To all you freshmen still cursing the Housing Gods for last week’s placement into – let’s be real here – anywhere that requires a UC Shuttleboy App to get to, a silver lining may come from an unexpected source.
Tyra Banks – former supermodel, current America’s Next Top Model host, and Harvard Business School Executive Education Program student – told Jimmy Fallon on his late-night show that despite having been initially “freaked out” when she learned that dormitory residence was mandatory for enrollment in her program, she now relishes living in her single-in-a-suite, describing the experience as “like summer camp.”
Her other thoughts on the HBS curriculum, a part-time, multi-year course series for executives seeking greater academic training, coming with a price tag of $31,000? As Banks pithily – and oh-so-deliciously – opined toMTV News, Harvard life is “fabulous and fierce.”
In other words, freshmen, suck it up. If Tyra can live happily here, so can you.
Guyssss, she's one of ussss. (Photo credit: Yes, this picture is actually from cocoperez.com)
You know what we hate about panels? Sometimes “Open to the Public” gives a smelly, crazy vagrant the chance to pop a squat indoors. More mundanely though, speakers will deflect any and all questions, dropping a tangential bit of knowledge as a diversion, leaving the audience a little dissatisfied and confused. But you know what we love about panels? When rock stars get invited to talk. All of these things were present tonight at the Oberon for a panel discussion of the American Repertory Theater’s production of Cabaretwith some strange bedfellows:
Homi Bhabha (a rock star, if the Humanities Center at Harvard had one… the man has written so many books)
Charles Maier (Harvard, Professor of History)
Carol Oja (Harvard, Professor of Music)
Martin Puchner (Harvard, Professor of English and Comparative Literature)
Today, Nels Cline and John Stirratt, two members of Wilco, came to the Advocate for some open discussion and free Boloco burritos. The two were very honest in answering students’ questions about songwriting, tour life, favorite venues, recording, and their own personal lives. Cline spoke of the difficulty of playing music as your field of work, citing the challenges of having a personal life with time for experience, romance, and introspection. Stirratt, the only remaining original member of the band apart from Jeff Tweedy, echoed Cline’s thoughts, saying there is a point where you realize “a hobby has taken over your life.”
They also talked about music in a broad sense, from songwriting to recording. On the issue of recorded music and the fall of the record in today’s age of digital music and single song downloads, Cline remarked that “recording is a blip on the time line of centuries and centuries of music.” Live music has been around far longer than the first recording devices and the importance of music lies in the spontaneity of live music. As a tip to songwriters yearning to create something new and original, he advised students not to worry too much. He said that you will give music its own unique twist, even if it shares a chord progression with hundreds of other songs. The two were happy to answer all questions thrown their way. Wilco plays tomorrow night at the Orpheum in Boston.
House Masters are resigning, the weather is going bat-shit, and the singer Peaches became an Honorary Member of the Harvard Lampoon tonight. Is the world ending? Probably. Peaches, decked out as a glammed up Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, rocked out with karaoke in front of the Harvard Lampoon at 7PM tonight, and was inducted later at a “private induction ceremony” inside the Lampoon Castle.
Peaches albums include gems like Impeach My Bush and I Feel Cream. She sang her hit single “Fuck The Pain Away” twice.
In honor of her prodigious achievements as an entertainer and musician, the Harvard Lampoon has selected the electro shock-rocker PEACHES to be inducted as a special Honorary Member of The Harvard Lampoon. The members of the Lampoon staff are huge admirers of her career and will celebrate with her on December 7th at their Annual Canadian Synthpunk/Glam Rock Awards Dinner. The event will kick off with a public karaoke party on the steps of the Castle followed with a private induction ceremony inside the Castle to follow.
Today, Mr. Don Draper of Mad Men himself–Jon Hamm–was filming in the Square right outside ABP, along with Ben Affleck. But here we have pictures of Jon Hamm since we already posted about Affleck yesterday. Plus, Hamm is much more beautiful. Seriously.
They are continuing filming on the movie The Town, which also stars Gossip Girl‘s Blake Lively.
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