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Mullen, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman, Talks Harvard-Yale

Many commentators have compared the game of football to a military battle, with the head coach as commanding officer.  As the fabled Harvard-Yale game approaches, it appears the U.S. military’s highest ranking officer might think the same.

During a speech at the Institute of Politics last night, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike G. Mullen discussed the monumental task that faces the Harvard football team on Saturday.

Mac OS-PGP Compatibility Issue Resolved

Last week, FAS IT sent out a warning stating that the recent Mac OS 10.6.5 update should not be downloaded as it may result in compatibility issues with computers running PGP encryption software.

FAS IT has now resolved the issue. A release on the FAS IT website gives support for PGP users who are experiencing compatibility issues and instructions for PGP users to safely download the update.

The release states that network access to the Apple update site will be restored so that those without PGP encrypted computers can download the software since it contains important security fixes.

UC Campaign Violations

You've seen their flyers in your entryway. You've seen them blasting music in front of the Science Center. And you've probably even seen them outside your door.

The polls for this year's UC presidential candidates opened Monday, and the campaigns continue in full swing. But how much of their campaigning is legal by the Election Commission standards? And how much isn't?

Broccoli-Peanut Tofu & Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

In this series, we bring you creative and delicious recipes that can be made in 10 minutes and less, all within the constraints of Harvard’s dining halls. Have a recipe you'd like to share? E-mail us at

Delicious on any night of the week, we bring you Broccoli-Peanut Tofu, a Thai-inspired dish. For dessert, we bring you Pineapple Upside-Down Cake, something you’ve got to make whenever golden cupcakes are on hand. Make either of these dishes, and your friends will be asking for the recipes in no time.

Diversity of Portraits

When most Harvard students look around at their peers, they see diversity. Diversity of races, orientations, religions, cultures, ethnicities, and just about anything else is easy to find among students at Harvard. However, there's one thing at Harvard that isn't quite so diverse: our walls.

Walking through the dining halls and the common rooms of the houses, you will see many portraits of wealthy-looking, white, high-collared individualswho were, no doubt, benefactors or faculty at Harvard. With a centuries-long history of elitism at Harvard, it's not surprising that many of Harvard's historical benefactors and faculty were white, and the portraits reflect that.

On Harvard Time Yale Parody Draws National Attention

UPDATE 1:00 a.m.

The original video has been made private on YouTube. There is now a new video that no longer contains the question about the Yale graduate student who was murdered last year.

Gearing up for The Game this weekend? Watch On Harvard Time’s new video to find out what life is really like in New Haven.

In this parody of Yale’s infamous admissions video, the basic concept has changed very little. A Yale admissions rep, giving a traditional college information spiel, bursts into a “High School Musical” style exposé. The twist? The protagonist came to Yale because he didn’t get into Harvard.

Tap and Go Study

If you've gone to Lamont some time in the past two weeks, you may have noticed little black boxes attached to the front of the gates at the main entrance. Additionally, you may have ignored them, swiped your ID anyway, and proceeded through the swinging gates as usual.

Well, swipe no more! The new black boxes are proximity card readers that allow patrons to tap and go instead of swiping, according to Beth Brainard, director of communications for Harvard College Library.

Mysterious Poster in Lamont

UPDATED: Nov. 16, 2010, 1:07 a.m.

This poster was spotted at Lamont Library around 9 p.m.

Using a smartphone camera, we scanned the code and got linked to this website, which includes a map of Harvard with numbered icons marking four locations: the cul-de-sac outside Eliot and Kirkland Houses, an area between the Corporal Burns Playground and Peabody Terrace, the Science Center, and the Lampoon building.

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