An Author in Adams

The Indy sat down with student author Briuana Green to talk about her new book, The Fall, and what’s going to happen next. By EMILY HALL If five years ago, you’d told Briuana Green ’18 that she’d be a published author before graduating college, she might not have believed you. But today, she’s exactly that. Originally from Arkansas, Briuana came to Harvard without any concrete plan of how she’d write a book, but she had known for a while that she wanted to eventually. What she didn’t realize was that during her sophomore year of college, her sister’s new high …

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Open Campus Initiative Shakes Up College Life

A new organization holds first event. By EMILY HALL   The new organization brought controversial professor Jordan Peterson to campus Monday, despite backlash from other student groups. On Monday evening, new student organization the Harvard College Open Campus Initiative hosted its first event on campus. They hosted Dr. Jordan Peterson, a professor at the University of Toronto who has recently come under fire for a video series decrying political correctness, in an event titled “Mask of Compassion: Postmodernism & Neomarxism in Modern Times.” The group, which consists of a small number of students who have come together to promote free …

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The Future of Politics

Public Service in the Age of Trump By EMILY HALL   In the wake of 2016’s presidential election upset, have Harvard students changed their minds about public service? The answer seems to be a qualified “no”.   Last November’s shocking electoral triumph of now President Donald Trump over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was unexpected at Harvard, to say the least. Political operatives were caught off guard by the electoral result, and the administration is still far from full. Harvard graduates seem to be prime candidates for positions in the executive branch, and when Hillary was anticipated to win …

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To Preserve, Protect, and Defend

Thoughts on the office of the President.   This Presidents’ Day, I’ve thought a lot about the institution of the presidency itself. The attitudes that people have adopted toward our current POTUS have ranged from vitriolic to idolatrous, for a variety of reasons. However, the presidency transcends the individual who holds the post at any given time. It has persisted even when individual presidents have been assassinated; it has persisted through resignations. The office has persisted, and the Constitution has persisted. Our country holds the record for the longest running peaceful transition of power in modern history, and our presidential …

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Harvard vs. Yale

A Nutmegger’s perspective. Location, location, location The most obvious comparison to make between Harvard and Yale is their locations. While Harvard is situated along the Charles River in Cambridge, with lots of other colleges nearby, Yale is the centerpiece of…. New Haven. I grew up about half an hour from New Haven, and I’ll be the first to tell you that it’s nothing to call home about. It often smells like swamp when the tide is low and Yale itself is one of the city’s few redeeming qualities. I really only ventured to New Haven for a few reasons—Yale New …

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Jeb! in the Forum

Annual Edwin L. Godkin Lecture at HKS. On Thursday, September 29, the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum at the Institute of Politics hosted Jeb Bush for the Harvard Kennedy School’s annual Edwin L. Godkin lecture. Governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007 and one of this cycle’s numerous candidates for the Republican presidential nomination, Jeb(!) left a positive impression on most of those in attendance. A visiting fellow in the Program on Education Policy and Governance at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Taubman Center for State and Local Government, Bush has distinguished himself as a leader in the realm of education …

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Campus Free Speech Zones

Why you (yes, you!) should care. Amid the ongoing turmoil regarding freedom of expression on college campuses, the issue of “free speech zones” has largely stayed out of the limelight, as debate focused on safe spaces and trigger warnings has flourished. However, the existence of free speech zones is troubling to many, who consider the Bill of Rights (or at least the First Amendment) to apply universally within United States borders, regardless of one’s location. Often found on college campuses, free speech zones can refer to both periods of time and physical spaces in which student expression is permitted. Use …

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Safe Spaces on Campus

The debate continues in wake of UChicago announcement. The University of Chicago has recently caught public attention with its letter to freshmen denouncing safe spaces and promoting freedom of academic inquiry. Called insensitive by some, John (Jay) Ellison, the Dean of Students at the College of UChicago, sent out a letter to new freshmen, informing them that the College places great value on freedom of inquiry and expression in and out of the classroom. After congratulating them on their acceptance to the College at the University of Chicago, Ellison explains that the UChicago community is steeped in open debate, discussion, …

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The Devolution of 2016

And why we all need to take a breather. The tumultuous nature of this 2016 Presidential election cycle has led to the dedication of massive news coverage. Political news has become the topic of popular discussion, even in circles that might normally be disinterested in the political realm. Politics has become a pop culture sensation, with constant references to the election appearing on nightly comedy shows and in social media memes. In essence, everyone is freaking out. This is likely because this election has been one of the most exciting and engaging in recent memory. With radical candidates on both …

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