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Things To Do This Reading Period

Reading period is right around the corner! And that means two extremely important things: it’s finally going to be consistently warm enough for shorts and, with classes finally over, you’ll have ample time to spare. Take advantage of the gorgeous weather (before it gets disgustingly hot and humid) to spend some time outside the classroom. Close those books, escape the Harvard bubble, and give yourself some time for well deserved fun.

Take that trek into Boston you’ve been meaning to make since freshman year and have a picnic with friends at Boston Commons, head over to Six Flags New England for some thrilling rides, take a road trip (or the T) to Revere Beach, stroll around the harbor, shop at Newbury Street, or walk the Freedom Trail. If you prefer to stay local, go kayaking in the Charles, finally jump off Weeks Bridge, and bike along the riverbank.

For those of you who prefer less physically excruciating activities, there’s still plenty to do! Instead of lying around watching Netflix, head on over to the movies, attend a Red Sox game, eat dinner at the North End, go to the Ballet, or visit one of Boston’s many museums.

If you’re an art aficionado, sip wine alongside friends (or the crush you’re trying to woo before the semester wraps up) while you recreate cool Bostonian cityscapes at Boston’s Paint Bar. And if you’re an animal lover, consider visiting the New England Aquarium (my favorite are the cute Little Blue Penguins) or even go whale watching in the harbor.

So close that book you haven’t actually been reading and leave the bubble for a day (or maybe two). This is the perfect excuse to keep with the Harvard tradition of starting your work at the last minute.

Flyby's Guide to Freshman Formal

As we reach the finish line of a year full of aggressive pseting and regrettably getting in touch with your inner Lamonster, you may have just forgotten how to be a normal human in a social setting. Especially all you freshmen out there, who probably still haven’t quite figured out how to non-awkwardly navigate the social scene. Freshman Formal quickly approaching (read, it’s tomorrow) and Flyby’s here to help prevent you from making a fool of yourself.

The “date event” myth:
Freshman Formal is not a date event. Trust us, even if your roommates say otherwise. For the stubborn ones out there who refuse to take this advice, we have some advice for you to nonchalantly get your date without getting brutally rejected . Ask the cutie in your Stat 104 section what dinner time slot they signed up. Be casual about it. A simple: “wow, I think I’m going to get my Pset done by six so I can go to the 7 p.m. dinner. How about you?” Smooth, we know.

Keep your Prom Dress at home:
It’s true, the word formal can be a little misleading, but this does not mean that you should whip out your prom dress to go to berg. Instead, go for a more “I woke up like this” look. An old cocktail dress or a casual long dress will do. Chances are you have already taken pictures with your prom dress and they are all over your Instagram, Facebook, and Tinder profile anyway, so best to not be known as an outfit repeater.

The “tent” issue:
You would think that, after paying $25 for a ticket, freshman formal would be held at the Charles Hotel. But no. Instead, formal will take place under a tent in the Science Center plaza. Yes, the same setup as the Farmer’s Market. Chances are the heat, humidity, and high testosterone levels will leave you looking less than ideal. Flyby recommends that you channel your inner basicness to utilize time before the formal begins to get a quality insta picture.

The mumps struggle:
For those of you hoping that freshman formal is almost as sloppy as First Chance Dance, think again. The mumps are very much still a thing. If you see a long-lost entryway mate or that kid from Expos in the fall, go for a high five instead of a hug. If you find yourself with the girl/boy of your dreams in your arms and can’t resist the urge to kiss them, take standard precaution and check their salivary glands first.

There you have it, follow these simple guidelines and Freshman Formal will be everything you ever dreamed it would be. Or, for upperclassmen, you can now laughably look back upon all the mistakes your freshman self made.

Flyby Matchmaker, Part Four: Picasso and The Office

Angelina (left) and Mark (right) snap a cute selfie!
Angelina R. Massa '18 is an Applied Math concentrator living in Quincy House. She is in search of someone “fun,” “smart” and who has “good arms.” We sent her to visit the café and go on a tour at The Harvard Art Museums with Mark N. Goldman '18. He is a joint Chemistry and Physics concentrator who lives in Pforzheimer House. He will “maintain conversations at any cost” and was hoping his date would be “talkative” and “funny.”

