Salman Rushdie at Harvard

The Indy reports on the world famous author’s recent visit to Harvard.   Standing before a church gathering and asking people to “treat religion with the contempt it deserves” is not everyone’s cup of tea. Unless, of course, you are Salman Rushdie. Last Monday, Cantabrigians had the chance to spend an evening with the Booker-Prize winning author, as he read excerpts from his new book, Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights. Rushdie makes for a highly contentious figure in the part of the world from which I hail. It is rare to meet an educated Indian who takes to Rushdie’s …






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Harvard Gallops Ahead

BY CAROLINE CRONIN Club Polo at Harvard grows. This past weekend marked the annual alumni celebration and polo tournament for the Harvard Polo Club. If you need clarification, I am talking about polo on horses with mallets and helmets, and not the rather pedestrian diversion in which boys and girls flail about in water wearing silly caps. It was the event of the season, and I am truly sorry for those of you who were unable to attend. Balls flying, horses galloping, young men and women strutting about in those tight, oh-so-flattering, impeccably white pants — indubitably a most jovial …






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New Varsity Blues

BY SEAN FRAZZETTE Women’s Rugby starts season with a tough loss. Last season, in their first every season as a varsity program, Harvard’s Women’s Rugby cruised through the Ivy League with little difficulty, eventually winning the conference championship and qualifying for the National Tournament. Coming off such a high-octane season has placed high expectations on the Crimson, who lost a number of key contributors to graduation and injuries. Nevertheless, led by captains Brooke Kantor ’15, Kaleigh Henry ’15, and Hope Schwartz ’16, as well as returning head coach Sue Parker, Harvard’s newest varsity program has been practicing for weeks to …






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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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Campuses Past

BY ANDREW LIN A brief recitation of the history and development of the American college campus. With the conclusion of another summer, scores of fresh-faced new freshmen and grizzled veteran upperclassmen are now streaming through the variegated buildings, green spaces, and common areas of Harvard’s various educational domains. The basic portrait of these spaces, as conceived by students and the public alike, is one that seems almost archetypal: ivy-bedecked brick-and-marble Colonial and neo-Classical shrines to learning, with the occasional Richardsonian gem or concrete modernist edifice thrown into the mix. Amidst the hustle and bustle of choosing courses and extracurriculars (COMP …






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Heating Up

BY PEYTON FINE Crimson win three games and advance to the Beanpot Finals. The first half the Harvard baseball team’s season has not been kind. However, some warmer weather at home may be just what the doctor ordered to heat up the Crimson. In a five-game week, the Crimson amassed three of their eight total wins this season in just this weekend. The team is now advancing to the finals of the Beanpot Tournament. Last week’s games began on Wednesday against Boston College for the team. The Crimson fell behind early when Boston College opened the game with four runs …






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Coming to the End

BY SHAQUILLA HARRIGAN HMV has a bittersweet regular season ending. The Harvard Men’s Volleyball team had an incredibly bittersweet ending to their regular season last Friday and Saturday. Form experiencing the thrill of playing their biggest rival to celebrating the amazing legacy of five seniors, the men’s volleyball team took it all in stride with their bro-love showing on and off court. The first matchup of the weekend was against the men’s volley team’s biggest nemesis, the Penn State Nittany Lions. The crimson had a lot to prove going into this game. The team ad to prepare for the Lion’s …






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Springing into Action

BY CHRISTINE WOLFE The Indy preview’s Harvard’s Spring Sports Springtime at Harvard means many things: the sun giving false-hopes of above 50 degree weather, a seemingly accelerated midterm schedule, and most importantly, the return of spring sports like baseball, tennis, and lacrosse. We hope seeing the successes of our teams will be enough inspiration to trek across the river and experience the outdoors–Harvard Athletics style. Baseball Harvard faced BC in the first round of the Boston Beanpot 2014 yesterday, coming off of hard conference losses against Penn and Columbia last weekend. Their next conference meet is against Brown, who as …






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A Spring Guide to Iced Coffee

BY RITCHEY HOWE Where to find the most refreshing blend. Ah, Spring…a time when I will not be perpetually cold, when I can finally send my black puffy jacket to the dry cleaners after living in it for five months, when I no longer have an excuse for wearing Uggs. It’s a time to rekindle my friendship with my shoes other than boots. Another hallmark of Spring? Iced coffee. While most people associate spring with flowers and pastels, I think of iced coffee. Now that the temperature is above freezing, I can treat myself with iced coffee without being covered …






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Let Them In!

BY CHRISTINE WOLFE The College makes a class. Each year, on the last week of March, the world learns what makes a Harvard student. Though admissions is as much about making a class as it is an effort to find the best and brightest, to select 2,023 from 34,295 necessitates some attention to the individual. But what exactly does Harvard care about in choosing its students? William R. Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions and financial aid, smiling warmly, would cite the diverse and dedicated set of passions from every echelon of society (his exact words in the Gazette last week were: …






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Squashing the Competition

BY PEYTON FINE Farag Leads Crimson to Squash National Championship Let me make something very clear. Ali Farag, Harvard’s number one squash player, is really good. We are talking number one junior player in the world good, reigning collegiate national champion good. In this year’s national championship, Farag swept his opponent while never giving up more than four points in a game. Harvard swept all three of its opponents this weekend in route to the Potter Cup; Harvard’s first collegiate squash team championship since 1998. That’s domination no matter what sport you follow. Look, I love sports, but covering the …






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Parting Words

BY CHRISTINE WOLFE Some advice from a senior. I’ve finally realized that, as a senior, I’m about to leave Harvard. I find the thought of exit very liberating — Harvard has not been an easy place for me. I’m ready to move on. But Harvard has been my home for the last four years. To leave without intention to return is to break with a place and a community that has changed me. I don’t want to take advantage of what I’ve been given here. Nor do I want to forget what I’ve learned from having things taken away. And …






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Big Minds, Big Thoughts

BY MILLY WANG Harvard Thinks Big inspires once again. Each year, the Harvard College Events Board organizes an evening event where six faculty members are invited to share their ideas and research with the Harvard undergraduate community in only ten short minutes. This annual event occurred on Wednesday February 5th – a night of heavy snowfall, which could have explained the fewer than usual members in attendance. But despite the slightly sparser numbers in attendance, this year’s Harvard Thinks Big event was just as action-packed and inspiring as the years past. With a lineup of professors and lecturers ranging from …






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More Proof that Chuck Norris is Trying to Take Over the World

So we’ve got the World Net Daily articles, those darn facts of his (“Now, what I want is, Facts.”), and, of course, his ubiquity in the God-endorsed Mike Huckabee campaign. Carlos Ray Norris (alias “Chuck”) really seems to be up to something. Unabashed in his obviously devious plan to take over the world, Chuck has already endorsed statements such as “Chuck Norris doesn’t endorse; he tells America how it’s gonna be.” But little did we know that he would be personally coming after our Godless liberal haven here in Cambridge. On the interactive email list “Throptalk”, the main communication device …






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Nice Try Hiding Your Anti-Harvard Agenda, IvyGate

I’ve never been a big fan of IvyGate (from hereon referred to as “IvyHate”), and not just because I happen to know a bubbly little sex blogger named Lena Chen who they plagiarized from a month or two ago. I don’t know who they are or where they’re from- nor do I really care- but they strike me as a gang of self-serving (what the Crimson would call “masturbatory”) Yalies out to drown their own social inhibitions in bitter stabs at their rival college. In fact, it is difficult to take the “Ivy” in their title seriously when 17 of …






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