Claire M. McLaughlin

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.

Patty Cake

First-Years Battle It Out at Freshman Feud

On Saturday night, freshman blocking groups gathered in the Cambridge Queen's Head Pub to compete in Harvard spin-offs of popular game shows.


'Epic' Hazing at Dartmouth, Grade Deflation at Princeton, and How to Be a Gentleman, Yale Style

The quick and dirty about what's been going on around the Ancient Eight (and other schools too). Dartmouth seems to have found itself in the midst of what IvyGate has described as an "epic hazing scandal." While "epic" brings to mind greatness and heroism, in this case, there seems to be something rotten in the state of New Hampshire. Earlier this month, 27 (!) members of Dartmouth's Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity were charged with hazing violations that occurred during the 2009 and 2011 fall pledge season. Apparently SAE pledges were forced to "swim in a kiddie pool of rotten food, vomit and other bodily fluids; eat omelets made of vomit; and chug cups of vinegar." That's disgusting.

Men's Basketball

Player from Crimson's 1946 Tournament Team Will Be in Albuquerque

For any Crimson basketball fan, this an exciting moment, but for Swegan—one of the ten Harvard players who made the trip to the tournament in 1946—it brings back a flood of memories.

Students in Lamont

Procrastination Nation

College students of the world rejoice—and don't feel the need to log off Facebook just yet. According to two blog posts published by the Harvard Business Review this week, it turns out that procrastination might not be as bad for us as we think, and hours spent agonizing over our futures are largely a waste a time. So instead of stressing, don't worry, be happy, and StumbleUpon to your heart's content.

In The Meantime

15 Questions with Lisa Wade

Lisa Wade, Ph.D., a Sociology professor at Occidental College, studies the role of sex, sexuality, and gender in society. She will be speaking at Harvard’s inaugural Sex Week, which starts March 25.


Lady Gaga: What To Know Before Wednesday

We've published roundups on Jason Segel, John Legend, and Oprah Winfrey, and now there's Lady Gaga as well. Before the Mother Monster herself arrives in Cambridge this Wednesday to launch the "Born This Way Foundation" at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, here are some essential Lady Gaga facts every dedicated fan needs to know.




I Am Not at a Cafe


Away in Argentina

Land of Fog

Land of Fog