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Valeria M. Pelet

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Year in Review

Just the Tip

Words of wisdom from some of FM's soon-to-depart seniors.

Grad Boards

Grad but Not Gone

Graduate boards are groups made up of Harvard College alumni who voluntarily take on oversight roles for specific clubs located on the undergraduate campus. Grad boards often work closely with undergraduate organizations’ leadership, though the extent of their influence varies from group to group


Paris, I Love You, But You're Bringing Me Down

I went to Paris wearing a red peacoat, convinced that the city’s monochromatic madames et monsieurs were an overblown American myth. I rubied my lips for good measure. My delineated Cupid’s bow awed a grand total of two people: myself (easily impressed) and the one creepy guy who dubbed me a bitchy bouche rouge when I didn’t flash a smile at him as I passed him on the street (easily dismissed).

Megan Amram

An Interview with Megan Amram

Megan L. Amram ’10, a Twitter famous writer for NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” calls her new book, “Science...For Her!” her “id of writing.” Having recently stopped by Cambridge for her book tour, she admits that Portland (her hometown) and Harvard were the two stops to which she was most looking forward. “I had so much fun. It really was like, ‘Oh, my God, this is mah people!,’” she says. With Harvard-Yale almost upon us, Amram later tells me how much she loves The Game. Amram, a teasing curl in her voice, cheers, “Go Crimson. I love sports and I love Harvard. I can’t get enough of it.”

Amanda Palmer

Ask Amanda Anything

“Hello, love,” Amanda Palmer says to me in a playful, mildly British accent. She’s on the road and her cellphone signal is crackly. “We have to keep driving, so I might lose you for a bit and call back,” Palmer explains, her voice now back to its original Lexington, Mass. self. We talk, in on-and-off bursts, for about an hour.

Welcome to Brewtown

Welcome to Brewtown

Where to find beer in Boston.


Teen Mag Quiz: Where Are You Talking About Yourself?

’Tis the season to be self-promoting. Between breaking ice and making deals, it can be easy to forget exactly where you are and who you are trying to impress. FM’s here to remind you to ask yourself the following localizing questions:

Fifteen Most Interesting

ImeIme A. Umana

The year was 2012 and, as Election Day nestled into nighttime, ImeIme A. Umana ’14, her friends, and dozens of other students flocked to the Institute of Politics’ John F. Kennedy, Jr. Forum.


The Word: Feminist

Around the time I first heard about feminism, my best high school guy friends came up with a scintillatingly descriptive nickname for me: Tits McGee. To be fair, we were 16 and didn’t know any better.

Reforma Migratoria

"DREAM" School

For undocumented students, even small steps toward more comprehensive reform can have a big impact. Before DACA, Ramírez says, he had no idea what life after college would bring. While his peers would be vying for scholarships, spots in graduate schools, and prestigious jobs, he feared he would have no choice but to engage in manual labor because of his undocumented status.


A Taste of HUDS

“I grew up on a farm; my father was a farmer. I could walk out into the field and pick peas and eat them off the vine.” Crista Martin, director of communications for Harvard University Dining Services, sits on a swivel office chair surrounded by piles of papers.

River houses

Welcome Home

In honor of Housing Day, FM takes a look at what makes Harvard Houses tick.

Endpaper: Valeria

Scar Tissue

I don’t remember how the scars started.


In & Around Language: Girl vs. Woman

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, “woman” is defined as “an adult female human being. The counterpart of man.” (“Man,” on the other hand, is not defined as “the counterpart of woman.” Figures.) “Girl,” however, is usually meant to signify “young woman.” Technically, those are correct. But to some, their usage in the wrong context can range from being inappropriate to just plain offensive.

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Student Groups

Scene and Heard: A Love Letter to Woman of the Year Marion Cotillard

Marion. My life, my lust. Ma-ri-on: the sound of each syllable contorting everything from lips to throat to, on three, turn the mouth into a Cheerio. Ma. Rrgghrri. On.