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Don't Let Your Mind Drift Off While Reading This

Picture this: It’s Saturday night, and you’re at a party talking to the girl you’re been crushing on all semester. She’s listening attentively to everything you say—but then suddenly your phone buzzes, and you’re back at your desk with an unfinished p-set in front of you, the fantasy shattered.

Although it's easy to fall prey to daydreams, a recent psychology study would tell you this: a wandering mind may not be a happy mind.

Sophomores: Get Your Pre-Term Planning Done

Sophomores, be advised: The deadline to submit your pre-term planning information, as well as your Plan of Study, is fast approaching. Make sure to log in to the Student Planning Portal by this Wednesday, Nov. 17—otherwise you'll have to pay that $40/week late fee.

If you're at a loss for what courses to choose, consider a class in the Computer Science department. We’ve heard it takes some serious computer skills to figure out how to use the planning tool—although the Registrar has provided a tutorial you can watch.

Holiday Season Kicks Off in Cambridge

Halloween has barely just ended, but the holiday season is fast approaching—just look at the Christmas decorations in windows and Thanksgiving turkeys in the grocery stores as evidence.

Although the holidays may bring us final exams, there are still plenty of opportunities for students to embrace the spirit of the season. We've compiled a list of some holiday events that will occur in Cambridge over the next month, just in case you need an escape from the drudgery of the semester's end.

No More Qdoba Coupons

Alas, the days of “buy-one-get-one-free” Qdoba are gone. The coupon, which used to be printed on the back of all Harvard Box Office tickets, is there no longer.

Apparently, “Qdoba did not renew their agreement with Harvard’s Box Office, a contract they have annually renewed for the past three years,” said Jason Govostes, associate box office manager. “No reason was given.”

See Students Strut in Project East

The fashion designs of several professional Asian and Asian American designers, along with the styles of nine recent graduates of the Parsons New School of Design, will debut tomorrow in the Project East 2010 runway show.

The event, which is produced by Kelsey A. Maguire '11 and Michael R. Polino '11, will feature a DJ, a silent auction, and an after party. Project East—which is now in its fourth year—differs from other runway shows on campus because of its focus on the actual designs, according to Maguire.

Deviled Eggs & Banana-Cookie Pudding

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

Today we bring you deviled eggs for a healthy and protein-filled lunch and banana-cookie pudding for a truly decadent dessert. Make either of these dishes, and in less than 10 minutes you’ll have your friends begging for a bite of each!

La Chambre de Thoreau

In this series, we chat with the freshmen who were lucky enough to land dorm rooms that once housed Harvard’s most famous almuni.

Today, we bring you to the room in Hollis where Sandesh K. Kataria '14 and Collin S. VanOstran '14 currently reside. This expansive double once housed Henry David Thoreau in the year 1833. With a poster of “Flight of the Concords” on the wall, the decoration of the room has certainly changed since Thoreau’s time.

Meet the UC Candidates

You’ve probably seen the UC presidential hopefuls stumping for votes outside the Science Center this week, whether it’s Ebrahim-Cao and Coe-Li with their traditional campaign banners or Jones-Davis with their more adventurous pogo-sticking Tigger exhibition. With all three campaigns for UC leadership in full gear and voting set to begin this coming Monday, here is a pre-election campaign rundown.

We’ll introduce you to the candidates, their campaigns, and their stand on what’s been billed as the central issue of this year’s campaign: social life at Harvard.

Glamour Honors Her Campus

On Monday, Glamour magazine honored three Harvard alumnae, founders of Her Campus, an online magazine that promotes journalism for female undergraduates across the country.

The founders, who were recognized among Glamour’s “20 Amazing Young Women,” are Windsor G. Hanger '10, Stephanie M. Kaplan '10, and Annie Wang '11-'12.

Reminder: Pre-Term Planning Due Today for Juniors

Are you a junior? Does paying $40 to Harvard sound annoying? Then submit your pre-term plan ASAP. Today is the deadline and late submissions will incur a charge of $40 per week, according to the Pre-Term planning website.

The College is provides online tutorials here. You can enter the tool by clicking the first link on the same page. Pre-term planning is non-binding.

Tesla Roadster Rolls Through Harvard

On Sunday night, there was a surprise in store for residents of Lowell House. If they happened to look into their small courtyard, they would have seen an electric car that some claim will be the future of transportation: a Tesla Roadster charging as its driver visited her old friend, Lowell tutor Andrew M. Leifer.

Harvard-Yale Ticket Update

Can you feel itit’s in the air at Harvard. The epic scenes that will be Harvard-Yale weekend quickly approach. Did you get your ticket?

According to Kurt K. Svoboda, the assistant director of athletics, over 5,000 undergrads claimed their free ticket that were distributed at the Murr Center, as well as various dining halls last week. That number was a significant increase over the 2008 game. The feedback from students was “extremely positive,” said Svoboda in an e-mailed statement. “Many were impressed at how little time it took to obtain their tickets.”

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