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Sam Novey Elected As First Class Marshal

Sam B. Novey '11 was chosen to be the first marshal for the class of 2011 in results announced today. Moira E. Forberg '11 will be the second class marshal.

The other class marshals are Talal M. Alhammad '11, Robert G. B. Long '11, Tobias S. Stein '11, Kurt Tsuo '11, Vidya B. Viswanathan '11, and Tian Wen '11.

The eight marshals made it through two rounds of voting, one that narrowed down the candidate field from 61 to 16, and another that halved the list.

Check TheCrimson.com later for more on the senior class marshal selections.

Alarms Force Evacuation of Memorial Hall

UPDATED: 3:44 p.m.

The fire alarms in Memorial Hall sounded at around 11:40 a.m. today, leading to an evacuation of the building.

Interrupting a lecture of Ethical Reasoning 22: "Justice," the sounding of the alarms was not a prank, according to Tina Bowen, a production manager at the Office of the Arts who works at Memorial Hall.

A "Party" for Marty Peretz

As you may have heard, the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies recently decided to inaugurate a $650,000 fund in honor of New Republic editor and former Harvard professor Martin "Marty" Peretz. Unfortunately, Peretz is currently infamous for asserting (in this blog post) that Muslim life is "cheap, most notably to Muslims." Although students and faculty have spoken out against Peretz, the Social Studies department officially announced the acceptance of the fund at its 50th anniversary celebration on Saturday, honoring Peretz as planned.

But the fight wasn't over. A group of students protested against Peretz at the event and then made this video. Watch the "Party for Marty," then read more about it in tomorrow's issue of The Crimson.

Arianna Huffington Talks to The Crimson

Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, came to Harvard to promote her newest book, "Third World America: How Our Politicians Are Abandoning the Middle Class and Betraying the American Dream." While in Cambridge, she sat down with The Crimson for a few minutes at the Charles Hotel to talk about the book, the future of journalism, and where students fit in.

With Millions to Spend, Harvard Grad Hits Up Start-Ups

Harvard isn’t exactly known to be a community of slackers, but one recent Harvard graduate might have set the bar a little bit higher: he’s only 25, and when he’s not attending class at the Harvard Business School, he’s busy investing in 15 start-up companies.

Oh, and did we mention he already has a million-dollar start-up of his own?

Gamelan, Making Music in Hilles

Did you love banging on pots and pans as a child? Have an urge to catch the vibe of resonating gongs, melodious chimes, or reverberating drums? Then you need to check out Gamelan—a type of Indonesian music being offered on campus with artist-in-residence Jody Diamond.

Are We Unethical? Probably.

Look at your life.

You have two exams next week. Your boyfriend just broke up with you because he didn’t like that lipstick that you use (but really because you know that that he’s eying that girl in his “Justice” section). Your friends think you’re an alcoholic.

Now look to the person to the next on you. He’s on Facebook—and he does not care about your plight (or so says a recent Harvard study).

Basically, people who use the internet are inconsiderate, according to a study conducted by Harvard professor Howard E. Gardner '65. After all, did you think about the musician and the product he created when you decided to torrent all his music? This question is one asked by Carrie James, Research Director at the Harvard School of Education, in a presentation she made on Tuesday at The Mashable & 92Y Social Good Summit 2010.

Need a Bike? You Can Still Bid on One.

Looking for a speedier way to get to the Quad or an environmentally friendly vehicle for touring the area? The Phillips Brooks House Association is ready to supply you with your very own bicycle (or even a moped)—but you’ll have to be the highest bidder to get one.

On Saturday, Harvard’s largest public service organization will hold its annual bike auction to raise money for its programs. PBHA Events Fundraiser Nadia L. Farjood ’13 (who is also a Crimson news writer) informed us that 35 to 40 bikes will be available for bidding, as well as spare parts like wheels and handlebars for the fixer-upper types out there. There is also one big prize—a flashy moped.

More Zuckerberg Gossip, Just in Time for "The Social Network"

In the days building up to the premiere of "The Social Network" next Friday, all news related to Facebook founder Mark E. Zuckerberg has become as interest-piquing and potentially scandalous as your friend's latest Facebook photo album. Here, you can avoid those incriminating pictures for a few more minutes and engage in some Zuckerberg gossip instead.

Zuckerberg’s recently released texts and e-mails—which were printed on Monday on techcrunch.com—concern one of his co-founders, Eduardo L. Saverin '05, who later left the business.

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