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By Teresa Huang

Happy last month of fall term! I know you have a million things to do - exams, final projects, holiday shopping, etc. - but don't forget to take some time for yourself or you'll go crazy. Relax! Think peace on earth, good will towards professors, and vacation will be here in no time.

Wish you were here to help me study! Finals are approaching and you're getting stressed. Who isn't? Make yourself feel better by cheering up someone else's day. Take a field trip over to Urban Outfitters in Harvard Square or across from Tower Records in Boston and browse through their postcard and greeting card section for some wacky, zany treasures to send to friends at other universities or friends right across the hall. Their selection is the craziest you'll ever see and fairly priced for cards with Mr. Messy and Little Miss Shy on them.

Malls of the world, part 1 The Cambridgeside Galleria has never been one stop shopping for me, so I decided to branch out and explore other malls in the area. My search led me to the Arsenal Mall in Watertown, accessible via the #70 or #70A bus from Central Square. Aside from having a Filene's Basement that's clean and easy to look through, this medium sized mall includes Marshall's and an Old Navy Clothing Co. Walk to the plaza across the street for a Bradlees and a GAP Outlet. Happy spending!

Tis the season for video rentals. The holiday season is approaching at the box office, which means last summer's season of blockbuster movies are hitting the video stores for their own holiday season. If you were out of the country or just plain out of touch last summer, catch up on what you missed with a trip to Blockbuster Video or Tower Records. Already released are Men in Black, Speed 2, and Chasing Amy. Due out this weekend are Con Air and My Best Friend's Wedding, followed by Contact next week.

The best things in life are free for MIT. Expand your mind by walking around and staring. Best of all, you can do it for free. Flash your MIT ID at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston or the Museum of Science in Cambridge and admission won't cost you a single dime. Get cultured at the MFA on Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 9:45 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Stimulate the techie part of your brain and look in on the newest exhibit "Special Effects" on Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Don't have a TV? I'll forgive you if you missed Orson Scott Card's appearance at MIT a few weeks ago, but there's no reason you shouldn't use your free time these coming weeks to experience his most popular book Ender's Game. I got this book from a friend and everywhere I went with it in hand, people would gush about what a great book it was - my TA, my floormates, the deskworker, my doctor at the med center. I figured popular opinion had to count for something and boy, they were right. This book rocks, and is definitely a manageable read for an MIT schedule.