More than Money

BY CHRIS RILEY Term-time jobs give insight into the human psyche. When I arrived on campus in August 2013, like many freshman, I decided to find a job on campus. Luckily, I knew someone who worked in Harvard Recreation and finagled my way into a position for which I was woefully unqualified: swiping cards at the front desk at the MAC and Hemenway. (I’m the one who is usually playing weird folk music). What I thought would be a just a way to make some money and pay for being a college student ended up also being one of my …






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Doing More than Classes

Remembering to make meaningful friendships at Harvard. By CHRIS RILEY At the end of last semester, I was lucky enough to sit down with Dean Khurana for a few minutes. We talked a bit about how Harvard students go about joining, forming, and changing communities. I don’t know that this was. What Dean Khurana would have wanted me to take away from our conversation, but after reflecting on my own experience and what I’ve seen of other people’s, I think that many Harvard students (and, to be honest, people in general) sabotage their own attempts to enter into really meaningful …






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Not Just Football

BY CHRIS RILEY Other Crimson matchups against Yale. By CHRIS RILEY This week, Harvard students anxiously await “The Game,” and the excuse to use Harvard and Yale’s football teams as justification to pretend that they go to a normal college for one weekend. For the edification of those who have yet to leave Lamont for the first time this semester and didn’t even know Harvard had any varsity sports other than football, the Independent has put together a recap of Harvard-Yale matchups this fall. Disclaimer: we only counted head-to-head matchups, so sailing regattas, the Head of the Charles, and the …






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Not Too Different

Some thoughts on acting “Like a Real College.” By CHRIS RILEY “I love the Game! It’s the one weekend where we get to act like we go to a real college.” So goes the refrain of the stressed Harvard students who has logged way too many hours in Lamont and way to few nights taking a breath. And that’s a good thing. The Harvard-Yale Game is awesome because of the tradition and because of the tremendous (unprecedented?) amount of school spirit. But it is absolutely true that one of the Game’s best qualities is that it provides us a weekend …






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