Whose bad idea is the best bad idea? 

The Indy explores a competition for bad science ideas. The crowd roars with laughter as Daniel Harris explains that the reason we can’t hear our own heartbeats is that they’re too catchy, and we wouldn’t have survived because we can’t ignore a funky beat. This is not your average comedy act. This is BAHFest. Properly known as the Festival of Bad ad Hoc Hypotheses, BAHFest is a symposium of utterly ridiculous but ridiculously well argued hypotheses concerning evolution. This past Saturday, BAHFest was totally sold out as six speakers delivered their implausible, yet well-evidenced claims to a panel of four …

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Harvard vs. Yale: A Comparison of Sexual Climates 

It is safe to assume that Harvard may not be the safest place for female and gender non-conforming undergraduates. 31.2% of female Harvard College seniors who took the sexual conduct survey this past spring reported having experienced some form of “nonconsensual sexual conduct,” including sexual touching, attempted penetrations, or completed penetrations. This was a good 4 percentage points higher than the national average of 27.2%. But just how bad is our performance from a comparative perspective? A comparison is in no way meant to condone our alarming numbers. Nothing ever qualifies sexual assault. But if anything, a comparison allows us …

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Harvard Women’s Volleyball: Digging Deep 

Women’s volleyball begins to turn season around.  Volleyball entered the weekend of the New England Challenge with a lot of pressure on their performance. The prior weekend, the team had the incredible opportunity to play at the Pentagon. After winning their home opener against Rutgers, the Crimson hobbled to Virginia looking to bounce back from a two game losing streak. In the end, they lost all three of the games, including two that went to five games. Returning home with a record of 2-5, the squad looked to regroup and set the season back on the right track. First, the …

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There’s a New Marshal in Town!

Interview with 2nd Senior Class Marshal Jessica Barzilay. While most seniors are currently stressing over what they will be doing after graduation, there are a few who already have life-long commitments to Harvard. The Class Marshals for 2016 are among the latter. Reylon Yount, a resident of Lowell, and Jessica Barzilay, current resident of Dunster, have just been elected to 1st and 2nd Senior Class Marshals – which may be described as the President Vice President of the Senior Class Committee. While the elections and appointments of other members of the committee continue, Jessica sat down to discuss some of …

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The 6 People in Your Harvard Classroom

 Characteristics of Harvard Students in their Natural Habitat  Harvard Student are strange and unique beasts. They come in all forms and types and can usually be identified from afar by their characteristic type-A personalities and salmon pants. But what is this strange species like inside their natural habitat; how does a Harvard Student act in the classroom? Read on to find out. 1. The one you’ve never seen before This is a type of student you’re bound to come across frequently at Harvard. As you struggle to fulfill you Gen-Ed requirements and take classes in fields you don’t care about, …

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The New Indian Freshman in Town 

The Indy explores what it’s like to shake off nerves at Harvard.  It goes without saying that walking through the hallowed halls of a university that embodies a legacy as grand and far-reaching as Harvard can be daunting for a student hailing from a small suburban town in India. But my first few weeks on campus have also made me realize that there is more to this place that can be intimidating than the pre-colonial architecture, an almost-aggressively brilliant student body, and professors whose names are painted in revering terms on the walls of their respective fields of study. These, …

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The Harvard Comp Process

Competing for competence.  The Comp. Most freshmen have never heard this word before arriving on campus, but by the end of Opening Days it will be one of the foremost of innumerable ‘Harvard-isms’ that dominate the vocabulary of first semester. The comp is the process by which thousands of Harvard students attempt to demonstrate their worth to extracurriculars in college after demonstrating their worth in extra-curriculars in high school. Officially, the comp stands for competency, but after my first few weeks here, I definitely get the feeling that it actually stands for ‘competition.’  Despite the insistence on the term representing …

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Autumnal Arts Awakened

A pre/review of the Harvard Art Museum’s modern art exhibits for the fall. The start of any new semester at Harvard brings with it many well-worn rituals: the usual ‘how-was-your-summer’ inquiries, the inevitable promises to catch up, and the slow babble of lectures and sections (and section kids) all set a soothing rhythm in proffered words for the returning Harvard student. For those desirous of a break from the trials of Harvard student life, however, your tuition does cover one rarely used benefits—free admission to the Harvard Art Museums, the 120-year-old repository of Harvard’s 250,000 art pieces. And what a …

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