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Photo-Campaign Aims to Raise Mental Health Awareness in India

The Harvard US-India Initiative (HUII), an undergraduate organization that seeks to foster on-campus dialogue about Indian cultural and economic issues, has spearheaded a new photo-campaign that tackles the issue of mental health in India. The campaign asked contributors to pose …






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Why Harvard Won’t Feed Me: A History of Muslim Students vs. HUDS

Thought you had it bad with the HUDS strike? Think again. As Harvard students confront the lack of food options on campus, they may be confronting first hand what it meant to be a Muslim on campus before 2015. In light of the HUDS strike, students across the campus have raised concerns about about the hygiene, nutritional content and variety of the new dining hall offerings. Yet, Muslim undergraduates before 2015 had to live with such restrictions in Harvard dining halls every single day and meal. Muslims are forbidden from eating non-halal meat. Halal simply means permitted or lawful, and …






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Faculty Council Delays Motion Against Club Sanctions

The Faculty motion against Dean Khurana’s proposed sanctions will now be discussed on November 1. Last week, the Harvard Independent reported on the faculty initiated motion that would revoke Dean Khurana’s sanctions against single gender clubs. The original motion, sponsored by Professor Harry R. Lewis, ’68 and eleven others, was originally meant to go up for discussion on October 4. However, due to certain misunderstandings over the motion during the previous week’s meeting, discussion over the motion has now been deferred. Lewis said that the October 4 meeting coincided with Rosh Hashanah, and “more than one” signatories observe the Jewish holiday. “I …






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Harry Lewis Leading October 4 Vote Against Single Gender Club Sanctions

Harry R. Lewis ‘68 is at the forefront of a brewing faculty rebellion against Dean Khurana and President Faust’s new sanctions. Harry R. Lewis ‘68 says he had never been inside a final club until an acquaintance invited him in when he was about thirty-five. But that has not stopped him from fighting for their continued existence. And on October 4, when Dean Khurana’s proposed sanctions on single gender clubs go up for a vote amongst the faculty, he will be doing just that. From penning viral articles and blog posts to submitting motions in University faculty meetings, Lewis has …






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Harvard Struggles with Islamic and Middle Eastern Scholarship

Institutional centers and academic departments at the world’s richest university remain quiet. With all its capital, intellectual and physical, Harvard is not just a university. It is an idea, potent and exciting; a force, sharp and unforgiving, that alters civilizations and shapes dialogue. Islam and the Middle East does not seem to be among them. The Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES), the premier research center on campus to support research and teaching on the Middle East, serves as an example. Established in 1954, the CMES was the first of its kind in the United States and is widely recognized as …






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Why Currier House Deleted its Housing Day Video 

The Full Story  Donald Trump may have won the Massachusetts Republican primary, but the real estate mogul and Apprentice star inspires little love at Harvard, as Currier House administrators learned the hard way this past week. Currier has found itself at the center of a free speech debate after it released a Housing Day video Sunday that featured a student impersonating Donald Trump.  The House decided to take down the video four days after it was uploaded, after House residents expressed concern with the video. Harvard’s twelve residential houses each release a House video in the lead up to the annual Housing Day when first year undergraduates are lotteried into …






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The Harvard Brand Matters

Reflections on my interview process. If there’s anything I learned this internship interview season, it is that the Harvard brand matters. An increasingly vocal quarter of critics have called on high school students and parents nationwide to reconsider their collective craze over selective elite universities. They say liberal arts colleges or public universities can offer as fulfilling an education at a fraction of the price in an environment with a fraction of the anxiety. But in an economy underscored by economic anxiety, it is only natural for parents and students to weigh job prospects when choosing colleges. And when it …






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Robin eats the Pudding

How the Ivy League dropout and famous actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt stripped, face burst balloons and won Harvard over.   It is not everyday that an actor of renown sucks a cow’s teats on stage. Even less often does the same actor publicly strip down to his skivvies. But these are just glimpses of what went down this past Saturday evening at the Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ annual Man of the Year roast in Farkas Hall. Prominent actor and filmmaker Joseph Gordon-Levitt was in attendance as the Pudding’s 2016 Man of the Year. The Pudding’s Man of the Year is a nearly …






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 The Invisible Iranians 

In Iran the Baha’is wait for justice  As the world debates the Iran deal, Baha’is wait with bated breath. After decades of persecution by the Iranian state, the deal could be the harbinger of recognition and equal rights that the outlawed Persian community has long awaited. Stateside criticism of the recently brokered deal has focused on the deal’s blind spot to Iran’s underhanded terrorist pursuits. But much less criticism traces itself towards Iran’s muted terrorism against its own minority Baha’is. Members of the community, outlawed in the country since its inception in the mid 19th century, have found themselves at …






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Ex-Phoenix Alumnus on a Mission 

Dr. Tim McCarthy spills beans on club workings as he crusades against assault on campus.  The door to Tim McCarthy 93’s cloistered Quincy office proclaims itself, in rainbow colors, a “safe zone.” Yet, the man himself had long been a participant, a proponent, and a living emblem, in fact, of spaces that were anything but safe. And on a sunny September morning last Thursday, he had his personal reckoning: twenty-five years after graduation, McCarthy renounced his membership from the Phoenix S.K. Club in a widely publicized address delivered at Memorial Church. McCarthy was riven by the contradictions that had come …






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Harvard vs. Yale: A Comparison of Sexual Climates 

It is safe to assume that Harvard may not be the safest place for female and gender non-conforming undergraduates. 31.2% of female Harvard College seniors who took the sexual conduct survey this past spring reported having experienced some form of “nonconsensual sexual conduct,” including sexual touching, attempted penetrations, or completed penetrations. This was a good 4 percentage points higher than the national average of 27.2%. But just how bad is our performance from a comparative perspective? A comparison is in no way meant to condone our alarming numbers. Nothing ever qualifies sexual assault. But if anything, a comparison allows us …






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