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Andrew P. Gelfand

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Basic pH Scale

Defining “basic” is anything but. While basicness is commonly understood as a binary, close scrutiny—in the form of a weekend on Long Island—has reminded me that this is far from the case. Like electromagnetism and everything in a WGS class, “basic” is a spectrum, and like a proclivity for pumpkin spice, it exists inside all of us. To help make sense of this misunderstood condition (and our desire to pair Juicy with Uggs), FM presents the Basic pH Scale. Similar to the litmus paper from your 8th grade science fair project, the higher you go, the more basic you get. If you have any questions, visit BU.

Food and Drink

Hate It: Pumpkin Beer

After struggling endlessly to get off Facebook (animal videos, duh) and finish my overdue Chinese philosophy paper, I want to reward myself. Head fogged by philosophers whose names I can’t pronounce and beliefs I can’t explain (if my PAFees are reading this, this is why you go to class), I seek a prize that can validate my maximum (but probably lower) B+ grade. I’m craving something that can quench the thirst that can only be acquired in Lamont’s stratospheric top floor. I stick my hand into the fridge. What cool and refreshing beverage might I mooch off my roommate? A PBR? A Natty? Perhaps even a worldly Heineken? To my horror, the bottle that greets me is labeled with a John Boehner resembling jack-o-lantern (obviously in color, but shockingly also in form). Pumpkin beer. It takes me a second to wrap my head around such a foreign concept. Dutch, perhaps?

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A Little Levity

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Visual Arts

Claude Monet v. Janelle Monae

Both: Better than Tyga

Scrutiny

Love Online

The rise of college-oriented online dating sites, some students say, is symptomatic of a student population that is frustrated with the social options on campus.

Reading Period

Five Ways We’re Using Netflix to Procrastinate

It's 3 a.m. and you're sick of those endless Folklore and Mythology problem sets. You switch to Netflix but are instantly overwhelmed by the variety. Lucky for you, Flyby is here to guide you through the tireless video store that is Netflix Watch Instantly.

College

The Year in Review

This year, a President won re-election, a Korean popstar invaded YouTube, and Kate Middleton, well, owned life. Here are some ...

Secret Santa
College

Holiday Gifts That Won’t Leave You Alone Under the Mistletoe

With seven blockmates, three siblings, four final exams, and two papers, shopping for holiday gifts can be both financially straining ...

The Game

Conversation Pieces for Thanksgiving Dinner

When the dinner table talk needs to be revitalized, use this Harvard-themed cheat sheet to get the conversation flowing without having to resort to Aunt Betsy’s toilet humor.

Yale

Take Your Pick of Harvard-Yale Shirts

Forget the "H" sweaters and crimson striped bow ties of yesteryear as you plan your outfit for the Harvard-Yale Game. This year's offerings show us that putting Yale down requires nothing fancier than a t-shirt. Take a look:

Student Life

Love It: Instagram

Stand up straight. Tilt your head. Smile a bit more. Pose with a fat friend. Wear sunglasses.

On Campus

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In The Meantime

Outside the Two-Party System

Last Monday night, students across campus watched Bob Schieffer question Barack Obama and Mitt Romney on their respective foreign policy agendas.

In The Meantime

Your Ideal Harvard Sex Spot

From the Belltower of Pfoho to the labyrinths of Mather, there are tons of escapades waiting for you (and a partner). When you’re ready for the big leagues, take this quiz to determine your next Harvard sex spot.

Halloween Costume Contest
In The Meantime

Catwalk of Champions

Now that days of trick-or-treating have passed, a new metric for a successful Halloween is emerging: the superlative costume. In anticipation of the many nights of dressing up ahead, FM brought together six students for the ultimate Halloween costume contest.

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Football

Harvard-Yale 2014

Playing with the Rules
Scrutiny

Playing With The Rules

Highlight

Title IX Complaints in Higher Education

Art Museum Feature
Visual Arts

Newly Opened, Art Museums Prepare To Engage Undergrads