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Picks of the Week
Friday Harvard Football Bone Marrow Registry Drive Come to Annenberg between 12:00 and 3:00 to join the National Bone Marrow Registry! One cheek swab and a few forms, and someday, you could be the match that saves a life. BlackC.A.S.T Second Annual Poetry Slam From 7:00 to 9:00 Science Center D will host a poetry slam competition, complete with live DJ and some of the best rhymes and lines on campus. A ten-person competition, the winner will walk away with a cash prize. Get your tickets at the box office for $7 or show up the night of and get in for $10. Either way, it will be money well spent. Expressions Dance Company: Exception! Between 5:30 and 10:30 Lowell Lecture Hall will become a stage for music and dance… twice. Featuring some of Harvard’s most talented and dynamic dancers and choreographers, these two performances will be bumpin’. Buy your 5:30 tickets at the box office for $7 or your 8:30 tickets for $8. For the spontaneous, $10 at the door. Saturday Harvard Ballroom Dance Team Showcase Do you foxtrot? Waltz? Well if you don’t—and the Indy assumes this is most of you—come to the MAC 4th floor gymnasium between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm and prepare to have your breath waltzed away by an utterly graceful performance. Free. Styleta’s Spring Dress Swap and Trunk Show Shopping in the Lowell JCR? From 2:00 to 4:00, gently used formal dresses will be on display. Shoppers will have the chance to lend their dresses to other Harvard women during formal season for a minimal lending fee, and will be able to borrow others’ dresses in return. If you needed something fresh at your house formal, here’s your chance! Light’s Out: All-School Party Ever wanted to dance on a table in Annenberg? From 10:00 to 1:00 on Saturday night the tables in Annenberg might be gone, but there will be plenty of time to dance. Get ready to break it down with the entire school and finish the school year with style. Free at the door with HUID.
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Readi or Not?
The Early Bird By YUYING LUO
ast fall ,
College B oard introduced a “junior” version of the SAT and PSAT for eighth graders called ReadiStep. Predictably, this has caused an uproar amongst parents and education experts. The two-hour test is composed of questions written in a similar style to the PSAT and SAT and is graded on a similar scale (ranging from 2 to 8, which corresponds with the 20 to 80 on the PSAT scale, and the 200 to 800 on the SAT). The main argument against early standardized testing is the fear that we place unnecessary stress on middle-school students. The attitude of “When does it end?” is a common cause of concern for those opposed. Now that another prefrosh weekend has come and gone and the admission rate for the incoming Class of 2015 has set yet another record low, we are reminded once again that for better or for worse, standardized testing is an indelible component of college admissions. The question then becomes, “How can we best prepare students for this increasingly competitive process?” Early testing itself is not the devil many parents paint it to be. In many countries around the world, including this one, standardized testing begins as young as elementary school to help teachers gauge how their students are progressing. They serve as an invaluable tool when planning curricula and benchmarking achievement. In fact, early testing can help alleviate stress when students actually take the PSAT or SAT. Exposing students to the structure and rigor of the standardized test that they will be taking in the future early can The Harvard Independent • 04.21.11
ease the mounting anxiety many students feel in their last few years of high school. Hopefully, when they actually take the SAT, students who have been accustomed to standardized testing will not allow nerves to affect their performance. Best of all, early and frequent standardized testing can provoke students who have not seriously considered college to start doing just that. While the economics of standardized testing is another matter altogether, the educational merits of standardized testing is an equally (and hotly) debated topic. Some might say that the proliferation of standardized testing in the American education system is lamentable, but no one can argue that it is unavoidable. No one wants to claim a reductionist position and say that standardized testing should be all that matters in the admissions game, but in an expanding applicant pool, it is the only thing that can, well, standardize, everyone. This is not to say that standardized tests in their current format are by any means an accurate portrayal of intelligence or a predictor of success, but they are far less arbitrary than any other barometers that could be used. Numbers shouldn’t be all that determines who gets into colleges, but we all know that it plays an important role. In order to level the playing field for all future test takers, it is important that we start testing young. After all, the early bird gets the worm.
