The Sweats Question

I have always been a firm believer that sweats belong in the gym.  I cringe every time I see a pair of sweatpants – baggy, fitted, cropped, bootcut – at the grocery store, the airport, the dentist, and let’s not forget the ubiquity of sweatpants on a college campus.  Bright colors, logos splayed across the rear, even our beloved school name emblazoned down the side of the leg, only make matters worse.  But this year, many designers are bringing back the grey sweatpants from fashion suicide to its forefront.

S10 RTW Alexander Wang

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JC - Stella McCartney for Gap

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JC - Garance Doré sweats

Image from Garance Doré

Alexander Wang showed a decidedly athletic collection for Spring 2010, pairing sweatshirts with corsets and briefs. Stella McCartney’s collection for Gap Kids launched this morning and featured this silk cashmere hoodie (for $88!), but styled over a tutu and snow boots. Garance Doré photographed a woman wearing Isabel Marant sweatpants with a basic white tank and navy blazer. Perhaps the secret to wearing sweats is in the details: sexy, girly, or chic pairings keep these girls from looking sloppy. What do you think??

The Economy: it could be worse

You poor unsuspecting Harvard student, you have no idea what you're about to be missing.  Image from nytimes.com

You poor unsuspecting Harvard student, you have no idea what you're about to be missing. Image from nytimes.com

According to The New York Times, due to the state of the economy, Harvard’s endowment is down from $36.9 billion last June, to $26 billion this year.  The almost 30% decrease has forced the university to cut back on a few things, the most pressing (apparently) of which is the free bacon and egg breakfasts.

There are a few things that we can learn from this tragic situation:

First, we should all be appreciative that we never had free hot breakfasts, because we have now avoided the devastating sense of loss that those Harvard students are feeling right this second.  Whew, we sure dodged a bullet there!

Also, we should thank our lucky stars, God, or our parents for sending us to a public school with limited resources that force us to interact with each other.  As Khoa Tran, president of Harvard Taekwondo, told The Harvard Crimson about having to share practice space with the dance team, “It will be an interesting mix because they will be playing dance music while we do our routines,” he told the paper. “We ourselves yell every time we kick… and we kick a lot.”  Seriously, thank heavens we’re already used to being around other people, or I don’t know how we’d survive this economic downturn!!

However, this evidently very stormy cloud has its own silver lining: Harvard has still managed to hold onto its entire faculty.  Of course, we can’t be certain how long that will last without the free cookies at faculty meetings, and of course, the hot breakfasts.

A plague of pranksters

Beware of aluminum-foiled offices and other good-natured pranks from the Secret Service. Photo courtesy of www.whowantstowork.com

Beware of aluminum-foiled offices and other good-natured pranks from the Secret Service. Photo courtesy of http://www.whowantstowork.com

I haven’t yet been targeted by the Secret Service… but I’m ready. A new group on campus, the Secret Service is a 125-person group with a bold mission- to fight boredom. These anonymous pranksters are ready to keep you on your toes and combat the humdrum of everyday with random acts of kindness, costumes, gags, and whatever else they can throw at you. It’s not sponsored by the university, but this clandestine group has been met with high praise, and most students are excitedly anticipating getting punk’d. Just as long as they don’t water balloon my new Donna Karan coat…

To ignite or not to ignite…

Despite the fact that basketball season is still painfully far away, I’ve been pretty obsessed with the recent arguments concerning post-victory bonfires on Franklin. On the one hand, I understand the obvious danger involved in lighting a large fire in the middle of an extremely crowded street (I also understand it is illegal), but I still can’t seem to picture Franklin without fires. We may even go (knock on wood) an entire year without bonfires on Franklin, but that doesn’t make it any less a part of our culture. To eliminate fires is a clear breach of tradition… for what? To prevent the twelve or so people who were too drunk to jump from falling in? What about all these freshman who may never get to see a fire on Franklin?! If our concern is for safety on Franklin after basketball victories, then we should also forbid crowd-surfing. And we should probably limit the amount of people allowed out there. No running, either. Definitely no drinking because that just leads to disaster. And then what do we have? Franklin on any other night. As far as I can see, we’re all adults here, and we all know the dangers of being on Franklin after a big win. Maybe a better solution would be to make students more aware of the dangers so that they can better plan their nights around safety.

Fires on Franklin- are you for or against? Image courtesy of justinsomnia.

Fires on Franklin- are you for or against? Image courtesy of justinsomnia.