Harvard Police Blotter | Week of 10.1.17

Welcome to the Indy’s first weekly police blotter. In light of the Sexual Conduct Survey and recent concerns regarding campus safety for students, the Indy thought it would be wise to make HUPD’s police records more readily available to the student body. Below we have briefly summarized the past two weeks and carefully selected some incidents from 9/24/15 to 9/29/15. If you would like the entire report (without our commentary), click here.  Please note that in printing this information, we are merely republishing data that is already available to the public on HUPD’s public police log. Two Week Summary  The above …

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Ex-Phoenix Alumnus on a Mission 

Dr. Tim McCarthy spills beans on club workings as he crusades against assault on campus.  The door to Tim McCarthy 93’s cloistered Quincy office proclaims itself, in rainbow colors, a “safe zone.” Yet, the man himself had long been a participant, a proponent, and a living emblem, in fact, of spaces that were anything but safe. And on a sunny September morning last Thursday, he had his personal reckoning: twenty-five years after graduation, McCarthy renounced his membership from the Phoenix S.K. Club in a widely publicized address delivered at Memorial Church. McCarthy was riven by the contradictions that had come …

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Mental Health at Harvard: “How was your day, Harvard?” 

A social media campaign for social change.  “How was your day?” It’s such a simple question, but sophomore Taylor Ladd saw the importance in asking it. This fall, she launched a social media campaign, called “How was your day, Harvard?” to encourage more people to ask the question. Mental health has recently been at the forefront of issues at Harvard, especially in light of the tragic suicide of sophomore Luke Tang at the beginning of this school year and the recent release of the sexual assault survey results. Whether it’s helping students who are dealing with depression, anxiety, or trauma, …

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The Chinese Education System: The Pressure of 1.4 Billion

Pressure from 1.4 Billion People: A look at the rigors of the Chinese education system. As China has increasingly become a world power, it sometimes surprises me how little people actually know about what’s going on there. Of the many conversations I’ve had in Annenberg, I’ve learned that many know that Facebook is blocked in China, but few seem to think that China would have its own social media platforms. Air pollution, another hot topic, when brought up, elicits more smirks than signs of empathy. “China is polluting the world!” is a phrase spoken with no sympathy, no understanding of how …

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Moonlit Poetry 

The Indy reviews Speak Out Loud’s ‘Celestial Open Mic.’  A semicircle of cold faces, cold toes, and cold fingers.  A cold night across the concrete of the Science Center observatory. Faces shadowed by rear floodlights, faces lit by the waxing moon and a single smartphone screen. A voice. A mic. A quiet murmuring of snaps, rising against the stillness. Spoken word is a powerful thing. From formal speech and rhetoric to song, theater, and simple dialogue, the capacity to communicate and connect through sound resonates throughout our culture. Harvard Speak Out Loud (SOL) knows this well. SOL provides safe spaces—no …

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Harvard-Brown Game: Splendor on the Grass

Field Notes from Harvard-Brown By five o’clock, the Harvard-faithful surged down JFK Street. They came in loosely packed shuttles from the Quad and in tight-knit droves from the river houses, and at the confluence of JFK and Mt. Auburn the channels merged and streamed across the river. When they crested Anderson Bridge, some people wanted cheap sunglasses to block out the still-bright sun and the glaring river, but by the time they reached Cumnock Field they’d decided they didn’t need them. A handful of well-contained tailgates formed alongside the access road to the fields. Here, old men drank Sam Adams …

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College Life On The Go: Harvard’s Mobile Applications 

A burgeoning field and its place on Harvard College’s campus. By DANIEL UM Akshar Bonu ‘17, who launched his iPhone app Masquerade on September 1st, says he was “pleasantly surprised” by the overall campus receptiveness to the app. However, he is not the only Harvard undergrad to find app success. With its low cost and high profits, mobile app development is fast evolving as an appealing option for college-aged entrepreneurs. At Harvard, many students across all years are hard at work, developing applications for community members on campus. With the rapid evolution of Silicon Valley and the “start-up” as central …

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Salman Rushdie at Harvard

The Indy reports on the world famous author’s recent visit to Harvard.   Standing before a church gathering and asking people to “treat religion with the contempt it deserves” is not everyone’s cup of tea. Unless, of course, you are Salman Rushdie. Last Monday, Cantabrigians had the chance to spend an evening with the Booker-Prize winning author, as he read excerpts from his new book, Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights. Rushdie makes for a highly contentious figure in the part of the world from which I hail. It is rare to meet an educated Indian who takes to Rushdie’s …

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