Here at Harvard, many people may that alcohol is a big part of the social scene at most college campuses, but students at Harvard have decided to take a stand the common misconception that to have fun in college, one has to partake in the consumption of alcohol. Students at Harvard University are invited to sign a pledge this coming week in which they say they will spend 48 hours, the entire weekend of April 28 and 29, without alcohol.
Harvard Goes 48hrs. will be outside of the Science Center in the afternoon on Wednesday, April 25 and in Annenberg at dinner on Wednesday, April 25 and Friday, April 27. Students can come at any of those times to sign the pledge; they will be given free wristbands that will help commemorate and publicize the event. Students who sign the pledge will also be given 48 suggestions for what they can do over the weekend besides drinking. We hope that this will grow into an annual or bi-annual event and something that can be easily replicated in other universities around the nation.
Around 75-80% of freshmen entering Harvard identify themselves as non-drinkers at the start of the first semester, but by the end of the second semester that number drops to around 20%. Harvard Goes 48hrs.’ goal is to show students that there are other ways to have fun besides drinking and also to give a sense of community to those who identify themselves as non-drinkers in an effort to perhaps stymie some of the pressure that non-drinkers experience in the form of what often seems like everybody else drinking.
HERE ARE 48 THINGS YOU CAN DO THIS WEEKEND:
1. Go watch the Avengers at AMC Loews in the Square! (Starts Friday @ 7:10 and 10:20)
2. Rent a new movie on DVD from RedBox in the Harvard Square T-Station for $1 or from the FDO.
3. Borrow a board game from the the FDO and have a get together with your friends.
4. Grab some food from the market and have a picnic in the Commons.
5. Take a walk through the Public Gardens to Franklin Park.
6. Get a cannoli or lobster tail from Mike’s Pastries in the North End. (300 Hanover Street Boston, MA 02113)
7. Check out the food court and shops in Quincy Market (4 S Market St, (between Leo M Birmingham Pky & Centola St) Boston, MA 02135).
8. Rent a bike from
9. ThinkFast: A Pop Culture Trivia Game Show – Friday, April 27 8:00pm-10:00pm – Science Center C $500 in Prizes!
10. Saturday, April 28, 8PM – A Night of Collaboration: Brahms, Debussy, and Ravel! TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE HARVARD BOX OFFICE.
11. Celebrate 20 years of ARTS FIRST, April 26–29! Experience non-stop art featuring
students and faculty of Harvard! Join us for the signature Performance Fair with 100+
free events around Harvard Yard on Saturday, April 28, 1–5PM
12. HIGHWAY 91When: Sat 4/28, 20:00 Where: Cambridge Queen’s Head What: Highway 91 is an action comedy about a young Irishman, who pretends to be a British man who used to be a woman, in order to infiltrate the Italian mob in 1960′s Las Vegas. Throw in an awkward, oversexed FBI agent, a paranoid mob boss and his two Harvard-educated henchman, Mario and Luigi, and hilarity ensues. This will be the first theatrical production to be performed at the Cambridge Queen’s Head Pub. Please join us for food, drinks, live music, action and comedy. Come enjoy a great night of entertainment, in which the audience determines the fate of the characters.
13. HART CRANE — When: Sat 4/28, 20:00 Where: Loeb Drama Center Main Stage What: “Hart Crane” is an original student-written opera based on the life of the eponymous American poet, best known for his work “The Bridge”. The opera explores the themes of creative inspiration, personal identity, the cramped but lively New York City of the 1920s, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the open ocean. For Hart, a man struggling not only with his creative endeavors but also with his own homosexuality – seeking out brief trysts and love affairs with sailors on the docks – his talent is overshadowed by the struggle between what is beneficial and inspiring, and what is “good” and “right.”
14. Antigone — When: Sat 4/28, 20:00 copy to my calendar ▾
Where: Farkas Hall (formerly New College Theatre)
What: In a world where all ideals are hypocrisy, all information is propaganda, and all authority figures are crooks, what are we to do? If the ground is constantly shifting, how do we take a stand?
15. The Graveyard Book — When: Sat 4/28, 19:30 copy to my calendar ▾
Where: Farkas Hall (formerly New College Theatre) – Studio
What: Nobody Owens would be perfectly normal, if he didn’t live in a cemetery.
Inspired by Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed novel, The Graveyard Book tells the tale of a child who grows up with ghosts,
and discovers in the process what it means to be alive.
16. HAIR –When: Sat 4/28, 19:30 copy to my calendar ▾
Where: Loeb Drama Center Experimental Theatre
What: The first true rock musical, Hair portrays a group of politically concerned and rebellious hippies known as “The Tribe” who live in New York City during the tumultuous 1960s. Claude, Berger, Sheila and their long-haired friends struggle to balance their ideals of peace and free sexuality with the cruel reality of the Vietnam War and conservative American society. Our staging will transform this iconic American musical into an interactive, immersive, and socially relevant theatrical experience.
