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The Most Savage Q-Guide Comments of 2017

For the uninitiated, the Q Guide is the best marker for figuring out how amazing or how trash a class is. Here’s a collection of some of the most savage Q-Guide comments from last fall. Use them wisely.

Our commentary in italics.

STAT 104: Introduction to Quantitative Methods for Economics

“I don't know why this course is called "Frat 104" because it's actually hard.”

“Parzen is the ultimate homie.”

“pets r long (this person was prob high)”

“h8”

“na” Two characters say it all.

CULTBLF 23: From the Hebrew Bible to Judaism, From the Old Testament to Christianity

(This class is notorious for being easy af)

“The Hope Diamond...ever heard of it?????? Take this class”

“You know why you're taking this.”

“This is a great class to take if you just want to chill.”

SOCIOL 186: Refugees in Global Perspective

“I am recommending this class entirely for Danilo Mandic. (Prof. Mandic is also just really good looking, so you'll always actually be paying attention to him.”

AESTHINT 56: Shakespeare, The Later Plays

“Shakespeare is still full of sexist bullshit, but this course itself is good”

“Don't pay too much attention to the footnotes in the books - it's terribly time-consuming, they are often unnecessary, and they often disrupt the flow of the more lyrical passages” Most of the comments on this class are just explaining who Shakespeare is, which is great I guess, but do these people know what the Q is for?

AESTHINT 53: Anime as Global Popular Culture

“You get to watch anime.” ‘Nuff said.

FOLKMYTH 172: Quilts and Quiltmaking

“Don't fear if you've never touched a needle in your life.” Never knew someone could use such a hyperbolic, dramatic statement to introduce a class on damn quilts.

“I left this class with no regrets, having learned far more than I had ever thought possible.” Can we get “No Ragrets” sewn on a quilt?

“I learned a new skill which is so useful (hello never having to ask my mom to sew buttons again!!), made so many new friends (quilting in the dining hall is like bringing in a new toy to pre-school, everyone wants to try it out!), and I made a final project that I actually feel like I want to show off!”

“Professor Lufkin is the greatest! She is able to lead an incredible discussion during seminar, and is able to host a tremendous "Stitch-N-B***h" during lab!” Stitch-n-bitch: the old lady version of a wine moms’ charceuterie-and-shittalk.

This is the only class I’ve ever heard of with only positive reviews (besides a freshman seminar on Bob Dylan). Maybe we should all switch to folk and myth? Finally, a humanities concentration that teaches practical skills.

COMPSCI 50: Introduction to Computer Science I

“I have met some of my best friends in this class, and there is so much support to get you through the difficult times.” I would not be surprised if David J. Malan himself had written this review.

“Free time and CS50 are, in fact, mutually exclusive.”

“Don't take this pass-fail your senior fall, because you won't want to do any of the work, but you'll still have to do the work.” Who makes it to senior year still thinking CS50 might be a good time…sounds fake but okay.

“If you can learn programming on your own, go for it. www.codeacademy.com,” b*tches.

“For graduate students taking this course as an elective, it should be noted that this course is very time-demanding.” If you’re a grad student taking CS50 for fun, congratulations, you have reached peak hardo.

“Everyone should take this class” how about you eat my shorts

ECON 1010A: Intermediate Microeconomics

“Careful”

“This is easily the worst taught class at the college.” more than one comment said this….Yikes.

“The rumors are true!”

“I liked this a lot more than Ec 1010a/b” how did you like this more than 1010A, though?

“you have to take this!” Written by the Ec department?

“Interesting and challenging but not” The entire english department could not teach me how to read this sentence.

“Atudy [Sic]” Sage advice.

ECON 1126: Quantitative Methods in Economics

“This class was by FAR the worst class I've ever taken at Harvard. I've given a 1 on the Q before, and I now regret that because this class was so much worse than that one”

“Do not take this class. Take Stat 111. Transfer to Yale. Drop out. Do not take this class.” Say it with me: when it doubt, “Transfer to Yale. Drop Out.”

PHYSICS 15A: Introductory Mechanics and Relativity

“Special relativity is incredibly interesting/confusing but well worth the thought. Definitely forces you to problem solve.” Haha, get it? Forces, like the physics forces!

ECON 1017: A Libertarian Perspective on Economic and Social Policy

“Not a gem. Its a trap! They grade super hard but there is no coursework.” “Not a gem. Its a trap!” -Indiana Jones

LIFESCI 1A: An Integrated Introduction to the Life Sciences: Chemistry, Molecular Biology, and Cell Biology

“Get it over with” The sort of thing one says after finding they have bad chemistry with chemistry...

“It is a solid introduction to biology/chemistry, but not life-changing.”

I get the feeling this person may have been misled as to the meaning of “life sciences.”

“If you're interested in biology, this class is pretty much unavoidable. If you're just looking for an easy Gen Ed, WOULD NOT RECOMMEND.” ALL CAPS SO YOU KNOW I MEAN BUSINESS

STAT 110: Introduction to Probability

“Professor was good. Disliked it because probability is stupid b******* and most of what you learn is tricks instead of actual useful math” I mean, Math is mostly just magic and tricks to me so I can’t relate.

“be ready to battle!...” Blitzstein vs. 500 Harvard students is a movie I would watch. At 2x speed.

“Stat110 (more commonly referred to as Frat110) does an excellent job of introducing the study of probability...” P(Frat 110 being a phrase anyone has ever used) = 0.

“FOR THE LOVE OF GOD AVOID THIS CLASS AT ALL COSTS UNLESS YOU'RE A GENIUS OR SOMETHING OR IF YOU ARE SUPER DEDICATED TO STUDYING. THIS IS NOT FOR THE LAZYBUG LIKE ME.”

I AM SO LAZY I CAN’T BE BOTHERED TO TURN OFF MY CAPS LOCK. AHHHHHHH.

“It's no cakewalk”

Yeah, it’s more of a Random Walk. Lol. Math humor.

“Just don't”

If Nike sponsored this class.

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Like this? Here's a link to our 2016 post. Might be relevant.



Flyby's Back to School Playlist

Right now, Harvard Square is filling up with students again, from fresh-faced newbies to seniors ready for one last fall semester. While you move in and get to know your new neighbors, drop the needle on Flyby’s upbeat back to campus playlist, with these tracks and a bunch more:

Cut to the Feeling // Carly Rae Jepsen

Can anyone capture the bubbly excitement of new beginnings like Carly Rae? We think not. The artist’s latest release is about young love, and will 100% have you singing in the shower and “dancing on the roof.”

Wannabe // Spice Girls

No back to school playlist is complete without a shout-out to the friends that have carried you this far. And maybe the Spice Girls’ evergreen jam can help you celebrate some new relationships too.

Super Rich Kids // Frank Ocean

This Frank Ocean track is so laid-back that you almost forget what it’s about…and then you pay attention, and the lifestyles of the rich and famous start to freak you out. Kind of like Harvard, except way more relaxing!