Angelina: I got there on time, which I never do. I never go places on time so this was huge.

Mark: I was there first. [I thought that] there were a couple people it could have been.

Angelina: He had been sitting across the lobby I just didn’t know who he was. But then he came over… [probably] because I looked lost and confused.

Mark: I obviously thought she was really pretty... [She was] warm.

Angelina: He seemed really nice.

Angelina: It was really pretty, open and bright in the museum. We sat in the café for a little bit and talked.

Mark: We talked about her doing ballet [for thirty hours a week during high school]. She was crazy into it.

Angelina: He’s on the football team so we talked about how he wakes up at five for six AM practice.

Mark: We talked about her wanting to be an athletic trainer… and how she switched her major to applied math.

Angelina: I was surprised he is from Brooklyn… most of the people I know from Brooklyn are not that nice, but he was super courteous… [At one point], he took out his phone to look something up that we were talking about, but then he put it away and said ‘I shouldn’t be on my phone…’ We [realized] the tour wasn’t for another 40 minutes so we decided to look around.

Mark: I had had to do an essay [for Expos] about one of the paintings [in the museum], but I couldn’t remember where it was or really what it was so we just aimlessly wandered the second floor. She teased me for not being able to remember it. It was only a three-page paper! … We accidentally missed [the tour]. We were too intent on finding this thing.

Angelina: Then, we ran into his friend who said we should go to the first floor… Someone told me there would be a lot of Picassos. We were on a Picasso hunt for a while.

Mark: [We decided] to guess which one was a Picasso [before we read the label next to it].

Angelina: I liked that [the date] was at a museum…it gives you things to talk about… I mean I can talk a lot, but it’s nice to have things to comment on…we made jokes about art.

Mark: It got better as it progressed…I told an Office joke as we were playing the Picasso game…I knew that she knew The Office. We had talked about that.

Angelina: I’m friends with anyone who likes The Office.

Mark: I had a great time… I think she had a good time too…

Angelina: It wasn’t awkward at all; it was totally normal; we talked for two hours straight… it was a fun way to make a friend… Shout out to Casey Durant, my blockmate, for signing me up.

Mark: I just thought [a blind date] would be an interesting experience… it could have been anyone. I think that is interesting in and of itself. At least once, you have to try it.

Do you want to try it? Mark did say he would “spread the word” to his teammates, so what are you waiting for? The Flyby Matchmaker is also considering setting up a double date, so why not find a friend and fill the form out together!?


The Flyby Matchmaker

Your Guide to Pre-Yardfest Events

I think we can all agree that college is the place for free food (and, uh, studying …). So, with Yardfest just a day away, you’re all probably wondering how to snag as much free food as you can before you head over to Tercentenary Theater to get cake thrown in your face (more free food?). Don’t worry, we here at FlyBy have you covered.

Thanks to the UC, the Office of Student Life, and the HoCos, each house neighborhood will have their own block party where you can get hyped for Yardfest starting at 3pm tomorrow afternoon. All block parties are open to all undergraduates, and free Yardfest t-shirts and bro-tanks are available at each block party.

Here’s where you should be heading tomorrow afternoon for free food and fun:

River East (a.k.a. Dunster, Leverett, and Mather): Head over to Leverett Courtyard to indulge in pizza, Felipe's nachos, popcorn, and cotton candy. Lev Towers promises to have music from the student band Foxpack, ice cream from 4:00-4:30pm, and a bouncy castle, where you may experience just a little childhood nostalgia.

River West (a.k.a Eliot, Kirkland, and Winthrop): Winthrop Gore Courtyard will also feature delicious food and great music.

Central (a.k.a Adams, Lowell, and Quincy): Come over to Lowell Courtyard tomorrow afternoon for cotton candy and an inflatable obstacle course. This block party also promises to have music, games, and more.

