Prayer for Hand Sanitizer (Even When it Stings)

By MEGAN SIMS Hallelujah for viscosity (amen to that). A toast to the ambiguity of states of matter and to the bubbles that manage to stay still even when the door slams. This is a celebration of your foremothers and their menstrual blood. This is relationship anarchy, and just plain anarchy. And paper cuts. You got them on a manifesto, reading by moonlight since it’s almost full and it wasn’t too cloudy. There’s no point trusting soap dispensers, everything is sticky and the little drop of blood is creeping toward the couch. You can’t stop watching it, seems like an …






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Song and Soul

An interview with Claire Dickson ‘19. By AUDREY EFFENBERGER Claire Dickson ‘19 is a sophomore at Harvard College, and she’s also an amazing vocalist! She’s received many jazz awards and continues to perform in Cambridge and Boston. She will perform at the Cambridge Queen’s Head Pub at 9pm on Thursday, Sept 22, 2016. We got a chance to speak with her about music, school, and life. Audrey Effenberger (AE): Let’s start with a basic question. How did you get started musically? Claire Dickson (CD): My dad is a musician, and music was always around the house. I’ve been singing ever …






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He Dreams in Monotony

A short story. By ANONYMOUS The dream was always the same for him now: the idle purchase of some item one day would slowly multiply by crawling twos and fours into a weekly and then a daily ritual, inviolate as the surety of the lethal pull of gravity and the noose, steadily tightening its hold on the hapless dreamer whose purchases came to define and then consume him and fill his house, and then storage units and streets and eventually his town, his country, his continent, and the world itself in the multiplied vastness of an endless set of uniform …






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Arts Roundup: Start of the Semester Edition!

A roundup of some of the arts events on offer around Harvard this semester. By ANDREW LIN Whether you’re an eager-eyed freshman or a long-suffering senior, the start of another academic year at Harvard heralds all manner of academic and personal adventures. Even with the usual beginning-of-semester buzz of concentration requirements and extracurricular meetings, the freedom granted by shopping week and the add/drop period makes this the perfect time to get out into the wonderful world of the arts at Harvard! Your Harvard tuition implicitly offers you access to a wealth of riches in the arts, from long-standing Harvard institutions such …






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HUDS and You: Soups Edition, Part 2!

A review of some more of Harvard’s soupy offerings. Spring notionally should offer a respite from the tyranny of the harsh and uniquely Bostonian cold that normally drives so many Harvard students to the soups on offer from Harvard University Dining Services. Cold shocks, however, have proved a boon to the consumption of the various soups on offer at Harvard, a realm into which we shall plunge further in this week’s considered comments on five more of Harvard’s very own soups. Comparisons abound here in this week’s edition across countries and continents: Harvard in its soups offers an embrace of …






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This is Life in Color

Harvard students celebrate Holi.   The festival of Holi marks a very special day in the Hindu calendar. It, much like most other Hindu festivals, celebrates the triumph of good over evil, of devotion over corruption, and faith over envy. The story behind the origins of this festival stems from a puranic myth about King Hiranyakashipu who plots to kill his own son, Prahlad, for not believing in his supreme authority. Prahlad, rather, is a devotee of Lord Vishnu, and is thus rescued by him from a giant fire, which instead takes the life of the King’s co-conspirator, Holika. Holika’s …






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Chatting about Chicken

A selective review of some of the chicken offerings that HUDS provides.   With the end of spring break comes that inevitable return to Harvard – and with that inevitable return to Harvard comes the inevitable re-acquaintance with Harvard University Dining Services’ love of chicken. Chicken, that greatest of institutional meats by virtue of its low food cost per unit meal, is a staple of an institution which must cope with feeding over 6,000 hungry students. But chicken itself is a meat that often can go badly wrong: when poorly prepared, it can offer a bland, dry, and unfulfilling experience …






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Crackling Cookies 

A look at the doughy discoid treats HUDS has to offer.  Following the resounding success of the Indy’s first inaugural HUDS review, we are proud to present the second iteration – and this time, we’re indulging our sweet tooth with a review of the cookies HUDS has on offer. For those of you unfamiliar with the nature of dining at Harvard (we’re looking at you, Dudley Co-Op people), Harvard’s cookies are almost uniformly offered at lunch and Sunday brunch as the lone dessert option of choice. Consequently, they have attained a uniquely important standing in the hearts and minds of foodie …






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HPT: Dragging Sexism Out

A call for inclusive arts programs. Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Theatrical’s have been putting on student written shows since 1844. With clever, punny titles and an over-the-top brand of humor, the annual Hasty Pudding show has become a Harvard Institution, world-renowned and uniquely Harvard. Such a Harvard tradition naturally came from an exclusive social institution. The Hasty Pudding Club, founded in 1795, forms the route of the theatrics and exclusivity that today still define the organization. The social club itself still exists and has since gone co-ed, as has the staff of the show. However, the cast still remains firmly and …






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Life Imitates Art

Especially, In Election Season. In this election season few things seem to make sense. At or near the front of the pack are two outsiders, Trump breaks every rule of what you should say and gets more popular, Bernie Sanders – an outspoken socialist – is an inch behind party favorite Hillary Clinton. In this article, it needs to be said I am not going to take sides, and even when it is about politics it isn’t about politics, it’s about narratives, images, style. It’s about art and how it springs up and foreshadows our actions. We all on some …






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