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Norah M. Murphy

Norah M. Murphy is the Magazine Chair of the 146th Guard. She can be reached at

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Jordan M. Villegas ’20 and Patric C. W. Verrone ’18
Commencement 2020

Wedding Bells Class of 2020

These five couples in the Class of 2020 are tying the knot.

Norah Endpaper Design

You Don't Have to Go Home, But You Can't Stay Here

The parties that happened in those last five days were like corrupted versions of normal college parties. They were necessarily more debaucherous than usual, but more than that, the regular components of a party now felt discordant. The people, locations, and drinks were all the same. But as partying mutated into a four-day-long hangover, there was no distinction between a party and daily life. People spoke bluntly in a mimicry of normal, tipsy party behavior, but now they did so because nothing seemed to matter. If a conversation turned awkward or if flirtation was poorly received, there was no need to blame it on the alcohol or the atmosphere — no one would see each other for months, or maybe ever again.

Fifteen Most Interesting

Editor's Note

There are 15 reasons that you should read this issue: one for each of the seniors that we’ve decided to profile. “15 Most Interesting” is perhaps a misnomer — we could have selected several groups of 15 seniors to profile out of the many nominations we received.


Ted Judge Will Keep in Touch

For more than 40 years, Ted — who lives with cerebral palsy — has worked with a series of Harvard student helpers, forging friendships that last decades. The string of volunteers form a precarious chain that could come undone at any moment.

Leaked Bisexual Agenda

Leaked: The Bisexual Agenda

FM’s roving bisexual reporter has taken it upon herself to leak The Bisexual Agenda, in the interest of extending such visibility beyond the brief, sweet 24 hours of this vaguely named holiday.

Karate Kids

The Karate Girl

I had begun karate in pursuit of knowledge and Danger, but by age twelve, I simply enjoyed the sport.

7am Rave
Around Town

Where the Wild Things Are at 7 a.m.

We are waiting to enter Cure Lounge (described as “Boston’s Sexiest Lounge” on its website) in the wee hours of a Thursday morning to attend Daybreaker: an “early morning dance movement.”

Around Town

Gay Secrets of Harvard Art Museums

Puritanical influences be damned: The Boston Museum of Fine Arts is known to have an impressive collection of BGLTQ-centric art. (The company Oscar Wilde Tours leads “Gay Secrets of the MFA,” which has caught the eye of many a Facebook-browsing FM writer.) Harvard’s origins are similarly Puritanical, but is our art museum just as secretly queer? FM’s self-identified “roving bisexual reporter” investigates.

Transit Protest - Signs

The Neighbors

All kinds of Allstonians are affected by the congestion—and proposed development—around I-90, and a multi-generational group of neighbors has stepped up.

Ms. G
The Scoop

Out of the Shadows and into Stardom

From injured baby groundhog to world-renowned meteorological superstar, kind of.

Harry T. Newman-Plotnick (top)

Harry T. Newman-Plotnick

While Newman-Plotnick is a "very big proponent of just sitting around doing absolutely nothing for extended periods of time," this philosophy does not accurately reflect his time on campus.

Nadya Okamoto

Electoral College

Will H. MacArthur ’20 was one of two sophomores who ran in Cambridge’s recent municipal election; Nadya T. Okamoto ’20 ran for a seat on Cambridge’s City Council. Her campaign, too, was unsuccessful.

Dunster House Dining Hall

A Social Blueprint: Harvard's Houses, From Randomization to Renewal

Amid campus-wide debate on Harvard’s social landscape, some hope that the time is ripe to breathe life into a tired social scene stifled by a socially fractured student body.

Brattle Flowers
Around Town

In Perennial Bloom: A Century at Brattle Square Florist

The shop is an old-fashioned stronghold in Harvard Square’s tumultuous real estate environment.

Professor Roberto G. Gonzales

Roberto G. Gonzales

Roberto Gonzales has done extensive research on undocumented immigrant youth and young adult populations in America.