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A Harvard Friendsgiving

If you are staying on campus over Thanksgiving, it can be painful to watch your roommates pack their bags and rant about their moms’ home-cooked pumpkin pies. What your roommates don’t know is that being in Cambridge over Thanksgiving is low-key the way to go. Whether you live too far away, you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, or you simply don’t want to get used to the luxuries of being home, Flyby has the perfect week planned for you:

Figure out who is staying on campus and make a group chat
Break the ice by naming the group chat “Friendsgiving” (don’t forget the turkey emoji). This is definitely a gutsy move, but there is nothing more gratifying than a full table for the Thanksgiving meal that will be served at Dunster on Thursday, November 26. Stuff your face, there will be no judgment.

Continue your Friendsgiving festivities by preparing for Black Friday Shopping
This is arguably the best and most dangerous part of Thanksgiving. Whether you decide to go to Newbury Street or to the Wrentham Outlets, make sure to wake up early to get the best deals from your favorite stores. Beware of ruthless moms looking for Christmas gifts, seemingly sweet old ladies, and line-cutters who might leave you wishing you had slept in.

Become homies with the Pilgrims
Grab the Kingston/Plymouth Train and head to Plimoth Plantations to learn more about the history of Thanksgiving.

Lastly, throughout your Friendsgiving break, make sure to take plenty of pictures and post them on Instagram #flybythanksgiving to let your roommate know that, after all, homemade pumpkin pie is overrated.

Guide to Navigating Thanksgiving Dinner Small Talk

Thanksgiving at Harvard
The Dunster dining tables were packed with students, faculty, and family, as it was the only dining hall open on Thanksgiving.
Dear Mom/Dad/Grandma/Great Uncle Stewart/any other family members who will be at Thanksgiving dinner,

I know Thanksgiving is something that you look forward to all year long for the food, great company, and most of all, to welcome me back home by grilling me with all the questions you’ve ever had about my life at college. Let me fill you in on a little secret: as fun as it may be for you to bombard me with a million and one questions, as it turns out, this isn’t so fun for me. So in attempt to make my time at home an enjoyable/bearable one, please do your best to refrain from the following:

Asking me about my classes
Chances are by this point in the semester I am sick of all of my classes and bitter about the lack of sleep that each and every one of them is causing me. This is the first opportunity in longer than I can even remember to get a break from psets, papers, and midterms, so no, talking about academics for the entirety of dinner is not ideal.

Following up with “Hmm, what do you plan on doing with that?!”
Let me be, mom, didn’t you always tell me to do what I love? Don’t make me feel guilty for my infinitely relevant course load consisting of Swahili, Hebrew Bible, and that one class where you read children’s stories. I’ll find a job someday, I promise.

Asking me what it’s like to go to Harvard
I hate to let you down, but my friends and fellow students are the same immature college students that you would find at any other school. I don’t know anyone who cured cancer or won a Nobel Prize, and I’m sure my conversations with my roommates are not as intellectually stimulating as you would have hoped. No classes have been so awe inspiring that they’ve changed my life, and no, I haven’t met any celebrities.

Seeking advice for your child who is applying to college
Aunt Judy, I took the SAT 3 years ago and couldn’t even tell you what the 3 sections are anymore. I also don’t have the secret recipe for getting into Harvard because I’m still convinced that my acceptance, and that of everyone around me, was a fluke.

Speaking to me so much that I don’t have time to eat
If we’re being completely honest here, the only real reason any of us come home is to cleanse our palates with something even mildly better than HUDS. If you talk my ear off for the entire meal, my turkey will get cold and I will be grumpy. Just ask my roommates, nobody wants that.


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Eva & Nacho On: Tinder, Bumble, and Online Dating

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Eva poses with her online dating profile.
Flyby writers Eva S. Monroe ’18 and Ignacio Sabate ’18 have a lot of feelings, and they’re ready to share them. In Flyby’s newest series, these two sit down to discuss the more weighty topics on campus, like Bean boots, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and how to get the best lighting for your Instagrams. Wait, that makes them sound really basic. You know what, ignore all of that, let them do the talking.

This week, Eva and Nacho take on Tinder, Bumble, and the confusing world of online dating.

