Christmas Drinks: The Who, What, Where and Why

  Christmas Drinks: The Who, What, Where and Why From eggnog to mulled wine sangria, the Indy offers both traditional and alternative drink recommendations   By MIMI TARRANT   It may have only been Thanksgiving a week ago, but in true American style, Christmas is choosing not to hang around. Christmas-themed drinks may have been out in the coffee stores for a month now, but we all know that the post-Thanksgiving period is really when things start to get serious on the drinks front. Whether it’s sugar, caffeine, or alcohol that’s driving you to the end of this semester, take …

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Scoring Shots, Taking Shots

  Scoring Shots, Taking Shots: How Student Athletes Balance the Demands of their Sport and Social Lives   By ELIZABETH GUMMER   Juggling the identities of college student and varsity athlete can be challenging. On the one hand, your team and coach rely on you day in and day out to maintain and improve upon a certain level of athletic excellence. Everyday you are expected to show up on the court or field, ready to put in your all. Coaches are quick with disciples for lack of effort or preparation, and teammates consistently have a close eye on who is putting …

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Harvard as Moloch

  Harvard as Moloch   By AIDAN FITZSIMONS   The political-economic structures of power in society form the bones and tendons of “culture.” The fact that “counterculture” has itself been folded into our general culture signifies the failure of its motivating politics. The narrativized Sixties were not really about flower crowns or tie-dye or even music; at bottom, the counterculture was the reaction of smart young people to the realization that the system they were inheriting was deeply flawed, full of injustice, misaligned with human flourishing, and self-destructive. Some among the largest cohort of affluent young people in history to …

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New Indy Podcast, TIDE, Investigates the Climate Crises

New Indy Podcast, TIDE, Investigates the Climate Crises Student protests against the fossil fuel industry marks a resurgence of countercultural grassroots movements   By CHARLES XU & MARISSA GARCIA   “Which side are you on, now, which side are you on?” sung Divest …

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A Home away from Home

  A Home away from Home: Examining the unique culture of the Dudley Co-op   By CHIDAMBARAM “CID” THILLAIRAJAH   The Dudley co-op is situated in two warmly appointed Victorian houses. The main building bears a sign proclaiming it The Center for High Energy Metaphysics in large friendly letters. The common spaces eschew the impersonal décor of house common rooms for the warm and cozy aesthetic of a well-loved family living room, full of small personal touches and the smattering scattered personal effects that belies the presence of people who call the place home. The dining room has a single long table …

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What it is to be “Counterculture”

  What it is to be “Counterculture”   By TUSHAR DWIVEDI   Counterculture in modern culture has often been associated with the notion of subversion, making using a set of notably distinct values or beliefs to drive change in an existing system. The seemingly rebellious nature of counterculture appears embedded in the name itself; the use of counter gives the impression that there exists something that is being countered. This relationship has clear validity: one student the Indy spoke with expressed frustration with the pressure to adopt mainstream culture that “quite frankly is definitely not a one size fits all,” and …

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Setting the Record Straight

  Setting the Record Straight: The Origins of “The Game”   By CHIDAMBARAM THILLAIRAJAH   In 1852, as spring became summer, the students of Yale issued Harvard a challenge. The recently formed Yale rowing team had invited the even more recently formed Harvard rowing to come test the superiority of their oarsmen.  A gauntlet had been thrown down and could not remain unanswered. On the third of August of the same year, both teams met on the banks of Lake Winnipesaukee and climbed into their respective racing shells. The sleek boats pulled out onto the water and lined up, still, …

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How Switching to Sustainable Dining Really Looks

  How Switching to Sustainable Dining Really Looks: The advent of sustainable dining is a story of many food laboratories    By MARISSA GARCIA   ANNENBERG HALL, THE TABLES Annenberg Hall on a weekday morning is nothing short of bustling, hands juggling plates stacked with pancakes and bacon along with bowls abound with oatmeal. It’s Annenberg’s only meal period free from dining restrictions, and the inevitable struggle of finding a seat shows for it. Combing through the long tables for an open seat can be fruitless as many groups of friends chat before their 10:30am classes. Despite breakfast being an open …

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A Weekly Dose of Bollobás

  A Weekly Dose of Bollobás: The Mathematics Directed Reading Program   By MICHEAL KIELSTRA   Mathematics is taught in different ways. Some people prefer the large lecture format, others the small seminar, and still others that venerable Harvard institution, the long night alone with a textbook and a problem set. This year, while promoting all of these, the mathematics department is trying something different. I was privileged enough to secure a spot in their inaugural Directed Reading Program. The DRP, as those in the know call it, works by pairing up a graduate student with an undergraduate. They then …

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