Leslie B. Arffa

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Gay and Female, Out and Alone

"I think the gay male population is much more visible than the lesbian community, and I don’t know why that is. It’s something I’ve always thought about, but I’m just not sure...I don’t think it’s something Harvard talks about a lot."

Sex Week
Student Life

Harvard Sex Week: Looking Backward, Looking Forward

At the beginning of this academic year, every Harvard freshman received a flyer under his door inviting him to participate in the planning of this year’s “Sex Week.”


Freshman Outdoor North Korean Human Rights Program (FONKHRP) & Other Club Mergers

In light of the recent Hasty Pudding merger, FM proposes a few future pairings.

Student Life

This Is What Talking to Your Advisor Is Like

Great options! If you choose Economics, you’ll probably end up working in consulting. If you choose English, you’ll also work in consulting, but with a firmer grasp of James Joyce.


What's Better Than Sex? It Could Be Talking

Apparently a chaste activity does exist that is analogous to sex: talking about oneself. A recent series of studies conducted by Harvard neuroscientist and Associate Professor Jason P. Mitchell (who taught SLS 20 in 2010) and psychology student at the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Diana I. Tamir found that self-disclosure activates the same regions of the brain that are associated with food, money, and sex.


The Internet Blow Up

Tastemaker is a series in which we reserve the right to opine. This week, the Internet Blow Up. #Whatshouldwecallme didn't stand a chance. In a year defined by what Flyby will refer to as the "Internet Blow Up," any slightly amusing online trend instantly became fodder for every blog and/or facebook status update. What once made us laugh now gives us the urge to report as spam, or at least vomit a little in our mouths and then all over our keyboards.

For The Moment


Cabot declares that, unlike the rest of Harvard, Adams is “elitist.”


FM Learns Its Lines

The subway, the train, the T, the underground, the metro, the tube-whatever you call it, it's how we get around. Boston's happens to be the first, and when one has the world's most ancient subway system, it's easy to dismiss it as old news. But the MBTA has a big birthday this year, and it deserves its rightful centennial celebration. For the week, we played "I Spy." This is what we saw.



Ivory Tower, Season 9—Episode 1: Coupon Day
Student Groups

Ivory Tower Releases Episode One, Season Nine

"Ivory Tower," a student-produced web series, premiered its ninth season last weekend. The show follows a group of misfit students as they struggle to manage a café in the SOCH. Stay tuned for episode two, slated for release after spring break.

House Life

Mather House

As part of our Housing Market series, we'll be posting reviews and rankings for each of Harvard's 12 residential Houses over the next few days. Click here to read more about the series. Perhaps no Harvard House inspires as passionate, conflicting opinions as Mather does. While some lament its distance from the Yard, others note that Mather has its own shuttle stop, and argue that it's not nearly as far as the Quad Houses. Many complain about the concrete architecture and aesthetically unpleasing wall-to-wall carpeting, but on the flip side, Mather guarantees its residents singles for life. That being said, most Matherites put distance and beauty aside; for them, it's "Mather all the way baby."

For The Moment

The Conventionally Unconventional Holiday Gift Guide

Are you sick of watching people open your gifts and immediately search for the receipt?


Roll Quad

Some people say housing day is the best day of the year. For our blocking group, it was a little ...

For The Moment

FM Imagines

In Anticipation of Next Year

In The Meantime

FM Cribs Presents: DG

The Crib

On Campus

The Geography of Harvard Athletics

University Hall

Among Harvard’s Faculty, ‘Women Are Still Pioneers’

Faculty Contributions Feature

Harvard Faculty Donate to Democrats by Wide Margin

Massachusetts Hall

Graduate Students Start Movement To Unionize