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Mankiw Defends Against Harvard Stereotypes

If you’re a Harvard student who has seen “The Social Network” since its buzz-worthy release last Friday, chances are you have a bone to pick with the portrayal of Facebook founder Mark E. Zuckerberg, the Winklevoss ’04 twins, and other Harvardians in the film. How could you not? It’s personal.

Weld Does Pledge of Allegiance

Some students of Harvard show their appreciation for America by observing (sleeping late on) Columbus Day, others by religiously following Monday Night Football. Residents of Weld Hall, however, express their passion for this country at 9:15 a.m. every Monday with the Pledge of Allegiance.

The practice began last week in Weld 52 with Zachary A. Young ’14 and Thomas J. Gaudett ’14, and expanded to a group of six yesterday. Though Young has only advertised the gathering through the Weld e-mail list, he plans to eventually “start expanding it to other dorms.”

The Men's Final Clubs

UPDATED: Oct. 6, 2010, 2:09 a.m. Porcellian photo added.

In light of the recent release of “The Social Network” and the fact that we’re now in the middle of second round punch events, Harvard’s final club scene is bound to be on the minds of many sophomores and juniors. In order to shed some light on what can otherwise be a mysterious process, we decided to put together this series related to all things “punch.” Check back each day this week for new material on the subject.

Quincy Residents Receive a Load of Crap

An incident in Quincy House this weekend gave a whole new meaning to the phrase “door droppings.”

Quincy resident Charles W. Li '12 checked the dropbox outside his room Sunday evening and said he saw what he thought was a black T-shirt. Taking a closer look at the mysterious delivery, he said was hit by “an overwhelming stench” and the realization that the item in his dropbox was not a T-shirt—it was a soiled pair of men’s underwear.

As of This Morning, Free Swedish Fish Are Back

If you didn't get a chance to snag any of the free Swedish Fish from the vending machine in the basement of the Science Center last week, don't worry!

The machine boasted a fully-replenished supply around 9:00 this morning, so make a dash downstairs before your next class in hopes that there are still some left!

Final Add/Drop Deadline is Tomorrow

The fifth Monday of the term is tomorrow, which means it's your last chance to add or drop a course. You'll need the instructor's permission to add (but not to drop) a course, and you'll have to pay a $10 fee—still, if you're currently in a class that's driving you crazy, consider it a small investment for your sanity. You can also just change the course's grading status to pass/fail, which won't incur any fees.

Any and all forms will require your concentration adviser or sophomore/freshman advisor's signature. Get them in by 5 p.m. to the Registrar's Office!

Police Brutality, Vegetarianism, and the ROTC

The quick and dirty about what's been going on around the Ancient Eight (and some other schools too).

Early Saturday morning, about a dozen New Haven police officers stormed into a downtown New Haven nightclub where Yale’s Morse-Ezra Stiles College “screw” was held. Five students were arrested, and one sophomore was apparently Tasered.

Sandwiches Abound

Hankering for a taste of home? Even if home is halfway around the world, you might be able to bite into your favorite regional specialty right here in Cambridge at the All Star Sandwich Bar this month.

All Star, an Inman Square restaurant boasting all sorts of sandwiches, is serving its own renditions of street foods from around the world through the end of October.

What the Fluff?

For some of you (especially those from the Northeast), that marshmallow substance called "fluff" is nothing unusual.  If you're partial to the stuff, you may have even heard of the "What the Fluff" festival, which takes place every year in Somerville's Union Square—birthplace of the famous fluff.

If you (like a few of our own correspondents) have no idea what we're talking about, read up on fluff here.  Then check out our photos of this year's festival from last Saturday.

Photos by Jabulani Barber/The Harvard Crimson.

A Stitch in Time Brings Us a New Pastime

Looking for a new (and productive) hobby? Although Harvard students may find they come few and far between, a campus knitting club is allowing some to pursue a new pastime while simultaneously helping charitable causes.

A Stitch in Time—which was recently revitalized by co-presidents Yvette Ramirez '12 and Lily E. Higgins '12—teaches and fosters knitting among students by providing supplies and instructions to club members. ASIT also connects club members with charity organizations in need of hand-knit donations. Currently, the club works with Friends of Boston’s Homeless, Cradles to Crayons, the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and the Blum Cancer Resource Room at MGH, and is working to expand its donation network, according to Ramirez.

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