Harvard Today: April 18, 2014

Happy Friday! Congrats on surviving yet another week of second semester! With that, we’re just two weeks away from the start of reading period. If you’re absolutely done with the semester, congrats—you’ve almost made it. But if you’re like us, wide-eyed freshmen—or, the complete opposite, wise and nostalgic seniors, it’s almost unfathomable that the year is already over. For all of you, consider this your two week warning. You can figure out how to spend it.

Academically either...

A) overworking in all your classes to bring up those grades last minute

B) completely slacking off and actually doing none of your reading because screw it, you’re almost done. Plus finals will be the real decider in the end.

Socially either...

A) sitting down next to random strangers in your dining hall as if it were the first days of freshman year all over again, trying to meet anyone and everyone you possibly can

B) exclusively hanging out with your closest friends because let’s be real, how many of those other people will you speak to even once this summer?

Extracurricularly either...

A) running for ALL THE LEADERSHIP POSITIONS FOR NEXT YEAR. All of them. You can handle it, it’s now or never, etc. etc. etc.

B) randomly going to yoga classes. You’ve always wanted to.

Whether you’re more type A than type B, or (most likely) somewhere in between, we have full faith that you can make these last two weeks of classes the best ones yet (despite all the pre-finals stress). Start them off by having an absolutely phenomenal weekend, you’ve earned it!

IN THE ATMOSPHERE

It’ll be sunny, but the cold continues with a high of 47 degrees today. On the bright side (literally), it’ll be sunny all weekend and on Saturday, it’ll reach a high of 61 degrees. Perfect time for some fun outdoors plans! Yes, that’s a thing. Even in Boston.

IN THE D-HALLS

Lunch:
Chicken Tikka Masala
Cilantro and Jalapeno Swai
Sweet Onion & Pepper Panini

Dinner:
Coq Au Vin (oooh, how fancy!)
Provencal Cod (again ^)
Ratatouille with Chickpeas (actually are we in France?)

ON FLYBY

1) The Dynamic Duo: Harvard Twin Sisters Honored as Two of Glamour’s Top Ten College Women- The fabulous Inesha N. Premaratne ’15 and Ishani D. Premaratne ’15 were recognized by Glamour Magazine for their project “GrowLanka,” an SMS system that alerts unemployed Sri Lankans about job openings.

IN THE NEWS

2) Faust Says University Has Submitted Revised Sexual Assault Policy- “At an open forum sponsored by the Undergraduate Council Thursday, University President Drew G. Faust announced that Harvard has submitted a revised sexual assault policy, updated to align with recent changes to federal Title IX regulations, to the Office of Civil Rights in the Department of Education.”

3) 2014-2015 Du Bois Institute Fellows Announced- “The Hutchins Center for African and African American Research announced Tuesday its 23 W. E. B. Du Bois fellows for the 2014-2015 academic year, a group that includes professors, students, artists, as well as a former Black Panther.”

4) Contract Employee Injured after Fall from Science Center Roof- “Around 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, a contract employee for Harvard Energy and Utilities Services fell from a water cooling tower while working on the roof of the Science Center. “

EVENTS: WEEKEND PREVIEW

Like foam parties? Or how about Home Depot-themed foam parties? Mather Lather is tonight from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. in the Mather Dining Hall! Tickets are $10 ($7 for future/current Matherites) and onsale at the Harvard Box Office and during any Mather dinners.

The Harvard Undergraduate Global Health Forum is also having a party tonight called Masquerade for Malaria from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. in Northwest Labs. Tickets are $10 at the box office and all proceeds go towards ending malaria!

The South Asian Association is holding its annual Soirée in the penthouse of the Hyatt Regency Hotel tonight at 9 p.m. Get your tickets from your favorite SAA member, or by signing up here! All are welcome. It’s sure to be a night to remember.

The Harvard Korean Association is putting on its annual cultural show, Korea’s Got Talent, tonight from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Quincy Dining Hall. Pre-sale tickets are $10 and $15 at the door, which also includes Korean food!

The Expressions Dance Company, Harvard’s hip-hop dance group, is putting on its spring show, Exemption, on Saturday at 5:30 and also 8:30 p.m. in Lowell Lecture Hall. Tickets are $8 if bought in advance and $10 at the door. The show typically sells out, so get your tickets soon!

Join Concilio Latino de Harvard in Homenaje Latino 2014: Harvard Latinx Community Awards Ceremony on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in SOCH 104, as they celebrate the accomplishments and advancements of Latinx students of Harvard. Tickets are $10 and an open bar and dinner are provided.

The Harvard Catholic Student Center (next to St. Paul Parish) is hosting an Easter breakfast/brunch on Sunday after 9 a.m. Mass. This event is open to all undergrads!

Finally, your weekend theater round-up:

Julie Cooper: Genesis Prayer, an exploration of persona, pop archetype, and icon worship in contemporary media, has shows this weekend in the Loeb Experimental Theatre. Get your free tickets to Friday or Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. performances by emailing juliecoopergenesisprayer@gmail.com.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare’s classic comedy reimagined as a 1999 SoCal Rave, has shows tonight at tomorrow in the Agassiz Theatre at 7:30 p.m. as well as Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Harvard Box Office.

Angels in America Part 1, Tony Kushner’s iconic work giving us insight into the AIDS epidemic, is performing in the Adams House Pool Theater at 7:30 p.m. tonight and tomorrow. Email angelsinthepool@gmail.com for your free tickets.

PHOTO OF THE DAY

UC Vice President Sietse K. Goffard ‘15, left, listens to University President Drew G. Faust as she answers a question during an open meeting with the student body. Faust spoke about the University's revised sexual assault policy and fielded a number of other questions on topics such as student organization funding and race relations. Although many of the 60 students who attended said they appreciated the opportunity to speak to the University president, some stated her responses were occasionally vague and evasive.

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