All American Madness 

By ABIGAIL KOERNER    I woke up Sunday morning with a smile on my face. Sweet sounds of sweet music that reminded me of home twinkled past my ears. I hoped for time to shower and have a meal. I got in my car and drove towards daily activities- a normal day in my normal life. Driving felt cathartic. I had one foot on the gas and one to do nothing but balance my body on the seat as I turned the wheel, hit reverse, parked the car, stopped.   I swung the door open and got myself up. I was at the grocery store buying milk, cheese, eggs, necessities. I felt like buying beer for the evening: a case for friends. It rolled down …

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Speech Therapy 

A Harvard poet’s process and passions.  By CAROLINE CRONIN    Mo K ’18 is a senior at Harvard this year. While working on a thesis in History and Literature and exploring options for possible post-graduate endeavors, Mo is also publishing a book – a book of poetry that is. This project, which entails much more than the complex adventure that is writing itself, has taken Mo on a journey of realizing, struggling, and healing.  Mo stated that, “I have been writing poetry since maybe my senior year of high school. And it sort of began out of a desire and a need to …

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Building a Community 

An interview with the Class of 2018 First Senior Class Marshal: Berkeley Brown.  By JILLY CRONIN    The Indy sat down with the First Senior Class Marshal, Berkeley Brown ’18, to discuss her plans for the Senior Class and her role in bringing it together.    JC: What are the responsibilities of the senior class marshal and the rest of the senior class committee?  BB: There are several sub-committees within the senior class committee. There’s the Social Committee, the Reflections Committee, the Class A Committee, and a Merchandise Committee. These committees are a representation of everything that we encounter. The responsibilities of the Senior Class Committee are …

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My Oompah on Oktoberfest Activities 

A sampling of Cambridge’s Oktoberfest festivities.  By CLAIRE PARK  Oktoberfest officially starts when the lord mayor taps the first keg and announces, “O’ zapft is!” or “It’s tapped!” So how will you celebrate Oktoberfest?  Spectating while you’re out and about in the Square:  Harvard Square will be hosting its 39th Annual Oktoberfest celebration, and its 12th Annual HONK! Parade this Sunday, October 8th, from 12-6pm. HONK! Bands are activist street bands; they are comprised of all volunteers, are ambulatory, improvisational, and colorfully rowdy. The longest running HONK! Parade has taken place in Somerville’s Davis Square every October since 2006, but has inspired HONK! …

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Oktoberfest 

The Why’s, When’s, and Where’s.   BY ALAYA AYALA    Last weekend marked the close of Munich’s annual Oktoberfest celebration, with the closing events taking place on October 3rd. That doesn’t mean the fun is over however, as Massachusetts has its own Oktoberfest celebrations coming later in October.   So what is Oktoberfest, exactly?  Known as the largest beer festival in the world, Oktoberfest has its origins in the German city of Munich. In 1810, Crown Prince Ludwig married his bride, Therese on October 12 and invited the citizens of Munich to celebrate the happy day. At the time, there was more food than alcohol at the fair, and it was focused more …

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Cruella, Cruella DeVos? 

Thoughts on truth, discourse, and the Secretary of Education’s Harvard visit.   By MALCOLM REID  It comes as little secret that Secretary Betsy DeVos was coldly received at Harvard this past week, and that a sizable portion of Harvard’s population has dismissed Secretary DeVos as a “white supremacist.” But is this a fair assessment? Does she really go around making coats from the pelts of her victims, or is there more to the story?   The benefit of having had Secretary DeVos here, aside from learning from a prominent figure in education and government, is that those with a preconceived notion of her had an opportunity to hear from her first-hand as to where she stands. Hopefully, this article can shed …

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Is Senioritis Contagious, and Is That Why My Throat Is Sore? 

My Neck, My Back, My Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease.   By HUNTER RICHARDS  There’s nothing more disrespectful than being tested for the “Kissing Disease” when you haven’t kissed anyone in a while. Having my UHS doctor tell me that the likely culprit of my sore throat and headache lasting more than two weeks was mononucleosis hit me harder than any handful of ibuprofen I had begun regularly shoveling into my mouth could. The best ways to prevent yourself from getting mono are to get plenty of sleep, eat a healthy diet, and practice good hygiene. Ironically, this is the same list as the top …

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Proud to Be Pinoy 

Reflections on Filipino American History Month.  By SEGAN HELLE    “I don’t think that I’ve ever met a Filipino before.”  It was the first week of my freshman year. The chaos of move-in period had just begun to settle down and our parents had said their last goodbyes, leaving us in our room, sticky with the heat of a dying summer. My roommates and I were going through introductions, asking about each other’s backgrounds and sussing out who it was we would be living with for the next year.  “Well, I knew you were half some sort of Asian, but I wasn’t sure …

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