Vol. 35 Issue 2

Sep 22, 2017

From the Editors

When a storm is on its way, I can tell from the dull ache I get in the bones that I broke in my left wrist in the mountains a couple of years ago when no one told me that the altitude fucks you up. I’ve been able to sense the exact percentage of humidity in the air, too, with the help of half-mullet. The weather app lies but my bones and half-mullet sure don’t. When the short layer of my hair reaches a particular angle in relation to the long layer, I know that water will be dripping from the bottom of my car, forming a puddle that I will have to put my face into to make sure my car is more a cloud than a volcano or something.

Someone asked me yesterday, “This really seems like a lot of hurricanes, right? More than usual?”

My response is, I do not know but I probably won’t stick my face into my next car puddle. Instead, I’ll try to find a different set of four songs to listen to on a loop for the next few weeks and think about the many hundreds of valedictorians who can’t win at powerball.

– FA


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No Apologies

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by Caroline Sprague

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Keeping Time

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by Kanika Gupta

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Week in the Home of the Whopper

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by Julia Petrini, Eve Zelickson & Jack Brook

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by Jessica Jiang

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Science & Technology

Silk on the Brain

On biotechnology, poetry, and worms

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by Paige Parsons

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Behind the Bag Ban

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by Ted Catlin

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by Jie En Lee

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