Crimson staff writer

Claire M. McLaughlin

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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!

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.


A Debate Recap

Though both candidates spent far more than their allotted time bickering over the numbers, Flyby's debate recap will take a more qualitative approach. Herewith, some superlatives.


Five Things We'll Be Looking for in Tonight's Debate

If we’re lucky, tonight’s debate between President Barack Obama (a Harvard Law School grad) and Republican nominee Mitt Romney (who holds a joint J.D. and M.B.A. from Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School) will serve up some memorable one-liners, a couple of zingers, and maybe even a few cringe-worthy faux pas. But before the candidates give their opening arguments, here are five things we wouldn’t mind seeing tonight, based on some of the most notable debate moments of years past.

Harvard Endowment Numbers Graph

30 Billion’s the Charm

Despite a recent dip in investment, Harvard's endowment is still doing alright at a respectable $30.7 billion. So just how much is 30 billion? Flyby took some time to investigate, and here's what we found:


Getting to Know Class Day Speaker Andy Samberg

Before you hear the comedian Andy Samberg, one of this year's Class Day speakers, Flyby thinks you should know a few things about the man who's sure to elicit more than a few chuckles.

In The Meantime

It Takes Two: Andrew Berry & Naomi E. Pierce

I’m giving my life story to the Crimson. No, I’m actually talking about my relationship with my wife, which is more or less my life story because I can’t remember anything before that.

The Square

The Lampoon Tries to be Athletic

Next Monday at 5 p.m. is comedy hour, courtesy of the Harvard Lampoon, a semi-secret Sorrento Square social organization that used to occasionally publish a so-called humor magazine.