“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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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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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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My Body is Made of Crushed Little Stars

Self-care, when you need it most, comes in lyrical forms. After years of biology courses and common sense, I can tell you that the human heart is located off-center in your chest towards the left side of your body. But the moment Mitski walked onto the stage, I felt like my heart was everywhere at once. There is something special about screaming in a crowded room with your best friends while your hero is also screaming only 10-15 feet away from you. Feeling the drums reverberate throughout my body made me feel weightless. For the duration of Mitski’s set, it …






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Hallo-winning!

A Harvardian take on some costume classics. Do not blame yourself for not realizing Halloween is only a few days away, considering you had to ask for an extension on a paper and slept through your midterm already this semester. With all your assignments, extracurriculars, and applications, it is easy to forget that the rest of the world continues to exist outside of the Harvard bubble. Have no fear (save that for the actual day!), the Indy has you covered with some easy and relatable costumes: Ghost No, not like the “Boo, look at this sheet that I bought solely …






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Coming Out of My Cage

On National Coming Out Day: a reflection. I never could make up my mind about anything: not dinner, not what outfit to wear for formals, where to go for dinner, or what song to put on during car rides. But, contrary to popular belief, being bisexual has nothing to do with a failure to make up your mind. It’s not that I don’t know whether I like girls or boys, because, being the master of multi-tasking, I like to think I can actually do both pretty successfully. Arriving on Harvard’s campus freshman year with confidence and some ideas of who …






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QSA: Failing with Allyship

New policy announcement sparks criticism. This past week, Harvard College Queer Students and Allies (QSA) met for elections and engaged in a conversation about the organization’s role in political issues. The discussion ended with a vote in favor of a new policy regarding QSA’s neutrality and decision to refrain from becoming a political organization, supported by 15 attendees.  On September 13, two days after the meeting, an email was sent across the listserv to explain the new policy: QSA should remain extremely committed to advocating for LGBTQ+ students on campus and LGBTQ+ issues in the world at large but will …






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Impractical Traditions

Are the examples we set worthy of our reputation? The Harvard Summer School has a long-standing reputation of protecting its students, particularly those still in high school taking courses on campus during the summer. However, protecting these visiting students from the traditions that Harvard students have rarely questioned and that many will have completed by the end of their sophomore year is a different matter. On the second to last Friday night of the summer school program, recent-high-school-graduate Tyler Greene failed to resurface from the Charles River after jumping from Weeks Bridge as part of fulfilling one of the “integral” …






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Sophomore Slump (And Getting Humped)

Your grades shouldn’t be the only ones going down on you! Sophomore slump is no excuse to start slacking because, hey, if there were ever a time that called for excessive amounts of stress relief, it’d be sophomore year. Need some help on finding your “stress relief” buddy? I have got you covered! No, not in that way…that’s messy and we both know there’s no time for that kind of clean up when the pset is due by 5. Find a cute person in section. You know you are about to sign your life over to this class and are …






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A Princess, a Humanist, and an Activist

Carrie Fisher receives Lifetime Achievement Award. On April 18, Carrie Fisher was presented with the 10th Annual Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism. The award was given on behalf of the Humanist Hub, in partnership with the student group, The Harvard Community of Humanists, Atheists, and Agnostics (HCHAA). Individuals whose lives and contributions to popular culture and society exemplify the values of Humanism are awarded this honor in a ceremony, which this year took place in Harvard’s Memorial Church. The actress most famously known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise, Fisher has also established …






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SHE Will Be…

A one-gender show. SHE at Oberon will take the stage April 14th and 15th to debut a full cast of women celebrating modern womanhood. Inspired by true stories, SHE was developed by Liz Kantor ‘18 and Rachel Talamo ‘18 over the course of the year in collaboration with a cast and crew of over twenty Harvard women. After doing a musical revue of songs that passed the Bechdel test (a set of criteria to determine if a production includes multiple women who discuss things other than men), Kantor was inspired to create an original project. After the Hasty Pudding Theatricals …






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Magic is Real

BlackCAST’s daring success. From the minds of five Harvard students comes Black Magic, a bold new original play premiering on the Loeb Mainstage at the American Repertory Theater. The idea for Black Magic took seed following a year of campus protests across the nation concerning the inequalities students of color face at their respective universities. The Harvard Black Community and Student Theater group (BlackCAST) has long provided students of color with a greater opportunity to be involved in theater and seeks to showcase experiences to which black students can relate. Just as Harvard faculty came together with peer institutions to …






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Spring Breaking the Bank

First trial of Spring Break grant program raises questions.   For students who cannot afford the high travel costs during peak periods, such as Spring Break, the price of food in Harvard Square can place a heavy burden. Rather than being forced to miss meals, the administration has offered assistance to accommodate these students. Some students who remained on campus for Spring Break this year were eligible to receive a grant from the college to provide for their meals while dining halls would be closed. The $225 dollars provided to eligible students for the 9 days of Spring Break when …






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Open Harvard College Grant

The UC unveils $30K fund. A $30,000 fund has been allocated by the Dean of the College, the Office of Student Life, and Harvard’s Undergraduate Council to support initiatives addressing the compelling issues of 2016. Initiatives that address mental health, sexual assault and harassment prevention, race relations, and inclusive social life are eligible to apply for a portion of the $30k “Open Harvard College” grant. The Harvard Independent spoke with William Greenlaw ‘17, writer of the grant. Out of hopes to address the issues prevalent to student life on Harvard’s Campus, the Undergraduate Council has revamped a fund previously underutilized. …






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