Eva: Okay, so Tinder. Everybody’s favorite way to waste time.

Nacho: Please explain what Tinder is for our readers, Eva.

Eva: Tinder is a dating app where you swipe left or right on people’s pictures. If you match with someone, you can talk to them, or you can recognize them from section and try to pretend nothing happened...Do you really not know what Tinder is?

Nacho: No, of course I do.

Eva: Have you ever really been on a date with one of your Tinder matches?

Nacho: I mean, I’ve dated people I had matched with, but we didn’t really start talking on Tinder though.

Eva: I did once when I was back in D.C. It wasn’t great, to be honest. He, like, yelled at me to change my concentration before I even introduced myself. It was super weird. But I’ve also hung out with people I already knew after matching with them on Tinder and it’s been fine, I don’t think they were Tinder dates though.

Nacho: Oh?

Eva: Yeah, I have this tendency to go on dates and not realize they’re dates. Remember that one time I went to a networking event and ended up on a date? Yeah, like that.

Nacho: Impressive. Do you ever swipe right on people you know?

Eva: Yeah for sure. But sometimes it can be kind of weird, like people expect that you want something to happen now that you’ve swiped right, when really you just wanted it to be funny.

Nacho: I love matching with friends. I really only swipe right on friends if it’s super funny if we match.

Eva: So you mean like me? [We’ve already matched around six times].

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Nacho: Nah, I’ve started swiping left on you. The weird thing about Tinder is that it’s awkward to explain to people how you and your significant other met. If someone at the Thanksgiving table asks you how you and your girlfriend met, what do you say?

Eva: You do what a bunch of couples already do: you lie.

Nacho: Fair. But I don’t think my parents lied about how they met— my mom asked my dad and his friend if they wanted to have dinner at her apartment and my dad said no because he didn’t like what my mom cooked. That would be a weird lie.

Eva: But what about this new app, Bumble? It’s like Tinder, but the girls have to contact the guys first within 24 hours, or else the match disappears. If you’re both of the same gender, then either one can message first.

Nacho: I mean, I’m pretty indifferent about it. Mainly because it hasn’t been released on Android.

Eva: Well, issue number one is that you have an Android. But I think Bumble is fun, except I’m really bad at starting conversations.

Nacho: Are you really on Tinder/Bumble for the conversation, though?

Eva: Absolutely, yes. Tinder in D.C. is great because I just end up getting into arguments about politics. It’s fun. But what do you think, are these online dating apps a good thing? Are they going to help college students break out of hook-up culture?

Nacho: I’m sort of like an old man, Eva. Things just sort of happen and I’m just here, watching things unfold. Soon, Tinder will just be the norm. I’m just here for the ride.

Eva: That’s...very weird to say, Nacho. Left swipe.

Check back on alternate Tuesdays to see what other trends Eva & Nacho are thinking about, like ‘cuffing season’ or ‘mandatory section.’

Instagram #flybythanksgiving

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Now that Thanksgiving break is finally here and we'll be separated from all our school friends for a brief period of time, it's time to make sure they are all aware of how you're spending every minute of your break via social media. Why not share these pictures with Flyby and potentially be featured on our *esteemed* blog?

When you post your perfect photos on Instagram, include the hashtag #flybythanksgiving so we can show off your aesthetically pleasing break to the rest of Harvard when we all return.

Take photos of your feast (and feel guilty about eating turkey because you'll think about our favorite bird who loves prowling the Square), take photos of your view, take photos of your family and friends, and since it's the season to do so, take photos of what you’re thankful for (ex. stretchy pants).

Share and be shared amongst the Harvard community. Flyby wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Flyby Matchmaker: Pad Thai, Hotline Bling, and Gilmore Girls

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Thomas (left) and Michael (right) pose with the Spice menu as a lovely backdrop.
Michael A. Kikukawa ‘17 lives in Lowell and thinks dating in college should be “fun without being overwhelming.” Thomas G. Dumbach ‘18 lives in Kirkland and says he “loves the institution of casual dating and would love for it to make a comeback.” Thomas is in search of someone with a “shameless love of food” and an “understated sense of humor” that dresses well (but isn’t a jerk about it). Michael is looking for someone who has a sense of humor and a passion for something. Did they find these traits in each other over dinner at Spice (paid for by The Crimson)?

