QSA: Failing with Allyship

New policy announcement sparks criticism. By HUNTER RICHARDS 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 …






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Impractical Traditions

Are the examples we set worthy of our reputation? By HUNTER RICHARDS 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 …






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Sophomore Slump (And Getting Humped)

By HUNTER RICHARDS 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 …






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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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More Than a Moment

The 2016 1vyG Conference makes lasting changes. Being the first in your family to go to college can be difficult, let alone when that college is Harvard. Over 350 first generation college students from the Ivy League and other top-ranked universities joined together on Harvard’s campus last weekend for the second annual 1vyG conference to discuss their first gen experiences. Organized by the Harvard First Generation Student Union and a board of current first generation students at Harvard, 1vyG was able to spark conversations about the various first gen experiences on college campus and how universities can be better at …






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Sophomore Slump and Getting Dumped

A spring term reflection on fall term blues.   My sophomore slump can be characterized by getting my heart broken multiple times: usually on Thursday nights before my CS50 p-sets were due, occasionally when I missed a deadline for an internship I would have loved, and once or twice by a Junior living in Kirkland.          The last one was the real kicker and somehow hurt a lot more than when my TF advised me to switch final paper topics in the last round of edits. On the bright side, I can now give ample advice on how to look cute …






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Thank You 

Why Harvard-Yale makes me thankful. At this point in the semester, there’s a lot to be thankful for and not just because Thanksgiving Break is coming up. With Harvard-Yale this weekend and only a few more weeks before winter break, here are some of the things I’m most thankful for:   1. That the only time I have to go to Yale is every other year for “Harvard-Yale” Showing up decked out in Harvard gear, of course. I’ve always looked better in Crimson anyways. It’s nice getting away from Harvard’s classic red brick and busy campus life near the Harvard …






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On the Heels of Change

BY HUNTER RICHARDS Genderqueer activist Jacob Tobia speaks at Harvard.  Genderqueer activist and binary non-conforming Jacob Tobia spoke on the current state of genderqueer identities and their place within current LGBTQ communities and movements on April 4, 2015. Tobia’s talk, “On the Heels of Change,” addressed the issues faced when identifying outside the gender binary and discussed, as Tobia said, “How I came to understand my own gender identity and come to live it, love it, and work it.” Tobia reflected on how their experiments with gender and learning that there are more gender options to choose from have shaped …






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