WoPo Season Opens with a Splash!

Women’s team wins Harvard Mini and heads to Brown. After a 20-win season last year, the Harvard Women’s Varsity water polo team returned this season with a few new faces and even more determination in the water. This past weekend, the team hosted Boston University, Brown, Villanova and Iona at the Harvard Mini Invitational. Harvard faced only Villanova and Iona in the roiling waters of Blodgett Pool. Against Villanova, the home team conquered with a 14-4 victory then followed up with a decisive 14-5 win against Iona. The freshmen of the team presented a strong showing, scoring eight of the …






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Cold Open

Each winter, the ice hockey teams of Harvard, Boston College, Boston University, and Northeastern face off in the Beanpot Tournament. This year, the Indy takes to the ice. At the Park Street T-stop, I switched from the Red Line to the Green Line, bound for North Station and the TD Garden above it. The Green Line is really more trolleys than trains, slow-rolling pairs of cars harnessed to the electrical wires above them, and as I climbed into the back seats of the second car I overheard two old-timers talking about the Beanpot. One of them wore a green ski …






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Brains Over Brawn

How Peyton Manning’s evolution has led to a Super Bowl appearance.             This may be it. This Super Bowl may be the last time we ever see Peyton Manning grace a football field. As Cam Newton begins to take the reins as the face of the NFL and the mantle of the best quarterback in the league, many believe we are left watching the shell of Peyton Manning’s old self compete against the new wave of uber-talented athletes in the NFL. Many are already assuming that the Panthers will walk all over the Broncos like the Seahawks did two years …






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The Crimson Elephant

A Harvard Republican’s opinion on the splintered state of the party. In light of the recent Iowa Caucus, the 2016 Presidential election seems to have captured every political junkie’s imagination. In order to get a Republican’s view on the issue, and in particular on the seemingly fractured state of their party’s presidential field, Forum Writer Daniel Um ‘19 interviews Wyatt Hayden ’19, a Harvard Republican.  DU: How does this Republican race differ from that of previous years? WH: This one’s obviously a lot different because the main candidate is not an establishment Republican; of course, Donald trump is just a …






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A heArtLifting Story

An interview with Liz Powers ‘10, co-founder of ArtLifting. Homelessness is not a very happy subject. The reality is that over seven thousand people in Boston – one in a hundred of the city’s population – lack stable housing and live in shelters or on the streets, according to the Boston Public Health Commission’s Annual Homeless Census. And that number is rising. From 2014 to 2015, the homeless population rose by five percent. In that same time, the number of families experiencing homelessness increased by 25%. These, and other sobering statistics, illustrate the depressing realities of the problem. However, there …






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30 Tips for Super Bowl 50

The Indy’s guide for the least aggravating Super Bowl party. For plebs (read: broke college students) who cannot afford tickets to the 50th Super Bowl in Santa Clara’s Levi Stadium, The Indy brings you a comprehensive guide to help you host a fun viewing party or plan an outing to the most happening bars in Boston and Cambridge. House Events: The Super Bowl isn’t a vacation from the myriad of assignments that you put off until Sunday evening and planning an outing or viewing party might take too much effort. However, you know your chipper HoCo members will be planning …






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The Crow-man Revisited

Thoughts on the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. For all his Internationalist fervor, the noted French modernist architect Le Corbusier only ever designed one building in the United States, a country arguably rooted in multicultural assimilation and integration. This historical peccadillo, however, is rather easily explained by Le Corbusier’s political leanings: although he was never consciously opposed to American capitalism per se, Le Corbusier always found more favor with the mass-housing estates espoused by mid-century French big-state socialism (and even brief flirtations with Soviet governmental grandstanding). It is therefore altogether fitting that Le Corbusier’s one great North American building …






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WITCH UPDATE 

The story behind the group who took on Bieber’s music video. Dear Indy readers, For those of you who believed that Bieber actually responded to our letter, we are writing to inform you that you may be disappointed. WITCH is in fact comprised of two junior girls, Diana Ingerman and Ritchey Howe. Though we presented WITCH as a fictional Harvard organization, it reflects our honest convictions about Justin Bieber’s problematic “What Do You Mean” song and video. WITCH is responsible not only for the preliminary letter to Bieber, but also for the “response” from Bieber’s team. Thus, Justin Bieber x …






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Women Inspired to Change Harvard write Letter to Justin Bieber

Note: an update to this article has been published on the Indy website here. Today is a breakthrough day for Bieber fans (Beliebers) who have recently found themselves conflicted by their inability to play any other music than the new Bieber album, which is breaking records, and a general distaste for Bieber’s egregious persona. About two weeks ago, Women Inspired to Change Harvard wrote a letter to Justin Bieber to illuminate to him that we see his video for “What Do You Mean” as not only horribly offensive to women in general, but specifically, encouraging the rape culture that allows …






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Why it’s Not Called Yale-Harvard 

Harvard to Battle Yale in the 132nd playing of The Game.   You have felt it – a palpable tension mounting in the yard, at the river and even in the quad! As the crimson of the foliage continues to fade it only blooms with a fury among the jubilant throng. And the reason for these festival rites? The 132nd playing of The Game draws near. The battle set for 2:30 post meridian Saturday, November 21st is to take place at the historic and slightly inconvenient Yale Bowl in New Haven, Connecticut. The Harvard Crimson has had a winning season …






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International Thanksgiving 

What non-Americans do for the five-day holiday.  Observed every year on the fourth Thursday in November, American Thanksgiving Day is a celebration that was originally meant to give thanks for the blessings of the fall harvest. Today, it has become a tradition of reuniting families over football games and a cornucopia of food. Additionally, many families have created their own thanksgiving traditions, such as volunteering in soup kitchens, attending or viewing the New York City Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, and breaking the turkey’s wishbone for a wish. During the five-day break, most college students return home to bond with family members; …






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Thank You 

Why Harvard-Yale makes me thankful. At this point in the semester, there’s a lot to be thankful for and not just because Thanksgiving Break is coming up. With Harvard-Yale this weekend and only a few more weeks before winter break, here are some of the things I’m most thankful for:   1. That the only time I have to go to Yale is every other year for “Harvard-Yale” Showing up decked out in Harvard gear, of course. I’ve always looked better in Crimson anyways. It’s nice getting away from Harvard’s classic red brick and busy campus life near the Harvard …






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Entering Enemy Territory 

How to do Harvard-Yale at Yale right.  Ladies and gentleman, it’s that time of year again: the infamous weekend when students of Harvard College become students of Harvard State. The game is upon us. But wait. It’s at Yale this year. What’s a Harvard State student to do? Luckily for you, my little party animals, I have compiled some tips on how navigate the Game when it is hosted in the treacherous armpit of New England, otherwise known as New Haven. Not only is dragging yourself away from the beck and call of homework to go to the game often …






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The Quiz 

Just the things you ought to know.  With this year’s Game approaching, The Indy wants readers as informed as possible about the oldest game in college football. And with The Game being played almost every year since 1875, it is difficult to keep track of all the history, tomfoolery, and revelry that surround the rivalry. So, without further ado, here is a quiz to both test your knowledge and fill in what you may have missed. The Harvard Independent presents nine questions for nine straight wins. Questions: 1) Who won last year’s Game? Harvard Yale MIT Pranksters The Harvard Band …






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