March Madness comes Early!

By JP Vieira   Coming off an incredible year, in which Harvard Men’s Basketball won their sixth Ivy League championship in program history, expectations were high for the upcoming season. Last Tuesday, November 2nd, college basketball started off the new season around the country. For Harvard’s first match-up, they hosted their Cambridge neighbors: MIT. By no means was this meant to be an easy game,  as Harvard had a lot to prove coming off of an astounding 2017-2018 season. Harvard played well in the first half, as did MIT…the score at the end of the first half was 40-39 in …

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Profanity and Profundity: The Sidney Gish Story

By Gant Player   Sidney Gish is alone on stage. Behind her are a piano, music stands, and a few chairs. No other musician ever comes out. She holds an olive green Fender Stratocaster, the instrument’s white pickguard adorned with a few stickers just below the strings and a rainbow just above the ¼ inch cable plug. She’s wearing a plain red t-shirt as she stands in front of a large room of people. The lights are trained on her as she walks out. WGBH, a Boston radio station, is recording the performance, as they will post it on their …

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The Concept of Counterculture

By Aidan Fitzsimmons   Philosophically, the concept of counterculture is more interesting and fundamental to human life than may originally be considered. Counterculture is defined as a subculture created in opposition to mass culture, middle class values, consumerism, mainstream media, the mores of a previous generation, the cultural hegemony of a dominant group, and other elements of “mainstream” culture. However, what is “mainstream” culture has always been contingent, and so has counterculture. Culture evolves over time in a process driven by the concept of counterculture.   Human freedom is a game of yes. Culture— in the form of language, concepts, …

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Our Favorite Responses

Drug Section What’s the going rate for what you’ve bought while at Harvard? “$15 for two pot brownies.” “$10/g of weed” “mostly been through friends so free” “40/eighth” (weed) “lol idk i get my drugs for free” “$75/ half Oz (weed)” “$25 for a THC cartridge. $120 for a half ounce of high quality bud” “60 for a quad from Harvard People, I buy off campus now” “200$ per ounce of weed” “i was just along the ride, i didn’t buy it for myself”   What’s been your wildest experience doing drugs, at or before Harvard? “Got really high and …

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The Background Story: …Who are your Respondents?

The Independent’s Counterculture survey remains to date a key flavor and sampling of the pulse of Harvard’s community. Measuring interest and intrigue with topics with as drugs and body modifications, the survey tends to attract a wide variety of individuals, proudly displaying diversity in its respondent base.  This year, in particular, presented an incredibly diverse set of individuals.   This year, we had a solid split of respondents across all class years, with Freshman, in purple, with 23.3% of responses above.     Meanwhile, gathering LGBTQ+ voices is critical to our mission of ensuring diversity in our response base – …

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