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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.”

Of Classmates and Congo Bars

Like some prophet of Holy Writ, Seth A. Riddley ’12 woke from his sleep early a few nights ago with a vision. It was not of angels climbing up and down ladders, or of cattle rising from the River Nile. It was something rather more modest, but equally inspired—the thought of Harvard students, strangers to each other but eager to meet new people, having lunch together. At 1 a.m. that night, after researching some website mechanics, Riddley created

Y(F)ale's H-Y T-shirt

While this year marks the 135th anniversary of The Game, it also marks Yale’s continuing tradition of poorly themed H-Y swag (remember last year’s mildly offensive but mostly bizzare "Sissy" tees?).

Displaying that famous blue background and white type, this year’s Yale T-shirt mocks Harvard through the lens of “The Social Network” by titling it "Harvard, the anti-social network." Clever, we must say (or not).

Kirkland's New Security Doors

An e-mail circulating the Kirkland House list reports that several students, and even Kirkland’s building manager, Resident Dean, and House Masters, were unfortunate victims of Kirland’s belatedly installed card access system, rendering them unable to enter the Dining Hall.

Oct. 24 - Nov. 7: Sleeping in the Bathroom

Over the last few weeks, HUPD has responded to a fair amount of “suspicious activity” and an extraordinary number of incidents involving people sleeping in the Holyoke Center’s bathroom. As part of our Securitas series, we’ve combed through HUPD log entries from the last few weeks and published some of the more colorful entries below.


Reports of “loud part[ies]”: 13

Reports of “suspicious activity”: 16

Reports of “unwanted guest[s]”: 19

Total value of stolen bikes: $2,170.00

Total value of stolen computers: $2,700.00

Total value of misplaced flutes: $9,000.00

Interactive Justice, From the Comfort of Your Own Bed

Harvard professor Michael J. Sandel hosted his own call-in show this Sunday in a live, interactive discussion via the telephone. The so-called “teleforum” brought Sandel's famous Ethical Reasoning 22 course to pre-registered listeners across the country. Each participant received a phone call at 5 p.m. this past Sunday and got tapped into the tele-classroom.

Ask Dr. Roger

Have a question about medicine you've been dying to ask? Dr. Roger Kapoor, a medical resident who specializes in dermatology, is taking skin-related or general medicine questions. E-mail us at or leave us a comment.

Dr. Roger Kapoor specializes in dermatology and is currently completing the final year of his residency at Harvard. He trains at all Harvard-affiliated hospitals, including Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

A Sampling of Harvard-Yale Shirts

The only thing more important than having Harvard spirit in your heart at this year’s Game is wearing it on your sleeve—with an anti-Yale T-shirt. Once again, various students and organizations are offering T-shirts that will hopefully propel the Crimson to a win. Here is a sampling:

CSA Hosts Iron Chef Competition

Yesterday night, the Harvard-Radcliffe Chinese Student Association Iron Chef competition began, unexpectedly, with an original rap to the instrumental of “Like a G6” delivered by Joshua C. Zhang ’14 and Eric Lu ’14. The rap set the stage for the irreverent tone of the evening, established the rules of the competition, and announced the prize: a $30 gift card to Finale.

The three teams participating in the Iron Chef competition were told a few days ago that they would have to make three dishes, including a dessert, that all had to utilize the secret ingredient: pineapple. During the day, each team camped out in a different Yard kitchen to make their dishes.

Consent Is Sexy

Looking for ways to be sexy? Harvard’s Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response has two suggestions: 1. Get consent. 2. Wear an OSAPR t-shirt.

The OSAPR Student Alliance will be giving away ten free “Consent is Sexy” t-shirts to the students who offer the most creative and effective ways to ask for consent before engaging in sexual intercourse. Suggestions must be e-mailed to by Nov. 12, with the subject line “Consent Contest.”

John Harvard's All Grown Up

This afternoon at 2:18 p.m., the John Harvard statue was treated to a free makeover, courtesy of Harvard Hillel.

In anticipation of Hillel’s biggest party of the year, a crowd of students danced, sang Klezmer songs, and waved signs reading "John Harvard’s Bar Mitzvah." The group also adorned the statue with traditional bar mitzvah accoutrements: a kippa (skullcap) and a tallis (prayer shawl).

How to Not Lose Sleep Over Firesheep

Odds are you’ve heard about the Firesheep hysteria by now. If you still aren’t sure what to do about it, here’s a short guide to help keep your Internet experience safe.

One dangerous aspect of Firesheep is that it affects popular websites such as Facebook and Twitter, according to CS50 professor David J. Malan ’99. The reason for such widespread susceptibility is that many websites do not use protocols for security over the internet (also known as SSL) and are thus not very secure.

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