Harvard Today: April 23, 2014

Happy Wednesday! To brighten your Wednesday today, here are a couple of unusual holidays that you can celebrate today:

National Picnic Day: Apparently today is the day to go outdoors and have a nice lunch with your friends! Plan to take a nice stroll with your friends to the river and enjoy a meal beyond the walls of your d-hall! And if the weather gets in the way, you can always pretend to have an outdoor picnic on your common room floor, right?

Talk Like Shakespeare Day: Put your high school English classes into good use today! You can start off with replacing all your “you’s” with thou or thee and adding “-eth” to the end of thou verbeths.

 IN THE ATMOSPHERE
Yep, you guessed it—two days of great weather was too much of a good thing. Today will have a high of 56 degrees, but it’ll be cloudy with occasional showers all day. Given that there's a 40% chance of rain, packing an umbrella would probably be a good choice for today!

IN THE D-HALLS
Lunch:
Chicken Fingers
Lemon Basil Multigrain Pasta with Garlic & Cannelini Beans
Margarita Pizza on Multigrain Crust

Dinner:
Salmon with Green Curry
Baked Multigrain Penne with Veggie Crumbles
Brown Rice Pancakes

ON FLYBY
1) Learn How to Pronounce “Pfister” and More in this Harvard Pronunciation Guide: Mainly applicable to the prefrosh coming this weekend for Visitas, but also for those of us who’ve been avoiding saying certain words in Harvard lingo for fear of social embarrassment.

2) Freshman v.s. Senior: The Older the Wiser?: Freshman—“I’ll just work out to avoid the freshman fifteen. I’m not worried.” Senior—“The walk to and from Tasty Burger is exercise.”

3) Earth Day, Yo!: Read up on some interesting facts about our planet Earth in honor of Earth Day yesterday!

IN THE NEWS
4) One Year after Bombings, Patriotism and Resilience at the Marathon: “For many, the Boston Marathon, now in its 118th year, has become an annual tradition. But numerous spectators and runners, including more than two dozen participants and many more spectators from the Harvard community, said that the patriotic spirit and determination following last year’s tragedy made the 2014 marathon particularly memorable."

5) Sharon Howell, Longtime Adams Resident Dean, Will Depart at Year’s End: “Sharon L. Howell, the longtime Adams House resident dean who spoke up in support of her colleagues during a controversy over administrative action last spring, will depart Harvard this summer to serve as the associate head of school at Northfield Mount Hermon School in Gill, Mass.”

EVENTS
The OCS is holding a talk tonight called Bouncing Back: Lessons from Athletics on Success, Failure, and Resilience at the Harvard Faculty Club from 4 to 5 p.m. Tommy Amaker, Head Coach of Harvard Men’s Basketball, Jon Diestag ‘05, Senior Manager of the Red Sox, and Jessica Gelman ‘97, VP of the Patriots, will speak about how his athletic experiences have shaped their lives both on and off the court.

CAARE (Consent, Assault Awareness & Relationship Educators) is hosting a talk tonight called Race and Sexual Assault in the Media at 8 p.m. in Fong Auditorium as a part of its Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

The Harvard Taiwanese Cultural Society is having a study break tonight from 8 to 9 p.m. in the Holworthy Common Room. Go for free boba and shaved ice!

PHOTO OF THE DAY
The Earth Day Bonanza, sponsored by the Harvard Office for Sustainability, Harvard Law School, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University Housing, Harvard Real Estate, and Harvard Graduate School of Education, featured raffles, freebies, and games on Tuesday afternoon.

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