Michael: I didn’t want to arrive early because that’s a little eager, but I also didn’t want to arrive too late…my stomach was freaking out.

Thomas: We both arrived at the door at the same time. We quickly realized [who each other were]. We just knew. We just looked and were like, "Hi."

Michael: It was meant to be.

Thomas: [My reaction to seeing him] was positive.

Michael: I was excited… I think we are matched on Tinder. I know we are matched on Tinder. I checked.

Thomas: It was none of the terrible scenarios I had imagined. I had imagined that it would be either someone who, for one reason or another, I just didn’t click with at all or someone I had already hooked up with…it was neither of those things. There are so many people who don’t fit either of those categories, but I was convinced it would just be a nightmare... it wasn’t in spite of my dread.

Michael: [I had] three worries. The first one is I’ve hooked up with this person before and this is going to be the awkward-est thirty minutes of my life. Second is that this person hates me or I hate this person, and the third is that neither finds each other attractive… it was none of those three… I was relieved. He was cute, so it was fun.

Thomas: I ordered the pad ginger and scallion noodles with chicken… He wanted to get basic pad thai, but I was like, "Really, come on." I shamed him into getting a step above.

Michael: I ordered the basic pad thai, but I got it spicy.

Thomas: We talked a good deal about um… wine preferences? He’s mostly white and I’m mostly red except occasionally over the summer when I digress.

Michael: We talked about Long Island for a bit because my roommate is from Long Island and I’m going there for Thanksgiving break…we talked about what interests us…we talked about what we’ve done the past few summers. Nothing about what we do in our free time which was kind of strange. At some point I just got very tired and was probably a bad date and stopped contributing to the conversation a lot and became very invested in my meal.

Thomas: I learned that he was Beyoncé for Halloween.

Michael: [I learned that] he’s taking four classes this semester, which is so normal, but three of them are Latin and Greek and not even Modern Greek, like ancient Greek, and I’m like you are literally the person at Harvard who is more unemployable than me.

Thomas: We talked about the normal things that aren’t particularly memorable but are filler…there was flirting.

Michael: We weren’t [Facebook friends before]. I added him at some point and then very slyly got his number.

Thomas: It was accidental [that he got my number through a group chat with a mutual friend, but] I’ll give him that it was pretty sly.

Michael: We’ve been texting a little bit.

Thomas: I was going to my room [the next night] to watch Gilmore Girls and he [texted] "What are you up to?"

Michael: We saw an episode of Gilmore Girls the next night. It was fun.

Thomas: The future of the relationship… might be best summarized by a Drake song? Hotline Bling…Relationship is to be determined.

Michael: I think that it was fun to get to know someone else. I think a lot of times we get stuck in these sort of circles at Harvard which is great because you have a network of friends and people you can rely on but you forget that there are one thousand other people there that you’ve never met, never talked to… It was helpful that we had friends in common, but that’s true of anyone at Harvard… plus, it’s nice to go on a date. It’s exciting. You get nervous.

Thomas: Hundo P [would recommend going on a Flyby date] mostly because of the free food and also the opportunity for aftermath. Honestly I’d go on so many Flyby dates… can we do a series on me?

No Thomas, we can’t do a series on you because we have a growing list of people who have already applied to go on a Flyby Matchmaker date. Want to join them? Fill out this form and you could have as much fun as Thomas and Michael did.


The Flyby Matchmaker

Harvard Today: November 23, 2015

Hi Harvard, congratulations on beating Yale for the ninth year in a row. Unfortunately, while the Yalies get to go home, we still have two days of school left.


Put those umbrellas away, because it’ll be sunny all day, with highs of 39 and lows of 27.



Chicken Vindaloo

Sweet Potato Veggie Burger with Avocado Crema

Basmati Rice


Beef Stew

Herb Crusted Cod

Vegetarian Pot Pie


Football Clinches Third Straight Ivy Title With 38-19 Win Over Yale

The stage was bigger. The stakes were higher. But for the Harvard football team, it was just another day at the office on Saturday against Yale.

