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Scoop

Scoop

By Teresa Huang

Parting is such sweet sorrow, but alas, this will be the last Scoop column written by yours truly. Thanks to everyone who sent e-mail to tell me that yes, they actually read this thing. Enjoy the rest of the term!

Free music for the listening. Listen to songs from a variety of artists like The Toasters, George Winston, The Spice Girls, Ethel Merman, and Wu Tang Clan for free over the web. I'm not talking about MP3 files - visit AudioNet at http://www. audionet.com for a jukebox of albums you can listen to in their entirety with the aid of the RealAudio Player, which you can also download for free. In addition to over 2,000 full-length CDs available, AudioNet also offers a huge array of other audio programming, including live daily radio shows from all over the world, audio books, and television broadcasts. Listen to Jay Leno's monologue if you missed The Tonight Show the night before, or do your problem sets to the sounds of waves crashing from the nature sounds channel of the CD jukebox. There's no music like free music.

Save room for ice cream! Why do we go to J.P. Licks on Newbury Street in droves when there's an ice cream experience that's just as enjoyable at Herrell's Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt on 15 Dunster Street, near Au Bon Pain in Harvard Square. A vacant bank vault was refurbished into this cozy spot, for people who prefer not to be seen when eating. A must-try is the Herrell's smoosh-in, which mashes candy, chocolate, nuts, and dried fruit toppings of your choice into rich, all-natural ice cream. There are low-fat yogurt selections, but the heart of Herrell's is the premium ice cream. Indulge yourself.

Asian Travel Values. The value of the U.S. dollar is way up in Asia. Northwest Airlines is responding by offering a slew of special deals for travel to Asia. Unfortunately, the deals don't apply to travel to Taiwan, but if you've ever wanted to visit China, Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Korea, or the Phillipines, now is the time to go. Purchase a full-fair ticket to Asia and you can bring a friend for a mere $299 round trip. Northwest WorldVacations is offering a round-trip airfare and three hotel nights in Hong Kong for as little as $629. For details on these and other great deals, visit the Northwest Airlines Web site at http://www.nwa.com.

You go, girl! If you're feeling a little porky these days, don't feel guilty. People tend to eat more during the winter and it's tough to be active when it's so darn cold. Not satisfied with that justification? For a burst of inspiration to get yourself into exercise mode, check out Go! Girl Magazine at http://www.gogirlmag.com. This online magazine offers articles, profiles, and news for sporty women. Resolve to follow just one of editor Melissa Joulwan's 98 resolutions for healthy living and you'll feel better already.

So long! Farewell! Auf weidersehen! Adieu! What have you learned from reading this column? Hopefully you've learned the following: Student discounts are a privilege you must learn to appreciate; The Full Monty is the funniest movie ever made; Harvard and Central Square are just as interesting to explore as Newbury Street in Boston; expensive food isn't necessarily better food; TV is good unless it includes Kirstie Alley; and long live Fox Mulder. Now take what you've learned, go forth, and share the wealth.