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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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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The Ivy and the Occult

  Harvard’s history with the Supernatural   By CHIDAMBARAM “CID” THILLAIRAJAH   Harvard is old. Properly old in a way that very few places in this country are. Three hundred and eighty three years is plenty of time for all manner of strange things to happen. The occasional macabre event is bound to occur from time to time, adding to the ever-growing body of stories told late at night by overworked students. Occasionally a strange and ill-advised field of study rises briefly to the forefront of the cultural zeitgeist, resulting in researchers conducting experiments that attempt to test for the …

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