she was leaving her 10 a.m. class, she had decided that if no one was at the corner,...

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