Valentines and Galentines

How students celebrated one another. By HUNTER RICHARDS Valentine’s Day means a lot of things to a lot of people, whether it means just another Tuesday or a chance to share affection with someone close to you. At Harvard, there were quite a few ways that people chose to do this but using different student organizations devoted to the arts or that offered different crafts seemed to be a favorite. Student groups like Speak Out Loud, Harvard’s only spoken word poetry group, created hand-crafted flip books of poems. Students were able to specify whether they would like a poem for …






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Act Like It

Harvard urged to take responsibility as a political actor. By HUNTER RICHARDS With the 2016 election and changing of power, Harvard students called on their university to provide support in resisting potential policies that would hold negative consequences on a larger scale. While student groups of all kinds have been taking cause to heart on the political front for years, the University has typically chosen to refrain from being a political actor. However, as one of the most prominent and powerful institutions, Harvard has social and political power and influence that cannot be ignored. Immigration Only recently have community members …






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New Term, New Me

What can you do better this term? By HUNTER RICHARDS As human beings, it’s understandable that we all fall susceptible to that “New Year, New Me” mentality. Yes, we know that time is really a social construct and the world isn’t going to dramatically shift the minute after 12.31.2016 at 11:59 pm. That doesn’t mean wanting to make a change and see some improvements is a bad thing, or that you can’t use the opportunity to start your transition into a more productive member of society. The spring semester is the equivalent of the New Year. When you stepped back …






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“Dec” Yale

Going for 10! The 133rd annual Harvard-Yale Game is this Saturday and regardless of what type of fan you may be, it is something that brings excitement and anticipation to all students. For some, it might be the excitement of selling your ticket for an outrageous amount to one of the alumni lurking outside of the dining halls after tickets get distributed. For others, it might be being surrounded by hundreds of people who have decided to come together and pretend that Harvard is the happiest place on earth and hasn’t broken them even a little bit. It won’t matter …






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Glass Shards and Bandages

I learned at a young age that ‘hope’ would get me nowhere unless it was backed by hard work. Yet, I still had faith that I would wake up Wednesday morning surrounded by the glass shards, complete with the dried blood, sweat, and tears of the women and people of color before me. Instead, I feel like I’ve been thrown out the window instead of breaking through the glass ceiling. In first grade, I told my teacher I was going to become the first female president. I went home crying, crushed after being informed that Hillary Rodham Clinton would beat …






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That’s None of Your Business

Comments on my changing colors. My phone reads 12:13 as I glance at it on my way to my noon class and as I run past the law school — hoping my professor is also running late today – I’m almost so caught up in whether I will be interrupting lecture that I nearly miss the mother giving me a disdainful look while passing by with her toddler. In the months of having bright dyed hair, I still do receive as many concerned looks as the small quote and Delta sign on my inner arm drew in the first week …






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My Body is Made of Crushed Little Stars

Self-care, when you need it most, comes in lyrical forms. After years of biology courses and common sense, I can tell you that the human heart is located off-center in your chest towards the left side of your body. But the moment Mitski walked onto the stage, I felt like my heart was everywhere at once. There is something special about screaming in a crowded room with your best friends while your hero is also screaming only 10-15 feet away from you. Feeling the drums reverberate throughout my body made me feel weightless. For the duration of Mitski’s set, it …






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Hallo-winning!

A Harvardian take on some costume classics. Do not blame yourself for not realizing Halloween is only a few days away, considering you had to ask for an extension on a paper and slept through your midterm already this semester. With all your assignments, extracurriculars, and applications, it is easy to forget that the rest of the world continues to exist outside of the Harvard bubble. Have no fear (save that for the actual day!), the Indy has you covered with some easy and relatable costumes: Ghost No, not like the “Boo, look at this sheet that I bought solely …






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I’m fckn hungry.

What should we do about it? This strike has gone on for two weeks, which directly equates to too long. But if college taught me anything, it is how to be resourceful. And by resourceful, I mostly mean use the fact that I have enough Midwestern charm (and cleavage) to get away with just about anything. Here are some other hunger-pang driven ideas that might help you find sustenance! Redownload Tinder Forget swiping your card when you could just swipe right! I may be a single independent woman who does not need a man, but I still need 3 servings …






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Coming Out of My Cage

  On National Coming Out Day: a reflection. By HUNTER RICHARDS I never could make up my mind about anything: not dinner, not what outfit to wear for formals, where to go for dinner, or what song to put on during car rides. But, contrary to popular belief, being bisexual has nothing to do with a failure to make up your mind. It’s not that I don’t know whether I like girls or boys, because, being the master of multi-tasking, I like to think I can actually do both pretty successfully. Arriving on Harvard’s campus freshman year with confidence and …






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QSA: Failing with Allyship

New policy announcement sparks criticism. This past week, Harvard College Queer Students and Allies (QSA) met for elections and engaged in a conversation about the organization’s role in political issues. The discussion ended with a vote in favor of a new policy regarding QSA’s neutrality and decision to refrain from becoming a political organization, supported by 15 attendees.  On September 13, two days after the meeting, an email was sent across the listserv to explain the new policy: QSA should remain extremely committed to advocating for LGBTQ+ students on campus and LGBTQ+ issues in the world at large but will …






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Impractical Traditions

Are the examples we set worthy of our reputation? The Harvard Summer School has a long-standing reputation of protecting its students, particularly those still in high school taking courses on campus during the summer. However, protecting these visiting students from the traditions that Harvard students have rarely questioned and that many will have completed by the end of their sophomore year is a different matter. On the second to last Friday night of the summer school program, recent-high-school-graduate Tyler Greene failed to resurface from the Charles River after jumping from Weeks Bridge as part of fulfilling one of the “integral” …






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Sophomore Slump (And Getting Humped)

Your grades shouldn’t be the only ones going down on you! Sophomore slump is no excuse to start slacking because, hey, if there were ever a time that called for excessive amounts of stress relief, it’d be sophomore year. Need some help on finding your “stress relief” buddy? I have got you covered! No, not in that way…that’s messy and we both know there’s no time for that kind of clean up when the pset is due by 5. Find a cute person in section. You know you are about to sign your life over to this class and are …






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