Quad: Visit the Quad lawn tomorrow (I know what you’re all thinking…) for Felipe's nachos and churros. You’ll also be able to listen to music from a live DJ while sliding down a giant inflatable slide. Look out for the photo booth where you’ll be take all of your pre-Yardfest photos.

So, take a break from stressing about the impending reading period and finals week and head over to one of the free neighborhood block parties to distract yourself from catching up on the work you’ll need to do for that one class you may or may not have gone to lecture for this semester.

Steve Aoki Drinking Games

What’s a yardfest without a pre-game? Flyby has you covered with the best Steve Aoki themed drinking game that you’ve never played. Gather your friends, ready the shot glasses, and throw on his Youtube channel (not Spotify, because 75% of the Steve Aoki experience is watching him perform.)

Take a shot everytime the beat drops. This should be a given. After all, what’s EDM without a sick beat drop?

Alternatively, take a shot every time you think the beat is going to drop, but it doesn’t. You’ll be an equal mix of embarrassed and disappointed, so taking the shot will help to take your mind off of that.

Finish your drink every time he cakes someone, and cross your fingers that that won’t be you on Sunday.

Take a shot everytime the camera pans to that one person dancing wildly out-of-step with the crowd, and silently salute them for really knowing how to turn up.

Take a shot every time you come across a song that you’ve heard before, but didn’t realized that it featured Aoki. Aka the entire soundtrack to Project X. And then skip over to read our Steve Aoki Study Guide.

Now, when we say “take a shot” we do hope you that understand that we mean a shot of water. Stay well hydrated everyone! It may not be projected to be terribly warm on Sunday, but we predict that there will be a considerable amount of thirst going around.

HUPD Crime Log 4/13-4/19

April 13, 2016
Officer dispatched to take a report of two stolen packages containing a pair of orange Nike sneakers valued at $84.00.
Orange sneakers? Maybe this is for the best.

April 14, 2016
Officer dispatched to a report of a fire in one of the kitchens. Officer arrived and report no fire just the odor of burnt food.
There’s something fishy about this, salmon to be exact, with capers.

April 15, 2016
Officer dispatched to a report of an unattended bag on a bench. Officer arrived and report negative results.
“The stray bag population sure has exploded lately.” “We’re too late, men, the cat’s already out.”

April 15, 2016
Officer dispatched to take a report of a stolen black Buddy-50 moped valued at $400.00 and a chain lock valued at $150.00,
Honestly, I don't know nothin' about mopeds...

April 16, 2016
Officer dispatched to a report of a mulch fire. Officer arrived and CFD on scene and put out small mulch fire.
Come through, it’s lit. No really, it’s the shit.

April 16, 2016
Officers dispatched to a report of loud noise coming from the area. Officers arrived and report area quiet.
The best police officer is a deaf police officer.

April 18, 2016
Officer dispatched to take a report of a past bomb threat.
Come on, the LS1b midterm can’t be that bad.

April 18, 2016
Officer dispatched to take a report of vandalism done to clothes.
Ahh yes, the midnight tie-dye-er strikes again

April 19, 2016
Officer dispatched to take a report of annoying phone calls two individuals received.
When your two booty calls turn out to be roommates...

Check back next Friday for our next installment of HUPD Crime Log!

Stop Being Gross, Pfoho

Good news: Pfoho residents are using condoms! Bad news: They've been disposing of said condoms by... throwing them out the window?

Yeah, you read that right. There is at least one person living in Pfoho that has repeatedly thrown their condoms out of their windows once they've gotten laid.

Seriously, who even does this kind of thing? Invest in a trash can, bro.

From an email sent to Pfoho students by Mario Leon, Pfoho Building Manager: “It has come to my attention that used condoms have been found on the ground and hanging from the tree outside next to the Comstock Hall entrance. I have been told by the landscapers working around the building as well as other Pfoho residents that this continues to be a problem.”

“This is very inappropriate and disrespectful to the people who contribute to our community by working hard to maintain the property,” Leon said. “It is also disgusting for anyone who may see a used condom when they look out their window.”

