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Special Issues

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1. Best barista

I want to come to the defense of the Book Trader baristas. Everyone I know seems to love to rag on them, and I just don’t get why. I...

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2. Best campus rep

At home, I drink about eight liters of seltzer a day. This is in part because I think I probably have a pretty serious issue with acid reflux but...

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5. Best DJ

Rewind to suite hunting, spring 2013. My suitemates and I visit our current suite in Saybrook. Being one of the people who was going to live in the suite’s...

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6. Best ego boost

If you’re like me, you relish the arbitrary things that don’t mean much: retweets, compliments on your sweater, that sort of thing. The little things make the day, am...

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7. Best facial hair

No such thing. But. Here’s the secret to maximizing your set-up. Golden rule of facial hair: know thyself. There’s no one-size-fits-all, Categorical Imperative-style credo when it comes to growing...

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8. Best family bonding

Last spring, my younger brother and I enrolled in SCIE 141b (Science and Pseudoscience) together. We’d never been in a class with each other. The seminar was pretty small,...

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9. Best friend-making strategy

In the months leading up to my first semester of college, people—adults mostly—told me not to worry about making friends, because it would just happen. That’s a lie. Making...

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11. Best gift

Ugh, not The Poopetrator. Seriously, any prank besides The Poopetrator. Sure, the Harvard student giving the fake tour got some national buzz, but the jokes were pretty lame. The...

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12. Best haircut

The adjustments we make when coming to college are many in number, and finding a new hairdresser is maybe top three. At home I go to a Japanese salon...

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13. Best Herald interview

This Halloween, I had the opportunity to interview one of the Herald’s favorite admins, Dean Mary Miller (hereafter DMM), following a surprisingly low number of badgering emails (on my part)/security...

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14. Best landlord

These were my mother’s words when she first toured my house on Lynwood Place: “I didn’t raise you to live in a place like this.” Well mamá, you were...

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15. Best party trick

We’re all adults here. The days of Mentos and Diet Coke are long gone. No one wants to see you do a handstand either. Who cares how long you...

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16. Best pet

Lizzie’s phone starts ringing on a cold October day last year. “We’re at a Petco,” I can hear Mel through the phone, “and there are dwarf hamsters for sale.”...

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17. Best secret

The long trek to 246 Church Street can be one full of joy (paycheck day!) or one of deep despair (you need a loan, again). Because in addition to...

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18. Best Snapchat

The more I think about it, the more I realize that Snap- chat is actually just a reality television show starring my friends, in that it’s really just people...

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19. Best social media presence

Everyone knows that my biggest college regret is not being in Theta. The only thing keeping me from rushing Theta (besides repeatedly being told I can’t rush as a...