Don’t Dream It, Be It

Rocky Horror comes to life in the Pool. By CAROLINE CRONIN The 1973 musical stage production of The Rocky Horror Show was the creation of Richard O’Brien, who wrote the book, music and lyrics. The story of a newly engaged couple caught in a storm and seduced by the strange members of a transvestite doctor’s party is a parody of science fiction and horror movies of the 1940s – 1970s. The show, made into a movie in 1975 with the name The Rocky Horror Picture Show, starred O’Brien as well. It has won awards and hearts with its eccentric comedy …






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Pop Culture at Harvard

A new club hopes to discuss and enjoy! By CAROLINE CRONIN In the place forever reserved for the intellectual elite, anything decried as “popular culture” may seem undesirable and uncouth. But one Folklore & Mythology concentrator named Emily Zauzmer ’18, is determined to change that. A lover of all things “pop culture for a very long time,” Zauzmer considers herself “fascinated by TV and celebrities.” However, like many other students, she never expected that popular culture could be a subject of study at Harvard. Yet, after interning at People Magazine after freshmen year, Zauzmer returned to declare her concentration of …






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Elections That Matter: The UC

Voting that does not require an absentee ballot. The democratic process has taken hit after hit this election cycle. Many of us have dreaded the arrival of our absentee ballots and put off sending them back due to our disillusionment with American politics and general fear for the future. (Hint: you all should have done that by now, though.) At a time when it is ever so important to make our voices heard, many are reluctant to speak up. But while those Official Election Mail envelopes have been sitting ignored in our mailboxes and desks, members of the Harvard community …






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Debate Reveals Divide

HPU hosts Sanctions Debate. Gestapo, Nazis, White Supremacists…terms all used by Harvard undergrads when discussing the Administration’s recent sanctions on Single-Gender Social Organizations. At least, these were terms put forth by the debaters of The Harvard Political Union’s Monday evening event. The event, publicized as a “Large-Forum debate on Harvard’s Sanctions on Unrecognized Single-Gender Organizations” took place in Harvard Hall 104 at 8:00pm. The resolution being debated was: “The sanctions placed on single-sex organizations by Harvard University are justified actions and will yield overall positive results.” Arguing in the affirmative were Tom Osborn ’20 and Amelia Goldberg ’19. Arguing in …






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A Spirit Moved

Experiencing the Heaney Suite Student Readings. As I made my way to Randolph on this uncharacteristically warm October Tuesday evening, it occurred to me that I had not visited the building in some time. Whether it is attributed to the hectic nature of midterm season or to the physical restrictions the strike has put on my comings and goings in Adams, I am sad to say that I have ventured from my usual path only for sustenance and caffeine of late. But the call of Seamus Heaney and an unfulfilled need for adventure drew me from my hermitage and led …






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Farmer’s Market

A haven of health at Harvard. These past few days have confirmed what the calendar has been trying to say for some time now: summer is behind us! And with it, the things that summer brings leave us as well; such as an abundance of fruit and sun, plenty of chances for fun exercise, and time to rest. So even though the New England fall is as beautiful as they say, there are many term time stressors that accumulate during this seasonal transition. Classes are in full swing and midterms are already upon us (though it is hardly midway through …






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Adams Pool Preview

A conversation with the director of The Submission. On Friday, September 30th at 7:30pm, Adams Pool Theater played host to the staff, producers, director and audience of The Submission. This production is more than a one-way storytelling and invokes the participation of the audience through talkbacks immediately following the performance. The play, originally written by Jeff Talbott and first published in 2012, centers on the story of Danny and Emilie. Danny is a white gay man who has submitted his play about a struggling African American family to a preeminent arts festival under a name he thinks will give the play …






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The OSL Calls it The “SOCK”

…and other challenges presented at the Student Leaders Forum. At the beginning of term, student leaders of all recognized undergraduate organizations received multiple emails from soch (at) fas.harvard.edu regarding an upcoming Student Leaders Forum. It was made quite explicit in these emails that in order to receive funding, renew office or locker space, and register this year, each organization must send one representative to the Forum. This condition was stated before the allotted time of this Forum – which was 3 hours – on last Thursday and Monday nights. Therefore, when the kids who drew the short straws (myself among …






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Calling Together

Drew Faust’s somber Convocation words do not fail to inspire. On the day before classes began, Harvard University President Drew Faust spoke to the entire freshman class for the first time. As she addressed them at the Convocation ceremony, in which every Harvard student takes part and which mirrors the Commencement ceremony for graduating seniors, her words struck a more somber chord than in years past. The start of freshman year is filled with excitement and celebration at every college throughout the country, but this year at Harvard, it is tinged with a more contemplative sentiment. At Harvard and around …






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Finding Gold

The Indy converses with a past and present leader. This paper, The Harvard Independent, has a storied mission. Since the founding in 1969, the Indy has attracted students of all variety to join in our ranks. The common thread that weaves them all together is that of passion – passion for the art of critical thinking in an independent nature. At Harvard and beyond, that passion becomes a driving force to excel. Therefore it is not surprising to learn that Indy alumni become role models to whom we look for guidance and inspiration. Dr. David Finegold is one such man. …






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Systems of Choice

A discussion on student agency in house lottery. The current generation of Harvard college students is one that grew up with the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling. Whether most Harvard students consider themselves fond of the books, one cannot deny that in the past 10 years or so, Harvard as a college has often been compared to aspects of the stories. It might be the comparison of Annenberg Hall to the Great Hall. In fact, just heard in the yard on Monday was a conversation between a touring millennial couple: the woman pointed to Annenberg in the distance and said, “Look, that’s the …






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