Not Readi For Testing
By CINDY HSU
SAT and the PSAT to prepare for the SAT and now the College Board has begun to offer a new test called ReadiStep to eighth graders. ReadiStep is fashioned after the SAT and PSAT with a similar grading system as well as the signature tripartite format with sections for reading, writing, and math. College Board claims that ReadiStep will help middle school teachers offer better guidance to students by “provid[ing] early feedback on students’ skills, [and] identify[ing] areas in which students need to develop their skills, as well as students who are ready for more advanced course work.” While that sounds great, is testing really necessary this early in the game? There is also the question of the College Board’s intentions and motivations for distributing a test designed like the SAT to students who will be choosing to take the SAT or the ACT a few years down the road. The National Center for Fair and Open Testing has voiced concerns that ReadiStep will “accelerate [the] admissions testing arms race without improving college access and equity.” Even though the College Board tries very hard to sell ReadiStep as a useful gauge of younger students’ progress, students in middle school are already taking plenty of standardized tests intended to do exactly that thanks to the federal “No Child Left Behind” mandates. ReadiStep does fulfill another very specific purpose — introducing these students to the College Board’s SAT and PSAT exams. That may not sound like such Yuying Luo ’12 (yluo@fas) a terrible thing, but the problem accepts that standardized testing is the fact that the College Board is a fact of life. could potentially build a monopoly by locking students into the SAT e already have the
exam series at such a young age. The ACT, an alternative to the SAT, has become increasingly popular over the years. By giving middle school students a test that prepares them specifically for the SAT, it would be no surprise that said students would be more inclined to take the SAT. In its pursuit to increase revenue, College Board ultimately pushes college-admissions-related testing onto younger and younger children. Yes, students in third to eighth grade are already tested every year because of federal mandates, so what’s one more test, right? But shouldn’t we draw the line somewhere? There is absolutely no reason why a child in elementary school should be worrying about college admissions. It is perfectly understandable why standardized testing for younger students geared towards the college admissions process may appeal to parents, teachers, and school administrators. After all, getting a head start sounds like a great idea. However, all this competition introduces children to the college admissions process at an extraordinarily young age. It is simply ridiculous for, say, a fourth grader to be stressing out about college admissions and taking tests that are related to college admissions. They’re young. They have time. And no, this isn’t a sentimental argument about preserving their childhood and whatnot. It’s an argument that there is no need to engage in college admissions-related test taking when the very concept of college is irrelevant to the students themselves. Cindy Hsu ’14 (cindyshu@college) thinks college can wait, along with its admissions testing. email@example.com
The 7 Annual Female Orgasm th
Why boredom might not be such a bad thing. By MEGHAN BROOKS
hate to say it, but the 7th Annual
Female Orgasm Seminar was, in a word, boring. I don’t mean to offend either the Radcliffe Union of Students or Carol Queen, the speaker, both of whom obviously put a good deal of time and effort into the program, but still, almost a week later, all I can say about the two hours I spent in Science Center A last Friday night is “boring, boring, boring.” To be fair, it wasn’t the kind of boredom that bores down into your soul and leaves you numb for hours, nor the kind of boredom that has you tapping your fingers so fast you might as well be communicating in Morse code, but rather it was the kind the boredom that induces your eyes to drift slightly out of focus and your ears to fog up, the kind of boredom where you’re still listening and maybe even laughing a little, but would still rather be somewhere else. It wasn’t that the program wasn’t educational (which it was) or that Carol Queen, famed sexologist, wasn’t endearing (because she was). It was rather that I walked into a seminar about orgasm expecting something a little more, shall we say, titillating, than a cross between an anatomy lecture and a message from the positive sex movement. The rumors that had made hundreds of students wait complacently for half an hour in a line that snaked from the door of the auditorium to the end of the hallway had been extremely promising and unfortunately deceiving. In past years, there had been sex toy demonstrations, audience members configuring themselves in the shape of a vulva to demonstrate proper clitoral stimulation, clips of actual orgasms, and plenty of amusing innuendo. With expectations set so high, the audience was understandably a little rowdy when Carol Queen finally appeared at 4
the podium, giggling uproariously at every mention of genitalia and using the description she gave of her own sex life as an excuse to shout really clever things like “Get it, girl!” across the auditorium. By the time the seminar had ended, however, many seats had emptied and the giggling had largely subsided, leaving only the woman’s Track and Field team, which won an erotic cake from Sweet ’n’ Nasty, fully satisfied. Why was two hours devoted to the female orgasm, a phenomenon whose wondrousness is likely agreed upon by over half the world’s population, so strangely boring? After some reflection on the matter, I realized that unless you’re having one or watching one, orgasms are only interesting as long as they’re awkward and therefore funny. Carol Queen had largely succeeded in taking the awkward out of orgasm within the first ten minutes of her presentation. Upon further reflection, I realized that this might have actually been a good thing. Carol Queen has a PhD in sexology from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality and the staff sexologist of the popular sex toy chain Good Vibrations, as well as an author and lecturer, and, in a previous incarnation, a stripper. More importantly, however, Queen is a big name in the feminist positive sex movement, a movement that rejects the idea of sex as shameful and embraces orgasm and sexual exploration as healthy components of strong womanhood. As a woman (though she rejects binary gendering and sexuality) who is thoroughly steeped in sex-positivism, Queen was able to discuss sexuality, sexual acts, and sexual organs in a manner so devoid of awkwardness that after a while, her audience
became comfortable with the topics and then a little bored with them. As a matter of fact, even discussing the generally untouched topic of female ejaculation became ho-hum after a few minutes. It wasn’t as if Queen was presenting the information in a particularly dry way either — she was charming and often funny, even to her rather dazed audience. The only explanation I can offer for the general boredom is then this: Queen’s lecture on the female orgasm was boring because she has a very mature relationship with sex, and was succeeding in transferring this maturity to her audience (if in smaller concentrations). In her talk, Queen emphasized that both confidence and communication are essential for women to achieve orgasm — confidence because for women,
orgasm is highly dependent on the psyche, and communication, because for partner sex to be truly great, a woman has to ask for what she wants. As is almost obvious, a mature relationship with sex is a necessary prerequisite for feeling comfortable enough to be confident during sex and to communicate with one’s partner about sex. If Harvard students got to a point during the lecture when they weren’t embarrassed by a velveteen vulva hand puppet, it is possible that Queen did in fact teach her audience a little maturity — a maturity they will hopefully be able to put to use in the near (and consensual) future. Meghan Brooks ’14 (meghanbrooks@ college) views this article as her belated contribution to last week’s Sex Issue.
