For the People 

The new UC president asks for students’ help in making the Council more effective. By JOSH LISTON ’95 This week, the Harvard Independent goes back twenty years to the February 16, 1995 issue to showcase how the UC is attempting to garner student success. Given that students are in the midst of campaigning and gearing up for the 2016 UC elections, this article is relevant to our current culture of gaining student buy-in. ~ Last week I was elected president of the Undergraduate Council (UC) when 37 of the 86 UC representatives voted for me. That means that I became …






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The Win That Shouldn’t Have Been 

How a blown call ensured Harvard’s win over Dartmouth.  By now, you must have heard the narrative of Harvard’s win over Dartmouth. In one of the most anticipated games in recent Ivy League memory, two undefeated and ranked teams fought for control of the race for the Ivy League title. They lived up to its billing as a defensive struggle as both teams failed to eclipse 14 points, and it was as close as could be with the Crimson narrowly defeating the Big Green 14-13. Harvard sealed up the iconic victory by blocking a game-winning field goal attempt as time …






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Water Polo Swims Along

Harvard runs win streak to eight   When Harvard swept its annual West Coast road trip, it should have been a sign that this year’s team may have been better than anything Harvard water polo had ever seen. Each year, Harvard spends a week in California, considered the mecca of water polo, competing against the best collegiate water polo has to offer. This year, Harvard went undefeated on its trip for the first time in recent memory and in the process beat three top-20 opponents. After this weekend, the special feeling is getting stronger as the Crimson pushed its win streak …






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The Fan Base 

The Indy gives you the WWWWH of Harvard Athletics. Another week, another game. Now that it’s November, many of Harvard’s teams are in the midseason crunch, while other teams are just beginning their seasons. The Indy is here to highlight which games to watch and which athletes to root for.   Upcoming Matchups  November 6, 2015 Men’s Swimming and Diving versus Bryant @ 6PM Women’s Tennis Harvard Invitational @ TBA Women’s Volleyball versus Cornell @ 7PM Men’s Ice Hockey versus Yale @ 7PM   November 7, 2015 Men’s Basketball versus McGill @ 3:30PM Women’s Volleyball versus Columbia @5:30PM Men’s Ice …






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One Equal Temper of Heroic Hearts 

#BLM Founder Alicia Garza receives Robert Coles “Call of Service Award.” As I walked through Tercentenary Theater, I clutched my notebook and copy of Harvard Diary tightly – it was almost Halloween.  The glowing lights of Memorial Church did seem rather ominous in an otherwise dark and empty yard. It was too late for classes but too early for students to be out and about on a Friday night. Before I drew closer to the wide steps of the Church, I realized my mistake – it was not empty at all. Three lines of people stood waiting to enter the …






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Checkboxes for Change 

The UC has four referenda for debate this fall.  Autumn, especially the month of November, is often a period of transitions, changes, and adjustments. Not only are we adjusting to the drop in temperature, change in the time sunset takes place, and adapting to the naked trees and their yellow and orange vestiges, but we are tasked with making decisions that can potentially change life as we know it. November means elections season. While students do not always take the Undergraduate Council’s referenda process seriously, the four questions that will potentially be included on the ballot later this month could …






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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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Talking Back

Our readers are joining the conversation.  The Harvard Independent writes for its readers, and that is why this week we are featuring the comments, tweets, and Facebook posts from our readers. Our stories are meant to invoke critical thinking and share a new perspective. We want our readers to be able to engage in the conversations we start. Harvard Ignored Sexual Assault Thirty Years Ago (9/1715) By Eloise Lynton Comment, by disqus_y0iSEoD95O: “Excellent piece. Harvard has done such a poor job of responding to the sexual assault epidemic on campus. This is true across the board. There is no reason …






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The Business of Comedy

  Nathan Fielder ups the ante in his new show.  For the uninitiated, Nathan For You is a show on Comedy Central in which Nathan Fielder, the show’s star, attempts to help small businesses with bizarre business strategies and ideas. These concepts range from one episode where a Burger Shack guaranteed that its burger would be “the best the customer had ever eaten or money back,” to the opening up of a “Dumb Starbucks,” which sold everything Starbucks sells, but with the word “dumb” in front of it. Nathan’s ideas have had varying degrees of success and insanity built into …






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