<p>If you walked by John Harvard today, you probably saw a small group of freshmen staked out in front of the statue.</p><p>Were they protecting it? No.</p><p>Protesting? Nope.</p><p>Punching? Initiating? Bingo.</p><p>The students, who claimed to be “guarding” John Harvard, spent the day preventing tourists from taking pictures. It was a measure of increased campus security, they said.</p><p>In reality the freshmen are Hasty Pudding punches initiates, or “neophytes” as the club likes to refer to them. FlyBy wasn't lucky enough to be one of them, but those who made the cut received an email shortly before midnight on Tuesday that asked them to pretend to be John Harvard bodyguards from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. today, in one-hour shifts.</p><p>Said one neo, who asked not to be named for fear of offending the club’s leaders,</p><p>Most [tourists and students] were pretty laid back about it. When we told tourists not to take pictures some said ‘okay, no problem.’ But a few people were legitimately ticked off.</p><p>How did the camera-wielding tourists respond? More on the prank, after the jump.</p><p>
The investigation of an alleged $80 million theft of a Harvard doctor’s art collection has taken yet another bizarre turn, with the Boston Globe now reporting that officials are looking into whether the doctor’s business partner is to blame.