Do the Thing. Win the Sports. 

 The Indy recaps Harvard Athletics from this past weekend.  Football For Harvard football, the fun just does not stop. In its second Ivy League contest, Harvard defeated Cornell 40-3 behind dominating performances on both sides of the ball. Harvard’s offense put up a perfectly balance 499 yards of offense, and the defense followed up that performance by allowing under 250 yards and forcing four turnovers. The win puts Harvard at 2-0 in the Ivy League and marks the fourth consecutive time that Harvard has won by more than 25 points. Harvard has also climbed to its highest ranking of the …






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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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The Fall Fallout 

How to combat the autumn blues at Harvard.  Autumn sneaks up on students every year. The transition from shopping week to the fifth Monday is as subtle as the changing of the leaves, but the realization can be daunting. One doesn’t quite notice the receding green until the trees are all reds, yellows, and oranges and students don’t fully realize that readings and problem sets mean something until midterms and papers. As the work and extra-curricular commitments pile on, many students succumb to the autumn blues. The stress of work, keeping up with friends, applying for various opportunities, having a …






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Winter is Coming

Maintaining that Harvard physique in the face of it.   While I am a proponent of the seasonal tradition of packing on a few in preparation for the winter months, others maintain that winter is not the time to hibernate but rather to reinforce one’s strength and health. We are currently enjoying the blessings of a New England fall — one of which is the ability to run comfortably along the Charles River while admiring the grace of the rowers and the natural artistry of the fall foliage. Sooner than we expect, I warn you, the ground will harden with …






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Browsing the Library: Houghton and Pusey

An exploration of some of the exhibits from the Harvard Library Collections.  For all the talk of soothing shelves of books, cool marble paneling (and vinyl-grain wood veneer if you’re in Lamont), and plush armchairs, libraries at Harvard are more often than not innately stressful places. Whether it be a problem set bearing down on you or an essay whose thesis resolutely refuses to come into focus, the late-night struggles that libraries house evince the fundamentally stressful nature of a modern liberal arts education. If you’re a student who finds the library stressful at times, help is at hand, and …






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#TBT: ‘New Counseling Program Attempts to Reduce Alienation’ 

The Indy goes back to the 1970s to see the creation of a PAF-like program. This week, the Harvard Independent is bringing you an article from our September 17, 1973 issue on Harvard’s changing mental health services.  By JAMIE KATZ’74 Harvard students have become much more academically competitive in the last few years. Ordinarily, as pre-med and pre-law students vie for high grades and good recommendations one would expect increasing tension and fragmentation within the student body. Those expectations are in part coming true, but there are tentative signs that students are depressurizing the Harvard years through upperclass advisory programs. All …






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The Rise of Fall

Reflections on the transition to autumn.  Over the last week, the colors of Harvard have started to change hue. Gone are the bold greens of the Yard that, when juxtaposed with the bright red buildings, form the quintessential ‘Harvard’ image. They’ll be back—or so I’m told. For now, we find ourselves entering a phase that, in no time, will dovetail into an unrelenting winter. The arrival of the fall seems more than a change of seasons to me; it represents a change in the general outlook of people around campus. For most freshmen, the onset of this season is a …






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