All Star // Smashmouth

Before we fall headfirst into the chaos of the semester, step back and take a moment to gather up all that crumbling self-confidence. Smashmouth will have you feeling like all that glitters really is gold.

Listen to these tracks and more, on Flyby’s Spotify account—and give us a follow if you like what you hear! If you don’t, tell us about it. Shoot a message to flyby@thecrimson.com, especially if you have a song that our playlist is totally incomplete without.

College Tips You Won't Hear from Your Parents

College freshmen get tons of advice from well-wishing family members, friends, and of course Buzzfeed articles. The advice usually revolves around the same, oft-repeated but usually not helpful platitudes about attending office hours and "getting involved" at school. Let's dispense with the cliches for a moment. Here are some real, no-BS tips we wish we had received our freshman year. You won't hear about these at your entryway meeting.

Procrastinate

While procrastination is usually slammed as the number one enemy of your GPA, experience has shown that the worst thing you can do to your productivity is fight your innate work rhythm. Everyone has different energy peaks, so forcing yourself to do your work in the morning (yuck) or first thing after classes will just result in you wasting your slump hours on rereading the same paragraph instead of recharging with a nap. You should try to adjust your schedule around what feels right instead of what people are telling you is right.

Don’t study as much

Do well and bury yourself in material that pertains to your intellectual passions, but don't get hellbent on eking out perfect academic performance in general. Obviously, you're attending Harvard to study, but college is so much more than the classes you take. You'll miss out on a bunch if you spend your hours trying to edge your 3.95 GPA up to a 4.0.

Listen to lectures at 1.5x speed.

If your lectures are recorded, we find it’s actually easier to understand and remember the material if it’s playing at a slightly slower speed than at the neck-breaking pace of 2x (and who has time for 1x anyways?).

Drink coffee strategically

Drinking coffee for productivity is all about gaming the law of diminishing returns. So it's not a great idea to blow your BoardPlus on Lamcaf macchiatos all at once or your body will acclimate to the caffeine, making it less potent.

Sit alone

It’s true that college is where you hone your social skills and forge lifelong friendships. However, this common sentiment can do more harm than good by forcing frosh to cling to the first couple of people they meet in pre-orientation and travel in insufferable packs of eight to stave off the freshman fear of being alone. That fear not only contributes to Harvard's toxic environment of fakeness (yeah, we're calling y'all out), but also prevents you from meeting people independently, outside of the pressure of Opening Days. Trust us, the best college friendships are intentional and rooted in common interests and passions instead of common fears of not having anyone to pregame with.

And by the way, sitting in the Berg alone is not weird. It's mysterious.

Schedule a cry session

Watch a tearjerker or listen to a Celine Dion ballad to let go of bottled up stress. It may sound lame, but it prevents you from breaking down in public come midterm season.

Sneak alcohol into events

Stuff your Rubinoff into a baguette or wrap the bottle in a tortilla shell like a burrito. Remember that drinking in freshmen dorms, the Yard or if you’re not 21 is illegal and against College policy.

Finally, the most important advice for Harvard students (aside from “comp the Crimson”) is to not compare yourself to anyone and avoid FOMO (the fear of missing out). Not a single one of your peers has any idea what’s happening and no one is having as much fun as you think, so relax, enjoy the ride and maybe ditch the lanyard. You’ll thank us later.



Welcome to Harvard: Cheap Eats, Burgers

Bartley's Burgers: Professors Edition
Mr. Bartley's Gourmet Burgers, a renowned Harvard Square institution.

This is part three of a Flyby series with advice for the Class of 2021. Part one can be found here and part two here. Check back for future installments on cheap eats, Boston excursions, the best coffee spots, and so much more.

Harvard Square is brimming with food options, particularly in comparison to most college towns. But you’ll find that unless it’s someone’s birthday or you’re going on a date, many of the restaurants will be out of your price range. Luckily, the affordable food scene is vibrant and nuanced. From speedy lunch fare to late-night grease binges, Flyby has you covered.

So what are your choices? Think of it as a pyramid: The key food groups of the Square are burritos, pizza, burgers/breads/meats, ice cream, and The Kong. The pyramid is not designed to tell you what you should eat (it’s all basically unhealthy), but more of a breakdown of what you will eat.

If you’re worried about the Freshman (or Sophomore, Junior, or Senior) 15, don’t despair—consuming this food isn’t required. But you’ll probably get bored of the dining hall every once in awhile, and the pyramid will get you up to speed quickly.

THE FOURTH LAYER: BURGERS, BREADS, AND MEATS

Burgers, sandwich shops, and meat eateries, while popular with tourists and wide-eyed high-school visitors, will probably comprise less of your diet than they did at home (especially if you come from In-N-Out country).

Tasty Burger is a more recent addition to Mt. Auburn St., but judging from the long lines that clog the restaurant every weekend night, it feels like it has been here forever. The two-floor restaurant offers classic burger joint food, along with several combo options. The first floor offers a traditional diner atmosphere with polished counters and tables, while the downstairs features a cavern-like bar with additional tables.

We admit these aren’t the tastiest burgers in the world, but you can’t go wrong with the $10 Starvin’ Student deal that includes a hamburger, beer, and fries—especially just before last call at 4 a.m.

Mr. Bartley’s Gourmet Burgers, a renowned Square institution, has an extensive and very good menu of high quality burgers named after politicians, professors, and other notables. Make no mistake, these are tasty burgers—we like the simple “Mitt Romney” with cheese and grilled onions, but there are options to suit any fancy.

The frappes, fries, and onion rings are similarly scrumptious. So why does Bartley’s not play that big a role in the consumption of the average undergraduate? They’re just a bit too expensive ($10-$13, usually) and visits take a bit too long (45 minutes, at least). Most of the time you’ll be on the go and won’t want to drop that much money or time. Grab Bartley’s when you get the chance, though, as the burgers are iconic.

Flat Patties is a quick, cheap (less than $4), and very greasy burger. It’s generally overlooked as a food option, without reason, and should be considered strongly if you’ve got that deep cheeseburger craving.

Boston Burger Company makes the most exotic burgers in the Cambridge area, with options like the “Bahama Mama,” made with a conch burger, mango salsa, and jerk mayo, and the “Green Monstah,” complete with guacamole, pico de gallo, and cheddar jack cheese. Just a short walk down Mass. Ave., this burger joint is worth the walk (and calories). The burgers are a little spendier than most of the Square options ($10 to $15 each), but your taste buds won’t be disappointed.

If you really want to go for it, add on one of their signature milkshakes. These things are piled high with treats, from cookies to candy to even a piece of red velvet cake. Maybe hold off on the “Artery Clogger,” their signature deep fried burger with bacon and barbecue sauce, if you are trying to avoid the Summer Ten.

