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Venn Diagram - Theses/Feces
Throughout the month of March, seniors across campus will breathe sighs of relief as they press “save” for the last time on their theses. As these students finish up the final touches on their papers, FM takes a moment to look back at the theses of some notable alumni and their choice of research topics. Not surprisingly, many of these now-famous former seniors wrote about topics that give us a glimpse of who they became. So, read on to learn more about the stars.
When Rachel D. Field ’12 and her small team encounter a problem, she can’t simply pass off the responsibility to someone else. “I have my degree now,” she says. “In theory, Harvard University says that I’m qualified to do this, so I’m just going to figure it out.” A project that started in a classroom is now unfolding internationally and in the public eye.
As blocking mayhem winds down, Housing Day jitters take its place as the members of the freshman class begin the perennial prayers for the perfect Housing assignment. Students in all corners of the Yard can be seen with their fingers crossed and heads bowed to the Housing Day Gods, hoping they will be granted luck on the day that will determine their future abodes.
Congratulations, 2017! You now know your home for the next three years, and have hopefully read up on everything you could wish to know about it! But it can be hard to remember all the things you have to boast about if your friends start hating on your House and you need to defend its superiority. We’ve come up with a concise cheat sheet so you’re prepared at any moment!
River Run. It’s a tradition as old as Harvard itself (give or take 360 years) where freshmen take shots at every upperclassmen house the Housing Day eve. Other than ritual slaughter, it is the only way to appease the Housing Gods and guarantee good housing and a plentiful harvest in the Lowell Community Garden.
Currier House brought pre-Housing Day fever to new heights with an email from “email@example.com.” Complete with a fungus reference, a tree-themed book recommendation, and an invitation to join “the Dean” at the park, it bore all of the marks of a classic Pfister correspondence.
Four months after Harvard announced planned renovations to The Richard A. & Susan F. Smith Campus Center, and almost a week after faculty and student working groups released their recommendations, the future of retailers and restaurants inside the Smith Center is still unclear.
As a batch of thesis deadlines rapidly approaches, seniors who have spent the past year or more researching, writing, and revising expressed relief that they were close to finishing what is often a student’s most massive academic undertaking.
Prompt: Is it better to have a short and practical test, or a long, expensive, complicated one?
The Housing Portal has opened and closed for 2017’s freshman class, but the friendships (or awkward avoidances) and memories between blocking and linking groups have only just begun. While the portal was seemingly impossible to navigate at some points (s/o to all group leaders for getting it together!), there was one step that proved to be the gift that just kept giving. When trying to link up with another blocking group, freshmen were presented with a list of every, and I mean EVERY, other unlinked blocking group.
Lily Cole, founder of *impossible*, begins her discussion to a large audience about the social media platform dedicated to the idea of a gift economy. The event, which took place on Wednesday evening at Wasserstein Hall, celebrated the US launch of *impossible*.
Nico J. Schwalbe ’14 opens the door of a tiny room in the Lowell basement filled with tangled cords, and I take a seat on an amp by the drumset. This is the rehearsal space for L.A. Jeff, a student band Schwalbe helped found. We are soon joined by Sam J.J. Newmark ’14, who greets me and immediately starts unpacking his guitar.
Katrina T. Wong '15 and Angela S. Frankel '14 pose as statues in front of the entrance to the Harvard College Women's Center on Tuesday afternoon. As part of Women's Week 2014, the goal was to promote discussion about the role of gender at Harvard.