The Quiz 

Just the things you ought to know.  With this year’s Game approaching, The Indy wants readers as informed as possible about the oldest game in college football. And with The Game being played almost every year since 1875, it is difficult to keep track of all the history, tomfoolery, and revelry that surround the rivalry. So, without further ado, here is a quiz to both test your knowledge and fill in what you may have missed. The Harvard Independent presents nine questions for nine straight wins. Questions: 1) Who won last year’s Game? Harvard Yale MIT Pranksters The Harvard Band …






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Fight Night 

Some reflections on the latest Republican debate.  The fourth Republican debate occurred on November 10, and with it, the American people once again had a chance to see candidates argue about who is the best option to take on the Democratic nominee (also known as Hillary Clinton — sorry Bernie). The major change from the prior debates was the dropping of two more candidates, Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee, from the main stage. As a result, eight major contenders remain. In order of the most recent poll numbers, they are: Ben Carson, Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, …






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Down But Not Out 

An unathletic athlete’s take on injuries.  I would never really consider myself an athlete in the traditional sense of the word. I live for sports. I want to pursue a career in the sports world. But I have never been particularly good at any of them. Upon arriving at Harvard, it appeared that my athletic career was almost definitely over. That was not exactly true, however. After a year of college, I realized I missed the team attitude—the idea that a bunch of people had my back on a field or court, the bus rides to opponent schools, the feeling …






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Harvard Women’s Volleyball: Digging Deep 

Women’s volleyball begins to turn season around.  Volleyball entered the weekend of the New England Challenge with a lot of pressure on their performance. The prior weekend, the team had the incredible opportunity to play at the Pentagon. After winning their home opener against Rutgers, the Crimson hobbled to Virginia looking to bounce back from a two game losing streak. In the end, they lost all three of the games, including two that went to five games. Returning home with a record of 2-5, the squad looked to regroup and set the season back on the right track. First, the …






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Pura Vida, Mae!

BY SEAN FRAZZETTE My winter session in Costa Rica. The week before classes started, while Cambridge was a mixture of freezing temperatures and snow, eleven members of the Harvard community and I traveled down to the warm and sunny city of Liberia in northern Costa Rica to build a house for PBHA’s Habitat for Humanity. The trip, which was a total of eight days, was an incredible mix of hard work, community service, and cultural education rolled into one. The group of twelve was composed of seniors Aleja Jiminez-Jaramillo, Helen Zhao, Sietse Goffard, Jenny Shi, and Lenica Morales-Valenzuela, juniors Saad …






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New Varsity Blues

BY SEAN FRAZZETTE Women’s Rugby starts season with a tough loss. Last season, in their first every season as a varsity program, Harvard’s Women’s Rugby cruised through the Ivy League with little difficulty, eventually winning the conference championship and qualifying for the National Tournament. Coming off such a high-octane season has placed high expectations on the Crimson, who lost a number of key contributors to graduation and injuries. Nevertheless, led by captains Brooke Kantor ’15, Kaleigh Henry ’15, and Hope Schwartz ’16, as well as returning head coach Sue Parker, Harvard’s newest varsity program has been practicing for weeks to …






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Back to the Grind

BY SEAN FRAZZETTE My gripes with Harvard’s shopping week. Move-in days can be stressful. Hundreds of students are carrying bags, boxes, futons, sheets, clothes, and a number of other items this way and that, crashing into walls, trying to prop doors, and wallowing in sweat and exhaustion. When move-in ends, however, everything should be up from there. People have reunited with friends. Opening days (or rather nights), filled with the parties and stress-free activities that will be more difficult to find when midterms and papers are breathing down our necks. Yet one aspect of school, directly following opening days, does …






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A Marathon Remembered

BY SEAN FRAZZETTE Strong and together, a city that never faltered. A year ago from Tuesday, on Marathon Monday — a day more important to Bostonians than can be explained in words — two brothers, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, allegedly tried and succeeded to a degree in degrading the special day. Using bombs placed near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, the brothers killed three people, Krystle Campbell, Martin Richard, and Lingzi Lu, as well as injuring many others. The tragedy sent the city of Boston and its surrounding areas into turmoil. Harvard students and affiliates running in and …






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Shifting Gears

BY SEAN FRAZZETTE Why I decided to change my concentration. Coming into college — actually, since freshman year of high school, I would say — I knew that I would be an English major. Every year of high school, all of my science and social studies courses seemed to be thrown into the backseat when it came to work. I obsessed over every book I read, every short story I perused, every play I flipped through. I honestly only disliked two books over the course of my high school English classes: The Road by Corman McCarthy and Tracks by Louise …






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The Comeback Kids

BY SHAQUILLA HARRIGAN Harvard men’s basketball reappear in March Madness. One year ago, the Harvard men’s basketball team made history as the then No. 14 team claimed its first-ever NCAA win over the then No. 3 New Mexico Lobos in a close match 68-62. Despite being the best team in the Ivy League, few thought that a sports team from Harvard had the ability to be serious contenders in one of the most frenzied sporting events of the year. But, as anyone who seriously follows collegiate basketball knows, March Madness is comprised of many tales depicting heartbreak and the overwhelming …






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Spring Build

BY SEAN FRAZZETTE Building, painting, and working down in North Carolina. Over Spring Break, thirty-one Harvard students packed into PBHA vans and drove down to either Virginia or North Carolina as a part of the school’s Habitat for Humanity Spring Break program. Twenty-one of the students, myself included, went down to Goldsboro, North Carolina, where we stayed in the local Parks and Recs department (alas, Leslie Knope was not present) by night and worked at a local site by day. Once there, we had five days to get as much work done as possible. Around eighty students from a number …






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Fit for a King

New housing makes Dunster swing prime real estate for next year. On Friday, February 14, 2014, Dunster House tore out the hearts of the sophomores that will be living in their loving Moose community next year. It is common knowledge that Harvard’s oldest upper-classman house is undergoing renovations next year — something that many acknowledge is necessary for the rickety old building that’s insides look more outdated than the Harvard Hall classrooms that still have desks for those from the 17th century. The prospect of swing housing is incredibly alluring for a Dunsterite. With a very small amount of great …






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Sports Matters

BY SEAN FRAZZETTE College athletics, their purpose, and why Harvard should care more. From the age of 0 to about 17, I wanted nothing more than to attend University of California Los Angeles after I graduated from high school. The reason for that was not based on their prestigious academics, gorgeous campus, or beautiful weather. No, the reason I wanted to go to UCLA was solely rooted in the fact that I wanted to be a Bruin. I wanted to wear white, gold, and powder blue to every possible sporting event, stay standing for the whole game, and cheer and …






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