The OSL Calls it The “SOCK”

And other challenges presented at the Student Leaders Forum. By CAROLINE CRONIN At the beginning of term, student leaders of all recognized undergraduate organizations received multiple emails from soch (at) fas.harvard.edu regarding an upcoming Student Leaders Forum. It was made quite explicit in these emails that in order to receive funding, renew office or locker space, and register this year, each organization must send one representative to the Forum. This condition was stated before the allotted time of this Forum – which was 3 hours – on last Thursday and Monday nights. Therefore, when the kids who drew the short …






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Calling Together

Drew Faust’s somber Convocation words do not fail to inspire. By CAROLINE C. CRONIN On the day before classes began, Harvard University President Drew Faust spoke to the entire freshman class for the first time. As she addressed them at the Convocation ceremony, in which every Harvard student takes part and which mirrors the Commencement ceremony for graduating seniors, her words struck a more somber chord than in years past. The start of freshman year is filled with excitement and celebration at every college throughout the country, but this year at Harvard, it is tinged with a more contemplative sentiment. …






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Finding Gold

The Indy converses with a past and present leader. This paper, The Harvard Independent, has a storied mission. Since the founding in 1969, the Indy has attracted students of all variety to join in our ranks. The common thread that weaves them all together is that of passion – passion for the art of critical thinking in an independent nature. At Harvard and beyond, that passion becomes a driving force to excel. Therefore it is not surprising to learn that Indy alumni become role models to whom we look for guidance and inspiration. Dr. David Finegold is one such man. …






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Systems of Choice

 A discussion on student agency in house lottery.  The current generation of Harvard college students is one that grew up with the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling. Whether most Harvard students consider themselves fond of the books, one cannot deny that in the past 10 years or so, Harvard as a college has often been compared to aspects of the stories. It might be the comparison of Annenberg Hall to the Great Hall. In fact, just heard in the yard on Monday was a conversation between a touring millennial couple: the woman pointed to Annenberg in the distance and said, “Look, that’s the …






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Quadrennial Happenings

The Indy looks into this Leap Year It may come as a surprise to some of our readers to hear that this year is Leap Year. Yes, it is true! We all will be gifted with an extra day and may do with it what we please. Why this Leap Day has to fall on a Monday, I do not know. I will be the first to admit I wouldn’t miss an extra Monday, though I am determined to make the best use of it this time around. Many know that adding an extra day to the Julian calendar – …






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House Master is Now ‘Dean’

Official change is announced. Harvard students, professors and alumni alike have been well aware of the ongoing discussions on the title of “House Master”. The title has historically been used to identify and differentiate the individual college residential house leaders from other faculty members. This past December of 2015, the current house leaders came forward unanimously to state that they desired a change to their title. Specifically, the dean of the college, Rakesh Khurana sent an email to the students announcing that, “House Masters have unanimously expressed desire to change their title,” on December 1. That statement sparked a multitude …






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Dreams Realized and Dates Realigned

Stories of the dramatic Datamatch results. Valentine’s Day 2016. For some, it passed uneventfully – one Sunday among many that ended too soon and left us with those debilitating Sunday night blues. For others, it was a day spent cherishing a loved one and sharing chocolates. For a few, it was simply the day before the long-awaited celebration of our nation’s leaders. For many, here at Harvard, the day was filled with bursts of hope followed by a terrible anguish. A free Zinnekin’s waffle loomed on the horizon of this bleakest of months – and that gave us hope. Alas, …






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Basketball Blues

Men’s Basketball Falls to Yale. The balmy days that are now upon us were but figments of the imagination floating around the ice-encrusted heads of Harvard students just last weekend. Still, if any more evidence needs to be added to the bulging file marked “What College Kids Will Do for A Free T-Shirt,” Saturday night’s basketball game would close the case without a doubt. Perhaps it was the long weekend, gallantly promising more time for rest, study, and wanton abandonment of common sense. Perhaps it was the Valentine’s Day eve excitement that drew many to a place of warmth and …






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Coding Connections

This year’s Datamatch strives to bring a smile, new friends, and free food to Harvard students.   Year in and year out, February consistently presents a poor showing in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Winter break bliss has rapidly evaporated and shopping week never seems to allow for that much shopping. These days are filled with frozen-toed embarkments between classes, the occasional frustrating spring weather tease, and a sobering lack of comfort food in the dining halls. At this point, when spring break seems light years away, there are a few bright lights of hope on the bleak horizon. Among these are included …






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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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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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One Equal Temper of Heroic Hearts 

#BLM Founder Alicia Garza receives Robert Coles “Call of Service Award.” As I walked through Tercentenary Theater, I clutched my notebook and copy of Harvard Diary tightly – it was almost Halloween.  The glowing lights of Memorial Church did seem rather ominous in an otherwise dark and empty yard. It was too late for classes but too early for students to be out and about on a Friday night. Before I drew closer to the wide steps of the Church, I realized my mistake – it was not empty at all. Three lines of people stood waiting to enter the …






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Sail Away With Me 

Harvard team wins New England Match Race Championship.  This past weekend, while many turned towards the Harvard victories at the Head of the Charles, the Crimson earned another victory also out on the treacherous waters of New England. This one consisted of saltier water, a few more life jackets, and markedly different vessels. But whether the crimson sails were unfurling or the crimson oars were feathering, the men and women of Harvard once again nobly met the standards to which they are held. The Harvard Sailing team competed in the New England Matching Races Championships hosted by Salve Regina University. …






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Winter is Coming

Maintaining that Harvard physique in the face of it.   While I am a proponent of the seasonal tradition of packing on a few in preparation for the winter months, others maintain that winter is not the time to hibernate but rather to reinforce one’s strength and health. We are currently enjoying the blessings of a New England fall — one of which is the ability to run comfortably along the Charles River while admiring the grace of the rowers and the natural artistry of the fall foliage. Sooner than we expect, I warn you, the ground will harden with …






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