Another member of the Harvard Square burger joint club, Shake Shack, while overrated, should still be visited by every student at least once. Shake Shack, a national chain, is overrun by tourists in New York City, so appreciate the shorter lines and room to breathe at the Shake Shack in the Square. Sure, the burgers are thin and expensive, but the special shack sauce is delicious and you’ll get to say you visited the landmark burger stop (and then never have to visit it again).

—Cecilia R. K. Barron and Grace R. Ramsdell contributed to this piece.


This Week at Harvard: The End (of Summer) Is Upon Us

FLIGHT OF FANCY
Boston Harbor, cruises from which are a great way of finishing up the summer.

It is officially the last week of summer, and Flyby implores you to end it with a bang. For the last time (this summer, that is) we have your week lined up with solar eclipses, chocolate tacos, Turkish cats, and more. It’s your last chance to make some summer memories before the beginning of sch**l, so make it count!

Solar eclipse
Monday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. | MIT Kresge Oval (1 bus from Mass Ave @ Holyoke St. to 77 Mass. Ave. - MIT stop, then walk)

In a perfect metaphor for the last week before school starts, this Monday the happy summer sun will be eclipsed by the moon. Since it’s not the best idea to look at the sun without proper eye-gear, stop by MIT to wear some solar-filter glasses, use telescopes for a close up view of the partial eclipse, and hang out with other space nerds on this special day.

Choco-Taco Tuesday at Taza
Tuesday, 1-4 p.m. | Taza Chocolate Factory (69 bus from Mass. Ave. @ Holyoke St. to Cambridge St. @ Windsor St. stop, then walk)

If you like Taza Chocolate, Honeycomb Creamery ice cream, and tacos, you should sit down for this, because your mind is about to be blown. This Tuesday, the Taza Chocolate factory in Somerville is selling Honeycomb Choco-Tacos covered in Taza chocolate. We are not worthy. If you were waiting for some special reason to visit the chocolate factory—besides, ya know, the chocolate—the excuses end now.

Free circuit hacking class
Wednesday, 6 p.m. | Artisan’s Asylum, Inc. (86 bus from Harvard Station to Washington St. @ Calvin St. stop, then walk)

If you’re a hacker, raise your hand—on second thought, maybe we should keep it a little more discreet. Whether you’re planning on using your hacking powers for good or evil, we all have to start somewhere. Thankfully, Artisan’s Asylum in Somerville has got you covered with a free circuit hacking class for all levels, rookies and covert CIA engineers alike. From soldering to circuits to answers about your own projects, this class has it all.

Kedi screening at the Brattle
Wednesday, 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. | Brattle Theatre

Wish you could travel the world this last week of summer? Look no further than the Brattle Theatre’s screening of Kedi, a recent hit documentary about the cats of Istanbul. Whether you’re a fan of felines or not, the film’s stunning shots of the Byzantine city and its inhabitants will satisfy your wanderlust. So book your (movie) ticket now, and don’t forget to grab some of the Brattle’s delicious popcorn before the show.

Mamma Mia screening at Faneuil Hall
Thursday, 7 p.m. | West End of the Faneuil Hall Marketplace (Red Line to Park Street, then walk)

Money, money, money, must be funny, in the rich man’s world—luckily, this event is free! You might not have been able to afford your dream trip to Greece this summer, but watching Mamma Mia outdoors in Boston is the next best thing, right?

ICA “Culture Club” event
Friday, 6:30-10:00 p.m. | The Institute of Contemporary Art (Red Line to South Station, then walk)

Boston’s not known as a party city, so when a clubbing event presents itself, seize the opportunity. This week, the ICA is hosting the last event in their “Culture Club” series, which provides an outdoor experience with local DJs and artists. If the night-life scene makes you claustrophobic, don’t fret—nine therapy dogs will be at the event for comfort while the party rages on. The evening is open to all ages (don’t be surprised to see some awkward middle schoolers or a few grandmas), and tickets are available ahead of time for $15.

Evening cruises in the Boston Harbor
Thursday-Saturday, times vary for each type of cruise | Rowes Wharf (Red Line to South Station, then walk)

Unfortunately, these are your last few days of summer. While Flyby has tried to provide you with affordable, local, and college-friendly events this summer, we thought you might be willing to splurge as we close out #summer2k17. Throughout the week, Massachusetts Bay Lines offers a variety of cruises around the Boston Harbor—at sunset, in the moonlight, or even on a pirate ship. Cruise prices range between $20-$35, but it’s worth it to escape The Bridge before you’re sucked back into the Harvard Bubble.

Back to school :(
Next Monday, all day, Next Tuesday, all day, and every day after that | Harvard College

What can we say, summer has Flownby.


Welcome to Harvard: Cheap Eats, Pizza and the Kong

The Hong Kong Restaurant
The Hong Kong restaurant, where you might find yourself at 2 a.m.

This is part two of a Flyby series with advice for the Class of 2021. Part one can be found here and part three can be found here. Check back for future installments on cheap eats, Boston excursions, the best coffee spots, and so much more.

Harvard Square is brimming with food options, particularly in comparison to most college towns. But you’ll find that unless it’s someone’s birthday or you’re going on a date, many of the restaurants will be out of your price range. Luckily, the affordable food scene is vibrant and nuanced. From speedy lunch fare to late-night grease binges, Flyby has you covered.

So what are your choices? Think of it as a pyramid: The key food groups of the Square are burritos, pizza, burgers/breads/meats, ice cream, and The Kong. The pyramid is not designed to tell you what you should eat (it’s all basically unhealthy), but more of a breakdown of what you will eat.

If you’re worried about the Freshman (or Sophomore, Junior, or Senior) 15, don’t despair—consuming this food isn’t required. But you’ll probably get bored of the dining hall every once in awhile, and the pyramid will get you up to speed quickly.

PIZZA

Cheap pizza in the Square is an ongoing battle between the Sicilian-style king of the hill and a number of thin-crusted foes.

Pinocchio’s, more commonly known as Noch’s, is the Goliath of the pizza scene and has been serving up thick square slices of pizza to inebriated college students for decades. Tomato basil and pepperoni are popular, classic choices, and the subs are a stealthily good option for a lunchtime meal. Until a few years ago, Noch’s reputation was such that it held a near monopoly on speedy and inexpensive slices in the Square. Competition is always good, though, right?

The Just Crust lives up to its name with tasty ultra-thin and massively wide slices. You’ll balk at the $3+ cost per slice, until you see one. Let’s just say four of them would probably make a very good sized pizza. This award-winning chain is picking up steam across the Boston area, and for good reason. The ever-rotating slice of the day provides nice variety from the standard cheese and pepperoni, and you can get full pizzas delivered in case you’re concerned you might burn off a hundredth of the calories in your meal on the walk over.

Oggi is another entrant in the thin crust category. It’s basically the Qdoba to the Just Crust’s Chipotle—not quite as good (but good enough), and closer. You won’t go wrong eating here, but it won’t blow anyone out of the water.

