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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 flyby@thecrimson.com.

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.

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.

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