To Autumn

The equinox upon us. By CAROLINE CRONIN The 22nd of September this year marks the Autumnal Equinox. The equinox is the time at which the astronomical season of autumn begins. An astronomical season is defined and measured by the alignment of the stars and planets, and not – as in a meteorological season – by the average temperatures of given months.  Though we have been at our green ivy-covered college for almost a whole month, the beginning of the fall season is only now upon us (and that ivy will soon grow red). To be precise, the equinox names the …

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A Post-Grad Not Spent Consulting 

How to become a part of the Harvard Teaching Fellows.  By CAROLINE CRONIN    How did you decide to do HTF and at what point at the end of senior year/near graduation did you decide to do it? How is it complimentary to your undergrad career and in what ways is it totally different? What cool faculty have you been influenced by and has such influence changed your future plans? What would you want someone considering entering the program to know?   I took USW35 my Junior spring, which is when I heard about HTF and started thinking seriously about teaching as …

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Engage!

An afternoon with Drew Faust. By CAROLINE CRONIN & PULKIT AGARWAL   The Inclusion and Belonging Task Force at Harvard has been met with a variety of reactions this year. Its origins are muddied by the ongoing debate on administration enforced sanctions relating to single gender social organizations and the perceived hypocrisy of many of the University’s actions. However, on Wednesday April 5, University President Drew Faust held a 3 hour-long event in Sanders Theater to expound on the ideals and aims of the Task Force. Since the Task Force’s creation by Faust in September 2016, it has been operating …

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Fulfilling and Transforming

Peer counseling at Harvard faces changes. By CAROLINE CRONIN   Though the spring term seems to be passing us by at breakneck speed, last week’s respite from academic work perhaps allowed students to take a mental breather. For many, such a break is imperative to maintaining the strength to finish out the semester successfully. It is no secret that attending Harvard College, with all its mix of experiences, opportunities and challenges, is wonderfully transformative yet still mentally taxing. For this reason, the University has, in recent years, celebrated the plethora of mental health counseling and assistance available to all students. …

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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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