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A master’s guide to procrastination. By GARY GERBRANDT
ey there, sports fans!
It’s a mighty beautiful night here in Harvard Yard. That weird nocturnal bird is crooning, the usual cats are swinging, and in every suite, some youthful and eager exam-taking prospects are gearing up to do what they do best. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time again. With a week and a half to go before reading period, all of our competitors have been honing their craft by the dim light of their desk lamps, and tonight the time has come to reveal the ten best ways to procrastinate online, as chosen by yours truly, the World Heavyweight Procrastination Champion, eight months running. #10: Snarkily Commenting At College Confidential’s Harvard Forum You really can’t go wrong. I wouldn’t outwardly antagonize the obsessive-compulsive prospective students, but there’s always some 2400 SAT-packing, Intel-winning pre-prefrosh who needs a reality check delivered with a dose of sarcasm. #9: Finding Faults In Bad Hometown Newspapers My personal favorite is the Barrie Examiner, my hometown’s dispatcher of mysterious news, whose articles seem to revolve entirely around drunk revelry. One of the best headlines this week: “Make a bid !!!!” – punctuation preserved. #8: Infrequently Updated Websites Which Are Awesome When Updated Four words: Hyperbole and a Half, easily one of the greatest blogs ever created. Allie Brosh is a comedic genius who leads a strangely busy existence, and so it’s always worth meandering over a few times per day on the off chance that you’ll hit new gold. #7: Social Media SelfAggrandizement Spamming your Twitter followers; tagging people in your Facebook The Harvard Independent • 04.21.11
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posts and making easily-Like-able statements; adding five hundred posts to your Tumblr queue; Googling yourself to gauge world opinion; and new to the scene, using Newsle to figure out who was mentioned where, when, and by whom. #6: Exploring The Minutia Of Apple News Unbelievably addictive. Make a few interesting discoveries (not going to brag, but in some of my procrastinating downtime, I discovered that iTunes would drop its musical DRM), and not only will you live to read the rest, you’ll live to create the breathless news. #5: Reading New York Times Articles Until Your Monthly Quota Warning Appears I don’t know why, but there’s something really fun about doing this. It gives you a great excuse to become informed on world issues while simultaneously nursing your OCD. Of course, writing for the Indy
gets you a free online subscription, so this one’s off the table for my fellows and me. #4: Writing Rambling Emails Grandma emails you? Your exboyfriend just made bail? Proctor wants to have a serious discussion about your drunken partying? Fire up Gmail and whip out your typing fingers. Before you know it, you’ll have a beautiful, randomly-composed email with serious plot holes that will do a subpar job of expressing whatever it was you wanted to express initially. #3: Facebook, Or, Depending On How Much Of A Hipster You Are, Tumblr There’s something more special when you’re on Facebook, squinting at a picture of that kid who used to be fat three years ago to see whether he has, as your friends have indicated, gained additional weight. Tumblr lets you look at landscape pictures with weird text superimposed on
them. Can’t go wrong with either. #2: Miscellaneous Humor Websites Something Awful, home of the original trolls; Cracked.com, the land of a million random lists; Damn You, Auto Correct!, where people accidentally text others inappropriate things; Cake Wrecks, featuring every possible misspelling of Happy Birthday; and Hark, a vagrant, from which you will form insightful historicomic references. #1: Wallowing In Desperation And/Or Self-Pity HarvardFML and/or I Saw You Harvard. Join others instead of putting up that wall. And, hey, you can never go wrong when the commenting system is that good. Gary Gerbrandt ’14 (garygerbrandt@ college) is a champion procrastinator, holding the Indy record for the most consistently last-minute articles.