Otto Pizza, which snagged one of the best pieces of real estate in Harvard Square, features 24 specialty pizzas. Some have potatoes. Some have squash. But all of them have too much of one thing: grease. Otto is no replacement for Noch’s, but it certainly presents a good alternative when you’re tired of Noch’s characteristic thick crust.

Cambridge 1 is probably the best first-date restaurant in the Square, and it serves a mean thin-crust pizza to boot. It won’t break the bank despite its gourmet, fairly healthy toppings, and it has that perfect fancy-but-not-too-fancy ambiance. The grilled chicken and lobster are particular favorites, and you can share two half-pizzas with a lucky lady or gentleman. If you landed a dinner date with that cute girl from class, go here. Trust us.

THE KONG

The Hong Kong Restaurant is the only eatery to get its own layer, and with good reason. Harvard’s social scene practically mandates weekly 2 a.m. Kong visits, and you will probably go here more than most of the restaurants on this list combined.

Picking “your dish” at the Kong is an essential decision to be made early this summer, as you will likely stick with it for years (and perhaps decades) to come. Scallion pancakes, crab rangoon, and egg rolls are popular “smaller” dishes, but those who play to win go for one of the massive combination plates.

You’re not really a pro until you know the number of your order at the Kong and can recite it coherently in slurred speech. An unfriendly visit to the Kong bathroom—often brought on by the lethal “Scorpion Bowl” brew—is a Harvard rite of passage.

—Cecilia R. K. Barron and Grace R. Ramsdell contributed to this piece.


Welcome to Harvard: Cheap Eats, Part I

Felipe's, an old standby in the Square.

This is part one of a Flyby series with advice for the Class of 2021. Part two can be found here and part three here. Check back for future installments on cheap eats, Boston excursions, the best coffee spots, and so much more.

Harvard Square is brimming with food options, particularly in comparison to most college towns. But you’ll find that unless it’s someone’s birthday or you’re going on a date, many of the restaurants will be out of your price range. Luckily, the affordable food scene is vibrant and nuanced. From speedy lunch fare to late-night grease binges, Flyby has you covered.

So what are your choices? Think of it as a pyramid: The key food groups of the Square are burritos, pizza, burgers/breads/meats, ice cream, and The Kong. The pyramid is not designed to tell you what you should eat (it’s all basically unhealthy), but more of a breakdown of what you will eat.

If you’re worried about the Freshman (or Sophomore, Junior, or Senior) 15, don’t despair—consuming this food isn’t required. But you’ll probably get bored of the dining hall every once in awhile, and the pyramid will get you up to speed quickly.

THE FOUNDATION: BURRITOS

The number of burrito options in the Square has spiraled out of control in the last few years—two new national commercial outfits have entered what was already a crowded market. Sometimes you’ll feel like it’s hard to find cheap food that isn’t a burrito, so knowing your tortilla-wrapped meat and/or vegetables is essential for a prospective Square eater.

Qdoba and Chipotle are those big chains that you’ve probably heard of or sampled at some point. They’re not bad for a solid, calorific meal, and are practically mirror images in terms of store layout and ingredients (chicken, steak, rice, beans, salsa, etc.), though Chipotle’s slightly cheaper. Devotees will argue that Chipotle’s burritos taste significantly better, while others say there is little difference between the two. We come down somewhere in the middle—Chipotle’s meat seems to have a marinade that makes it slightly more flavorful, but the difference is often not enough to keep us from the several-blocks-closer Qdoba outpost. However, if you truly cannot decide, El Jefe’s, a new burrito joint near the Garage, is a perfect split between the two. It’s closer than Chipotle, and better than Qdoba—a perfect balance.

Felipe’s is the old-line, late-night, simple-and-tasty choice. The super burrito is a mouthwatering melange of basic ingredients prepared and rolled in under five seconds by a guy who will pay only passing attention to your requests to deviate from the basic recipe. Want black beans instead of pinto? Better say it loud, early, and often. Aside from the Ford assembly line-esque service, Felipe’s provides a generally delicious (if perhaps unhealthy) burrito experience. Heck, maybe he does know what you want in your burrito better than you do.

Border Cafe is one of the most popular restaurants in the Square, and as a consequence it’s adopted a hey-you-can-take-your-customer-service-and-shove-it attitude. Oh, are only four of the five people in your party here? We can’t seat you until the fifth arrives. What’s that you say about it being lunchtime on a Wednesday in the summer, and the restaurant being less than a quarter full? Next in line, please.

Aside from these quibbles, Border has an hour-long wait on most weekend nights for two key reasons: It has the twenty-something bar scene nailed down, and it serves the burro. The burro, while not technically a burrito, hits the spot like no other dish in the Square. It’s basically a burrito slathered in melted cheese and a little bit of enchilada sauce. While some complain that they can “still feel the burro the next day” and “feel like they’re sweating burro for weeks,” nothing will address hunger pangs like a burro. Nothing.

—Cecilia R. K. Barron and Grace R. Ramsdell contributed to this piece.


Five Things You Could Buy For the Cost of the A.R.T. Institute’s Drama Program

The Loeb Theater
The Loeb Drama Center, home to two of the A.R.T.'s theaters.

Harvard’s American Repertory Theater Institute—a graduate drama program—is suspending admissions this year while the costs of the program are addressed. “What costs?” you may ask. “The two-year tuition expense of $62,593,” we would answer.

Flyby was shocked by that, and naturally we wondered what else we could do with so much cash. Here is what we found.

See Hamilton front and center in NYC at least 32 times

We’re not talking about back-row, bring-your-binoculars, at-least-I’m-inside-the-theater seats. With your A.R.T. Institute tuition as your budget, you could afford to sit within spitting distance of the actors for one of the biggest shows in theater today. Ticket prices vary, but by our estimate, your tuition would give you enough money to do this not once, not twice, but 32 times.

Stay at a castle in Europe

Who needs to play Marie Antoinette when you can live like her? The costs for spending the night at a castle in Europe vary drastically depending on location, but your tuition would definitely cover at least a few weeks at a palace in the country of your choice.

Drink 13,607 large lattes from Crema Cafe

A large latte at Crema costs $4.60—cringe-worthy on a good day, right? But if you’re looking to reallocate your A.R.T. tuition money, you could get a large latte at Crema every day for 37 years. Let that sink in.

Buy one of those cars in the Matthew McConaughey ads

Alright, alright, alright—we don’t know anyone who’s ever taken a car ad featuring Matthew McConaughey seriously (or any car ad, for that matter), but if you’re looking to drop $62,593, a new set of wheels might appeal to you. The Lincoln Black Label MKC, as advertised by McConaughey, is well within your budget. As a matter of fact, given the cost of gas and the car’s gas mileage, you could buy the car and travel over 178,000 miles without paying more than your A.R.T. Institute tuition.

Rent a (one bedroom) apartment in Cambridge for two years

As far as spending $62,593 goes, securing some housing seems like a pretty practical idea. Using your two-year tuition money, you could afford to rent the average 1 bedroom apartment in Cambridge for…about two years! After that, good luck.


