With Thanksgiving around the corner, FM sat down with Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences’ Michael P. Brenner and David A. Weitz, who teach SPU 27: Science and Cooking, for advice on how to cook the perfect Thanksgiving dinner at the molecular level.
College life doesn’t leave a lot of time for leisure reading. Between midterms and papers, extracurricular activities and socializing, it’s hard to find time to enjoy the simple pleasures of life. However, the calm of the post-midterm lull might be a good time to take advantage of the university’s extensive library system as well as the beautiful, well-stocked Cambridge Public Library.
It’s not easy being a 400 year-old plaything to 6,700 undergraduates. Unable to escape the brutal nightly hazings by intoxicated freshman, tormented by the inferiority complex that comes from being used quite literally as a “john,” and gloomy from serving as the running inside joke around campus, the ghost of the John Harvard statue has lost a lot of spirit. To compensate for his nightly humiliations, the John Harvard statue ghost looks for sources of validation. He attracts countless legions of tourists to mindlessly photograph his statuesque physique. He lures the uninitiated into caressing his golden toe. And yet, in the end, all his ghoulish efforts somehow still leave him feeling hollow inside.
Alcohol usually accompanies bad decisions; running a half marathon, as we see it, qualifies as a bad decision. A sweaty, painful, 13.1094 mile-long bad decision. Instead of case racing the entire way and polishing off a light (and hydrating) beer at each mile marker, why not make at least one good decision? Follow FM’s advice on what to drink before, during, and after a half-marathon.