17. JAZZ — When: Sat 4/28, 19:30 Where: Holden Chapel What: Harvard’s only vocal jazz sextet offers a taste of their favorites.
18. When: Sat 4/28, 19:00 Where: Carpenter Center Lecture Hall What: Moving-image works produced by spring semester students in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, including senior thesis projects by Caroline Rose Giuliani, Sean Goller, S.R. Jackson, Jenny Lim, Brian Paison, and Melissa Wong.
19. When: Sat 4/28, 18:15 Where: SOCH Cinema (Student Organization Center at Hilles) What: The Immediate Gratification Players presents an interactive dinner party, in which the characters and occasion are provided by the audience and the events of the evening are made up on the spot!
Student Organization Center at Hilles, Penthouse 14
20. Arts first concert.
When: Sat 4/28, 18:00 – 22:45 copy to my calendar ▾
21. Orchestra Concert — When: Sat 4/28, 15:00 Where: Mather House What: Annual concert featuring performances by chamber music ensembles participating in the Mather House Chamber Music Program.
Mather House, Senior Common Room
22. CERAMICS — When: Sat 4/28, 13:00 Where: Science Center C What: Join seasoned artists from the OFA Ceramics Program for demonstrations using a potter’s wheel and sculpting with clay. Spectators are welcome to throw their own pots or create their own clay masterpiece.
Science Center Lawn
23. “Slow Dancing” (2007) by David Michalek When: Fri 4/27, 19:00 Where: Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library What: David Michalek’s Slow Dancing is an outdoor multi-screen installation featuring larger-than-life, hyper-slow-motion video portraits of dancers and choreographers. It will be projected on the fa?ade of Widener Library in Harvard Yard, adjacent to Boylston Hall, as part of the 20th anniversary celebration of Harvard’s ARTS FIRST festival. Free and open to the public.
24. DANCE INSTALLATION When: Fri 4/27, 18:45 Where: Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library What: Harvard students perform excerpts from RE:RE:RE: Dance Installation, choreographed by OFA Dance Director Jill Johnson, on the steps of Widener Library. Free, no tickets necessary.
25. MUSIC FROM SOUTH AMERICA — When: Fri 4/27, 19:00 Where: Holden Chapel What: Music from South America, Asia and Europe performed by faculty members Tomoko Kitagawa, Ning Tien, Peter Hughes, and Kristjon Imperio.
26. HART CRANE When: Fri 4/27, 20:00 Where: Loeb Drama Center Main Stage What: “Hart Crane” is an original student-written opera based on the life of the eponymous American poet, best known for his work “The Bridge”. The opera explores the themes of creative inspiration, personal identity, the cramped but lively New York City of the 1920s, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the open ocean. For Hart, a man struggling not only with his creative endeavors but also with his own homosexuality – seeking out brief trysts and love affairs with sailors on the docks – his talent is overshadowed by the struggle between what is beneficial and inspiring, and what is “good” and “right.”
27. The Wizard of OZ When: Fri 4/27, 20:00 Where: Cabot House Junior Common Room What: For its 20th year, the Cabot House Musical Theatre performs L. Frank Baum’s timeless tale. Tickets are available through the Harvard Box Office.
Cabot House, Theater (Junior Common Room)
28. Start packing your boxes for SUMMER!
29.Skype your prefrosh; decision time is very soon.
30.Catch up on your homework (not fun but you know you need to do it).
31. Learn how to tie a bowtie.
32.Go to Chinatown and buy dumplings, $10 for 3 bags; make them yourself, they’re delicious!
33. Get your friends together and learn dances to popular 90s boy band songs.
34. Go see Hair and Hart Crane!
35. Go shopping for bathing suits; summer is coming.
36. Karaoke night at the Queen’s Head, every Friday.
37. Joel McHale is going to be at Wilbur Theatre in Boston Friday night, and Seth Meyers will be there Saturday night!
38. Harvard Entrepreneurship Conference all day Sunday.
39. The Boston Philharmonic Symphony is performing Mahler Symphony No. 7 in Sanders Sunday afternoon!
40. Make a Call Me Maybe music video.
41. Make the next biggest viral video.
42. Grab a friend who has access to the observatory and take a tour of the skies!
43. Catch up on sleep!
44. Take your friends to the North End and try one of the many delicious Italian eateries.
45. Come chill in Canaday C-34. (Tell the bouncer you’re tight with Samir)
46. Explore Porter Sq. (2 T-Stops away!)
47. The gym misses you!
48. Give someone a hug… and then do it again to someone else.
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