​This Week at Harvard: Eight Activities on the Coast, in the City, and Close to Home

Chelsea Clinton Signs Books at Harvard Bookstore
A line for a Harvard Book Store event in 2015. Head there this Friday for 15 percent off fiction books.

The countdown to the start of the fall semester has officially begun: Back-to-school ads are making the rounds, sweaters are on full display, and twin XL duvet covers are selling out at Target. You could wallow in your end-of-summer-blues, or you could make the most of these last few weeks. Flyby suggests the latter, and that’s why we’ve compiled yet another list of school-free summer activities to help keep your mind off of the impending doom of September.

Relax at Singing Beach
Any day (or every day?) | Singing Beach, Manchester-by-the-Sea (Red Line to Green Line C train to North Station, then take the Newbury/Rockport Commuter Rail to Manchester)

Chances are you’ve been so busy balancing summer work, sleep, and all of Flyby’s weekly activities that you haven’t even gone to the beach this summer. Well, lucky for you, Massachusetts is located on the eastern seaboard, so beaches are aplenty! One of the nicest, closest beaches to Harvard is Singing Beach in Manchester-by-the-Sea (yeah, the town in the movie is a real, live place). It takes about an hour and a half to get to this quintessential New England beach town, complete with ice cream parlors and mini-marts perfect for picking up snacks and sunscreen before heading to the beach.

The Commuter Rail ride takes a little less than an hour, and it’s about a ten-minute walk from the Manchester stop to the actual beach. A round trip ticket on the Commuter Rail is about $23 (or $10 if you have a valid student CharlieCard), and it costs $5 to get onto Singing Beach. You could leave North Station as early as 6:40 a.m., and the last train back to Boston from Manchester runs as late as 10:50 p.m.

$28 for 14 hours of sunbathing? Sounds like a pretty good deal.

Book swap in Boston
Wednesday, 7 p.m. | Trident Booksellers and Cafe (1 bus from Mass. Ave. @ Holyoke St. to Hynes Convention Center)

You know what they say—one person’s trash is another person’s (summer reading) treasure. This Wednesday, bring one to five books that you don’t want anymore to Trident Booksellers and trade them with fellow book swap attendees. The idea is that you take home as many books as you came with, so you’re guaranteed to leave with something new to read.

ImprovBoston’s “Comedy Lottery” show
Wednesday, 10 p.m. | ImprovBoston (Red Line to Central Square, or walk)

The only thing funnier than quality comedy? Horrendous stand-up performances. Luckily, at ImprovBoston’s “Comedy Lottery” show, there’s a chance you’ll get to see both. Located right in Central Square, ImprovBoston is one of Boston’s best comedy clubs. Every Wednesday, they host the Comedy Lottery, when anyone—from experienced pros to knock-knock-joke-tellers—has the chance to perform stand-up. If you want to enter your name in the lottery for a performance slot, get there any time after 6:30 p.m., drop your name into a hat, have some sort of bit prepared (hopefully), and pray that you’re among the chosen. Or, head to the studio just to watch some of the up and coming comedians of Cambridge (and witness any monumental comedic fails). Admission is free.

Third Thursdays” at the Gardner Museum
Thursday, 5:30-9 p.m. | Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Red Line to Green Line E train to Longwood, then walk)

All summer we’ve been reminding you to visit the Gardner Museum. In case you still haven’t—or even if you have—we’re going to give it one more shot. This week, the museum is hosting “Third Thursdays: Dog Days of Summer.” Stop by the museum, which is open late on Thursdays, for a canine-themed evening in the galleries. There will be activities, music, and a cash bar around the Gardner’s beautiful courtyard. Harvard students can get free tickets to the museum and event if they bring their student IDs, but Third Thursday tickets often sell out, so plan ahead!

Joni Mitchell Festival at the Beat Brasserie
Thursday, from 8 p.m. until 12 a.m. | The Beat Brasserie in Harvard Square

For some live music and good food, stop by the Beat Brasserie this Thursday. A handful of artists will be covering (and reimagining) songs by the 1960s singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell for the restaurant’s third annual festival in her honor. Best part is, you don’t even have to take a Big Yellow Taxi to get to this event—it’s right in your backyard.

Fiction Fridays at Harvard Book Store
Friday, from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. | Harvard Book Store

You only have a few weeks left before essays and academic journals fill up your reading list for months on end and all novels are pushed to the side. Thankfully, Harvard Book Store’s Fiction Fridays will continue for the last few weeks of the summer, meaning you can get 15 percent off on anything from poetry to audiobooks. Never read “Harry Potter”? “The Hunger Games”? Want to read every single Nicholas Sparks book (again)? That’s fine, we don’t judge. Fiction Fridays end September 1st, though, so take advantage of Black Friday’s summer counterpart (minus the stampedes and brawls) before it’s too late.

Grease” outdoor screening
Saturday, 7 p.m. | West End of the Faneuil Hall Marketplace (Red Line to Park Street, then walk)

Tell me more, tell me more, like is it really free? Yes, that’s right—this Saturday, head into Boston for a free outdoor screening of Grease. Grab some food at Quincy Market beforehand and fuel up for a night of singing and dancing along with Sandy and Danny.

SoWa Open Market
Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. | 460 Harrison Ave., Boston (Red Line to Broadway, then walk)

Complete with farm fresh groceries and snacks, handmade goods from local artists, an extensive vintage market, and a whole fleet of food trucks, the SoWa Open Market pretty much has it all. It couldn’t be easier to get there by train, and once you arrive, shopping, eating, and browsing options abound. The chance to stop by surrounding art studios and galleries guarantees that a trip to SoWa is an artsy-adventurous way to spend your weekend.

Before They Were Famous: A Look at Notable Alums’ Yearbook Entries

Franklin D. Roosevelt, Class of 1904
Franklin D. Roosevelt, Class of 1904, and a former Crimson president.

Jared Kushner: Harvard alum, advisor to the president, and...master chef? Many of today’s—and yesterday’s—celebrities once called Harvard home, so Flyby decided to dive deep into the College’s yearbook archives to find out what some noteable alumni were up to during their time in Cambridge.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy ’40

Though he is one of the most popular presidents of all time, John F. Kennedy ’40, a former Crimson editor, didn’t always possess the optimism that many commander-in-chiefs are known for. In the Class of 1940’s post-graduation report a few years after he graduated, Kennedy wrote about his time in the Navy and his early retirement due to an injury.

Kennedy ended his short review on an ominous note, stating, “I am pessimistic about the future of the country.” Despite—or perhaps in spite of—his disillusionment, Kennedy became a congressman only seven years after graduating from Harvard.

Jared Corey Kushner ’03

Prior to helping his father-in-law/president run the United States, former Kirkland House resident Jared C. Kushner ’03 was Cooking Editor of Current Magazine at Harvard. We don’t really know what that title would entail, but our best guess is something having to do with reviewing recipes.