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Potential Republican candidates for 2012. By CHRISTINE WOLFE
he cries for political reform
are rampant nowadays, with many citing Obama and his Democratic minions as the cause of the downtrodden economic state of America. Political pundits claim that the economy will be at the forefront of voters’ concerns in 2012 and the preceding primaries. Though some would argue that the economy is almost always the most important issue on campaign trails — wartime being a prominent exception — our current financial state is certainly worse than it has been in past elections. While there have been improvements over the last few years of the Obama administration, Republican leaders claim that he is not doing enough and that in fact, with bills like the proposed healthcare budget, he is simply adding to our economic woes. While economic issues will certainly take precedence over other policy struggles within the United States over the next two years, Republicans will surely lobby for a bevy of social policies as well. Issues regarding immigration, gay marriage, and abortion pulse beneath the roaring tides of economic conservatism. The stance the Republican Party has decided to take as the election cycle begins is quite fascinating, and promises only further drama as 2012 unfolds. The range of Republican hopefuls reflects the spectrum of which the Party itself has developed: the mainstream All-Americans, the arguably extremist Tea Partiers, and the less vocal Midwesterners. Predicted front-runner is the square-jawed former governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney. Famous for his economic expertise, Romney raises a real threat to Obama. Romney has greater appeal to the mainstream than many of his Republican challengers as his social 6
policies are not as extreme (though his moderate views are bound to become more conservative if he wishes to align with Republican voters). Also in his favor is his extreme personal wealth, to which his former campaign successes are credited. However, his support of the health care law enacted in Massachusetts during his stint as governor is sure to draw criticism from those within his own party, and his Mormon affiliation does not sit well with many of his constituents. A lesser-known potential candidate who is perhaps equally if not more threatening to the Obama administration is Mitch Daniels, the governor of Indiana. An economic conservative, he is popular throughout Indiana for increasing job availability — his approval rate often reaches 65% according to Newsweek. He served as Senior Advisor to President Reagan and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget under George W. Bush, promising real government experience to voters. His assertion that social issues should be put aside in favor of economic reform discussion could hurt him amongst the evangelical sector of the Republican Party, but may sway many independent voters his way. Other (currently) moderate potential candidates include Jon Huntsman, the current US ambassador to China, though it is uncertain whether or not he will choose to run. For every moderate Republican who has been the subject of 2012 speculation, there seem to be at least two candidates of a more conservative bent. The two most prominent members of the Far Right are Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin. Huckabee won a significant amount of popularity in the 2008 campaigns, and his
Southern Baptist conservative values are a solid foundation with voters in the current climate of the Republican Party. He has his own Fox News show, his commercials have been airing for years, and, adding a little spice to the soup, he’s a musician. He was portrayed as a “down-home” kind of fellow in 2008, and he can only come out stronger in the 2012 election, having gained both experience and celebrity since 2008. Sarah Palin has, not so conspicuously, disappeared from the media for the last few months. She is probably the most famous of the Far Right at this point in time, but her controversy may outweigh her popularity. Her use of an anti-Semitic slur during January’s Arizona shooting and her TLC television show cannot sit well with much of the Republican Party, but it remains to be seen how she sits with the voting populace. Other ultra-conservative, ultrareligious candidates include Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the house, T-Paw (Tim Pawlenty), the governor of Minnesota, and Michelle Bachmann, a Congresswoman from Minnesota. A number of other Tea Partiers skirt the edges of candidacy. In a surprise move, Donald Trump has suggested
that he is considering running for president in 2012. While obviously heavily invested in business, his stances on social issues remain to be seen. Teeming with potential campaigns already, America is readying itself for an onslaught of political propaganda and further political divisions. The atmosphere is bound to become tenser, more fiery, and more slanderous than ever before. The Democrats need to prepare themselves for the approaching storm of conservative criticism and make some serious decisions. Though many Republican hopefuls are seen as too extreme to be taken seriously, one cannot deny the extremity of the current political climate in America. The power of mainstream Republicans kindled by the passion of the Tea Party candidates will redefine party lines, break allegiances, and threaten the continued authority of the Democratic Party. Whether Obama’s calm waters will drown the conservative fire is yet to be seen. In other news, Ron Paul remains a mystery. Christine Wolfe ’14 (cwolfe@college) is watching 2012 closely, and keeping her eye on Ron Paul as well. 04.21.11 • The Harvard Independent
