Oct 3, 2010

The Harvard Dish

The most addictive social network to date took up even more of our valuable time this weekend with the release of the much-anticipated The Social Network. The "Facebook movie," as it's been dubbed, was all you could hope for and more. Delving into computer programming, Harvard's elite and the perpetual need to fit in, the story of Mark Zuckberg's rise to fame is one you shouldn't miss.

Perhaps even more interesting than the social network, the lawsuits and the awkward yet award-winning performance by Jesse Eisenberg was the insider dish on Harvard's legendary final clubs. The private groups made up of the school's most privileged students are infamous, yet little is known about them. The clubs are secretive and exclusive, only making them that much more appealing to university students anywhere. Portraying them on film was no easy task for screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, but lukily one very brainy actress was waiting in the wings to spill the dirt.

Arguably one of the school's most famous Hollywood alums, Natalie Portman was all too willing to let the secrets of the final clubs slip. The star, who studied at Harvard from 1999-2003 and dated a member of the Porcellian Club, invited Sorkin to dinner to gossip about her alma matter.

How did Sorkin repay his mole? With a shout-out in the film, of course. When one character mentions that Zuckerberg became the hottest thing on a campus that included Nobel Laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, future Olympians and a movie star, just who do you think he was referring to?

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