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Donate Your Blood!

In the break between your morning and afternoon classes this Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, you may decide to go back to your room for a quick nap or even get a bit of reading done. Or you could save three lives.

Two Free Events That Are Coming Up

As Harvard students, the two things we enjoy most are learning and free stuff. But with everything happening all at once both on campus and in the Boston area, it's easy to go through the year as overwhelmed as a freshman during Opening Days.

So we decided to give you the heads-up on two free events at museums in the area—just in case you wanted to add a little downtime to your iCal.

Reminder: Add/Drop Deadline (Without a Fee) Is Today

If you still haven’t made up your mind on which classes to take, keep in mind that the deadline to add or drop a course without paying a fee is today.

Don’t worry, though. If you're on the fence about a class, you can still tinker around with your schedule until Oct. 4, although you’ll have to pay a $10 fee.

You can pick up change-of-course forms at your resident dean's office, the Freshman Dean’s Office, or the Registrar’s Office. They require signatures from your academic adviser and your resident dean, and if you're doing anything besides dropping a course, the instructor of your class will have to sign the form too.

So if you want to make a switch while not spending that hard-earned dough, make sure to get those forms signed soon.

Get Crafty With a New Club on Campus

Did you used to get together after school with friends to do arts and crafts? Do pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks, glue, and glitter bring back warm and fuzzy memories? If you miss those days (or never had the chance to experience them), we have good news for you.

Go Skydiving with the Harvard Aviation Club

Would you pay $250 to fall 10,000 feet? Well, the Harvard Aviation Club is offering an opportunity for 10 lucky undergrads to travel to northern Massachusetts on Oct. 3 so that they can experience the exhilaration of skydiving. The cost covers all expenses excluding meals. Participants must be healthy, at least 18 years of age, and weigh fewer than 250 pounds.

The Aviation Club has a long history on campus, tracing its roots to the 1909 founding of the Harvard Aeronautical Society. The club once built its own aircraft (named Harvard I) and flew planes in its own field in Squantum, MA. The organization faded in and out throughout the century until it was reformed in 2007 as the Aviation Club.

We spoke with Benjamin L. Brinkopf '11, president of the Aviation Club, about this trip and the broader activities of the organization.

Glamour Names Two Seniors "Top 10 College Women"

Mackenzie J. Lowry ’11 and Merritt A. Moore ’11 were featured in Glamour Magazine as the “Top 10 College Women of 2010.”

Lowry, who told Glamour she wants to be “a policy adviser to the President on health care,” earned the title “The Politician” in the magazine, while Moore was named “The Renaissance Woman” for her dream of being the “best dancer [she] can be—and become an adviser for nuclear weapon nonproliferation.”

Cutting Out (Some of) the Meat at Harvard

A petition that urges HUHDS (that’s HUDS with an H, for those who forgot) to reduce its service of meat has been making rounds over House e-mail lists, spurring some conversation about its merits.

So we called up the student behind the petition—Talia B. Lavin '12, the creator of the Harvard Meat Less Initiative—to find out what she hopes will come out of her efforts and why she believes in this cause.

Harvard vs. Holy Cross: The Details

For the fourth consecutive season, Harvard is holding its first home football game under the lights with a night game, this year against Holy Cross. Whether you're interested in football or don't care much for the sport, here's the information you need to know.

Aaron Eckhart Visits Harvard, Girls Swoon

Aspiring actors, filmmakers, writers and fans swarmed the Adams Upper House Common Room Friday to hear actor Aaron E. Eckhart of “The Dark Knight” and “Thank You for Smoking” talk about his acting career through an informal Q& A session. The hour-long conversation was presented by the Harvard Undergraduate Television speaker series.

Fire Alarm in the Science Center

Around 11:40 a.m. this morning, the fire alarm went off in the Science Center, forcing hordes of students (including this correspondent) outside. After waiting around listlessly, we were then allowed back into the building around 12:10 p.m. Wonder what all that was about.

Photo by Anita B. Hofschneider/The Harvard Crimson.

Dry Cleaners Around the Square

Does this sound familiar? You’ve got that big date with that cute guy from your Econ section on Friday, but your choice outfit was a victim of some Pinot Noir. For many, this would be the end of the world, but at Harvard, we are blessed with more than enough options for you to get your wardrobe back on track.

But where to go, given the multitude of options? We sought to review a few of the dry cleaning options available around campus. We were unable to send out our own items for cleaning to evaluate the final result, so we have based our ratings on a combination of convenience, service and speed, and price. (To make comparing prices easier, we based them on a standard bundle of goods: a two-piece suit, a blouse, a tie, a button-down shirt, and a blazer.)

Hillside Cleaners

Where: 49a Brattle St.

Hours: Mon.-Sat., 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Price: $34.63

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