So, from us at Flyby to you, offending Pfoho student(s): this is absolutely revolting. Sure, some Houses are going through rough times with students leaving dirty dishes in hallways and such, but this is on an entirely new level. Do better, Pfoho. Do better.

Steve Aoki: A Yardfest Study Guide

Harvard students have been abuzz since the announcement that Steve Aoki will be the artist performing at this year’s Yardfest. The popular electro-house musician is well known for his collaborations with artists such as Lil Jon, Afrojack, and, as well as remixes of popular songs by artists such as Kid Cudi.

But in typical Yardfest fashion, booked artists have been out of the limelight for a few years. So, what has Aoki been up to recently?

In 2012, Aoki’s popularity peaked with the success of the movie Project X. His remix of Cudi’s song, “Pursuit of Happiness,” helped the movie clinch a nomination for best music at the MTV Movie Awards. Since then, it appears Aoki’s popularity has been on the decline. A simple Google Trends search of his name reveals that since 2013, the number of Google searches of his name have been decreasing.

It appears that in 2013, Aoki was doing a lot of collaborations with artists ranging from Linkin Park, Diplo, and Deorro. While Aoki wasn’t releasing new albums, he was creating tracks that were used in various movies and commercials. His collaboration with Linkin Park, “A Light That Never Comes,” was featured in Expendables 3. Curiously, he also appeared in an anti-fur advertisement for PETA.

In 2014 and 2015, Aoki reemerged as a major player in the electronic music scene, appearing in nearly 100 concerts all over the world. Several of his songs were featured in the movies Step Up: All In and 22 Jump Street. In September of 2014, Aoki released his new album “Neon Future I,” which reached No. 32 on the Billboard 200. His most popular song from the album, “Delirious,” can still be heard blasting on Mt. Auburn some weekends. You probably heard it over the radio since it was played every five seconds, or maybe in one of the numerous Scion commercials featuring Aoki.

Aoki also made the news in 2015 when he announced a change to his cake policy. One of the hallmarks of his concerts has been that he would take a cake and throw it into the crowd. Now, Aoki says he will only throw cake at crowds at headline shows and a few other select venues.

The highly awaited documentary by Justin Krook of Aoki’s life and his rise to fame, I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, premiered last Friday night at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York at the Beacon Theatre.

While Aoki has been pretty low-key for a few years, he is again ramping up excitement for his high energy shows and his 2015 performances have often been dubbed “awesome” and “amazing” by concert goers. Thus, Aiko’s up-tempo songs and performances should create quite a lively atmosphere at Yardfest, so let’s all get ready to be awed! And who knows, maybe it’ll be you who gets caked in the face.

Don’t Kid Yourself, Prefrosh. It’s Harvard.

Dear Prefrosh,

You’ve had your Visitas weekend, got your free drawstring backpack, slept on a common room couch, heard about Harvard’s courses and extracurricular activities, and maybe got a taste of Harvard’s bumping social scene. Now it’s time to make your decision.

Maybe you need pictures of Gothic architecture for Instagram, and you’re drawn to an odd village called New Haven. Maybe ever since watching High School Musical 3, you’ve been idealizing that West Coast college life. Maybe you want to be close to home because you don’t know how to do laundry (or maybe because you will just miss your family).

Whatever is causing you to be undecided, take it from us: Harvard is your top choice.

Here’s why:

1. Getting to eat in the Great Hall at Hogwarts: Harvard’s freshman get to eat in Annenberg Hall, which is basically the Great Hall in Hogwarts. Yale’s dining hall looks like Durmstrang’s, and who even goes there?

2. The Harvard Square Turkey: Harvard’s unofficial mascot (because what is a Crimson) is a turkey. A physical live turkey that can be found roaming Harvard Yard and the streets around it. There’s nothing quite like running into a turkey on your way to class. Your other choice’s mascot animal 1) probably isn’t alive and just can’t compete.

