The Jets and The Falcons won’t be the only two teams facing off next
Monday night. The battle lines have been drawn between two
television-seeking camps whose shows both air at 10 p.m.: fans of MTV’s
Laguna Beach versus NFL aficionados. The worst situations have occurred
in freshman dorms where there is only one television; among these are
heated exchanges in Matthews and Greenough common rooms.
Though the partisans make attempts to understand the other side, they still express their preferences strongly.
“I am not faulting those in the predominantly female community
for having an obsession with Laguna Beach,” says Greenough resident
Alex R. Breaux ’09. “But when compared to live, real football,
America’s sport, mind you, I don’t think Laguna Beach holds a candle to
Laguna Beach viewers, of course, argue otherwise. “Football is
only entertaining when the Patriots are playing, but Laguna Beach is
always entertaining,” says Kate C. Donelan ’08, a Currier resident. She
and other Currier devotees of Laguna Beach often rush down to reserve
viewing space at around 9:40 p.m. and even then are not guaranteed a TV
in the main hall.
As long as Harvard’s dorm rooms remain cableless, such
televisions tiffs will persist. But perhaps watching meatheads and
ditzes battle over the TV is better than any prime-time show.