Mayopoulos and Goffard: Dream Team?

BY WHITNEY GAO Why Gus+Sietse is the best thing to happen to us in years. Any more or less self-respecting student knows at least vaguely the drama that surrounded the most recent Harvard Undergraduate Council presidential campaign — a drama surprisingly more comedic than tragic, but scandalous nonetheless. Sam Clark ‘15 and Gus Mayopoulos ’15 ran on a satirical ticket (“Sam and Gus for UC Prez and VP: You Could Do Worse”) that centered on making tomato basil ravioli (TOMBASRAV!) soup a regular in our dining halls and bringing thicker toilet paper to our delicate derrieres. At every turn in …






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The Most Magical Place on Earth?

Magically offensive, that is. I’m nearly two decades old (yikes), and I went to Disney World for spring break this year. No shame, though. I love a good throwback, and this was going to be an entire week of reliving my childhood. I walked into the parks and felt all the feels, letting the waves of nostalgia wash over me in glorious elation. It was amazing, it was beautiful, and Florida was warm. It was a happy and much welcomed break from the never-ending winter we are currently still experiencing in the 617. However, as the novelty of each day …






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The Yellow (Wo)Man’s Burden

BY WHITNEY GAO Going around in circles. In light of the Miss America “controversy,” I’ve decided to speak on my experience as an Asian-American female who attends Harvard. First, I’ll provide a little background for those living under the proverbial rock. Miss New York Nina Davuluri, 24, was crowned Miss America last Wednesday, and the Twitter-sphere blew up accordingly, as it is apt to do. Comments about Davuluri being a “terrorist” and linking her to Al-Qaeda littered the online network following her win. It is important to note that these quips were made by an obviously ignorant small minority probably …






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A Square Deal

BY WHITNEY GAO Optimizing that marginal utility. Your college experience should hinge on how much free shit you can attain. Seriously, we’re (almost) all broke college kids who are struggling to not perish under mundane cafeteria fare. Although our houses do a fair job of being infinitely better than the Annenberg offerings — I’m looking at you and your omelets, Marvelous Marvin — we all know that the true prizes are in those events that shamelessly market their free food offerings. Free food from various places in the square is the ultimate temptation to draw a college crowd. Who would …






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Fighting Words

Rick Santorum speaks at Harvard amid protests and controversy. In a controversial speech last week, former senator Rick Santorum urged Harvard students to fight against radical Islam. The event, entitled “The Gathering Storm of the 21st Century: America’s War Against Islamic Fascism,” was met with both applause and protests. The speech took place on Monday, November 5th and was sponsored by the Harvard Salient, a conservative-leaning publication. Chris Lacaria ’09, the editor of the Salient, introduced Santorum to loud applause. The former Republican senator from Pennsylvania began his speech by describing universities as the “seedbed of the future leadership of this country” …






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