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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Campus Free Speech Zones

Why you (yes, you!) should care. By EMILY HALL Amid the ongoing turmoil regarding freedom of expression on college campuses, the issue of “free speech zones” has largely stayed out of the limelight, as debate focused on safe spaces and trigger warnings has flourished. However, the existence of free speech zones is troubling to many, who consider the Bill of Rights (or at least the First Amendment) to apply universally within United States borders, regardless of one’s location. Often found on college campuses, free speech zones can refer to both periods of time and physical spaces in which student expression …






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QSA: Failing with Allyship

New policy announcement sparks criticism. By HUNTER RICHARDS This past week, Harvard College Queer Students and Allies (QSA) met for elections and engaged in a conversation about the organization’s role in political issues. The discussion ended with a vote in favor of a new policy regarding QSA’s neutrality and decision to refrain from becoming a political organization, supported by 15 attendees.  On September 13, two days after the meeting, an email was sent across the listserv to explain the new policy: QSA should remain extremely committed to advocating for LGBTQ+ students on campus and LGBTQ+ issues in the world at …






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More Listening Than Talking

Getting to know Dean of Students Katherine O’Dair. By CAROLINE GENTILE As a nervous freshman at Miami University in the small town of Oxford, Ohio, Katie O’Dair had become accustomed to rejection. Her attempts to join the student council, the campus activities board, and an international ambassadors program had all been in vain. Though she recalls feeling “pretty down about it all”, she was thankful for the support she received from upperclassmen who encouraged her to keep seeking out opportunities to get involved, especially those about which she was truly passionate. Eventually, she found her place on campus, as a …






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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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