Sprinting Towards the Straus Cup

BY MEGHAN BROOKS House IMs face the spring season. With the launch of House shells into the freshly de-iced Charles and the muffled grunts of tennis matches yet again filling the Murr Center’s air, the spring intramural season is well underway. Coming off of an eventful winter season that has left several Houses neck-and-neck for the Straus Cup, House teams are racing towards the finish across a wide variety of sports and events. The Harvard House Intramural Program, which overseas all IM coordination, has drawn up tournament brackets for A and B-league volleyball, men’s and women’s A and B crew, …






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What Do You Need a Kitchen For?

BY MEGHAN BROOKS In praise of cracks and missing floor tiles. I am going to admit right off the bat that I have no legitimate cause for complaint with regard to Dunster’s swing housing, most obviously because I am a senior whose post-grad apartment will likely be half the size and twice the price of any swing housing Harvard has to offer. The buildings currently in use for Leverett — Fairfax, Ridgely, and Hampden —are lovely, with hardwood floors, ensuite kitchenettes, clean white walls, and none of the pest problems that plague the older river Houses. And, as Friday’s tour …






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Malala Yousafzai: Humanitarian of the Year

BY MEGHAN BROOKS Girls’ education advocate honored in Sanders Theatre. Friday, the Harvard Foundation honored 16-year-old Pakistani girls’ education advocate Malala Yousafzai with the 2013 Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian of the Year Award. A full crowd welcomed Yousafzai to Sanders Theatre, along with her family and the neurosurgeon who performed her first operation. The awards ceremony was free to Harvard students, and the crowd’s size and enthusiasm indicated that students as well as community members and other Harvard affiliates were looking forward to hearing Yousafzai speak. Although Memorial Hall may have been less impressive than the United Nations, where Yousafzai …






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Harvard vs. BC

BY MEGHAN BROOKS What Harvard football fans are missing. The eldest of my brothers began college last week, arriving at Boston College an excited freshman as my mother, two aunts, and numerous cousins and other family of uncertain relation had before him. In a rush of nostalgia, my mother engineered a family trip to last Friday’s game against Wake Forest. With the powerful guilt that even lapsed Catholic mothers deploy, she convinced me to abandon my first weekend night of the semester to sit in the frigid air of Alumni Stadium between my thirteen-year-old brother and fifteen-year-old cousin. While my …






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Shopping Week: Activities Fair

A friendly bazaar. Friday afternoon, hundreds of undergraduates streamed into the Quad. Mostly freshmen and upperclassmen student organization leaders, they came by shuttle, bike, and on foot to the annual Activities Fair, an event organized by the College’s Office of Student Life. Designed to expose freshmen in particular to the 538 listed co-curricular and extracurricular activities that student and university organizations offer, the Activities Fair was bazaar-like — alive with the excitement and confusion of student leaders shoving candy and flyers into small groups of freshmen already weighed down with neon papers and logo- stamped Frisbees. The Office of Student …






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