Amy L. Weiss-Meyer
It’s 9 p.m. on a Friday night, and Serena and five friends from her freshman entryway are getting ready for the annual freshman formal. Sitting around a second-floor common room with all the lights on and a “HARVARD 2017” banner hanging over the mantle, they’re drinking mango-flavored vodka and Coke from nine-ounce red plastic cups. They estimate that they’ve each had about four shots since returning from the formal dinner in Annenberg, though they’re not sure.
B.J. Novak ’01, an actor and funnyman best known for playing Ryan in “The Office,” stopped by the Brattle Theatre earlier this week to discuss his new book, “One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories.” Before going on stage, Novak sat down with FM to talk about Harvard, 20th-century poetry, and the romantic ideal of Elvis.
It's the second day of reading period. Is it living up to expectations or have you already succumbed to distraction?
On the (evening of the) second day of reading period, Flyby gave to me two poignant reminders that college isn't everything and finals aren't the end of the world.
Happy Halloween! If you were out late celebrating the Red Sox win last night, you can wear sunglasses to class and call it a costume.
One Wednesday morning roughly halfway through my time in Paris, at what should have been the endpoint of your average laundry cycle, I went to open the washing machine and found I could not.
The government may be shut down, but Harvard’s still chugging along (for now, at least). If you're feeling disgusted by American democracy today, you're not alone (see: "Dollarocracy"). If you're looking to be inspired by hearing about people who actually made change, head to a screening of "Left on Pearl," a documentary on the historic events of International Women's Day 1971 at Harvard. And if you're looking to forget about politics altogether, munch on a farmer's market apple in the sun.
It’s punch season again at Harvard, meaning final club members are busy attending social events and slipping wax-sealed envelopes under doors. Apparently, however, they’re not all on board with the system of which they are, quite literally, dues-paying members. In Flyby’s recent Final Club Survey, 6 percent of respondents who identified themselves as final club members said they believed male final clubs should be abolished, and an additional 9 percent were undecided on the question. Respondents who identified as final club members also weren’t convinced that female final clubs should exist—5 percent said they think those clubs should be abolished, and 8 percent were undecided.
With another sticky day of Cambridge humidity in the works, we recommend that you take advantage of indoor events—book launches, move screenings, or otherwise—and the air conditioning likely to accompany them.
At last, the inevitable confusion of shopping period is nearly over and our schedules are starting to take shape—if not fully, then, we hope, at least partially and for some days of the week.
Congratulations! You’ve officially made it through Week 1 of the fall semester. Whatever you do this weekend, you definitely deserve a break.
If you weren’t thrilled with the results of Tuesday’s shopping, now’s the time to try something new for that Tu./Th. slot you’re looking to fill.
We have an important question—if there are only four weekdays following a Monday holiday, is Wednesday still Hump Day? Ponder this pressing conundrum while your prospective professors recite their syllabi on Day 2 of shopping week.
It may be Day 1 of the Fall 2013 semester, but it’s not Monday. All classes that normally meet on Tuesdays will meet today. If you need a break, treat yourself to an early afternoon trip to the Farmer’s Market for a demonstration by Joanne B. Chang '91 of Flour Bakery.