By (User) Design

The Harvard Library presents newest research tool. The first thing I notice upon entering the room is a set of large posters on the wall. The next is a sheaf of pamphlets. Then, I notice the stack of business cards on the desk in front of me. I’m here to notice things, and to have people notice what I notice, which is harder to do than one might assume. How can user experience be quantified? This is the work of the Harvard Library User Research Center. I’m at the URC to participate in a study on the design of a …






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The Devolution of 2016

And why we all need to take a breather. The tumultuous nature of this 2016 Presidential election cycle has led to the dedication of massive news coverage. Political news has become the topic of popular discussion, even in circles that might normally be disinterested in the political realm. Politics has become a pop culture sensation, with constant references to the election appearing on nightly comedy shows and in social media memes. In essence, everyone is freaking out. This is likely because this election has been one of the most exciting and engaging in recent memory. With radical candidates on both …






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SHE Will Be…

A one-gender show. SHE at Oberon will take the stage April 14th and 15th to debut a full cast of women celebrating modern womanhood. Inspired by true stories, SHE was developed by Liz Kantor ‘18 and Rachel Talamo ‘18 over the course of the year in collaboration with a cast and crew of over twenty Harvard women. After doing a musical revue of songs that passed the Bechdel test (a set of criteria to determine if a production includes multiple women who discuss things other than men), Kantor was inspired to create an original project. After the Hasty Pudding Theatricals …






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Yes, No, Maybe

“Is this ok?” I have heard this question more times this year than perhaps in my entire life, asked tentatively, hands approaching with caution, whispered breathlessly into my ear. The prevailing attitude in most consent discourse is that, although consent is necessary, it is decidedly unsexy, and that questions like “Is this ok?” are inevitable mood killers. After spending this year having the best sex of my life, I am inclined to disagree wholeheartedly. Discussions of sexual communication are often made more difficult by the fact that we may confront questions to which we do not have answers. Many of …






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