Safe Spaces on Campus

The debate continues in wake of UChicago announcement. By EMILY HALL The University of Chicago has recently caught public attention with its letter to freshmen denouncing safe spaces and promoting freedom of academic inquiry. Called insensitive by some, John (Jay) Ellison, the Dean of Students at the College of UChicago, sent out a letter to new freshmen, informing them that the College places great value on freedom of inquiry and expression in and out of the classroom. After congratulating them on their acceptance to the College at the University of Chicago, Ellison explains that the UChicago community is steeped in …






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Calling Together

Drew Faust’s somber Convocation words do not fail to inspire. By CAROLINE C. CRONIN On the day before classes began, Harvard University President Drew Faust spoke to the entire freshman class for the first time. As she addressed them at the Convocation ceremony, in which every Harvard student takes part and which mirrors the Commencement ceremony for graduating seniors, her words struck a more somber chord than in years past. The start of freshman year is filled with excitement and celebration at every college throughout the country, but this year at Harvard, it is tinged with a more contemplative sentiment. …






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Impractical Traditions

Are the examples we set worthy of our reputation? By HUNTER RICHARDS The Harvard Summer School has a long-standing reputation of protecting its students, particularly those still in high school taking courses on campus during the summer. However, protecting these visiting students from the traditions that Harvard students have rarely questioned and that many will have completed by the end of their sophomore year is a different matter. On the second to last Friday night of the summer school program, recent-high-school-graduate Tyler Greene failed to resurface from the Charles River after jumping from Weeks Bridge as part of fulfilling one …






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Life Without Greenhouse

With the beloved Science Center Café closed, students must find caffeine elsewhere. By CAROLINE GENTILE The closing of Greenhouse Café in the Science Center brings not only despair, but also confusion over where to procure snacks and caffeinated beverages between classes. Of course, Harvard Square boasts many respectable cafes and eateries, but these establishments are both slightly out of the way from buildings in which classes are held, and – more importantly – do not accept Board Plus as payment.  So what is a hungry and/or under-caffeinated Harvard student to do? The Indy’s got you covered! Behold, a breakdown of …






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Arts Roundup: Start of the Semester Edition!

A roundup of some of the arts events on offer around Harvard this semester. By ANDREW LIN Whether you’re an eager-eyed freshman or a long-suffering senior, the start of another academic year at Harvard heralds all manner of academic and personal adventures. Even with the usual beginning-of-semester buzz of concentration requirements and extracurricular meetings, the freedom granted by shopping week and the add/drop period makes this the perfect time to get out into the wonderful world of the arts at Harvard! Your Harvard tuition implicitly offers you access to a wealth of riches in the arts, from long-standing Harvard institutions such …






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