3. Lowell Tea: Lowell Tea is what your friends envision social life at Harvard to be. Every Thursday, live out your inner Princess Diana and sip tea out of porcelain teacups and eat pastries. You’ll be sad at any other school when your classiest teatime experience is drinking Lipton out of a take-out paper dixie cup.

4. Tourists: Not everyone gets to go to school in a tourist attraction. Nothing makes you feel more special than waking up and looking out your window to see 30 tourists taking hundreds of photos of your building. Competing for sidewalk space is just too great an experience to give up to go to your other, quiet, isolated school.

5. Primal Scream: Nothing says tradition like taking your clothes off and screaming in Harvard Yard the night before final exams! Even if you don’t do it, there’s nothing quite like pausing your studying to see a naked mob run a lap outside your window. Other schools’ traditions include chugging 15 cups of espresso and pulling three consecutive all-nighters, but that’s just not fun without the chance to get naked too.

There you have it—loud and clear—Harvard is unequivocally your top choice. See you in the fall.



Courting Your Section Crush

Take Section Crush to Crema
The coffee date of you wildest dreams

With only a little over a week left of class, you’re running out of time to take that relationship with your section crush to the next level. Not to fear! Flyby has some advice to make the most out of your last few days of the semester.

If you haven’t had the guts to talk to your crush all semester, now is your chance! For those of us that prefer to be more casual, coffee straddles that perfect line between classmate and friend. You’ve probably been looking for the perfect string of words to woo your crush for weeks. Of course you know that you could just ask that one to grab Crema with you after class, but that would be too logical.

Keep it simple, tell your crush that you want to grab a meal with them. However, with no Panera, Al’s, or Au Bon Pain, your options are going to be pretty limited as far as sandwiches go. We’ve heard HUDS serves a mean Crispy Fish sandwich on Tuesdays. If the dining hall isn’t really your scene, there’s always an awkward conversation to be had in Greenhouse Cafe while you run down your BoardPlus, before you lose Greenhouse forever.

Study Buddy
With finals rapidly approaching, your section crush is going to need someone to study with for that exam. We’ve heard that the basement of Lamont makes a great first date location to hammer out those readings together. The Widener stacks are also rumored to be a good spot, but some might take that to be a little too forward.

Section Crush is your TF
Too bad. Not only are they tired of grading your mediocre work, but they’re also tired of watching you daydream while they teach. Our advice? Wait until the semester is over. It will be much less awkward to chat them up once they are no longer responsible for your grade.

Hope for next semester?
Chances are that if you’re in section once, you can probably find another class with them again. Hey, isn’t that what shopping week is for?

Bottom line, our advice at Flyby is “Go for it!” With only a few more days, what’s the worst that could happen? Your section crush probably won’t say no (unless you’re “section kid,” of course.) And even if they do, you’ll be able to spend all of reading period hiding in your room from the shame, and you won’t even have to skip class to do it.

What to do with the Last Two Weeks of School

Although we aren't sure if this is good news or bad, there are less than two weeks left of the semester. Two weeks, people. Whether that makes you jump for joy or sink deeper under you growing pile of papers and review sheets, Flyby’s got you covered with the best ways to take advantage of the beautiful spring weather and looming deadlines.

Have a mid-college crisis…or a three-quarters college crisis…or a one-quarter college crisis…whatever works for you.

We kid, we kid. As we (hopefully) proved to most of the pre-frosh this weekend, Harvard is a fun and happening place. But being swamped in work and behind on your projects is not a bad time to start wondering what you’re doing this all for. If you’re stressed, you can take a run or two around the Charles and watch happy people picnic along the river.

Complain because it’s finally warm out but there’s too much work to enjoy the weather.
It feels like only last week there was a massive pile of snow in the Science Center Plaza...because it was a week ago. With temperatures in the 60s--70s by Thursday!--Lamont is the last place you want to be. That’s what Lamont Cafe is for: strike up a conversation and complain your heart out to anyone who will commiserate with you.