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I loved Finding Nemo, but anything I said would be a lie. See, there is no way I can fully represent my devotion to this film in writing. In my heavily biased opinion, it is a work of genius parading as a comedy for children. When Marlin calls the seahorse “Ponyboy,” my diaphragm actually began to spasm. Although I now suspect this was not the case, at the time I first saw the movie (I was 14), I was convinced it was a reference to The Outsiders. My sisters hadn’t read it. Neither had our neighbor, who took us to the theater. In fact, the only other person who laughed was an English teacher at the local middle school. Not mine, luckily, or else it would have been embarrassing. Finding Nemo, of course, has more brilliant moments than could possibly be contained in one article (“He never even knew his father!”), could describe how much
Beyond Finding Nemo. By RIVA RILEY
and I couldn’t even attempt to represent it in its full and hilarious glory. All I can say is that if you haven’t seen it, your life is incomplete. I can say this with such conviction because it doesn’t get any better than talking fish. It is possible, however, that my love of Finding Nemo is a circular one: what came first, the love of fish, or the love of the film? Well, I got my first fish tank when I was six (my mother thought it would save her from having to get a puppy, but it only delayed that inevitable reality by ten years), my second when I was 13, and my third and fourth at 16 and 20, respectively, to house the monster mammoth goldfish my family managed to save from near death and raise. Since then, I have spent swaths of time numbering in the hundreds (perhaps even thousands) of hours to raise my beloved goldfish,
whose care I have entrusted to my sisters back home. That puppy my family finally got has grown into a creature so loveable that he spends approximately twenty hours per day in full-time duty as a receptacle of affection; no one can resist him, and yet it is my giant, blundering goldfish that occupies most of my thoughts of the things I left back home. After all, I know everyone at home loves the dog as much as I do, but I don’t think it’s possible that anyone else feels the same way about my goldfish. This may well be pathological, but I will not argue that point. My goldfish is bigger than any of the fish featured in Finding Nemo except for the sharks. She eats out of your hand, she can be trained, she is 16 inches long, and she could beat your fish up. That’s part of the reason she has to live alone. She was downright obnoxious to her old
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tankmate, a plecostomus catfish, although I suspect she may have been trying to initiate courtship advances while the poor molested catfish hid in terror. I seriously love that fish, and I mean that beyond a mere fascination. Fish, I feel, form the unfathomable depths of the animal kingdom in that they live in an environment that people cannot place themselves in naturally. They are a fascination in and of themselves, and yet I do not have a fascination for them. I love them. It is difficult to describe why, but when any fish, and especially my goldfish, looks at me with those fish eyes I know for a moment that I am seeing an experience I can never fully understand and yet which eats, moves, and sleeps, just like any other animal. I suspect this is the case for many enthusiasts of various organisms, the moment of, “My god, that is the coolest thing!” In my opinion, fish are the coolest things. Because of this ungainly love, I may end up alienated from the very being that has inspired me to write this article and obsess over water chemistry, fish diseases, and aquatic parasites. I have come to the conclusion that it may be impossible to study an organism objectively while I love it in the way I love fish. Research questions get subordinated to the wellbeing of the experimental subject, and I cannot pretend I think this is a bad thing. Radical though this may sound, I cannot think of a scientific question I personally feel would be justified by the death or suffering of any number of fish. I am currently working on zebrafish, and I have been extremely fortunate to be working with a mentor who accommodates that insurmountable reservation. I have come to the conclusion that a fascination differs from true love. Riva Riley ’12 (rjriley@fas) suffers from the true love of a fish. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Return of Scream I
By WHITNEY LEE t ’ s hard to believe that it
has been a full eleven years since Sidney Prescott, the lead character in the Scream movie franchise, was terrorized by masked killers. It’s been a quiet eleven years, but the peaceful break has come to its end with the recent release of Scream 4. For those of you who are not horror movie buffs, Scream was a series of popular American slasher movies that began in the winter of 1996. The Courtesy of Wikicommons original film, referred to as just Scream, was the breakout work of writer Kevin Williamson, paired with the directing expertise of film veteran Wes Craven. The film is often considered the vehicle for bringing horror films from the days of Psycho to what it is today. Scream was a landmark movie and shocked critics at the time for a number of reasons, the first of which was the fact that the biggest name celebrity in the film, Drew Barrymore was killed in the first five minutes, leaving a full cast of essentially unknown actors with the exception of Courtney Cox and David Arquette. Another unusual thing that became a characteristic of the Scream series was the fact that the characters themselves were aware of the rules of horror movies and behaved in a
The latest in the Scream quadrilogy.