He has had a remarkable career trajectory. From analyzing soufflés to running a New York publication to trying to bring peace to the Middle East, Kushner’s public profile has risen like a well-yeasted loaf of bread.

He concentrated in Government, so one could argue that his acquisition of a highly coveted role at the White House wasn’t without some preparation—or should we say marination. Perhaps there are parallels between Kushner’s cooking skills and his politics: Both require precision as well as dedication—and creativity when it comes to following the rules.

(Curious about Kushner’s other college activities? His yearbook entry also tells us that he was part of the Friends of the Harvard Art Museum, vice president of Friends of Chabad, a Hasty Pudding Club member, and a JV Squash player.)

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Class of 1904

You might be familiar with this Harvard grad because of his 12-year presidency, during which he led the country through a world war and an international economic collapse. Or, you may know the 32nd president because of his time as president of The Crimson and as a Class Day Officer in 1904. Either way, President Roosevelt was a skilled leader—in The Crimson’s newsroom, and in the Oval Office.

Neil deGrasse Tyson ’80

Before Neil deGrasse Tyson ’80 became the voice of seemingly every space documentary (and before he and Bill Nye the Science Guy blessed us all with their bromance), he could be found concentrating in (you guessed it) physics at Harvard College. When he wasn’t busy analyzing black holes, Tyson also participated in crew, wrestling, cross country, and basketball. He was a resident of Currier House.

Conan Christopher O’Brien ’85

Imagine what Conan C. O’Brien ’85, the famous late night host, was like at Harvard in 1985. Your assumptions are probably pretty accurate. He was president of the Harvard Lampoon, a semi-secret Sorrento Square social organization that used to publish a so-called humor magazine. He was also a member of the Signet Society, a social club geared towards those interested in the arts. Perhaps the most surprising thing about O’Brien, who resided in Mather House, is that his field of concentration was “history and literature,” if that counts for anything.

Benjamin Joseph Novak ’01

Benjamin Joseph Novak ’01, better known as B.J. Novak, spent his college years living in Winthrop House and concentrating in literature. Given his later role as Ryan on The Office, it’s not really a surprise that Novak’s yearbook entry lists his involvement in the Hasty Pudding Club and the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club. He was also a member of the Harvard Television Organization, librarian of the Lampoon, and a member of the Phillips Brooks House Association, focusing on prisoner education.

Rashida Leah Jones ’97

Everyone’s favorite best friend from Parks and Recreation (and least favorite girlfriend from The Office) was quite the busy bee during her time at Harvard. Rashida Jones resided in Eliot House and concentrated in Comparative Study of Religion. Her yearbook entry lists her involvement in the following nine activities: Black Students Association, Drama Club, Gilbert + Sullivan Players, Hasty Pudding Club, Minority Student Alliance, PRISM, the Opportunes as Music Director, the Signet Society as Treasurer, and Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ Woman of the Year Event Manager as well as 1996 Show Composer. Feeling inadequate yet?


Music for the End of the World

If you’re living under a rock this summer, we suggest you find something a little bit more durable. You may need it, and this playlist, in the days to come.

President Donald Trump escalated a conflict with North Korea Tuesday by telling the country its provocations would be “met with fire and fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before.” The sort of clap-back you wish you could tell the professor who assigns a midterm on Housing Day.

They were unscripted comments, prompted by threats from the country earlier in the day from North Korea that it “ruthlessly take strategic measures involving physical actions” in the wake of U.N. Security Council sanctions.

We know, intense, right? So things aren’t exactly looking up for the world right now. We’re not one to assign homework, but we’re also not one to explain the intricacies of nuclear conflict, so read this cover piece from The Atlantic to get up to speed:

In the meantime, do what any average American does in times of crisis: listen to some kickass music to match the drama of the day. We present Flyby’s “The End is Nigh” playlist, because if we’re going out, we might as well go out with some sweet background music.

If you like it,follow our Spotify account, where you’ll find a few playlists of ours from last semester, and where you can expect more to come.

If you don’t like it, tell us about it. Shoot a message to flyby@thecrimson.com, especially if you have ideas for more songs we can include.

Revolutionary Monuments, Missing the Ship, and a Surprising Bit of Inspiration on the Freedom Trail

Bunker Hill Monument
The Bunker Hill Monument at night.

Bostonians do not, as a rule, walk the Freedom Trail. It’s the same as New Yorkers who don’t ascend the Empire State Building or Los Angelenos who don’t hang out in front of the Hollywood sign. We’ll do it—maybe—if friends are in town and have nothing to do.

To break the pattern, Flyby decided to embark on the 2.5-mile historic tour of Boston to experience our (well, neighboring) city from the point of view of an outsider—so you don’t have to.

The Freedom Trail is a path that snakes through downtown Boston from the Common to Bunker Hill, passing 16 historic locations. Of course, you can sign up for an official tour led by a guide in traditional colonial wear and inevitably a thick Boston accent, but it’s pretty easy to walk the trail by yourself too. The visitor’s booth on Boston Common sells maps for $3, and that provided me with enough guidance for the trek. Plus there was always Google to help me out.

I don’t want to spoil the ending of the American Revolution, so I won’t go into too many specifics, but here’s a brief rundown of the best historic locations and what to avoid.

The first stop on the tour after Boston Common is the Massachusetts State House. While I appreciate a nice gilded roof, it does make you question where all our tax dollars are going.

After Park Street Church comes the Granary Burying Ground, which is a tourist hotspot even for those who aren’t walking the whole trail. Bostonian legends like Paul Revere, John Hancock, and, inevitably, Tom Brady are/will be buried here.

From there you go to King’s Chapel, the first Unitarian Church in America. The chapel, unlike many of the landmarks on the tour, mentioned its “complicated” relationship with slavery. While the family of Charles Sumner—the senator who was brutally beaten for his anti-slavery stances and a member of the Class of 1830—sat in the 74th pew, the chapel never took a firm stance on slavery.

Though the Freedom Trail mostly focuses on well-known revolutionaries and glosses over other Americans, there is a Black Heritage Trail that offers free guided tours and tells the story of early America from a different and necessary perspective.

The next few stops were old meeting and state houses. One dad, after noticing that a meeting house had an entrance fee, turned and said to his children, “We got it: It’s a room.” Flyby approves of his attitude.

We then stopped at the historic Sephora on North St. to thank the Founding Fathers for the blessings they have provided to their posterity.

If you really wanted to dive into the colonial experience, there are plenty of old taverns and pubs around where you can sing the national anthem until you’re red in the face. Instead, I, like any good millennial, went to the restaurant Saus, best known for its french fries and sauces.

It was about here, more or less halfway through, that we discovered a literal brick trail that leads you through the monuments. It’s like Google Maps but, you know, tangible, visible, and physically in the ground.

The next few stops were houses and graveyards, again. I passed the U.S.S. Constitution without really noticing the giant ship because we were too preoccupied with our fear of bridges, but you could spend at least a few hours just visiting the museum there.

