They have the best and the brightest in the country and now they have a bondage, dominance and sadomasochism club, too.
Harvard University students are in the early stages of convening an official campus club — like, say, the school paper or the French club — centered around a shared interest in BDSM kink, like bondage, flogging, spanking, and other 50 Shades-style “play.” Harvard students aren’t the only little horndogs: other college campuses that have similar BDSM clubs include NYU, MIT, Tufts, Yale, and the University of Chicago. Keep reading »
There’s many commencement addresses delivered each year by celebrities, but too few of them are delivered by crazy-successful businesswomen who have us hanging on their every word. Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg delivered the 2012 address at her alma mater, Harvard Business School, this week. “Careers … are not a ladder, they’re a jungle gym,” she told them. ”Move sideways, move down, move on, move off.” Smart, no? You can read the full text on of her speech Huffington Post, too. [YouTube]
Dawn Loggins spent the summer before her senior year of high school at the prestigious North Carolina Governors School, but when the summer was over, nobody from her family came to pick her up. Her troubled parents, plagued by poverty and drug abuse, had abandoned her, and Dawn was left homeless. She was forced to rely on the kindness of friends and school faculty for a place to stay. She got a job at her high school as a janitor to support herself and continued to apply herself in school. And it paid off: Loggins was accepted to Harvard University’s class of 2016. “If there is anybody at all who has a dream,” Dawn told a local TV station,”then they can definitely make it happen. There are no excuses. It depends on you and no one else.”
“No one is here today because they did it on their own…You’re all here today because someone gave you strength. Helped you. Held you in the palm of their hand. God, Allah, Buddha, Gaga—whomever you pray to … When you feel scared, hold someone’s hand and look into their eyes. And when you feel brave, do the same thing.”
— An excerpt from Amy Poehler‘s speech at Harvard University’s graduation. You can watch the entire speech here. May I take a moment to express my love for Amy Poehler? She is funny, smart, and fierce, everything I aspire to be as a woman. For those of you who haven’t read Tina Fey’s book, Bossypants yet, there is an anecdote about when Amy first joined the cast of “SNL” and basically told Jimmy Fallon to suck it. Tina Fey identifies it as the moment she knew Amy would be her good friend. I’m jealous. I want to be friends with Amy too. [Harvard Magazine] Keep reading »
Graduation speeches are tough. You have to avoid the usual cliches about how students are floating on the sea of life or opening the doors to their future, and that isn’t easy. My college graduation speaker—some bigwig woman at the World Bank—hit both of those. Not that you could hear over the protesting of my fellow classmates. So I’m feeling a teensy bit jealous that the lucky ducks over at Harvard have such an awesome graduation speaker—the amazing and hilarious Amy Poehler. “We wanted someone people could recognize, who could give a funny and engaging speech,” the school’s class marshal explained. “During her time on ‘SNL,’ Amy was a part of our growing up, and there’s no doubt she’s pretty hilarious.” Not to mention that she’s also a Boston native.
This got me thinking—who would I have liked to see give my commencement address? Some picks after the jump. Keep reading »
Earlier this winter, Yale Law Professor Amy Chua published Battle Hymn Of The Tiger Mother, a memoir about her strict parenting style rooted in her Chinese upbringing. A “Chinese mother” is a broad term to describe a sub-set of strict parents who expect excellence from their children and force them to both study and rehearse instruments for hours a day. Chua’s two kids were not allowed play dates or sleepovers; she harshly admonished them and punished them throughout their childhood for not devoting themselves to schoolwork and musical study. The book — and her Wall Street Journal op-ed excerpted from it — unsurprisingly caused a huge kerfluffle among parents. Many thought she was was downright abusive.
But consider this: earlier in the week, Amy Chua’s elder daughter, Sophia Chua-Rubenfeld, learned that she was accepted to Harvard University‘s class of 2015, and plans to attend. It begs the question, was growing up with a “tiger mother” worth it? Keep reading »