way that made viewers feel as if he was trying to break down the third wall without being too obvious. The combination of Williamson’s flair for intertwining horror and humorm coupled with Craven’s artistic vision produced a film that garnered enough initial to support to warrant the creation of not one, but two immediate sequels (Scream 2 and Scream 3). The popularity of the movies reached such a height in the 90s that the sequels drew
were: 1) Unless you verify that the killer is dead, he isn’t; 2) Splitting up almost always results in the less important character’s immediate demise; and 3) the protagonist cannot die if the series is to continue. Rule 3 is arguably the most accepted rule in terms of horror movie plot lines, and it is one that the directors sought to challenge in Scream 4. In the typical Scream fashion, the film begins with an exciting
big-name actors and actresses who volunteered to be killed off in the films including Sarah Michelle Gellar, Liev Schreiber and Jada Pinkett-Smith. Scream follows the story of small-town girl Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) who, along with her best friends, is being terrorized by a psychotic killer, who enjoys stalking and murdering young teens. Much in the style of typical “teen screams,” the plotline of the original Scream followed a set of unwritten guidelines for horror movies. The main rules
scene that, without giving anything away, provides a great start to this new film. As usual, the scene ends in a murder, which coincides with the return of Sidney to her hometown. Sidney is coming off of a book tour for a book written about the terror she had lived through and is looking forward to settling back into her life, when a series of murders around town begin to bring back the worry that the town is once again in danger. Scream 4 sees the anticipated return of actors Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox and David Arquette,
who have been in every Scream movie to date. Awkwardly, Cox and Arquette in the years following the original Scream to now have gone from strangers to friends to spouses and finally to exes and are now, in Scream 4, playing the roles of a married couple. In this film, Sidney plays more of a supervisory role as she holds the sacred place in a horror film as the original protagonist. The original protagonist is supposed to be left unharmed in sequels, a convention broken only by the films The Descent 2 and the later Final Destination movies. To add to the plot, Sidney’s younger cousin Jill, played by E m m a R o b e r t s ( J u l i a Roberts’ niece), serves the function that Sidney did in the original movie, that of a teenaged girl being terrorized by the killer. The film drew some up-and-coming actors/actresses like Roberts and Rory Culkin (Macaulay Culkin’s younger brother) as well as some more experienced young actors like Hayden Panettiere. Whitney Lee ’14 (whitneylee@ college) will be checking under her bed before she goes to sleep.
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The Hot List Harvard gears up for Arts First.
By ZENA MENGESHA
ext weekend, April 28th through May 2nd, Harvard will do something we in the Arts section all applaud: put arts first.
Art at Harvard are vibrant and varied, but save for the occasional event flyers plastered around campus, it seems to be underground as far as the rest of the community is concerned. Next weekend, however, the arts will be out and about and in-your-face. With a whopping one hundred and ten (I’ll say it again, ONE HUNDERED AND TEN!) events slated for Saturday alone, it will be hard to navigate the outpouring of culture without a roadmap. For that purpose, here are the Indy’s picks for what to see and do next weekend. Things you can’t miss in:
Location: Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle Street, Cambridge Dates: Friday through to Saturday Ticket Prices: Regular: $12.00; Students: $8.00; Seniors (65+): $8.00; Harvard ID: $8.00 Words: Concentration camp, love, brutal, nudity, mud, boundaries
Rock Paper Kill Me, The Freshman Musical
Location: Agassiz Theatre, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge Ddates: Thursday-Saturday 8pm; Sunday 2pm Ticket Prices: Regular: $10.00; Student: $7.00; Harvard Freshman Class Members: $5.00 Words: Comedy, tournament, mystery, CIA, mad-scientist, kindergartener
Location: Loeb Drama Center Experimental Theatre, 64 Brattle Street, Cambridge Dates: Friday 29 th-Wednesday 4 th 7:30pm Ticket Prices: Free Words: Horses, boy, romance, eyes, violence
An Improvised Dinner Party At…
Location: Adams Lower Common Room, Adams House Admission: Free Words: IGP, striped ties, audience participation
On Thin Ice
Location: Science Center C, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge Date: Saturday 04/30 at 3:30 PM Admission: Free Words: games, audience participation, improv The Harvard Independent • 04.21.11
Guided tour of 29@Garden
Location: Arts @ 29 Garden St., 29 Garden Street, Cambridge Date: Friday and Sat 8pm Words: Gallery, participation, site-specific, fictionalized
Harvard Student Art Show
A Taste of Pops
Location: Sanders Theatre, Memorial Hall, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge Admission Free Saturday at 1:30pm Words: Pops, Orchestra, popular, repertoire
Location: Andover Chapel, 45 Francis Ave, Cambridge Date: Saturday at 10:00am Admission Free Words: Undergraduate, showing, exhibit, visual
Location: Holyoke Center Outdoor Stage/Forbes Plaza Date: Friday 04/29 at 2:30PM Admission: Free Words: Co-ed, African, a cappella, diaspora
Comic Making: Islam, the Middle East, the Muslim
The Harvard Din and Tonics
Location: Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, 61 Kirkland St., Cambridge Date: Friday at 11am Admission: Free Words: Workshop, drop-in, identity
Unstill Life, A Har vard Student Photography Show
Location: Student Organization Center at Hilles (SOCH), 59 Shepard St., Cambridge Date: Friday at 8pm Admission: Free Words: Photography, 36 students, dessert
Location: Holyoke Center, 1350 Massachusetts Ave Friday at 2:30 Admission: Free Words: Acappella, all-male
Museums and Libraries
Misplaced Objects? Things from other Harvard Collections in the Arthur M. Sackler Museum Location: Sackler Museum, 485 Broadway, Cambridge Admission: Free Words: Ivan Gaskell, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, History Department
Farnsworth Book Cover Design Exhibit Location: Lamont Library, Farnsworth Room Dates: Thursday through Sunday, 9am-5pm Admission: Free Words: Exhibit, chosen, favorite, layouts
Opportunes Yard Jam
Location: Harvard Yard Stage, Harvard Yard, Cambridge Date: Saturday at 1:30 PM Admission: Free Words: Instrumental
Leah Reis-Dennis ’13: Jazz, Soul, and R&B Location: Holyoke Center, 1350 Massachusetts Ave Date: Friday at 3pm Admission: Free Words: student, jam, talent
Don’t see what you like here? Rather Listen to Bluegrass or Traditional Chinese music? Yearning to know what kind of talent Mather House has? Check out the Harvard Office for the Arts website for more: http:// ofa.fas.harvard.edu/arts/cal. php And don’t forget to run around the Performance Fair on Saturday April 30th from 1-5. Schedule can be found at http://ofa.fas.harvard.edu/ arts/images/grid2011.pdf
Around Campus Yardfest 2011
An evening of hits and misses.
