To Myself, Prior to and in Becoming a Ghost of Harvard’s Past

To Myself, Prior to and in Becoming a Ghost of Harvard’s Past By ARIANA AKBARI The Harvard campus has shifted tectonically since I first matriculated in 2013. Incoming students will have no memory of the now-ancient relics that defined a significant portion of my own Harvard Square past – places like the Holyoke Center, Cafe Algiers, Wagamama, and Crema Cafe are all gone now. Many of the administrators and professors who influenced my own Harvard experience have met a similar fate. A great majority of my student peers have scattered across the globe and are well on their way to …

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Everywhere and All the Time

Everywhere and All the Time By ANA LUIZA NICOLAE Past the Harvard Business School and Harvard Athletic Facilities, a quick stroll across the Charles River to Allston, MA leads the way to the Harvard Innovation Labs, comprising of the ArtLab, the LaunchLab X, and the Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab. These buildings are neighboring to the Science and Engineering Complex, which is currently under scheduled construction for the next few years. Easy to miss, however, is a nearby small brick building on Travis Street whose significance is often overlooked on first glance. Contrary to its diminutive stature, the building is actually …

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Democratic Candidate Town Hall

Democratic Candidate Town Hall Harvard IOP and CNN bring together leading Democratic Candidates By TUSHAR DWIVEDI   On April 22nd, CNN, in conjunction with the Harvard Institute of Politics, hosted a Town Hall of five democratic candidates: Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Amy Klobuchar, and Mayor Pete Buttigieg. While the questions and answers presented at the Town Hall drew plenty of attention both during the event and afterwards, another broader question made itself clear as the night progressed: what was the impact of the event being so Harvard-centric? The Town Hall lasted 5 hours, with candidates answering questions …

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Fashion in the Digital Age

Fashion in the Digital Age The Eighth Installment of a Weekly Fashion Column By GRACE TWOREK   Fashion is an art; it is the type of art that is timeless and can be expressed in many unique ways. Although timeless, it is constantly evolving along with our society. Each day, both the fashion industry and the every-day people of society experience new trends—whether bringing the fanny pack back in style, eating avocado toast, or staking out a career in the enigmatic field of Instagram influencers, trends touch and influence the lives of just about everyone. Social media is a major …

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To My Younger Self

To My Younger Self Struggling with mental health on the Harvard campus By ARIANA AKBARI   People who don’t go to Harvard always ask me, “Is Harvard hard?” What they’re looking for in this question is for you to tell them, “No. Harvard is not that hard. Harvard is just like every other University. Which are also not hard.” Usually, a variation of this statement is what I say because it’s easy and because I think it makes the questioner feel more satisfied. The veritas of it all, however, is that this is just not true. The real answer to …

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A Riddell for Universities to Solve

A Riddell for Universities to Solve Harvard Alumni Manipulates Test Scores of Prospective Students By GRAHAM WALTER   Mark Riddell was one of the individuals responsible in the college admission scandal. He pleaded guilty to fraud and money laundering in front of a judge and is being forced to surrender the money he made and spend years in prison. Mark Riddell crime was helping dozens of high school students cheat on their college entrance exams. Riddell was instrumental in helping around 20 families achieve inflated scores on their ACT and SATs; Rick Singer, the mastermind behind the scheme paid Riddell …

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Words

Words A Poem By ABIGAIL JADE KOERNER   Journal writing is for quiet If I don’t the words will spin in my head I repeat them like twirling on a dance floor I don’t want to forget them So I repeat them and repeat them and It’s like the pounding of a keyboard. They echo like Trains sound in tunnels Brass instruments in a theater with the right walls I like it when the words stop moving When I Sit down and put on headphones Sounds of music replace the Hollow rhythm of repetition Words swirling from brain to page …

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Harvard Sophomore Chosen for South African Field Hockey Squad

Harvard Sophomore Chosen for South African Field Hockey Squad A Conversation with Hannah Pearce about her Field Hockey Career and Future By EVELYN GRAY   Coming off of Harvard Field Hockey’s historic top 10 finish in the NCAA this past fall, sophomore Hannah Pearce ‘21 has been selected to represent her native South Africa on the women’s Senior National Field Hockey Team. This is not the first time the psychology concentrator in Winthrop house has represented her country on an international stage; Pearce was named Dave Carr U18 Girls Player of the Year by the South African Hockey Association her …

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A Clean Sweep

A Clean Sweep Harvard Track and Field Overpowers Yale in New Haven By JP VIEIRA   Harvard men’s and women’s track and field teams took on Yale, in New Haven, this past week. The Crimson went for the sweep, with both the men’s and women’s teams winning (the men by a score of 95-68 and the women by a score of 105-57). Starting off with the women’s 100 meter dash, Harvard women sprinters finished from positions 1-5, with senior Ngozi Musa placing first, sophomore Olivia Okoli placing second, and freshman Katina Martin placing third. The women’s 200 meter dash was …

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2019 Sex Issue Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor Dear Reader, The staff of The Harvard Independent is proud to present to you the 2019 Sex Issue! As an organization, this issue is one of the most exciting and interesting for us to put together, and we hope that translates to you as well. This issue is a collection of Harvard undergraduate sexual statistics based on the answers you provided while taking our annual Sex Survey. The Sex Issue, one of our most widely read issues, is meant to expand and engage in dialogue concerning sex on Harvard’s campus by way of statistics, personal narratives, …

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Val Elefante: “The One Who Is Writing Her Thesis on Porn”

Val Elefante: “The One Who Is Writing Her Thesis on Porn” An insight into the power of Harvard students who question the current sexual culture By MIMI TARRANT   For the Sex Edition, the Indy connected with Val Elefante, a senior in Leverett House who has spent her four years at Harvard exploring the medium of pornography and its implications regarding sexual culture. In this interview, Val explains why she chose pornography as the basis for her thesis, and how her experience at Harvard has shaped her views on sex as a whole.   Indy: What is your concentration at …

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Sex Survey

Sex Survey Quotes and Highlights   Tell us your most awkward sexual experience I pulled up to the dude’s apartment and he opens the door in just a leather harness. During my first college hookup, my partner came on my shirt (that was still on) after I touched his penis for about 5 seconds. When I returned to my room, my roommate asked me if I had jizz on my shirt. My “dirty talk” was so bad that my partner started laughing and I was so embarrassed that I cried. 2 bottoms don’t make a top A one time hookup …

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