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Scoop

By Teresa Huang

One week down, three to go! Instead of mourning the loss of Charm School, try getting up early, reading through the daily IAP listings in Lobby 7, and doing whatever looks interesting. Hey, that may sound sad to you, but it's much more interesting than sitting around in your pajamas all day poking around your room. While you're out and about, be sure to drop me a note at aseret@mit.edu to let me know what you think of this here column.

And the winner is If you've already seen this Sunday's repeat of The X-Files featuring the life and times of Cancer Man, tune into NBC from 8 to 11 p.m. for the 55th annual Golden Globe Awards. This awards show is the biggest and best pre-Oscar prediction showcases, so watch and get your Oscar predictions ready. I liked My Best Friend's Wedding and all, but I personally hope Joey Lauren Adams (Chasing Amy) beats Julia Roberts for Best Actress in a Comedy and The Full Monty wins Best Comedy Film. I believe in miracles.

Malls of the world, part 3. I know I've been directing you all away from the Cambridgeside Galleria to explore other shopping centers, but this is actually a prime time to visit the place. January is sale month, and both J. Crew and Victoria's Secret are holding rare semi-annual sales. The entire mall is in discount mode, so don't miss out. If you haven't been in a while, be sure to set aside some time to dine at the new super-stylish restaurant The Cheesecake Factory and shop in Barsamian's gourmet food market near the food court. Use this trip to discover Simply Stated, a treasure of a furniture store found across from the Harley-Davidson store.

Keeping your job options open. If you haven't started interviewing for summer or permanent positions, don't worry! You have plenty of time to look for a job and IAP is one of the best times to explore your options. If you're looking for tips on how to find a non-engineering, non-finance, or non-consulting job, visit "How to explore career options beyond on-campus recruiting," an IAP event sponsored by Career Services to be held in Room 1-390 on Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. Employers and alumni working in marketing, patent law, Internet publishing, transportation planning, and other fields will discuss how they found jobs in their respective fields. This informal seminar is especially recommended for those who aren't sure of their career goals. It's only January, so relax!

Everybody doesn't mind Raymond. In 1995, Party of Five was named by TV Guide to be "the best show on TV you're not watching." Times change, and now that it's 1998, the best show on TV you're not watching would have to be Everybody Loves Raymond on CBS Monday nights at 8:30 p.m. Rather than creating a show about nothing, standup comedian Ray Romano created a warm family comedy that doesn't focus on annoyingly cute kids. Instead, Everybody Loves Raymond focuses on a greater horror - in-laws that live next door. This comedy is smart, subtle, and shining in its time slot opposite NBC's forgettable farce Fired Up and dying series Melrose Place.

For a mellow shot of ska, check out Hard Band For Dead the latest album by ska pioneers The Toasters, on sale for $11.88 at Newbury Comics. Lead singer Bucket must have a thing for spies, seeing how this album includes an instrumental version of the Get Smart theme song and a ska version of "Secret Agent Man." My favorite tracks are "2-Tone Army" and "Skaternity," both of which are also theme songs by Nickelodeon's hip children show Kablam! The album also features appearances by Lester Sterling from the Skatalites and Laurel Aitken, also known as the "Godfather of Ska."