To Myself, Prior to and in Becoming a Ghost of Harvard’s Past

To Myself, Prior to and in Becoming a Ghost of Harvard’s Past By ARIANA AKBARI The Harvard campus has shifted tectonically since I first matriculated in 2013. Incoming students will have no memory of the now-ancient relics that defined a significant portion of my own Harvard Square past – places like the Holyoke Center, Cafe Algiers, Wagamama, and Crema Cafe are all gone now. Many of the administrators and professors who influenced my own Harvard experience have met a similar fate. A great majority of my student peers have scattered across the globe and are well on their way to …

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Everywhere and All the Time

Everywhere and All the Time By ANA LUIZA NICOLAE Past the Harvard Business School and Harvard Athletic Facilities, a quick stroll across the Charles River to Allston, MA leads the way to the Harvard Innovation Labs, comprising of the ArtLab, the LaunchLab X, and the Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab. These buildings are neighboring to the Science and Engineering Complex, which is currently under scheduled construction for the next few years. Easy to miss, however, is a nearby small brick building on Travis Street whose significance is often overlooked on first glance. Contrary to its diminutive stature, the building is actually …

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Fashion in the Digital Age

Fashion in the Digital Age The Eighth Installment of a Weekly Fashion Column By GRACE TWOREK   Fashion is an art; it is the type of art that is timeless and can be expressed in many unique ways. Although timeless, it is constantly evolving along with our society. Each day, both the fashion industry and the every-day people of society experience new trends—whether bringing the fanny pack back in style, eating avocado toast, or staking out a career in the enigmatic field of Instagram influencers, trends touch and influence the lives of just about everyone. Social media is a major …

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To My Younger Self

To My Younger Self Struggling with mental health on the Harvard campus By ARIANA AKBARI   People who don’t go to Harvard always ask me, “Is Harvard hard?” What they’re looking for in this question is for you to tell them, “No. Harvard is not that hard. Harvard is just like every other University. Which are also not hard.” Usually, a variation of this statement is what I say because it’s easy and because I think it makes the questioner feel more satisfied. The veritas of it all, however, is that this is just not true. The real answer to …

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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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Wearing Your Sexuality on Your Sleeve

Wearing Your Sexuality on Your Sleeve The Seventh Installment of a Weekly Fashion Column By GRACE TWOREK   Sex. People love to talk about it. People hate to talk about it. But what so many people don’t realize is that we wear sex. One may ask, how? Through the clothes we put on our body, we have the ability to express our sense of sexuality in so many ways. No matter how much or how little we choose to express our sexuality through our wardrobe, the most important part is that it is OUR choice. The world, similar to fashion …

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Hazy Gray and Hints of Haley

Hazy Gray and Hints of Haley Part 2) To the younger version of myself, after experiencing the death of a fellow student and best friend. By ARIANA AKBARI If there is one thing that I remember from taking SLS20 my freshman spring, it is that every time you recall a memory, you recall it a little less perfectly. In the end, all of your favorite memories – the ones that you have recalled the most – are just blurs, with their details filled in by your imagination. My freshman fall was a really sweet time for me, so I have …

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Shopping Week Sucks

Shopping Week Sucks A Different Perspective on Shopping Week By ALAYA AYALA   This past Sunday, an email was sent out by the UC president and Vice President announcing the news that the faculty council voted to preserve shopping week on March 27th. I have to admit that after reading that email, I was left feeling frustrated and, frankly, dreading the next Shopping Week ordeal that I’ll have to go through. As a person who likes having a routine early on in the school year, Shopping Week was kind of my academic nightmare when it came to choosing classes my …

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Modification and Makeup as Fashion

Modification and Makeup as Fashion The Fifth Installment of Fashion Advice Column for Busy College Students By GRACE TWOREK   My mother always told me the most beautiful girls are the ones that are always smiling, and I have made this my mantra throughout life as I try to infect others with a contagious smile day after day. Fashion is much more than the shirt, pants, or dress you cover your body in, but rather how you can make your style individualistic to you. It is important to let your personality shine through when it comes to your style and …

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Spring-Cleaning My Life

Spring-Cleaning My Life Just Another Article About Self-Care By ALAYA AYALA   With the weather beginning to warm up and the sun beginning to set later I, like many people, have really begun to notice a change in how motivated I am to take care of myself. Suddenly, I want to scrub down my dorm room every day. I want to make my bed in the morning, I want to wake up early. I’m even motivated to go to breakfast. These are not things I could do over the winter, by any means. The constant darkness and the cold got …

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Burn the Red Team!

Burn the Red Team! As cybersecurity grows in importance in the modern era, Michael examines how seriously (or not) the subject should be taken for college students. By MICHAEL KIELSTRA   When I started learning how to hack computers, I was very quickly taught one thing: as Uncle Ben never stops saying, great power and great responsibility go hand in hand. I read books by hackers skilled enough to hold a small country to ransom, but who emphasized over and over the importance of getting proper authorization. If you were hired to hack into a company, as a test for …

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Spring Forward

Spring Forward The Fourth Installment of Fashion Advice Column for Busy College Students By GRACE TWOREK   Have you ever looked back at one of your favorite memories and for some odd reason been able to remember exactly what you wore that day? And no, I’m not talking your communion, prom, or even wedding, but that one time you went out to dinner for your 13th birthday and you can vividly remember the True Religion, low-rise jeans and Abercrombie sweater you wore. This is one of favorite things about fashion… the ability it has to hold lasting memories in your …

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