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Editor’s note: Off the Books is a biweekly column diving straight into that stack of unread nonfiction on your nightstand. Rather than reviews, articles cover topics from each book that are particularly relevant to college students and Seattle life, with input from professors and UW communit…

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When a group of graduating students in the cinema & media studies (CMS) department heard their graduation was going to be online, they raised the question of how they could use their medium of study, namely film, to capture this current moment of global pandemic and Zoom culture.

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As spring quarter comes to a close, we can reflect on the many moments of the last four years that have defined the arts and on-campus events for this year’s graduating class. In that time we have seen comedy shows, drama performances, art exhibits, festivals, annual celebrations, and more. Let's look at a few that happened during each school year.

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For seniors, the end is especially bittersweet. Sure, there’s virtual graduation (whatever that means), postal service diplomas, and a host of celebrities filming the equivalent of mass, depersonalized cameos that tell the class of 2020 “You can still be great, even if everything around you no longer is.” 

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While all students were affected by the abrupt shift to online classes for spring quarter, students in the arts experienced some of the largest curriculum changes. As the quarter comes to a close, several art students reflected on the decision to continue their arts education online. 

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From under the blankets, I unravel, arms and legs / Unwind from the dance of sleep, how long it took to sleep / Into my arms, searching the soft sheets, my fingertips

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As far away from home as she’d ever been, Ebsitu Hassen, current third-year comparative history of ideas and anthropology double major, found beauty in both the differences and similarities between Brazilian culture and her own.