GroupRaise, a startup that connects restaurants and local colleges, donates 15 to 55 percent of its sales from events to charitable causes. PHOTO BY ABIGAIL FREEMAN/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

GroupRaise partners with restaurants to make change over dinner

While many students either frequent the dining halls or cook up delectable dishes at home for their meals, most would agree that it doesn’t hurt to go out for a nice meal every once in a while. Now, there’s one less reason to feel guilty when doing so, thanks to GroupRaise. GroupRaise is an online startup that helps restaurants connect […]

by Corina Pintado· · 0 comments · Features, InBusiness
A study conducted by The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing at Trinity College Dublin found that a positive attitude in old age may lead to better mental and physical health. ILLUSTRATION BY KELSEY CRONIN/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Attitude toward aging found to have direct health influence

At a certain point, birthdays become less of a celebration and more of a quiet affair, filled with nostalgia for the good old days. Energy dissipates, senses dull and memory fades. For many, getting old is not an enjoyable process. Apparently, however, one can avoid the drawbacks of old age. All that must be done is a change in mindset. […]

by Natasha Mascarenhas· · 0 comments · Catalyst, Features
CliqBit, a new social media app created by two Wellesley College sophomores, provides a “platform for sharing the brief, and funny moments that make up our lives,” according their website. ILLUSTRATION BY NICOLAS TEPPER/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

CliqBit startup allows users to share humorous snippets

For CliqBit co-founders, Olivia Joslin and Hannah Wei, the idea emerged from an embarrassing, but also humorous, accident. “Hannah and I were on our icy campus in the middle of last winter and she slipped and fell down in front of the only cute guy on our women’s college campus … I was trying to open my Snapchat to get […]

by Yasmin Younis· · 0 comments · Features, InBusiness
Boston-based photographer Erica Frisk’s trip to Guatemala served as inspiration for her exhibit “To My Mother Who Used to Tell Me Stories,” on display at the Multicultural Arts Center in Cambridge now through Apr. 1. PHOTO COURTESY ERICA FRISK

INTERVIEW: Erica Frisk highlights Guatemalan women through photography

Though photography is sometimes viewed as a commercial medium, the task — or rather, art — of taking a picture can be used as a tool for storytelling. One such artist, Boston-based photographer Erica Frisk, does exactly that through her images of female weavers from Santiago Zamora, a rural town outside of Antigua, Guatemala. Her exhibition, entitled “To My Mother […]

by Navraj Narula· · 0 comments · Features, Muse
Students ages 12 to 21 from the Greater Boston area perform in the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra lead by conductor and founder Benjamin Zander. PHOTO COURTESY BOSTON PHILHARMONIC YOUTH ORCHESTRA

Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra thrives under Benjamin Zander’s leadership

Boston Symphony Hall can seat more than 2,600 people and Friday, the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra will fill it for the second time. The first was last November, when the Free for All Concert Fund offered to fund a concert and give tickets away for free. Hundreds of people who had never had the opportunity to see the inside of […]

by Emma Parkinson· · 1 comment · Features, Spotlight
Nine BU students volunteer for MEDIAGIRLS, an organization that aims to empower girls in the Greater Boston area by educating them about their media consumption. PHOTO COURTESY MEDIA GIRLS

MEDIAGIRLS changing way Boston’s young girls perceive media

The average teenage girl consumes between eight and 10 hours of media each day, according to the MEDIAGIRLS website. Numerous studies have linked greater media consumption with increased body dissatisfaction and disordered eating, and girls ages five to 18 are the most likely victims. MEDIAGIRLS aims to change the way young girls relate to the media they consume. By equipping […]

by Dagny Crepeau· · 0 comments · Features, Spotlight
Despite international panic about the spread of the Zika virus, Anita Barry, director of the Infectious Disease Bureau at the Boston Public Health Commission, said she believes Boston won’t “see much local transmission.” PHOTO COURTESY WIKIMEDIA

Zika virus continues to spread, reported in Boston

The World Health Organization announced Thursday that the Zika virus is “spreading explosively” throughout the Americas and could potentially affect about four million people by the end of the year. Reaching the Internet, television and newspapers, the news of the Zika virus seems as far-reaching as the disease itself. Many in Boston are now increasingly worried of the virus spreading […]

by Jessie Levinson· · 0 comments · Catalyst, Features
Boston-based rock-pop trio halfsour released the group's fourth digital album,“Tuesday Night Live,” Friday. PHOTO COURTESY HALFSOUR

REVIEW: Halfsour’s “Tuesday Night Live” is completely sweet

Ian Gustafson, Matthew Mara and Zoë Wyner make up the trio halfsour, a Boston-based band that just released its fourth digital album, entitled “Tuesday Night Live,” Friday. Though the band’s members have certainly made their appearance on the music scene via past releases, their sound as well as their career in the industry itself is fairly new. On its Bandcamp […]

by Navraj Narula· · 0 comments · Features, Muse
Western Massachusetts-based electronic-pop trio Wet released its debut full-length album, “Don’t You,” Friday. PHOTO COURTESY MILAN ZRNIC

REVIEW: Wet takes listeners on emotional journey with “Don’t You”

Any artist can tell you that a good piece of work takes advantage of both its positive and negative space. Wet’s lead singer, Kelly Zutrau, has done this with the group’s debut album, “Don’t You,” as she takes us through a journey of love, loss and reflection. The inspiration of ‘90s rhythm and blues and lush-pop in Wet’s music is […]

by Morgan O'Hanlon· · 0 comments · Features, Muse
Attendees enjoy local treats at the 8th Annual Chocolate Festival on Brattle Plaza in Harvard Square Saturday afternoon. PHOTO BY JOHNNY LIU/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Free chocolate in Harvard Square sweetens the weekend

The Harvard Square Business Association went all out in chocolate and free samples, setting the stage for a charming pre-Valentine’s Day celebration. For three days, Harvard Square restaurants took part in the 8th Annual Chocolate Festival, dedicating the weekend to chocolate, featuring chocolate appetizers, entrees, desserts, cocktails, cordials and nightcaps. The main event of the celebration, however, was the free […]

by Elise Takahama· · 0 comments · Features, Muse