Pledging or Hazing?

Investigating the controversy surrounding black fraternities and sororities. Many black Greek societies face growing pressure to reform or shut their doors in the face of charges of hazing around the country. Natasha Alford ’08 brought attention to the controversy in a Crimson editorial published last fall. The troubling incident described by Alford, a social studies concentrator in Dunster House, was not an isolated one. In 2006, Marcus Jones, a 19-year-old student at Florida A&M University, was beaten with wooden canes while pledging Kappa Alpha Psi and suffered a ruptured ear drum, along with other injuries. Two of the perpetrators in this incident …






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Studying Cuba

Students reflect on their semesters abroad. Last semester, three Harvard students traveled to Cuba, a country usually off-limits to American citizens. Monique Wilson ’09, Morgan Radford ’09, and Hannah Catabia ’09 took part in a program run by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies that sends Harvard students to Cuba every year to “experience the challenges and rewards of Cuban reality first-hand.” For Wilson and Radford, who are both African American, the chance to experience a country that was a “racial paradise” was a main reason to visit Cuba. “Cuba has been my dream,” said Radford, “because I …






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Leaving Economics Be

Accepting the market, with all its limitations.  I’m going to admit it — I’m an Ec10 slut. Even though I took a similar introductory economics class in high school, which even used the same Mankiw textbook, I still read for each section with anticipation, salivating over what mysterious circumstance N. Gregory might unravel next. Ec10 appeals to me to because I am the type of person always looking for answers, and the basic conservative economics that the course preaches gives them to me within the simple parameters of supply and demand. When something in the real world confuses me, I …






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Let’s Talk About Asex!

No longer a term applied merely to cells or laboratory experiments, “asexual” is finally being used to describe the most complex organisms on this earth. An asexual person, as described by the “Asexual Visibility and Education Network” (AVEN), is “someone who does not experience sexual attraction.” Asexuals make the point that they do not practice celibacy — the active choice to resist sexual urges — but that they simply do not have these urges at all. Many asexuals describe the discovery of their asexuality in much the same way that homosexuals describe the discovery of their homosexuality. They describe how, …






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