For Off-Cycle Seniors, Thesis-Writing Concludes

Most Harvard seniors edit, toil over, and finally turn in their theses in a communal flurry in the weeks leading up to spring break and Housing Day each spring. But for the College’s off-cycle seniors, the affair is less standardized and a bit more lonely, they say.

Design School Campaign Raises $7 Million in 13 Months

Harvard’s Graduate School of Design raised just about $7 million in its segment of the University’s ongoing capital campaign in the 13 months following the launch of its public phase in September of last year.

Harvard Today: November 20, 2015

Serving up Justice
Rookie wide receiver Justice Shelton-Mosley and the Harvard offense will look to bounce back from a loss to Penn and claim its third straight Ivy title against archrival Yale.
It’s that time of year again, Harvard! This weekend is the 132nd playing of The Game in New Haven. #YuckFale


Today is going to be 56º with some rain in the morning.



Catch of the Day

Smoked Turkey Panini on Wheat Flatbread

Spicy Jalapeno Jack Cheese and Macaroni

Waffle Fries (hooray)


Indian Turkey Casserole

Tandoori Chicken Murgi

Tofu Curry Noodle Stirfry


Harvard-Yale Drinks
Flyby has your back.

Fall Fashion Gallery: Seen in Harvard Yard
Apparently some people haven’t settled for wearing sweatpants to class every day.


Rather and Banks Win Low Turnout UC Election
Shaiba Rather ’17 and Daniel V. Banks ’17 edged out two other tickets to clinch the Undergraduate Council presidency and vice presidency amid the lowest undergraduate voter turnout since 2011, according to UC Election Commission chair Matthew C. Estes ’18.

Police Investigate Vandalism on Portraits of Black Law Professors
Police are investigating a case of vandalism involving portraits of black Harvard Law School professors that were defaced with black tape, an incident that prompted Law School Dean Martha L. Minow to call racism “a serious problem” at the school on Thursday.

At Rally, Students Call for Sexual Assault Policy Change
Recounting emotional stories of sexual assault, more than 80 undergraduates convened outside Massachusetts Hall on Thursday afternoon to call on the College to commit more resources and attention to preventing sexual assaults on campus.

The Back of the UC Ballot
Before the voting period in the Undergraduate Council’s annual presidential election comes to a close on Thursday evening, undergraduates have the chance to weigh in not only on which students should lead the College’s student government next year, but also on two questions at the end of the ballot.


CS50 Expo @ Yale at 3 p.m. in the Sterling Memorial Library (in case you get to Yale too early to start drinking and/or you really love CS50).

THE GAME is (obviously) on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Yale.

Kittymachine, the show, is being put on at 8 p.m. in the Adams Pool Theatre on Sunday. Reserve tickets by emailing

Fall Fashion Gallery: Seen in Harvard Yard

After a few weeks of oddly warm and spectacular weather, unfortunately the bitter cold of the fall we know and love has finally arrived in Cambridge. At the very least, it was bitter for those who hail from warmer climates like the South or Cali. For those who forgot their winter wardrobe, gain some inspiration from people passing by in the Yard:

Ericardo H. Edwards ‘19 and Carmella T. Verrastro ‘19 sport trendy fall looks. Edwards’ khaki jacket and distressed leather shoes give him a hipster look while Verrastro’s chunky knit sweater and her peacoat-sweater combo makes for a warm autumn look. Students can use this look to walk around the streets of Cambridge or even on those rare occasions, get out of the Harvard bubble and go out into Boston!

Nicola White, Robyn Davies, Laura Convery, and Malin Hagman (left to right) are fall fashionistas from the U.K. and Sweden. They are all about those knee-length coats, which is very different from the usual Canada Goose jackets students tend to love. In Cambridge, the sun still comes out when the weather gets colder, so a cool pair of shades like Hagman’s can spruce up any outfit...or hide the many bags under your eyes after pulling your 5th straight all-nighter.

Bettina A. Edelstein ‘19 made sure that her head wasn’t at all neglected: the faux fur trim kept her toasty. Most importantly, she kept her hands warm with a hot coffee from Au Bon Pain. All students should sport this accessory, especially when coming out of Lamont at 4 a.m or walking to the midterm they didn’t really study for.