The last—and my favorite—stop was Bunker Hill. While misinformed pseudo-Bostonians like pre-Freedom Trail me might mistake it for a replica Washington Monument, the 221-foot Bunker Hill monument contains quite a bit of history.

The Battle of Bunker Hill was one of the bloodiest fights of the American Revolution, leaving over 200 dead and more than 800 wounded. The monument, which you can walk up, stands to honor those fallen in the first major battle of the Revolutionary War.

Be warned: Climbing up that monument is hard. It’s 20 flights of stairs, which is a lot of stairs. It is also a bunch of sweaty people, no windows, and very little light. If you’re really craving a view of Charlestown, then climb away. But I left as a hot sweaty mess who Ubered home.

All Bostonians (and those who live nearby) are lucky to live in a place where you can shop, view history, and explore most of the city in just about two and a half hours. I think I saw more of Boston on the Freedom Trail than in an entire childhood spent in Cambridge. Even if you don’t like history, it’s worth following the brick trail for a nice view of the “Walking City.”

I will say there was something moving about the Freedom Trail. At a time when Americans can’t agree on even basic facts, the Trail takes you back to a period when (almost) all Americans were united in fighting a common enemy—and, spoiler alert, we won.

We’ve grown by 37 states and righted many wrongs since 1775, yet the ideals that animated the men who died at Bunker Hill seem to have either been forgotten or disregarded. George Washington, John Hancock, and the other wig-wearing men of the 18th century were far from perfect, but they fought for a common good on which this country is built. That’s something—even if you’re a lethargic Harvard student—that’s worth walking for.

This Week at Harvard: Making the Most of the Last Month of Summer

The Coop Prepares for Influx of Business
The Coop at the corner of Brattle St. and Palmer St. Head to that corner for live music this Thursday.

Hopefully, you’ve adjusted to the reality that August is upon us—and if not, you’re in luck. Flyby is here with your weekly list of summer activities in the Cambridge area. From seafood festivals to meteor showers, one thing’s for sure: summer isn’t over yet.

My Neighbor Totoro screening
Monday, 7 or 9:15 p.m. | Coolidge Corner Theatre (Red Line to Green Line C train to Coolidge Corner)

Maybe you’ve never seen this Studio Ghibli classic before—maybe it was the only movie you watched as a kid. Either way, its return to the big screen in Brookline is an opportunity to sit back and let the beautiful animation and simple story-telling of Hayao Miyazaki ease your August blues.

Finding Neverland opening night
Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. | Boston Opera House (Red Line to Downtown Crossing, then walk)

Let the childhood nostalgia continue with Finding Neverland’s opening night in Boston. Sprinkle yourself with some pixie dust and soar across the Charles (or take the train—your call) for a chance to see this Broadway hit show. Tickets start at $40, and performances run until August 20th.

Live music in the Square
Thursday, 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Palmer Street at Brattle Street, next to the Coop

As always, Flyby has you covered even if you don’t feel like leaving the Square this week. To get out without really having to get out, head into the Square on Thursday evening and enjoy live outdoor music from Club Passim’s weekly “Berklee Concerts on Palmer Street” series.

DJ Night at the ICA
Friday, 6:30-10 p.m. | Institute of Contemporary Art (Red Line to South Station, then walk)

Celebrate the end of the week with a trip to the ICA. Gather a group of friends and head into Boston to enjoy art exhibits, views of the waterfront, and music from this week’s DJ, Devendra Banhart.

Perseid meteor shower
Before dawn Friday-Saturday, Saturday-Sunday, and Sunday-Monday | The most open, unlit outdoor space you can find (good luck)

We realize you’re up against light pollution to experience this event, but the annual Perseid meteor shower (which peaks at the end of this week) is worth the effort. Wake up early (or stay up really late) to get outside one of these nights, and hope for clear skies!

Comic Con in Boston
Friday-Sunday, event times vary each day | Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (Red Line to South Station, 7 bus from Summer St @ South Station to Summer St opposite WTC Ave, then walk)

Don’t miss New England’s largest Comic Con this weekend in Boston! Celebrity guests will include comic-book creator Stan Lee, The Vampire Diaries’s Ian Somerhalder, Doctor Who’s Matt Smith and Karen Gillan, and many more. Day passes range from $35-55, and each day of the event is packed with opportunities to prove your #1 fan status.

Open Newbury Street
Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Newbury Street from Arlington Street to Massachusetts Avenue (Red Line to Green Line B or D train to Hynes Convention Center stop, then walk)

No more overcrowded sidewalks and crazy Boston traffic on Newbury Street—this Sunday, the shopping center will be pedestrian-only. Do some shopping (or maybe just window-shopping), grab a bite to eat, and enjoy the excitement of a summer day on a car-less Newbury Street.

Boston Seafood Festival
Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. | Boston Fish Pier (Red Line to Silver Line to World Trade Center Station, then walk)

Nothing says summer like seafood, and luckily Boston has a lot of it. End your week with a visit to the sixth annual Boston Seafood Festival for good food, chef demonstrations, and other seafood-themed events. General admission is just $15, or you can splurge for the $50 lobster bake ticket. No matter what, you’re sure to walk away feeling like you’ve participated in a summer tradition.

Three Harvard Things Longer Than Scaramucci’s White House Tenure

Anthony Scaramucci
Anthony Scaramucci.

Anthony Scaramucci is out of his role at the White House faster than you can say, “Is this on the record?”

In light of such an abrupt staffing change, Flyby has compiled a list of three things longer than Scaramucci’s 10-day tenure as White House Communications Director.

1) The lifespan of those fruit flies in your dorm room (40 to 50 days)

So you went away for the weekend and accidentally left some fruit out in your dorm room. The resulting fruit flies have a long life ahead of them—long compared to Scaramucci’s time at the White House, that is. Props to you for making the effort to eat healthy, though.

2) A pre-college program at Harvard (two weeks)

A session of Harvard Summer School’s pre-college program is two weeks long, meaning that high school summer students are spending more time at Harvard than Scaramucci spent working at the White House. Unlike the camaraderie of summer school friendships, it doesn’t look like Scaramucci will be keeping in touch all that much with his new (old?) White House pals.

3) Scaramucci’s death (as listed in the Harvard Law School alumni directory)

The most recent edition of the Harvard Law School alumni directory mistakenly lists Anthony Scaramucci, a 1989 graduate of the Law School, as deceased. The first update in over five years, the edition sent to alumni last week lists an asterisk next to Scaramucci’s to indicate his death between 2011 and 2017. RIP Mooch.

This Week at Harvard: Restaurants, Running, and Rihanna

Newbury St.

Flyby is here to fill up your first week of August because, let’s be honest, it’s when the best summer memories are made. This week there are plenty of opportunities to get active (by dancing or running), to jam out (to Rihanna or James Baldwin) and, of course, to spend money (on books or amusement rides). Whatever activity you choose, whether it be all or one, these are sure to set your August off on the right track—well, at least until school starts.

