Claire M. McLaughlin

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Harvard Today: Sept. 16, 2013

Happy Monday! Everyone’s favorite day of the week is upon us once again, so put a spring in your step as you bound out the door this morning, and check out what’s going on at Harvard today.

Animals on Campus



Baby Squirrel Deals with Attachment Issues

The baby squirrel that has been frequenting Kirkland Courtyard of late does not appear to have made any strides in his development of self-dependency. In addition to continued displays of freakish domestication and unnatural levels of comfort around humans, the baby squirrel is now laying claim to backpacks and does not appear to be leaving any time soon.


Flicks To See After Finals

Whether you're looking to relive the days of Prohibition or want to jet off on the USS Enterprise, summer movie season is here to satisfy your cinematic needs.

Student Life

Adams House

This year, Adams House seems to be pushing as its main perks its dining hall and gold digs. But as anyone who knows and loves this occasionally war-mongering House will tell you, there's a lot more to Adams than meets the eye. A perennial favorite, centrally-located Adams is the House of gargoyles, gilded walls, and a whole lot more (the list, as you'll see, goes on and on).


Presidential PILFs

From Richard Nixon's "I am not a crook"-ery to Bill Clinton's blue dress shenanigans, years of presidential transgressions have proven that nothing is sacred and the White House is anything but. Which is why we don't have too many qualms in using this Presidents' Day to shamelessly objectify our Commanders-in-Chief and consider which of the 44 we would most like to hit up on Tinder.


Procrastination Playlist: An Audio Guide to Your Typical Night of 'Studying'

Now that the semester has begun in earnest, long hours at Lamont and nights when you "meant to go to brain break for 15 minutes but stayed for three hours" are just around the corner. Fortunately, Flyby has compiled a study playlist to help guide you through your most unproductive evenings.

On Campus

To Do: Snow Day

Let's be real, this is the most snow we're going to have for a while. So ditch your real to do list, bundle up, and head outside. We at Flyby have created your Snow Day itinerary.


Thank You HUDS and FMO!

Thank You HUDS and FMO!
On Campus

HUDS and FMO Save Us from Starvation, Slipping on Sidewalks

Unless you've been under a rock, you probably already know that HUDS and FMO workers basically saved the day today.


Throwback Thursday: Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. '38

After a recent tumble through cyberspace, Flyby came across this old photograph of Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., brother of President John F. Kennedy, chilling in Winthrop's Gore courtyard. The acronym that never was, JPK graduated from Harvard in 1938 and attended Harvard Law School before enlisting in the Navy during World War II (he was later killed in action). Here, Joe keeps things classy but casual in a sport coat while reminding us that our genes will never be as good-looking as his. If you're suffering from a particularly strong case of Kennedy nostalgia, head over to Winthrop House and sit where JPK once sat. The JFK Suite is located just a few yards away, in F entryway.


Zachary Quinto's Eyebrows Are In Town

In case you haven't already heard, Zachary Quinto and his eyebrows will be in town for the next few weeks while the actor stars as Tom in the American Reperatory Theater's production of Tennessee Williams's "The Glass Menagerie."

Student Life

5 New Courses for the Undecided Shopper

Despite all its pluses and perks, shopping period does present Harvard students with one potential problem: buyer's remorse. While students filing into course book mainstays like Ec10 and LS1b pretty much know what to expect from the semester, nothing screams caveat emptor quite like the words "New Course" (and the telltale lack of a Q score) next to a class names. But new courses aren't all bad and often offer students a chance to snag a gem of a class before words gets out and the whole shebang is lotteried the following year. So, for those daring students who are eager to plunge into the great unknown (or who couldn't get into Maria Tatar's fairy tales class), here are five new courses that you might want to check out.

Student Life

Wanted: Snowman Murderers

It's all fun and games until a snowman gets murdered. While plenty of snowmen were enjoying quiet evenings in courtyards across campus last night, the same cannot be said for Franklin, a brand new, Quidditch-playing, Quincy House resident created by Catherine G. Katz '13 and a friend. The poor guy met his untimely end shortly after midnight, when two unidentified miscreants entered the Quincy courtyard and gave the defenseless snowman a ninja-kick to the stomach.


Flyby's Third (and Final!) Presidential Debate Recap

Last night, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney sat down for a third and final presidential debate before election day. Although the close proximity of the candidates and moderator Bob Schieffer didn't quite produce the verbal fireworks we saw between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan when they were seated in the same format two weeks ago, we did hear quite a lot from both sides of the table (literally). Fortunately, Flyby stayed alert and on BS-patrol. For one last time, we're back to help you sort through some of the evening's more memorable moments.

Johnston Gate Arts Cover

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