First-year grad student Theron W. Carmichael rocked the wonderful “H” sweater, a necessity for any Harvard student’s wardrobe, especially at the Game. You can wear this fresh look to attend the 9 a.m. section you know you’re going to skip anyway.

Grad student Max W. D. Murray’s classic leather jacket is a must-have for any artsy person’s closet. The vintage, distressed look makes you want to ask him where he got it from. Even if it is missing a button, this is the coolest leather jacket you will see in the Yard.

Caroline M. Tervo ‘18 proves that you can be chic and warm at the same time. You can’t go wrong with black! This look is especially great for all the interviews and events you have to attend before landing your future career in McKinsey or Goldman Sachs.

I stopped Solomon Lee ‘19 on his way to get a haircut. He said that this has been his most comfortable outfit yet: pajamas. Anything goes in the Yard—just throw on a jacket and you’ll be fine. This look is great for acting like you just came from the MAC when you didn’t actually exercise. It’s also a campus favorite for the wonderful P-set and Chill.

Harvard-Yale Drinks

On the fateful day of November 21st, we shall all march down and trod on the uncivilized swamp of Connecticut. Our hearts are filled with pride, our spirit pumped, and our livers conditioned to produced enough ADH enzymes to last for several hours. Here at Flyby, we have carefully mixed a few drinks to get you through the weekend.



1.5 oz. of tequila sunrise

1 oz. of random school pride

Garnish the drink with stripes of unfinished psets

Listen up, my dear fellow patriots. To fight against the “blue devil” of Connecticut, we must all make some personal sacrifices. This is a drink made especially for those “Lamonsters”. I know it’s hard, but forget that pset due Monday morning. It’s Friday. Who needs to do work on a Friday? This blissful ignorance will give you the best time of your life (that is, until Sunday evening).


Go Harvard

1 can of Beer

4 oz. of School Pride

3 dashes of bitterness against Yale

2 oz. of your red face paint

Most of your voice

By the time the tailgate starts, most of you will still be so intoxicated that you won’t even notice what you’re drinking. With enough spirit and pride, bad beer can carry you for at least three hours before the actual game. This is a great time to talk to that particularly cute gal or guy in your math class and bond over your mutual hate of Yale. Your half-dissolved face paint can be the confident booster. If anything goes wrong, definitely blame it on the face paint.

On the ride back:

YUCK, I feel sick

1oz. of vodka

2 dashes of bitter

1 oz. of dry humor

2 tablespoons of regret

We win the game again. We just beat Yale by like 1,000,000 points. Yale sucks! Yale sucks! As you are happily chanting with your fellow students, a sick feeling will suddenly creep upon you: Shoot. I didn’t do any homework.

Harvard Today: November 19, 2015

Students at Blackout Rally
Kimiko M. Matsuda-Lawrence ’16 and Jenny A. Gathright ’16 embrace after performing a spoken-word poetry piece during a rally for National Call to Action Day. Members of the Harvard community gathered to march in solidarity with those who have been affected by recent incidents of racism and discrimination on college campuses.
Hey, Harvard. There are just eight more days of classes, so get psyched for finals. In more relevant news, today is the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address.


Get ready for a cloudy day today with temperatures in the low 50s and a chance of rain in the early evening.



Teriyaki Chicken pizza

Egg fried rice

Korean style tofu with sesame glaze

Turkey and cranberry sauce in the sandwich bar


Cider glazed ham

Rosemary and garlic roasted chicken

Garlic mashed red potato

Winter vegetable stew

Pumpkin pie (yum)

Biscuits and pound cake with toppings


Meet the Scooterers of Harvard
Come on, we all get jealous of them as they scooter past us to class.

Love it or Hate it: Iced Coffee in the Winter
Very contentious.

Radiate: The Harvard-Yale Tinder
An app for meeting new friends this weekend.

Dear Dartmouth, Here’s Some Advice
We have some advice for you about the housing system #youareverywelcome


Anatomy of a Harvard Yale Outfit
You may have it all figured out, but you’re missing one key detail. What are you supposed to wear to the The Game? FM is here to help with some basic pointers for the clueless collegiate.

