Hood Politics

BY HANNAH KATES A Review of Kendrick Lamar’s Newest Album. To Pimp a Butterfly is good, to say the least. So good that it prompted an all-caps tweet from Taylor Swift. So good that “i”, its fifteenth track, won two Grammy awards before the rest of the album was even released. So good that many listeners couldn’t handle the pressure and had to listen to this complicated album many times before stating their opinions on it. It’s impossible to define what this album is, really, but we can begin to define what it’s not. It’s syncopated, it’s difficult, and it’s …






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This is (Yale) CS50.

BY HANNAH KATES Harvard’s decision to move its more taken class. In the near-final step of what has been a longtime consideration for both schools, Yale faculty voted Thursday to concretely approve the adaptation of Harvard’s CS50 course into the Yale curriculum. On Monday, Rob Bowden, a member of CS50’s technical staff, answered some questions about the move, and about the course itself. CS50: Introduction to Computer Science I, one of Harvard’s most popular classes, currently enrolls 848 students, a full 12% of the entire college population. Because it offers a rigorous instruction in the basics of a discipline whose …






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Reform or Regress?

BY HANNAH KATES The new sexual harassment policy. A university-wide policy designed to address and combat the issue of sexual assault has run up against a rather sheer wall of opposition within the Harvard community. The comprehensive policy, first unveiled over the summer, garnered media attention after twenty-eight members of the Harvard Law School faculty published a letter in the Boston Globe decrying legal procedures that “lack the most basic elements of fairness and due process.” This sudden upheaval in Harvard’s approach to the issue of sexual harassment is far from unforeseen. The New York Times made plain one driving …






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Who Runs the World?

BY HANNAH KATES A look into Lean In at Harvard. This past Thursday, members of Lean In at Harvard invited the Harvard community to ‘Sit at the Table’ and watch a 45-minute video presentation by Cheryl Sandberg at the club’s first informational meeting of the year. The event, one of many “watch parties” worldwide, boasted free food — platters of salad and Diet Pepsi — and a forty-five-minute informational/inspirational video about Lean In Circles. Thought up by Sandberg, the author of the book with the same name, these circles are groups of about ten people that discuss relevant issues and …






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Science Technology 101

BY HANNAH KATES A day at the Biotech fair. The Harvard Biotechnology Club held its twelfth annual Career Fair this past Thursday. Attendees visiting the recruiting tables on the third floor of the medical school’s Longwood building had the opportunity to speak to representatives from over twenty-one companies in biotechnology and related fields. Young, well-dressed graduate students and post-docs armed with informed questions and stylish suits crowded (politely) around tables handing out informational pamphlets, emblazoned pens, and opportunities in biotechnology and healthcare ranging far beyond conventional lab jobs. Though it felt professional, the fair also felt dynamic, energetic and comfortable. …






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