Orbital Economics

Ec-10 Meets Asteroid Mining By JOSE ESPINEL   Take a trip to one of STAHR’s open houses at the Harvard Loomis-Michael observatory on a clear night (or get that coveted swipe access and go on your own time) and look up at the sky. Up there, that’s the realm of improbability. There are Wolf-Rayet stars frantically ejecting their atmospheres; exoplanets with orbital periods measured in mere hours. There is a certain suspension of disbelief that accompanies the study of the cosmos. So if I told you that an exercise in economic theory was taking place up there, in space, would …

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On Embodying the Upside-Down Smiley Face Emoji

Some thoughts on Mental Health on an Ivy League campus. By ALAYA AYALA Upon going through old text messages recently, I counted an extraordinary 103 uses of the upside-down smiley face emoji over the past week. This may just be an expression of my lack of creativity when it comes to using emojis, but I like to think it’s a pretty accurate reflection of where my mind has been recently. I’m definitely smiling, but it’s not for happy reasons, if you catch my drift.   Last term, quite frankly, was hell for me. On the outside I’m sure I looked …

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How to Avoid Being Called ‘Mouthy’ As You Swallow Him Whole!

By HUNTER RICHARDSYou’re here again – faced with an overly self-assured, middle-aged man in a position of authority over you that isn’t a fan of you speaking up about your opinions, let alone you having them. You’re getting tired of hearing him call you ‘Mouthy’, even as you dislocate your jaw and continue to swallow him whole. But nobody’s metabolism is strong enough for swallowing all the awful men in your workplace whole, so you really have to learn to constrain yourself. Luckily, there’s enough stock images to sort through your thoughts before becoming a certified Man-Eater (and Man-Digester).   …

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Why Choose Harvard?

By JAYCEE YEGHER As the lucky few kids open acceptance letters from Harvard, they are probably opening acceptance letters from other elite institutions as well. Why choose Harvard? Here’s what some of our current freshmen had to say… “Harvard had way better financial aid and more study abroad opportunities than my state school. And because it’s Harvard!” – Benazir Neree “One, it’s literally the best school. Two, they offered me the best financial aid. Three, I genuine believed that Harvard would offer me personally the most diverse, fulfilling academic and social experience.” – Samantha Gamble “With the Berklee dual enrollment …

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Jumping Through Hoopes

Taking time to concentrate on myself after meeting concentration requirements. By HUNTER RICHARDS Everyone says that doing a thesis is going to be difficult, but nobody admits just how hard it can get sometimes. Nobody wants to talk about struggling to take care of your health and well-being. There isn’t anyone there who is asking, “How is your thesis going?” that wants to know more than what progress you’ve made academically. In reality, this is a loaded question that isn’t easy to answer in the process.   The morning after submitting my thesis, I felt a weight lifted off of …

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Lost and Found:

Your Will to Survive By HUNTER RICHARDS There are plenty of ways to hate your life that don’t require doing a thesis, so why bother spending 9 months suffering when there’s plenty of one-time instances you can lose your will to survive! Taking a class with quizzes at the beginning of each lecture that you can’t just send a clicker with a friend to get you attendance credit. The only thing worse would be when you drunk message your professor after ghosting on their email to you earlier this week that you suddenly feel too guilty to ignore. This is …

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Is Black Panther the first great Iraq War movie?

New movie prompts cultural analysis. By NAWAL ARJINI   One of the most beautiful and generous aspects of Ryan Coogler’s recent Black Panther movie is that it dedicates its emotional center to its villain: Eric N’Jadaka, better known as Killmonger. The hero, the Black Panther himself, is earnest, simple, and difficult to hate. But Killmonger tests the ease with which superhero-movie audiences align themselves with the (ultimately, inevitably) winning side: he has a compellingly troubled past (for which T’Challa’s idolized father is responsible) and an uncompromising mission of racial redress. In giving us Killmonger’s full backstory, it becomes the first …

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Carmen Americanum

By C. Ghost   I feel your absence as if it were present Physically present, an incubus, an emanation A carbuncle of ice that chills me Hexes me into the doped inertia of unfeeling.   Now that I think of it, the ice must have Always been there, even when your warmth was present Not even your body holding mine at night Ever made it sublime into the thin air of winter   For even in your presence I could already feel your absence I could see the invisible future, your untimely evaporation Your warmth dissipated and the carbuncle still …

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Symptoms of a Broken Mirror

A short story By ALAYA AYALA The cold tore through Her jacket like some beast, biting at Her skin, wrapping itself around Her, making it hard for Her to breathe. She barely noticed. She was freezing on the outside, Her leather jacket and thin leggings not doing much to prevent the onslaught of the bitter wind, but it didn’t matter. On the inside, She was incandescent, She was blazing. Had it been weeks? Months? Since that last outing, since She had last allowed Herself to let go of the reins that She always clutched in a vicelike grip? She couldn’t …

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Consider This

March For Our Lives & Harvard Progressives BY MALCOLM REID   Recently, progressives around the country participated in the March For Our Lives. Soon, Harvard students will have a sit-in for gun control. And yet, children, students, and innocent Americans will still be endangered en masse. But only if we stay on this course. Why is that? There are many arguments on what policies will and won’t work, but the most important ones will continue to fall on deaf ears. It’s just a matter of approach.   That “NRA thing” is how Cameron of MSD referred to Dana Loesch’s event …

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10 Blocking Group Stereotypes You’ve Probably Encountered This Spring

New Freshman Class, Same Old Stereotypes By JAYCEE YEGHER and ALAYA AYALA With the beginning of Spring Term came Blocking Fever™. Everywhere you looked there were frantic freshmen trying to figure out who they would be living with for the rest of their Harvard lives. The stress of it all was overwhelming, but there was hope for all of us. We all went through a blocking group or five over the course of the second semester, but settled down somewhere tolerable at least. Perhaps you landed your dream blocking group, or maybe you or a loved one ended up like …

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