Harvard Yard, Uncovered
Within the confines of Harvard Yard, past and present continuously interact in unexpected ways, calling into question what gets told and how it gets told, what gets lost and why it gets lost.


Students Rally in Support of Black Activists at Peer Schools
Dozens of students and Harvard affiliates gathered in the Science Center Plaza on Wednesday afternoon to rally in support of black student activists on other college campuses, where mass protests against racism have erupted in recent weeks.

Harvard i-Lab Celebrates Four Years
Complete with branded party hats, cupcakes, and balloons, the Harvard Innovation Lab celebrated its fourth birthday on Wednesday with public tours and treats.

HBS Receives $20 Million Gift From Kraft Foundation
The Robert and Myra Kraft Family Foundation, Inc., has pledged to donate $20 million to Harvard Business School to endow a fund to support research and the advancement of precision medicine.

UC Candidates Debate Free Speech and Final Clubs at IOP
Debating at the Institute of Politics on Tuesday, candidates in the Undergraduate Council’s ongoing presidential election weighed in on recent debates about race relations at peer schools and the role of Harvard’s final clubs on campus.

Fitzsimmons Voices Concerns About Common App Alternative
Weeks after a consortium of more than 80 colleges and universities said it would release an application platform to rival the Common Application, admissions experts and Harvard officials are skeptical that the new portal will actually make higher education more accessible to under-resourced students, as the group claims.


If you’re interested in 3-D printing at Harvard come to this introductory session at Harvard Hall 103 at 6:00 p.m. There will be pizza and the chance to have your creation printed. RSVP at and download Fusion 360 before the event.

The Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra is putting on a concert with pieces by Prokofiev, Ravel, and Rachmaninoff in Sander’s Theatre at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the Harvard Box Office, from HRO members, online, and at the door for $10/15 for students and $20/25 for adults.

Stand with Sexual Assault Survivors: Harvard Rally for Action is today at Massachusetts Hall from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

DAPA and The Center for Wellness are hosting Beyonce Glow Yoga, glow in the dark flow yoga set to Beyoncé songs, in Harvard Studio 74 from 9:00-10:00 p.m. Make sure to RSVP online.

Dear Dartmouth, Here’s Some Advice

Dear Dartmouth,

We here at Flyby recently heard that you have announced plans to change your current housing system to resemble more closely the residential housing system that schools like Harvard and Yale employ. After that crushing defeat a few weeks ago by our seemingly unstoppable football team, who could blame you for trying to make yourself more like us?

Be warned, Dartmouth: residential housing is one of the best configurations possible in undergraduate housing, but if the lines are not drawn clearly and effectively, the end result will be disastrous. Here are some things you could learn from Harvard:

Do: Make a big deal about this housing process
Harvard is notorious for our Housing Day celebration, which pretty much puts us on par with Hogwarts (I’m pretty sure one of our alumni has a sorting hat stowed away in their garage). If you make the process laden with pomp and circumstance, the excitement from its kickoff will carry over and become a large part of the appeal of the residential system.

Don’t: Pretend all houses are created equal
Students do not need to be acutely aware of that some houses are clearly better than others. Make sure that you highlight the best parts of the various houses so that students have something to look forward to. They can discover the rat problems, cockroach legions and drafty rooms when the time comes for it.

Do: Make an effort to include those students who reside in off-campus housing
Our housing system makes it so that the majority of our upperclassmen choose to remain in their houses through to graduation, but the abundance of alternative housing options for Dartmouth undergraduates presents a different environment.

Don’t: Be annoying about it
If students don’t want to participate in housing activities, breathing down their neck about it injects the entire experience with negativity. Some students won’t want to be part of their assigned housing communities, and that’s okay.

Do: Make sure you bolster social spaces in all of the current housing options
This is probably one of the most polarizing issues Harvard is facing now: there’s an overabundance of study spaces, but not enough spaces for students to chill and get #turnt.

Don’t: Fall into the trap of creating housing bubbles
Community is important, but if students find themselves trapped socializing with only the people inside of their houses, you are removing a chance for greater social development. Interaction between houses is imperative.

