Charmaine Lim
Student Writer

New semester, new classes, new textbooks, new friends and new activities to check out this week. Also, make use of the snow day with some indoor entertainment.

Read A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.

Mariam is married to a much older man when she is very young, not unlike many other girls around her. Taken away from the only family she ever had, she is forced to adjust to a new life. Laila is an educated young woman growing up in the streets of Kabul, Afghanistan. As she grows up, her life becomes intertwined with Mariam’s. In this book, Hosseini takes his experience, and that of many others, and explores life in Afghanistan as war ravages the country. Warning: Some domestic abuse.

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Listen to New Rules by Dua Lipa.
Last year, Dua Lipa made a name for herself after her single “New Rules” became a hit. The song talks about the process of getting over a breakup and the “rules” Lipa has given herself for making sure she doesn’t return to her ex. Not only are the lyrics catchy, but the song has a fun beat to follow along with.

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Watch The Flash.

Barry Allen became the fastest man alive after waking up from a coma that resulted when a particle accelerator exploded in his city. With his new powers and friends, Allen sets out to be The Flash, the city’s hero.

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Watch The Intern.
Retired widower Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) takes an internship at a new fashion company under the leadership of Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway). Though he is significantly older than his other co-workers, Ben forms a mentor-like relationship with many people in the office, including Jules.

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Try an Acclamation/Footprintz class.

Looking for a new activity to get involved in? Acclamation Dance Ministry has several classes ranging from ballet to musical theater, for anyone interested. One of their subgroups is Footprintz, the hip-hop class with its own show in the spring. Located in the dance studio in the basement of Witmer, anyone is welcome to stop by and take a couple of classes taught by Messiah students. Their schedule allows for a wide range of choices. Acclamation classes start on Feb 12.