Capturing the Pulse of Harvard-Yale

Freshman perspectives. Harvard-Yale weekend: The scores of the last 9 years, the confidence that rocks Harvard, and the passion with which we support our team; within just months of being here, freshman have been swept up in the whirlwind that has led up to the weekend that is November 18th. But for a significant portion of current Harvard freshman, they could just as easily have been the ones on the bus or train, coming here for the first time. The cross-admits: Ranging from those who only applied to two schools, to those seeking admissions success across all the Ivies, and …






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For the Love of The Game

And a remembrance of it. “Gentlemen, you are now going out to play football against Harvard. Never again in your whole life will you do anything so important.” — T.A.D. Jones, Yale football coach, 1916 When the Crimson take to the gridiron come Saturday afternoon, they will do so with a pair of opportunities in play. The first is the chance to win at least a share of the Ivy League title. Should Harvard win The Game, and Princeton and Penn win their respective games against Cornell and Dartmouth, there will be a three-way tie for the league championship. I …






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Harvard vs. Yale

A Nutmegger’s perspective. Location, location, location The most obvious comparison to make between Harvard and Yale is their locations. While Harvard is situated along the Charles River in Cambridge, with lots of other colleges nearby, Yale is the centerpiece of…. New Haven. I grew up about half an hour from New Haven, and I’ll be the first to tell you that it’s nothing to call home about. It often smells like swamp when the tide is low and Yale itself is one of the city’s few redeeming qualities. I really only ventured to New Haven for a few reasons—Yale New …






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“Dec” Yale

Going for 10! The 133rd annual Harvard-Yale Game is this Saturday and regardless of what type of fan you may be, it is something that brings excitement and anticipation to all students. For some, it might be the excitement of selling your ticket for an outrageous amount to one of the alumni lurking outside of the dining halls after tickets get distributed. For others, it might be being surrounded by hundreds of people who have decided to come together and pretend that Harvard is the happiest place on earth and hasn’t broken them even a little bit. It won’t matter …






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Gaming The Game

Match-ups beyond the field. This upcoming Saturday, thousands of students and alumni of Harvard and Yale will flock to Harvard Stadium in Allston to watch the teams collide for the 133rd time. Though “The Game” refers only to the match-up set to take place on the gridiron, the competition between the two schools extends far beyond the playing field. With that in mind, the Harvard Independent takes a look at the extracurricular activities available to students the night before and the day of The Game, and decides once and for all which school truly has the upper hand. Friday Night …






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Glass Shards and Bandages

I learned at a young age that ‘hope’ would get me nowhere unless it was backed by hard work. Yet, I still had faith that I would wake up Wednesday morning surrounded by the glass shards, complete with the dried blood, sweat, and tears of the women and people of color before me. Instead, I feel like I’ve been thrown out the window instead of breaking through the glass ceiling. In first grade, I told my teacher I was going to become the first female president. I went home crying, crushed after being informed that Hillary Rodham Clinton would beat …






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Not Your Dragon Lady, But Dragons Are Still Pretty Cool

So you’ve probably all heard about the MPDG trope in modern media, or the Manic Pixie Dream Girl. She who mysteriously drops into the ordinary main character’s run-of-the-mill life, destroying every convention he held to be true with one stomp of her Doc Martens, flashing mischievous looks at him through her haphazardly arranged bright-blue bangs, who is the Interesting Girl, who smokes clove cigarettes and says valid shit like “Kerouac’s a filthy misogynist” and “do you ever think about how futile seasons are?” Unworthy Main Character is suddenly thrown into a whirlwind of character growth, and then the plot device …






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Putting a Ring on It

Septum piercings, decoded. “Do you ever get snot on that?” my little brother, to my mother’s dismay, asked a woman with a septum piercing at the supermarket.  She smiled sweetly, ignoring his question. It was a valid, albeit socially inappropriate, question.  Not having a septum piercing myself, I had always wondered about them—I guess it runs in the family. Is it hard to blow your nose? Do people judge you if you have one? Does it hurt to get it done? It wasn’t until one of my close friends decided to get one that I learned the answers to these …






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That’s None of Your Business

Comments on my changing colors. My phone reads 12:13 as I glance at it on my way to my noon class and as I run past the law school — hoping my professor is also running late today – I’m almost so caught up in whether I will be interrupting lecture that I nearly miss the mother giving me a disdainful look while passing by with her toddler. In the months of having bright dyed hair, I still do receive as many concerned looks as the small quote and Delta sign on my inner arm drew in the first week …






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the first thing they teach you in bible school is the original sin the first exodus of the human race out of the garden where God grew our flesh and watched it wilt under the weight of falling apples and cognizance when he used the earth as seed to grow the first bodies the stench of our curious liquor more poisonous than snake’s venom brought draught to the soil… Adam’s eyes, filled with breasts for the first time, watered— half insatiable like mouth beholding prey half irritable like saint beholding devil the scar on his ribcage burned and his first …






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Question 4

Legalize marijuana? On November 8, the people of Massachusetts answered a very crucial question by the ballot. It was not a question that occupied nearly as much airtime as the election; nevertheless, it concerns almost every one of us who reside in this state for the foreseeable future. This question, listed as ‘4’ on the ballot, if answered ‘yes’ would “…permit the possession, use, distribution, and cultivation of marijuana in limited amounts by persons age 21 and older and would remove criminal penalties for such activities.” This newspaper has always considered it its prerogative to give a voice to views …






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