At the end of the day, creating a residential housing system is hard work. But you’re clearly getting advice from the school who's done the best with the system so far. (We don’t like to talk about our counterpart. They think they’ve got housing down to a science, but that’s only true if you’re in the market for a good dog kennel.)

Good luck, Dartmouth.

Love it or Hate it: Iced Coffee in the Winter

Nacho iced coffee
The bane of Nacho's existence basically.
Hate it: "The winter is for hot coffee" by Ignacio "Nacho" Sabate

It’s common knowledge that coffee is the closest thing to hard evidence that God exists. It’s also true that iced coffee is the closest evidence we have of the Devil.

The history of coffee is pretty interesting. Wikipedia taught me that according to African myth, the first coffee drinker was a ninth century Ethiopian herder who discovered coffee when he noticed how excited his goats became after eating the beans from a coffee plant. Whether or not this story is factual, the point is that people have been drinking coffee for a long time. Coffee was, almost always, prepared and consumed exclusively with hot water.

Why, then, is it that in the past few decades, this thing we called iced coffee has taken the U.S. by storm? I, for one, reject the invitation to join the movement.

Above all else, iced coffee tastes terrible. I often feel like people are convinced it tastes good. The real taste of the coffee is masked when it’s cold, and in my opinion, the coffee itself tastes even more bitter when chilled. Most people seem to agree with me on this point— haven’t you ever noticed that when people drink iced coffee, it’s almost always 50 percent coffee, 50 percent half & half, plus seven packets of sugar?

I’m looking at you, Dunkin' Donuts.

And don’t get me started on the ice. Oh, the ice! What blasphemy. As people take their sweet time drinking their oversized cups of milk and sugar (plus some coffee) due to the acrid taste, the ice melts, making the already terrible coffee even more watery.

The craziest thing, by far, about iced coffee is that it’s often pricier than its warm counterpart. What extras are you paying for? Ice cubes? Sugar? The image of being hip and progressive? Being counterculture and anti-establishment?

A few weeks ago I went on a date with someone who said, “I even drink iced coffee in the middle of winter.” I have not talked to said subject since.

Chris iced coffee
Chris proudly loves this.
Love it: "Nacho is un-American" by Christopher J. Riley

Nacho, my esteemed colleague, you are dead wrong. Not only that, I suspect you might be un-American and possibly a devil worshipper. How else could you possibly justify drinking hot coffee at any point, even in the winter?

Let me start with some of your own claims. “[P]eople have been drinking coffee for a long time. Coffee was, almost always, prepared and consumed exclusively with hot water.” Want to know what else people did for a long time: blood-letting, rain dances, and mathematics. Two out of three of those things are ridiculous (jury’s still out on rain-dances, since my experiments have been inconclusive). Just because people have done thing one way for a long time doesn’t mean we ought to keep doing it. Oh, what the Harvard Philosophy Department would say about your appeal to authority.

You also claimed that iced coffee tastes terrible, then threw serious shade at Dunks. As a lifelong Boston resident, let me just ask: how dare you? First of all, classy ad hominem attack on a glorious corporation. Second of all, you’re basing that assumption on the misguided principle that iced coffee is just coffee with ice in it. If we’re being progressive enough to dump ice in a traditionally hot beverage, let’s take it a step further: fill it with milk, sugar, pumps of mocha or caramel. Heck, let’s even ask for a hazelnut or a french vanilla iced coffee every now and then to keep things interesting. Iced coffee only tastes terrible if you have no creativity.

I will cede that iced coffee costing more than hot coffee seems unnecessary, but that’s capitalism for ya. The people want it. Supply and demand. N. Gregory Mankiw.

Ok, we’re all on the same page? Good. Now let’s move on to some important arguments in favor of iced coffee in the winter.

First off, it makes you look tough. I’ve already pointed out that iced coffee and customization are peas of a pod; peas designed to make you look hip and help you develop your own identity as a coffee drinker. But iced coffee and trendiness also go hand-in-hand. Picture this: it’s 24 degrees out and you see me, probably in a trench coat and sunglasses, holding a cup full of iced liquid. You’re not going to want to mess with that.

