Parting Shots

Reflections on my time at Harvard.  I’ve started and deleted the first sentence of my Parting Shot at least five times, but there is no good way to begin a reflection on the past four years of college without sounding slightly cheesy or cliché. I’ll try my best to limit the sappiness of this piece, but I can make no guarantees. Thinking back to my high school graduation, I was in a very different headspace when it came. I was excited to leave my small town of Winder, Georgia and move up north to Harvard. I had a lot fewer …






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Get Artsy

BY SHAQUILLA HARRIGAN Harvard’s art scene is fashionably dramatic this week.   Iolanthe; or, the Peer and the Peri| Agassiz Theatre The Harvard-Radcliffe Gilbert & Sullivan Players bring audiences another classic from the Victorian musical theatre duo W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan in the show Iolanthe. Director Chiemeka Ezie ’15 and his cast share a story about the love between a half-fairy man and his mortal fiancée. The lovers must overcome the antics of fairies and the House of Peers to come together. Unlike other G&S shows, this one more directly takes comedic aim at British parliament. This musical is …






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Pitch Perfect

BY SHAQUILLA HARRIGAN The Radcliffe Pitches celebrate their 40th anniversary. In 1975, Kathy Manning ’78 and Diane Nabatoff  ’78 came together alongside a few members of the Krokodiloes to hold auditions for a musical group that would give female voices a space on Harvard’s campus. Forty years later, the Radcliffe Pitches are still belting out jazz classics and dazzling audiences from Harvard to China to Mexico to Bermuda. This Saturday at 8 PM in Sanders Theatre, Harvard’s oldest all female a cappella group invites everyone to celebrate their legacy at their “Fabulous 40” 40th anniversary concert. Pitches president Jenny Chang …






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A Letter To My Thesis

BY SHAQUILLA HARRIGAN Publicly fulfilling a concentration requirement. In the Social Studies department, all juniors are required to take a two-part thesis seminar that outlines the thesis writing process: how to get funding, how to find a thesis advisor, the deadline of our theses, etc. To ensure that we don’t all forget what Anya, our director of undergraduate studies, taught us, the department also requires junior Social Studies concentrators to write thesis journals. These journals are meant to help us keep track of our thesis thoughts and prove to the department that we are remembering to apply for funding and …






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Presidential Love

BY SHAQUILLA HARRIGAN Ava & Dhruv share their vision for the UC. The bond between presidents and vice presidents can be tumultuous (please refer to Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr in your old AP U.S. History textbooks), but other times, they are quite harmonious. Ava Nasrollahzadeh ’16 and Dhruv Goyal ’16, the Undergraduate Council (UC) president and vice president, respectively, definitely fall into the latter category. The Harvard Independent got to sit down with Ava and Dhruv (more colloquially Avalava and Dhruvygroovy) to talk about their big UC initiatives for this year. Ava and Dhruv are well versed in the …






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An Algorithm for Love

HCS’ Datamatch helps Harvard Students Find Romance. Earlier this week, I received Datamatch 2015’s call to action. Seeing this email brought me back to freshman year when I first enlisted the help of Datamatch to find the love of my life, or at least my first date. My roommates and I sat in our common room and embarked on a quest for love that devolved into a quest for trolls and laughter. We decided to make things a little interesting by debating which one of us had the hottest top match. I won. After that little trip down memory lane, …






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Back Page Banter

The Indy chats with Connor Sheehan. Standing out on a team that is 117-players deep in talent is quite an impressive feat. While that may seem daunting for some, it is everyday work for linebacker Connor Sheehan ’15. In the past couple of weeks, Sheehan’s name has been everywhere. His name is almost always guaranteed to come up when people talk about Harvard football’s defensive dominance in their 9-0 win-streak. However, based on my interview with him, I can tell that despite accolade after accolade, Sheehan remains humble. He stands out not only for his role as a key defensive …






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What type of Harvard Football Fan are you?

BY SHAQUILLA HARRIGAN The Indy tests your Harvard Football Affiliation. 1) How athletic are you? A) You have excellent quads from droppin’ it to the floor B) You have a good arm from years of playing beer pong C) You have killer biceps from years of lifting weights D) You have excellent wrists from years of writer’s cramp 2) Who is Tim Murphy? A) Your future father-in-law B) I don’t know…who are you? C) The Thomas Stephenson Family Coach for Harvard Football D) The person who you need to interview for an article 3) If we were to look around …






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One to Remember

BY SHAQUILLA HARRIGAN Meeting David Blatt and other summer adventures. To say that I had an amazing summer would be a gross understatement. I had a summer that was a one in a lifetime experience. Not only did I get to work at the leading sports magazine in the world, but I also had the opportunity to visit Northern Ireland for ten days. During my sophomore spring, I was frantically filling out various internship applications. I began getting anxious because all of my friends already knew what they were doing this past summer. However, the ubiquitous expression, “good things come …






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A Letter to Freshmen

BY SHAQUILLA HARRIGAN Ramblings, Nostalgia, and Life-Hacks Dear Class of 2018, First of all, I would like to welcome all 1,665 of you to Harvard. Second, congratulations of completing your first of many shopping weeks. As cliché as this may sound, your time at college will include some of the most exciting, frustrating, sad, challenging, happiest, once-in-a-lifetime moments you will ever experience. While I wouldn’t trade any of the experiences I had freshman year for the world, I do want to pass on some of the wisdom I have acquired during my time here. If I had been privy to …






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Under-21 and Done

BY SHAQUILLA HARRIGAN New York for the young and fun. Age is usually nothing but a number. The Harvard bubble has reinforced this mantra given that our social scene isn’t dependent upon going off-campus to bars or clubs. However, after living in New York for the past month, I have come to find that my age separates me from fully getting to enjoy myself in New York. Being 20-1/2 years old in New York City can be a huge struggle — half the city seems to be cordoned off from me. During my first couple of weeks, anytime my co-workers …






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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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Set to Win

BY SHAQUILLA HARRIGAN HMV continues home-game win streak. While the Harvard men’s volleyball team may be known to break hearts with their good looks off the court, the squad broke more hearts last week after they beat Sacred Heart 3-0. Currently, the Crimson is seated fifteenth in NCAA rankings and is second in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA). Last week’s game snagged the team’s seventh consecutive home victory in the Malkin Athletic Center. Despite the MAC being filled with semi-rowdy Sacred Heart fans (no other fans can heckle quite like Harvard’s finest), the Crimson still pulled off winning three …






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The Comeback Kids

BY SHAQUILLA HARRIGAN Harvard men’s basketball reappear in March Madness. One year ago, the Harvard men’s basketball team made history as the then No. 14 team claimed its first-ever NCAA win over the then No. 3 New Mexico Lobos in a close match 68-62. Despite being the best team in the Ivy League, few thought that a sports team from Harvard had the ability to be serious contenders in one of the most frenzied sporting events of the year. But, as anyone who seriously follows collegiate basketball knows, March Madness is comprised of many tales depicting heartbreak and the overwhelming …






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Shut Up and Ruck

BY SHAQUILLA HARRIGAN Women’s Rugby makes history with first varsity game. Upbeat girl-power anthems sounded in the background as the Harvard Women’s Rugby Team took to their AstroTurf-stage Tuesday night. The team made history as the first Division 1 NCAA women’s rugby team. Not only is the women’s rugby team the 42nd varsity sport at Harvard, but also it is Harvard’s newest sport in 20 years. The women’s rugby team played the Quinnipiac University Bobcats in a tough game. Despite amazing tries scored by Xanni Brown ’14 — who is, completely coincidentally, a beloved staff writer for the Harvard Independent …






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