Run with Athleta from Newbury St.
Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. | Athleta on Newbury St. (Red Line to Green Line to Copley, then walk)

For all the women looking to run, start running, or walk but make it look like you’re running, Athleta’s got a plan for you. Every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., the athletic store, along with She Runs Boston, will be leading three or four mile loops starting at their location on 92 Newbury St. You can store your stuff safely in the store, so you’ll be able to run hassle-free. And if you’re worried about trailing behind or sprinting ahead, there will be leads and sweeps to make sure no one’s left out. It’s a great way to exercise, socialize, and maybe even do a little shopping after. You ran three miles, after all—maybe you deserve a new sweater. Make sure to join the Facebook group for any additional information.

Dance through art at the MFA
Wednesday, 7-9 p.m. | Museum of Fine Arts (Red Line to Green Line E train to Museum of Fine Arts)

We know that looking at art can get real boring real fast, but the MFA has a plan to spice things up. For two hours, the Reciprocity Collaborative, a Boston-based art collective, will bring the galleries to life with movement and music. You’re encouraged to follow the performers as they “activate” the museum with their instruments and dances, and, if you want to, you can dance along with them. If an interpretive dance party isn’t enough to get you on the Red Line, the fact that it’s free should.

Ride the Codzilla at the Boston Harbor
Monday-Sunday, 12-6 p.m. | Long Wharf (Red Line to Downtown Crossing, then walk)

If you’re craving thrill, danger, and risk, you could eat at Chipotle—or, better yet, ride Codzilla. Codzilla, as its name might suggest, is monster boat: 70 foot long, with up to 2,800 horsepower, and specially equipped to make 360 degree turns that will make your stomach lurch—in the good kind of way. Be prepared to get wet as the boat sprints through the water; the sharp circles are guaranteed to get you soaked.

The tickets are $29 (maybe add an extra $10 for the hat that will surely fall into the Harbor), but with the soundtrack, show, and adrenaline that Codzilla offers, it’s well worth it. The ride begins at Long Wharf in Boston and runs throughout the week in the summer, but the ride closes for the fall in early September, so get there soon.

I Am Not Your Negro screening at MIT
Thursday, 6-7:30 p.m. | MIT List Visual Arts Center (Red Line to Kendall, then walk)

If you’ve never gotten the chance to see this acclaimed documentary, now is your chance. MIT is hosting a free screening of “I Am Not Your Negro,” a documentary which centers around James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript about the assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Baldwin never got to finish his project, but Samuel Jackson narrates what he did complete, while director Raoul Peck compiles old clips of Baldwin, protests, the three assassinations, and more recent footage to illustrate race relations over the past six decades. The screening is free, but the space is limited so make sure to RSVP beforehand.

The Rihanna Experience at the Museum of Science
Opens Friday, August 4 | Museum of Science (Red Line to Charles/MGH, then walk)

This rainy weather has got everyone down, needing an umbrella, and disturb(ia)ed, but Flyby’s got a wild thought to brighten up this hopeless place. The Museum of Science has been showcasing popular artist’s works in their planetarium this summer with stunning visuals to accompany the music, and this week they’re playing someone very special. What’s her name? Rihanna, don’t wear it out. The show opens August 4th, but the museum better have your money. It’s $10 to get in, so get ready to work, work, work (work, work, work) for it.

Book sale at Boston Public Library
Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Boston Public Library (Red Line to Green Line to Copley, then walk)

We know that you already have to spend hundreds on notebooks, binders, and—worst of all—textbooks. The last thing you want to do is spend an extra $20 on a book you won’t even get to read, but thanks to the Boston Public Library, you won’t have to. The annual BPL book sale is this weekend in the Cushman Room of the library, and most books are between $1-2. And, if you’re feeling generous, you can donate some of your old books to the library. (Come on, you’re really going to read the Twilight series again?) All proceeds will go to new equipment and to sponsor programs for the BPL. Cheap books, a good cause, and a chance to clean out your bookshelf. What’s not to like?

Eat for cheap around Cambridge
Sunday-Friday, and the following Sunday-Friday (Saturdays optional) | Local Restaurants

Even college students can appreciate a nice meal, and starting this Sunday, they can do so for cheap. Dine Out Boston (formerly known as Restaurant Week Boston) is the perfect opportunity to explore, eat, and save. Restaurants around Cambridge and Boston choose to participate in the event where they create prix fixe menus for lunch and dinner, and then set the price (for lunch it ranges from $15-$25 and for dinner from $28-$38).

Restaurants in Harvard Square are participating too, so if you don’t want to commute you won’t have to. Toscano, Beat Brasserie, and Harvest are all offering specially-chosen and frugally-priced menus starting on the 6th and continuing through the following two weeks (but not always on Saturdays). Microwaved ramen no more!

Sweetgreen is Now Cheaper Than A Day of Harvard Square Parking

What you will be doing more of starting this week.

In an effort to make the Square even more unaffordable, parking rates will increase by 50 cents, to $1.50 per hour starting this week. This rate increase, the first one since 2008, stems from the high demand for parking in Cambridge and will support other transportation initiatives across the city, according to the Traffic, Parking, and Transportation Department.

For other crowded areas in Cambridge, the rate will increase to $1.25, while less-congested areas will maintain the original $1 per hour fee.

This change means that, for tourists, Bostonians, and locals who want to spend a good day in the Square, the $15 that you brought for a souvenir t-shirt at The Coop may instead end up in a parking meter. While parking for an eight hour day last week would have cost you $8, it will now cost you $12. But turn that frown upside down—at least you’ll be able to find a parking space with this new congestion-reducing policy change! Or, so they say...

To help you budget (and hopefully encourage any visitors to take the T), we at Flyby have compiled seven things that you could buy in the Square with a day’s worth of parking fees.

1. Two burritos and frozen custard from Felipe’s. Or two super burritos. Either way, you’re eating good.

2. Two pints of BerryLine froyo. That’s two whole pints. TWO pints. You’ll most likely be eating it in one go, but still.

3. A couple of high-quality pens from Bob Slate Stationer. It’s never to early to get a head start on back-to-school shopping! Just think about all the time you’ll spend in Lamont with these pens in hand. *swoon*.

4. A large iced latte, a bacon breakfast sandwich, and half-a-dozen donuts from Dunkin’. It’s time to celebrate with a feast. Harvard runs on Dunkin’.

5. Something from the Urban Outfitters’ sales basement. Yeah, it might be ripped on all sides, acid-washed, and promote a band you’ve never heard of, but for $10? That’s a deal.

6. A pair of no-show socks from Concepts. It’s not quite enough money to buy crew socks, though. You’ll have to wait on that one—sorry to disappoint.

7. A Mexican Corn Elote Bowl with a Blueberry Basil Fresca from Sweetgreen. When Sweetgreen is cheaper than the Square’s new parking rates, you know the struggle is real.

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