Second of all, hot beverages in the winter are unnatural. Your body is trying to adjust to the remarkable difference between its internal 98.6 and the external 24. Now you’re going to throw it for a loop by slurping down some beans filtered into 130 degree water? No way, Jose. That’s how injuries happen. That’s science, Nacho.

A few weeks ago, while Nacho was on a date with someone he (rudely) never spoke to again, I was watching Netflix alone. In an episode of 30 Rock, Kenneth Parcells dropped some wisdom about hot coffee: “I don’t drink hot liquids of any kind. That’s the devil’s temperature.” Checkmate.

Don't Break My Heart, Securitas

As my recent trip to Manhattan confirmed, Harvard is not as creative as I previously thought.

Turns out that Securitas is not a play on the word “veritas.”

It was late summer. I was waiting in line to watch a concert at Central Park, just minding my own business, trying to hide my simultaneous excitement and annoyance with the youths around me.

I get to the security entrance of the concert when I notice that the man who patted me down—his name was Freddie—was wearing the Securitas jacket I always associated Harvard’s friendly security force.

All of a sudden, I was transported back to walking down Harvard Yard, observing HUPD officers ride around in their electric tricycles and Securitas officers meandering about, securitizing things or something.

How could it be that the people I entrusted to protect me at Harvard were also in New York City? Did they follow me here? Is this part of Harvard’s plan to make sure that students feel secure at all times, even once they leave school? Great job, Harvard.

Or so I thought. Turns out that Securitas is a Swedish security company that has outposts all over the country. Harvard, you’re not as original as I once thought.

Sidenote: It also turns out we aren’t original in our motto.

Here’s a short list of other colleges with the word veritas in their motto:

    Indiana University, Yale University, California State University, Johns Hopkins University, Howard University, Villanova University

*Note, there are also a bunch of other international schools with the same motto.

Harvard, you’ve changed. I thought you were better.

Sunday Brunch at Ball Square Café

Brunch is hands-down the best meal. If you can find a restaurant that does full justice to it, you just have to share the news with everyone. Ball Square Café fits the bill. A small, local café in Somerville, it boasts huge portions, great service, and homestyle cooking.


Although about a 20 minute ride on the 96 bus from the Harvard Square T Station, my friends and I decided –for convenience sake– to Uber over instead.


Charismatic Owner
Mike Moccia, co-owner of Ball Square Café, made his way down the long line, greeting his regular customers and exchanging pleasantries with new ones. When he reached me and my three friends, he paused to give us a round of high fives (we liked him immediately).

Efficient Seating System
Although we were initially told that it would be around a 40-minute wait, by some miracle, we only waited for 15 minutes. Because we were a party of four, and there was only one party of four ahead of us, we bypassed the whole line of disgruntled parties of two. We got so many dirty looks that we felt like we were those “FastPass” jerks at Disney World who get to cut the line for all the best rides.

Heaters in Line
Because we had refrained from eating any food in anticipation of this sumptuous feast, we were unhappy to see that the line snaked out the door and down the street. However, because of a series of glowing red heaters installed just above our heads, we were kept toasty and warm from the nippy November air. Major points for customer service.


Huge portion sizes
Unless you have a big appetite like my friends and I did, be prepared to bring home a doggy bag full of leftovers for later (excuse not to eat dhall food).

Ball Square Cafe 2
The coconut macaroon French Toast we cannot stop dreaming about.

The Coconut Macaroon French Toast
Mike, the co-owner, told us about his newest innovation– a coconut macaroon French Toast with raspberry drizzle. Much to our delight, he offered to bring out a plate just for us. And it was beyond magical. Crunchy on the outside because of the coconut, yet soft and delicate on the inside, the texture was perfect, and the raspberry drizzle was an impeccable complement to the coconut and the raspberry drizzle was an impeccable complement to the coconut. TL;DR, don’t leave without ordering this.


Even though we had just finished complaining about being too full, the coconut-macaroon French Toast that Mike offered was gone in under two minutes. Spying the empty plate and our blissful expressions, Mike scurried over and asked, without hesitation: “Do you want some more?” We had to politely decline because our stomachs couldn’t possibly take another ounce of food. But we’ll be sure to make the trip back out to Ball Square Café soon.
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