Spend time with friends.
Not that there aren’t some who you’re going to Skype everyday over the summer. But, really, you’re not going to see them for a few months, so it’s better now than never to form a closer bond with that pset group, or share more memories with your blockmates. You could find yourself across the world from one another this summer, so enjoy the little time you have together until next semester. And, if you’re up to it make a new friend. The school year isn’t over just yet!

Use that Boardplus.
Or loan some to a needy friend. Whether you have 50 dollars left or five, word has it that it doesn’t carry over to next year. Use it buy yourself a late and caffeinated night in Lamont Cafe, or treat yourself to some Greenhouse goodies. I personally recommend Greenhouse’s Odwalla smoothies--trying all the flavors will put that money to use.

Clean your room.
Even if it’s the first time all semester. Or year. It’s a great way to convince yourself you’re starting anew, even though (shocker!) there are less than two weeks left of the semester. It’s also the best end-of-the-year gift you can give your roommate. More than that, it’s the perfect way to procrastinate studying.

Work Hard.
Finals are coming. This is your chance to watch your GPA soar! Or plummet, if you wish. Isn’t it fun to have so much control over your fate?

However you choose to spend the rest of your semester, just remember to make the most of it. After all, you only get to go to Harvard once, right?

Spring has Sprung: A Flyby Ode

Ah, Harvard. Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate...wait, it’s only 50-something degrees out.

Still. These breezy warm temperatures are certainly a welcomed shift from the random cold spell that hit Cambridge just a few weeks prior, and we at Flyby are not complaining.

To the colorful chairs, which are finally making their reappearance: it’s been too long. Now is my final opportunity to steal one of you before the year’s over.

To the masses of tourists that come with the nicer weather: yes, I’ll take a picture for you in front of Widener. But not multiple pictures. I’m already late to my section in Sever.

To the fat squirrels: thanks for reminding me that sometimes, fat things that eat all the time are actually kind of cute. Did you hear that, mom? My freshman fifteen is cute.

To the grass that will be green again soon, and the pretty flowers starting to bloom once more: thanks in advance for all of the great Snapchats I’ll feature you in. Can’t wait for #springhassprung #spring #harvard #igohere.

To the happy couple cutely picnicking in the middle of the Yard: please share your secrets to maintaining a relationship. How do you do it? Do you even go here? Do people really fall in love at Harvard? What a magical thing.

And to all of the prefrosh who are wearing cold-weather gear and big red Harvard knapsacks while us students wander around in lightweight sweaters and J. Crew shorts: don’t mind us, we’re just taking what we can get. My iPhone says it’s only going to get warmer from here, so unless there’s a freak reading period snowstorm, hopefully this beautiful weather is here to stay for good.

How To: Do Visitas Right

Visitas, Harvard’s annual pre-freshman visit weekend, comes only once a year. If you’re not a jaded upperclassman, this weekend represents an important time to showcase the fun side of Harvard, proving to young high school students that this place is more than its midterm season. But on the other end, visiting pre-freshman have big questions on their minds - will I fit in here? Is Harvard ~right~? If you’re in that boat, this post is for you.

Many freshmen that visit claim to be worried about whether or not they’ll be able to compete academically on this campus. Whether or not this is actually a guise for name-dropping other options like Stanford, Princeton, or Yale is unclear, but it’s important to know that Harvard students primarily like to compete on how little work they’ve done on the problem set due the next day or how screwed they are for their next exam, rather than for levels of success. So during Visitas, spend less time asking people about classes and more time asking people about their favorite other people on this campus. That’s what actually matters – you’ll probably have an A- average anyways.

Don’t blackout this weekend. We know, we know, you’re so excited to be experiencing college and final clubs are the best thing to happen to anyone ever. It’s not that your reputation of being that kid who couldn’t handle himself this weekend will last – we know that this can easily be accomplished through incessant Facebook posts instead. Rather, too many a young pre-frosh has wasted his four years of work in high school by getting too drunk at Visitas and ending the weekend with a rescinded letter of acceptance from Harvard. You’ve seen a movie about teenage drinking before, so take shots of water and let the placebo effect carry your night away. You also aren’t a student here so the Amnesty Policy, though it’s another good reason to commit, doesn’t count for you yet.

