Beer With A First-Year

Beer with a First-Year What being a first-year on a de-densified campus is like  By GRAHAM WALTER   This is a joke. For legal and social-distancing reasons, of course we didn’t get literal beer with a first-year. But so much of what we’ve lost from the pandemic is the chance for spontaneous conversations, wherein we would catch the pulse on campus life. “Beer with a First-Year” strives to do just that. In a casual interview style, much like chats in the Queens Head, we are hoping to find out what first-years think about campus life in the midst of the …

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A Riddell for Universities to Solve

A Riddell for Universities to Solve Harvard Alumni Manipulates Test Scores of Prospective Students By GRAHAM WALTER   Mark Riddell was one of the individuals responsible in the college admission scandal. He pleaded guilty to fraud and money laundering in front of a judge and is being forced to surrender the money he made and spend years in prison. Mark Riddell crime was helping dozens of high school students cheat on their college entrance exams. Riddell was instrumental in helping around 20 families achieve inflated scores on their ACT and SATs; Rick Singer, the mastermind behind the scheme paid Riddell …

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Securing the Double Legacy

Securing the Double Legacy Insight into Harvard Freshman Dating Culture By JAYCEE YEGHER and GRAHAM WALTER   It’s a pretty safe assumption that most of us are really here to find a match and create a double legacy. I mean all of you have at least said it jokingly and know that there is definitely a little bit of sincere intent behind the words. Coming to Harvard, we all had some expectations. Our prefrosh minds may not have even known about the value of double legacy, but the prospect of being constantly surrounded by thousands of peers is enough to …

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Nadia Murad Speaks at Harvard

Nadia Murad Speaks at Harvard By GRAHAM WALTER           Having survived ISIS’ genocide and abductions of the Yazidi community, Nadia Murad has won the Nobel Peace Prize for her advocation of sexual violence. Nadia spoke last Wednesday (04/03/19) as a part of the Weatherhead Center’s Samuel L. and Elizabeth Jodidi Lecture Series in Memorial Church. Her talk reflected her life before her capture and how those events inspire and prompt her to speak out so strongly against sexual violence.         Murad spoke about the atrocities of the terrorist organization and how over 600 men from her community were killed. …

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Not the Yardfest We Know

Not the Yardfest We Know Unfamiliar Changes to Yardfest Concern Students across Campus By GRAHAM WALTER   Following the events that happened last April regarding the Harvard College student who was taken into custody by Cambridge Police, Harvard University has taken measures to both preclude events like this from happening again as well as to make students aware of resources that will increase their overall safety. In order to accomplish these tasks, then-President Faust established a committee to take measures which would take effect at Yardfest 2019. In a report entitled “Report and Recommendations” by the Harvard University Review Committee …

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Conversational Candy Heart(break)s

Conversational Candy Heart(break)s By GRAHAM WALTER   As Alfred Tennyson said so eloquently regarding love, “Tis better to have loved and lost, / Than never to have loved at all.” Clearly, and with all due respect intended towards the great writer, his words are most aptly characterized by the love and pain associated with the elementary school (and oftentimes beyond) tradition of passing out Necco’s Sweethearts Candies and the temporary loss of a tradition older than anyone living today. Likely, Sir Tennyson did not experience of the child-like thrill exchanging candies amongst friends and crushes alike, even as few people …

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State of the Union Address

State of the Union Address By GRAHAM WALTER On February 5th, 2019, President Trump delivered the State of the Union address in a truly Presidential fashion. His speech focused on unifying the parties, and while he stood firm on some partisan issues such as protecting ICE and building the wall, he brought many uplifting guests to raise inspiration for many of his goals for the upcoming year. The President was also sure to underscore the economic and political achievements by women over the course of his presidency. Trump addressed late term abortion, hoping he could pass legislation barring women from …

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