S unday , H arvard brought together a tumultuous combination of lather, prefrosh, and spring music. Somewhere in this confusion was Yardfest 2011, which consisted of an impressive line-up of performers: White Panda, Sammy Adams, and Far East Movement. Continuing the trend of big-name headliners like Kid Cudi last year, the U.C. and the college have helped to continually make Yardfest a popular attraction on campus. Mother nature was finally on our side last weekend, which seemed to help increase expectations for the already anticipated show. The decision to have Yardfest on a Sunday, may warrant reconsideration next year, but the movement from Tercentary Theatre to the more spacious Old Yard was certainly a much-needed change. By the time 5 o’clock rolled around, the vibe was good and the food was right on target. For all the harsh criticisms given to the occasional subpar meal in the dining hall, dining services should be applauded for giving the students what they want — solid food that fit the festive mood. The show, however, seemed to start off not with a bang, but with a whimper. Call me a traditionalist, but watching two guys play on their computers and dancing to other people’s songs is not what I consider live music. The fact that they were the starting act didn’t help this less than impressive impression. The afternoon didn’t seem quite ready for a concert yet when the duo of Tom Evans and Dan Griffith walked on stage donning their trade panda masks and Macbooks. They certainly knew how to fit his past
in with the Cantibrigians, but their performance continued to feel slightly out of place. The spaciousness of the Old Yard gave the fest more of a barbecue feel than a concert. The duo of White Panda excels in a environment that is pumped to party, but the good food and good weather seemed to act more as a distraction than anything else, albeit an enjoyable one. Call me a party pooper, but I don’t think I was the only one who didn’t give the first act my full attention. The Sunday barbecue could have used a better transition than White Panda, but the first act in any anticipated show makes them more vulnerable to criticism. Hailing from Wayland, Sammy Adams may not exactly be Boston’s boy, but many fans are willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. By the time Adams came on, the crowd had finally found some energy that White Panda would have appreciated. When Adams busted into his Asher Roth remix, “I Hate College,” it started to feel like it was Saturday night 2.0. Although Adams may be questioned on his street cred
BY BRADFORD ROSE
by the more, shall I say, ruffians (remember, he is a soccer player from Trinity), his music gets the job done for the college crowd, and I can’t argue against that. He got the crowd finally going, setting the stage for the Far East Movement. Although the band gave shoutouts to the Harvard social scene, the electro hop (that’s their term, not mine) quartet failed to give a truly consistent performance. Don’t get me wrong, the band certainly got people dancing by giving them what they want (free t-shirts), but songs in the set list certainly seemed to be hit or miss. Maybe it’s because many of us only really know their two biggest hits (guilty again), but their performance didn’t seem to meet the hype. Obviously everyone was fist pumping like they were on a G6, but there were times when there wasn’t enough adrenaline to ease the pain left from the lather. All in all, it was a good show, but not great. It left some wanting more, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. If students are serious in efforts to push Yardfest to a higher-status event, they need to
make themselves heard, and a less than ideal performance just might be the necessary instigator. To give my own personal opinion, a switch from Sunday to Saturday is the first step. The fact that we were essentially given two Saturdays was nice, but getting rid of a Sunday didn’t seem like the best idea come Monday morning. A concert is a concert, and putting it on a Sunday night instead of Friday or Saturday only effects people’s incentives to party so much. It is clearly a strategic move by the college to curb the number of alcohol related problems, and a good one at that, but nevertheless, boys will be boys and college kids will party. A compromise needs to be made (Saturday afternoon anyone?) but we will have to wait and see. If Yardfest is going to be one the highest attended social events of the year, it needs to meet student’s expectations. Brad Rose ’14 (bradrose@college) thinks getting rid of the Macbooks might help. Maria Barragan-Santana / INDEPENDENT
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Red Dragon Former Rising on the Crimson Links Experiencing The game of golf is on the upswing in China, but Tough Week faces numerous obstacles. Ex-Crimson professional athletes are having varying degrees of poor fortune.