At the end of the day, Visitas is really all about meeting friends who will become your lifelong partners-in-crime and who will speak at your wedding. Indeed, for an entire week of freshman year, countless students consider meeting up with their BFFs from Visitas before abandoning the notion and making friends with other people instead. But believing that you’ve found your crew and then realizing you’ll never speak to them is one of the most important parts of the Visitas experience - try to make sure you don’t miss out on the fun.

At the end of the day, this weekend should be a fun, lighthearted one. Know that Eleganza and its dancing are not the norm of Harvard parties, but hopefully some of the best conversations you have this weekend are. Enjoy yourself, and we’ll see you again with your little red Harvard key chains next fall!

Listen Up!: On Love and Neopets

Hello, Harvard. It’s your two favorite advice gurus back at it again, Betty and Hyemi. Last week, we asked you to submit your burning life questions to us (which you can still do here), and now we’re here to answer them. We’ve done some deep and introspective soul-searching and came to the conclusion that being part-time advice columnists is our calling in life, so we hope you appreciate our wisdom.

Am I hooking up with too many people?
Hyemi: This seems like one of those questions where you want to hear the answer “no” for affirmation, so no, you are not hooking up with too many people! But in all seriousness, maybe you can ask yourself these questions for evaluative purposes: Am I spending too much time hooking up with people and not enough quality time with friends? How many “productive” nights in Lamont did I forgo to have #pillowtalk with my hook up buddies? Is the pillow talk with some of my hook up buddies even good? Alternatively, you could just go with the good old-fashioned “whatever” and not question your ways since the semester is coming to an end anyway.

Betty: If you have to question whether you’re hooking up with too many people, you’re probably hooking up with too many people. But no judgement, I respect the hustle.

Send some cute emojis to ~casually~ ask your date to formal!
How do I ask a guy to any of the formals coming up?
Hyemi: I would personally go with a cute little text message followed by a string of seemingly-related emojis to make it look low stakes.

Betty: When in doubt, Bumble it out. Everyone loves being asked to formals, and if for some reason your Bumble boo says no, it just wasn’t meant to bee...

How should you act around a guy you’ve hooked up with once but haven’t spoken to since? :/
Betty: As the wise Henry David Thoreau (Harvard College Class of 1837) once said, “Be yourself—not your idea of what you think somebody else's idea of yourself should be.” In other words, the only person you should be around this guy is the very best person you are: ~yourself~ :]. And if you haven’t spoken since your hookup, is it because this guy hasn’t responded to you yet, or is it because you’re waiting for him to make the next move? Because if it’s the latter, stop waiting. Be proactive and get the ball rolling again. Text him, insta dm him, poke him, challenge him to a game of Facebook basketball. But all the while, act like nothing or nobody but your beautifully unique self.

Hyemi: Thanks for the emoji, really conveys the ~confusion~ and ~frustration~ of our generation’s hook up culture :/. Being that I am an intrinsically awkward person (ex. I get social anxiety when someone is holding the door into Sever for the person in front of me and I don’t know whether I should run to catch up or purposely walk slower so I open the door myself), I would have major hesitations reaching out to him first. If you’re like me and appreciate the low-risk approaches, maybe you can start with a like on his Instagram or Facebook post as a “hello, I remember you and am acknowledging your existence so I hope you appreciate this gesture.” From there, it could build up to prolonged eye contact followed by a smile if you happen to cross paths with him at the fateful Science Center Plaza between classes. Good luck, and please report back to me because if you couldn’t tell, I am personally invested in this now!

Betty: Honestly, I was always a Webkinz kind of girl. Come to think of it, I actually made myself a new Webkinz account one fine day in Lamont last semester while “studying for finals.” Pro-tip: you don’t have to purchase a Webkinz plush from your nearest pharmacy anymore to make an account!

Hyemi: Yes, always. The highlights of my Neopets career were playing Meerca Chase and decorating my Neohome with trendy furniture. A major low point was when the evil ghost would steal my Neopet money– seriously, not nice!

