It's spring break.
All around you, students are cracking open their unread books, discussing their academic and career-oriented plans with their parents and catching up on all their unread issues of Time and Newsweek. Those undergraduates who went home are walking up at 8 a.m. every morning to complete their family chores and getting together with old friends to have milk and cookies and discuss international relations.
Oh. No. Wait a minute...That's reading period.
Ted B. Constan '89 and his roommates are planning a far more realistic spring break. "We're going drinking on Bourbon Street!" he says, adding that they plan to drive down to New Orleans.
"On the way we're stopping at this amusement center where a farmer took an old wheat silo, lined it with padding, and put a DC-4 engine at the bottom. We'll put on parachute gear and just float around for a while," Constan says.
Like many undergraduates, Ted and his roommates have their own way of making their money last. "We're taking my old 1976 Pontiac LeMans, which may only last 400 miles," he says.
While Constan is travelling with his roommates, many undergraduates are taking their extracurricular activities on the road.
The cast and staff of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals' 140th annual production will be doing what Pudding groups have done for years: putting on performances in New York and in Bermuda. Of course, they won't be working all the time. The group arranges to get free passes to several popular discos during their New York run, and then its off to Bermuda. "We'll ride around on mopeds, drink a lot of Goslings Rum, and have trashy flings with each other," says Adrian D. Blake' 88, president of the Hasty Puddings Theatricals.
While on the island, the Pudding staff may run into the Radcliffe Pitches and the Harvard Krokodiloes, who will also tour Bermuda during the break.
Not all Harvard students heading toward warm weather this spring break plan on partying it up along the beaches. A number of Harvard sports teams are heading south or west for special exhibition seasons and warm-weather training. The softball team will be practicing in Myrtle Beach, S.C., the women's lacrosse team will be in Mary-land and both the men's and women's tennis teams are flying out to California. In addition, Constan and his roommates may run into the rugby club in New Orleans.
The Harvard teams are not the only ones practicing down south. Late march is also spring training time for professional baseball, and the Harvard baseball team plans to take advantage of that fact.
The team is heading down to Florida, where it will meet several other college squads as well as the Boston Red Sox farm teams. Though the team played the Sox teams last year--and actually batted against Cy Young winner Roger Clemens--they didn't play any college teams. This year will be different.
"We're really psyched for Florida," says Vic McGrady '90. "We're more motivated since we're playing college teams. But it's always fun playing the Red Sox."
While Cambridge is emptying out as fast as Harvard students can get their bags packed, the warmer parts of the country are preparing for an onslaught.
As hotel and restaurant owners can testify, Ft. Lauderdale--and other points south--are always peaceful and quiet at this time of year. "We had to kick some guy out of our hotel last year because he was running through the hallways nude," recalls Edward Risbergs, general manager of the Riviera Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale.