In case you haven’t noticed, Section ND hasn’t had a section update in the Harbus all year. And odds are you haven’t noticed if you yourself aren’t in Section ND. (I’m trying to think of the kind of person who reads section updates about other sections. Do they say to themselves, “Hmmm, I wonder where complete strangers traveled during the last break and how drunk they got. Maybe The Harbus has this sort of information!”)
So, why hasn’t Section ND had an update all year? To tell a complete lie, we’ve been too busy. After our first Harbus Representative withdrew from HBS to be with her boyfriend in Spain, there’s been a bit of a stigma attached to the job. I tried to convince another sectionmate to take over, but he up and quit HBS to go do some real journalism in the Middle East. I shouldn’t complain, I suppose.
Then I asked another sectionmate to take the job, but she claimed that she was too busy “having a baby.” Yeah, right. Though I’ll give her credit: she went so far as to wear one of those empathy bellies for a few months and then brought somebody’s newborn to class to keep the story going.
Then I thought I had another sectionmate snookered into the job, but he told me that since the deadlines always fell on Sundays, he couldn’t do it because he leads Mass that day. I assume he wanted me to think that he is a priest or something. Whatever.
As I went down the line, everybody had their reason for why they were too busy: Being introduced to his future wife in India, beating cancer, founding a real estate venture in Prague, editing the yearbook, planning a trip for 60 to South Africa, winning the Dell case competition, helping a family member get elected governor, rocking the HBS show, finishing the Boston Marathon in 3 hours and 15 minutes, acquiring and revamping a supermarket in Brazil, recovering from a bus crash, organizing and running in an Eco-Challenge in Mexico, singing for Corporate Whore, getting married, winning the SA President election. With each person, the answers got more ludicrous. As recently as this week, 22 sectionmates even claimed they were still busy looking for internships. Pure rubbish.
So, given that these unscrupulous demons would say anything to get out of writing the section update, I had to do some research of my own. Without further ado, here is the official, factually-correct Section ND Update for the 2001-2002 academic year: We traveled and got drunk a lot.