That’s our advice for this week, but please continue to tell us your life problems and ponderings and you bet we’ll be back with solutions.


Betty and Hyemi

Do's and Don’ts of Formal Season

It’s mid-April, and do you know what that means? Yes, you will soon have to walk into your final exams, woefully unprepared for the horror that awaits you. And yes, you will wonder whether it’s too late to refine your competitive eating skills so you can make that your profession because Applied Math probably isn’t going to work out after all (sorry Mom and Dad.) But before that catastrophe, you get to experience formal season. Whether this is your first formal season or you just never really got the hang of it, here are some do’s and dont’s you should live by.


DO: Dress nicely. After all, this is a formal event, not an “I woke up at 10:15 for my 10:00 class, and I’m late even with Harvard Time” situation. Wear something that expresses you.

DON’T: Feel like you have to spend a lot of money on a brand new outfit. Everyone is there to have fun and no one is judging you based on what you’re wearing (Read: No one will remember what you wore).

DO: Wear something you’re comfortable jumping around in. You’re not going to have any fun if you can’t get your groove on.

DON’T: Wear anything you’ll start to regret once you’re surrounded by approximately 268 of your classmates in an enclosed area.


DO: Ask someone if you want to. Just text them or ask them next time you hang out. If they say no, you can still carry on in a normal friendship with that person (I know, shocker).

DON’T: Feel like by asking this person to formal, you are extending your hand in marriage. It’s completely acceptable to just take someone as a friend.

DO: Know that it’s okay to go by yourself or in a large group too. If you feel you’re an independent person who don’t need no date, you do you.

DON’T: Stage an elaborate ‘Promposal’ style situation to ask your date out if you don’t know he/she will say yes for sure. Save yourself potential embarrassment and be chill when you ask someone who’s response you are unsure of.


DO: Buy your tickets early (Especially Freshmen!) Tickets can run out quickly, and you don’t want to miss out on formal just because you procrastinated too hard.

DON’T: Pregame so hard you can’t even remember getting to the formal. It’s no fun if you’re the kid that passes out before you even start dancing.

DO: Look for policies concerning guests and/or deals because they might be different at every formal. Exhibit A: Kirkland gave out a free vintage Housing Day t-shirt with every ticket purchase last year.

DON’T: Pull a freshman class of 2017. If you do, Harvard might just decide it’s not worth it to have formals, and what would we do then?

Take the CEB’s Social Psych Survey: It’s Worth It

Too many surveys.

We here at Flyby are pretty sure that’s the thought that’s been going through your brain the last week as all of your classmates, spurned forth by the prospect of an end-of-the-semester assignment, have tried all manner of creatively annoying ways to get you to take their social psych surveys. So when the College Events Board posted “Take my psych survey” on the Yardfest events page, we lost it: “What freshman got a hold of the FB event and thought it would be a good idea to pub out their homework?”

But, you know, being the endlessly curious people that we are (aka being the typical bored college students dodging psets), we clicked on the link. What was the worst that could happen?

This is the only time we’ll suggest it: Click the link. It finally happened. Steve Aoki is confirmed for Yardfest 2016. If you’re a fan of electronic music, jumping up and down furiously and having food smashed in your face, then be prepared to have every orifice on your body filled with cake at this year’s Yardfest. If not, well we don’t know what to tell you. We hear Apple Music is great this time of year.

And here we were freaking out, thinking that our Yardfest artist had bailed on us and that we would have to turn up to the nearest Spotify playlist while some of our peer institutions vibed to Chance the Rapper and Fetty Wap. Not to mention that the good ‘ole CEB has graciously allowed Harvard students to bring guests for the first time in Yardfest history. Tickets are $20, and only a limited number of them are available. If you want your bae from Boston to get turnt with you this Yardfest, you better hurry, or else you’ll be left with no choice but to skip on over to the nearest karaoke bar for a date and hope that they don’t dump you.

Here’s to what’s shaping up to be an awesome Yardfest.
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