#tbt: ‘The Big Balancing Act’ 

Harvard restructures its mental health services.  This week, the Harvard Independent is bringing you an article from our October 25, 1984 issue on Harvard deciding to restructure its mental health services. Going to Harvard is like walking a tightrope. It’s said they involve the same motions. The long passage from Yard to diploma can demand a stupendous balancing act, and they say the wire is pretty thin. If the daredevils take a tumble—too bad. Harvard will await them below, like a giant safety net looming to break their fall. But Harvard will not be up there steadying them aloft. For …






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Sail Away With Me 

Harvard team wins New England Match Race Championship.  This past weekend, while many turned towards the Harvard victories at the Head of the Charles, the Crimson earned another victory also out on the treacherous waters of New England. This one consisted of saltier water, a few more life jackets, and markedly different vessels. But whether the crimson sails were unfurling or the crimson oars were feathering, the men and women of Harvard once again nobly met the standards to which they are held. The Harvard Sailing team competed in the New England Matching Races Championships hosted by Salve Regina University. …






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A Well-Deserved Win 

When the World Series ends, let the party begin     “Pigs have flown, hell has frozen over, the Saints are on their way to the Super Bowl!!”  When Garrett Hartley’s game-winning kick sailed through the uprights to send the New Orleans Saints into the 2010 Super Bowl, a long-time radio commentator for the team reacted with that quote. The jubilation in his voice was something that still today sends chills up my spine. The Saints for years were the laughing-stock of the entire NFL. At times, it got so bad that fans would arrive to games with bags on their …






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The Fan Base 

The Indy tells you which games to watch this weekend.   Basically, if you have the Crimson Craze you should plan to spend your entire Saturday at the Harvard Athletic Complex. Several of Harvard’s teams will be taking to the field, ice, and pool to vie for glory. This weekend, four of Harvard’s teams will be competing at home against the Princeton Tigers. Here’s the run-down of upcoming home games: Men’s Water Polo versus San Jose State| Friday, October 23rd @ 10:30 pm Field Hockey versus Princeton | Saturday, October 24th @ 12:00 pm Football versus Princeton | Saturday, October …






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Women’s Lightweight Crew: Simply the Best 

Radcliffe Lightweight proves to be the best college on the water at Head of the Charles. Quick question: what is the best sports team on Harvard’s campus? You may have said football, basketball, women’s soccer, or on the more obscure side, squash. All of these are great guesses, but all would be objectively wrong. The real answer here is Harvard’s women’s lightweight crew. The names Pate, Henry, McNeill, and Lang should float off your tongue with the same frequency and reverence as Saunders, Chambers, Stanton, or Sobhy. Why? Simple, they win and have won. In the last three years, Radcliffe …






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In ‘Nobel’ Company 

Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi comes to Harvard.  On October 10, 2014, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced a joint Peace Prize to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai. They called it “an important point for a Hindu and a Muslim, an Indian and a Pakistani, to join in a common struggle for education and against extremism.” While much is known of Malala’s struggle for education against the Taliban, Satyarthi’s story, unfortunately, had not received much attention before this. But ever since the prize, his work to save children from forced labor and slavery has received great appreciation around the world. …






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 The Invisible Iranians 

In Iran the Baha’is wait for justice  As the world debates the Iran deal, Baha’is wait with bated breath. After decades of persecution by the Iranian state, the deal could be the harbinger of recognition and equal rights that the outlawed Persian community has long awaited. Stateside criticism of the recently brokered deal has focused on the deal’s blind spot to Iran’s underhanded terrorist pursuits. But much less criticism traces itself towards Iran’s muted terrorism against its own minority Baha’is. Members of the community, outlawed in the country since its inception in the mid 19th century, have found themselves at …






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The Lapsed Artist Returns 

One former art student’s Harvard-subsidized return to watercolors.  Beneath the brushed metal, polished wood, and prematurely creaking doors of the renovated Leverett House there lies a quiet and rather out-of-the-way gem for anyone seeking to practice the visual arts in their spare time. The Leverett Art Room, kin to similar art rooms in Dunster and Holworthy (for the freshmen) among others, is buried deep within the subterranean basement complex of McKinlock. At the end (and on the left of) a long tunnel fittingly framed with original paintings from Leverett residents, the Leverett Art Room is open 24/7 to anyone with …






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References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot 

A Review of the Fall 2015 Visiting Director’s Project in the Loeb.  Sometimes, life is awkward. Sometimes, you have to go to the Harvard Box Office and say a very strange play title with a very straight face. Sometimes, you walk through the wrong door trying to get to the mainstage of the Loeb Drama Center, and sometimes you trip over your shoes trying to walk to your seat. But when the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club (HRDC) puts on a truly stunning opening performance of References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot, as they did this past Friday night, there’s absolutely …






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Artful Delights 

Upcoming events in Harvard’s Art Scene  Need some weekend plans? Want to immerse yourself into the Harvard art scene? Then read up on upcoming exhibits, lectures, and performances!   Popular Paintings Even though the Corita Kent exhibit will be here until May 8, 2016, you should still get out of the blustery fall weather and dive into Kent’s 1960s pop art. While at the Harvard Art Museums, be sure to check out the other special collections on display including the Gordon Ward Gahan collection and the Social Museum Collection.   The Play by Play In addition to References to Salvador …






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