Red (Starbucks) Cup 

Starbucks heralds in the holiday season.  Earlier today I walked into Starbucks and ordered my daily afternoon caffeine fix. After paying, I waited by the bar while listening to the soft jazz and admiring the black and white photographs on the wall. The barista handed me my drink, and I looked down to reach for my steaming drink to see that it was in a red cup. A red cup? It’s November, not Christmas time. The woman clearly observed my shock and quickly explained, “Yes, we now start giving out red cups in November.” The cup speaks for itself. Winter …






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A Plea to Gerald Chan

BY RITCHEY HOWE Why the real estate mogul should buy us a bar. In the past year, Gerald Chan, a Harvard alum and billionaire Hong Kong real estate mogul purchased $120 million worth of Harvard Square property. These purchases are certain to bring good returns as the rent of Harvard Square is only increasing. Last fall, Chan generously gave $350 million to Harvard School of Public Health, the largest single donation Harvard has ever received. Clearly, Chan wants the best for his alma mater. Why not use his recent real estate purchases to help us out a little more? I …






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It’s a Dry, Dry Campus

BY RITCHEY HOWE Dartmouth College decides to ban hard alcohol. Dartmouth’s decision to ban hard alcohol on campus shocked me. Do they really believe that they can rid a college campus of hard alcohol? Imagine an animal house without, well, the true animal. The toga party would not have existed as portrayed on the screen. Admittedly, this school rule will never work at Harvard because, unlike Hanover, NH, Cambridge is an urban setting where it is far too easy for students to access hard liquor. Even at a rural school such as Dartmouth, kids will continue to stash hard alcohol …






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My Love for Sam Smith

BY RITCHEY HOWE Hopefully, I’m not the only one. I remember last year when my friends told me to buy a ticket to see Sam Smith at the Sinclair. To be completely honest, I had to Google search this artist. Then I quickly recalled, “Oh he is the singer on the new Disclosure song!” I bought the ticket for a mere $30 simply because I had nothing better to do on a Wednesday evening at 11 PM. The man who came on stage wore a nicely tailored suit, and it seemed as though he was wearing light sparkly eye shadow. …






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BRB I’m #Unhappy

BY RITCHEY HOWE Cell phone addiction is real. I am surprised that the dictionary doesn’t include a word that defines addiction to phones. Maybe in a few more years. So many of us are addicts, yet so few acknowledge it. I recall a time without a cell phone: without the need to constantly capture my daily actions and whereabouts. Without the need to constantly communicate with multiple people simultaneously, not matter how inane the conversation. Without feeling frustrated when I take a great Instagram, yet there is no geotag available. This newfound cellular addiction causes us to avoid conversation with …






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Let There Be Laptops

BY RITCHEY HOWE An open letter of frustration. Dear Professors, Although you have written best-selling books, received tenure, been quoted in the New York Times, and are certainly some of the most distinguished academics on the planet, you are not dictators. While you can lecture us on your beliefs, your research, or the basic facts of the material of the course, there are certain liberties that should remain with us. You can help shape our minds with knowledge, but I argue that you don’t have jurisdiction on how we process this information. I have two classes this semester where there …






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The Same New Feeling

BY RITCHEY HOWE The good and the bad of entering Harvard. I have never heard anyone express how much they like to be the new kid, a role that consists of constantly looking for a friendly face, an open seat, or god forbid, you wear the wrong outfit, or get lost — reminiscing on these attributes of “newness” leaves a pit in my stomach. This novelty usually belongs to freshmen or transfer students. After my first few weeks of not living in the Yard, I was assured that my freshmen awkwardness would subside and never return: how I was wrong. …






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Ritchey’s Restaurant Review:

BY RITCHEY HOWE Alden and Harlow There’s a new “best restaurant” in The Square. This restaurant has been raved about by Boston Magazine, Boston Globe, Tasting Table, and more recently…myself. ‘Alden and Harlow’ is located beneath the Brattle Street Theatre and is wonderfully hidden from the swarms of tourists adorned with Harvard swag. In order to enjoy the exotic and delicious food pairings and cocktails, you need to descend. I arrived at the restaurant a few minutes before my date, and was pleasantly surprised to see many 20-somethings swarmed around the bar with colorful drinks in various shapes of glasses. …






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Ritchey’s Restaurant Reviews

BY RITCHEY HOWE Battle of the burgers. While Shake Shack is relatively new to the NY scene, PJ Clarke’s and JG Melon’s have been around for generations. Due to proximity, I frequent JG’s. After leaving America for more than a week, I find myself craving their infamous burger. The small historic restaurant is filled from opening at 11 AM to closing at 3 AM (and the kitchen is stern with their closing time). However, this past week I found myself at PJ Clarke’s by Lincoln Plaza. I felt as though I was somewhat betraying my local joint, but in my …






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Ritchey’s Restaurant Reviews

BY RITCHEY HOWE Rouge Tomate: Although we still sell large sodas, New Yorkers definitely care about their health. This is one of the reasons why Rouge Tomate is so popular. Rouge Tomate proudly and overtly states all of the local farms and dispensaries that they use for ingredients. As the restaurant states on its website, they go for a “elevated, contemporary cuisine that supports a healthy, happy lifestyle.” The modern décor in the large 57th street location makes one feel downtown although you are far north of trendy Soho and Greenwich Village. The bar was filled with young couples but …






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A Spring Guide to Iced Coffee

BY RITCHEY HOWE Where to find the most refreshing blend. Ah, Spring…a time when I will not be perpetually cold, when I can finally send my black puffy jacket to the dry cleaners after living in it for five months, when I no longer have an excuse for wearing Uggs. It’s a time to rekindle my friendship with my shoes other than boots. Another hallmark of Spring? Iced coffee. While most people associate spring with flowers and pastels, I think of iced coffee. Now that the temperature is above freezing, I can treat myself with iced coffee without being covered …






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The Act of Sitting

BY RITCHEY HOWE Everyone’s favorite activity. Many people miscomprehend the meaning of “meditation.” There is the assumption that meditation enables humans to “find themselves” or discover the meaning of life. This assumption stems from meditation’s association with Hinduism, Buddhism, gurus, mantras, and new levels of consciousness. However, I hope not to disappoint anyone when I say that this could not be farther from what meditation entails. Dr. Paul Fleischman instead calls meditation “sitting.” He rightfully points out that “sitting has no connotations.” Meditation should enable sitters to simply focus on their breath for a period of time. There are too …






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Ways to Not Get Quadded

Start praying now. Imagine you have the power to make your peers cry on the spot. You open the door, try as hard as you can to instill excitement in others, yet only witness tears and cries of desperation. “This can’t be happening!” “No go away!” Now imagine causing this torture to others throughout Housing Day. It is as though you are a demon, a disease-infested beast, whom no one desires to greet. This is what it must feel like to be from the Quad dorms when you tell freshmen that they will be living with you next year. Although …






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