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Hello again!

It’s been a super busy week for me, so I’ll be quick. It’s crazy that it’s already the last week of the school year! Junior year has gone by like lightening, and I’ve hardly had time to truly consider the fact that in just a few short months, I’ll officially be a senior. It hasn’t quite hit me yet, but I’m sure once I’m on the plane home for vacation with my finals and a certain looming 20-page paper behind me, I’ll feel like celebrating my new senior-status.

Speaking of finals, my French Literature class recently ended with a few students presenting their final projects. This year in French we studied several famous French authors and playwrights including Pierre Corneille and Moliere. French 70A has been one of my favorite classes this semester. Taking a 70 level French class is a requirement for my field in History & Literature, and I’m glad that it is. It is a same class where we spent a lot of time talking about the history of the literature, reading old-style French, and writing about our interpretations of the literature.

French Class Presentation

My classmates performing a scene from Moliere’s Les Precieuses Ridicules in the Kirkland House Senior Common Room

For final presentations, students could chose a scene to rewrite and act out from the plays we studied. My fellow classmates did everything from tragic monologues to comedic group scenes – all in French of course. One group performed a scene from a Moliere satire called “Les Preciueses Ridicules.” Their rendition was great, along with their festive costumes.

Looking to watch more theatricality, on Saturday I went to the final Immediate Gratification Players Performance. The IGP, an improv group, is one of my favorite groups on campus, and I try to catch their shows whenever I can. While their performance was a tad bit raunchier than their Parent’s Weekend show, they were still just as funny! It was their last performance of the year, so the show included a celebration of their Seniors.

IGP Performance

The Immediate Gratification Players performed on Saturday for their last show of the year!

That’s all for now. I’ll keep you updated next week!

 

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The title of this blog post was supposed to be a play on the movie “Love & Basketball.” Get it? Maybe it’s a bad comparison. I actually don’t even know if it’s a good comparison because I’ve never seen the movie, but I always feel like my posts are better if they have catchy titles. I’m terrible at thinking of them, so I’m open to your suggestions if you have any!

Friday evening, the Varsity Men’s Basketball team played Princeton during a sold out game. We got free shirts as we walked in, and Lavietes Pavilion was packed! My friends and I all squeezed in with everyone else and were on the edge of our seats the whole time. Next to volleyball (I’m a bit biased…), basketball is my second favorite sport to watch. The Boston Celtics will always have the number 1 spot in my heart as far as the NBA goes, but if we separate by league, The Crimson is, of course, my top NCAA team. One of the starting forwards on the basketball team, Kyle Casey, is a friend of mine who lived on the first floor of my dorm building freshman year. It’s the coolest thing to watch your classmates do incredible things outside of the classroom, especially athletically since sports are a big part of my life. I’m looking forward to March Madness!

At the basketball game vs. Princeton!

Harvard 67, Princeton 64!

I know Kemie already wrote about it, but here’s my take on the same event! Each year, about 30 student groups come together and perform during Cultural Rhythms, which is The Harvard Foundation‘s event that celebrates diversity on campus. In addition, The Harvard Foundation chooses a distinguished artist for his or her achievements and commitment to diversity, and often times, his or her humanitarian efforts. This weekend, John Legend was on campus to receive his award, being honored as the 2012 Artist of the Year, who also has the responsibility of hosting the Cultural Rhythms show. I didn’t know too much about John Legend, but my blockmate (one of the 7 people I chose to “block” with after freshman year so we ended up being placed in the same dorm building) Katherine is a member of the Immediate Gratification Players (IGP), a long-form improvisational comedy troupe, who get to do an annual roast of the Artist of the Year. I sat next to her as she wrote it, and while I missed the actual roast since I was asleep (it was at noon…oops!), it was hysterical.

 

I actually still don’t know a lot about John Legend, but after watching him host Cultural Rhythms, I decided I would support him because he seems like a very laid back, humble guy. Download “Green Light” or “Ordinary People”! Two (of many) great songs! He was pretty witty throughout the afternoon, and his acceptance speech after receiving the award was incredibly sincere. I recorded it because I wanted to show you all. Check it out below.

 

 

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