By BRETT MICHAEL GIBLIN
eremy Lin ‘11 finished his first NBA season with an impressive game, scoring twelve points and dishing out five assists, while nabbing five rebounds and two steals in twenty-four minutes. Unfortunately for Lin, his Golden State Warriors limped to a 36-46 finish, good for eleventh in the Western Conference, and a ticket to watch the playoffs on television at home. Although I am sure that he was thrilled to finish the regular season with a bang, he would prefer to be playing his way towards a chance to hoist the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy high. Frank Herrmann ‘06 was optioned to AAA from his Major League club, the Cleveland Indians. The former Crimson hurler was sent down to Columbus to make room on the roster for right-handed reliever Joe Smith, who was activated off of the Disabled List on Thursday. Herrmann, unfortunately, was unable to translate good Spring Training results into a hot start on the season, posting an 8.31 earned run average (ERA) and 1.62 walks and hits per inning pitched (WHIP). Herrmann is young and cost effective, so he is likely to be shuttled back and forth along
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I-71 throughout the year (between Columbus and Cleveland), until he is able to improve the secondary offerings that compliment his fastball. NFL players Matt Birk ‘98, Desmond Bryant ‘09, and Ryan Fitzpatrick ‘05 will face a tough month as the labor disputes between the league owners and the players took a turn for the worse on Wednesday. Mediation sessions that had been going on during the week will be on hiatus until May 16th. Currently, the players are locked out and are set to earn no salary during the dispute. In the fourth major sport, NHL player and former Crimson Ice Hockey star Craig Adams was hit in the hand with a puck during a Pittsburgh Penguins’ first round game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Although the injury is not considered serious, and Adams was expected to play Wednesday night, he was forced to miss practice on Tuesday to heal.
Brett Michael Giblin ’11 (bmgiblin@ fas) would like to begin putting a period spotlight on Harvard athletes who have moved on in their respective sports. Hate it? Love it? Want some more of it? Email him or the Independent Staff with suggestions.
By MICHAEL ALTMAN
olf is the quintessential elitist activity. Despite being one of the most popular sports in terms of the number of people who play it, one cannot help but picture the typical golfer as a rich, white male wearing goofy pants. Thus it is no surprise that the game was condemned for being too bourgeois and effectively banned in China when the country turned to Communism about sixty years ago. In an ironic twist, golf is now gaining popularity in China. Several hundred golf courses have been developed in the past few years, and professional golf tournaments have been held there. Even top golfers, Tiger Woods included, acknowledge the rise of talented Chinese golfers who may eventually become big names. The general population also seems to be catching the golf fever. Contributing to this is the “rising China” phenomenon, which has resulted in a higher standard of living for many in China and a larger middle class. At the same time as is ascending, golf faces many challenges in China. For one thing, nearly all of China’s golf courses are illegal, since businesses are required to have official licenses, and increased infrastructure development makes it difficult to obtain permits. Because of this limited availability of land, the cost of golf is high. A round of golf in China can cost around $160 on average and initiation fees for golf clubs can be well over $50,000. As such, golf is reserved only for the wealthy in China and the sport still faces the stigma of elitism. The
government will openly criticize the sport to score cheap political points, despite the fact that government officials are among the few who can and do play golf. Golf will continue to become more widely played in China, however. Given the country’s recent attempts to improve its public image (as evidenced by the 2008 Olympics), the restrictions on golf will likely be lifted and foreign interest in the sport in China (e.g. the potential to hold more tournaments in China) will provide further incentive. While I have never played golf in China, I did take two Chinese exchange students I was hosting to a driving range a few summers ago. To say they were terrible would be an understatement. But in spite of their poor technique and numerous whiffs, they continued swinging for a couple hours. They were genuinely amazed at their opportunity to experience golf in such a casual manner, explaining that they would never come close to being able to play golf in China because it is incredibly expensive. Will golf be more accessible to the people of China in the near future? Probably not, given the country’s focus on infrastructure and urban development. Still, we should not discount China from the world of professional golf—it will not be terribly surprising to see top players come out of the country over the next few years.
Michael Altman ’14 (maltman@college) waits for the day when innumerable aspiring golfers, young and old, are not kept from their dreams due to politics or cost.
captured & shot By MARIA BARRAGAN-SANTANA