Redoubling Efforts 

ICAMS organization buckles down for a new year after successful spring conference.   By CAROLINE CRONIN    Last spring, senior Diana Sheedy organized the Intercollegiate Coalition Against Modern Slavery (ICAMS) and hosted a conference here at Harvard to address and break down the horrors of modern slavery and exploitation. This year, Sheedy’s dedicated group redoubles their efforts with the new tools and ideas with which the conference provided them.   Sheedy states, “The greatest accomplishment of the ICAMS conference really is the diversity of thought leadership and expertise we were able to unite in one gathering. With approximately 50 attendees, we had 11 incredible …

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Indigenous Peoples’ Day 

Celebrated at Harvard.   By HUNTER RICHARDS  Native Americans at Harvard College (NAHC) celebrated Indigenous Peoples’ Day (IPD) October 9th. Following a public demonstration celebrating indigenous culture, guests were welcomed to join members for a dinner of indigenous food. The event also allowed demonstration of the student group’s petition against the University’s primary recognition of the holiday as Columbus Day.    Although Harvard’s registrar notes Indigenous Peoples’ Day under the explanation of the University holiday, it is only mentioned after the federally observed Columbus Day. NAHC’s mission to encourage the intellectual, community, and social growth of Native issues and culture while supporting its members encompasses …

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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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DACA and Protest

The discussion continues. By PULKIT AGARWAL The campus has seen an appreciable increase in protests following the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiated under President Obama. The Indy got a chance to speak with protesters about their motivations and the responses that they have received from the student body. One student, Anwar Omeish ’19, who was at the forefront of these efforts, pointed out that the “protests and discussions [have] unfolded really well, and our messaging [has] really [come] through. We wanted to affirm the belonging of students of color, especially Black and …

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We Want to Give Back Too

Public service summer funding and the difficulties that come with being low-income. By ALAYA AYALA To have a summer job or to volunteer? That is the question – whether ‘tis nobler to work to pay your bills, or to work in public service without an income, is the never-ending battle that low income students must wage within themselves when spring term rolls around. For many of us, the answer is unavoidably the former. We need to work over the summer, we often don’t have a choice. Something that Harvard is rather good at is helping its students find lucrative summer …

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Tantalizingly Far from Right

Harvard’s missed opportunity with Michelle Jones.  By PULKIT AGARWAL    Michelle Jones’ admission to the PhD program in Harvard’s history department was rescinded earlier this month, causing a worrying student body and faculty to question the university’s commitment to its mission.     As per the original story covered by the New York Times, Ms. Jones was by no means an ordinary candidate. While the university has previously accepted students who have a history of having been incarcerated, Jones’ case stands out for she carried out her scholarship while still in prison, serving a twenty-year sentence for having murdered her 4-year old son. A teenager at the start of her …

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Yardlings in Power

Freshmen elected to the UC get to work! By JILLY CRONIN Last Friday at noon, the elections for the Undergraduate Council closed, and the freshmen representatives – new to both the UC and to Harvard – were announced. Three students from each of the Freshman Yards were elected. The results are as follows: Crimson Yard: Rushi Patel Sonya Kalara Ifeoma White-Thorpe Elm Yard: Emma Robertson Jackson Walker Jordan Silva Ivy Yard: Seth Billiau Swathi Srinivasan Wilfried Zibell Oak Yard: Abby Scholer Ivan Vazquez Luke Kenworthy It is generally expected that those who have left the dwelling of the Yard for …

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Open Campus Initiative Shakes Up College Life

A new organization holds first event. By EMILY HALL   The new organization brought controversial professor Jordan Peterson to campus Monday, despite backlash from other student groups. On Monday evening, new student organization the Harvard College Open Campus Initiative hosted its first event on campus. They hosted Dr. Jordan Peterson, a professor at the University of Toronto who has recently come under fire for a video series decrying political correctness, in an event titled “Mask of Compassion: Postmodernism & Neomarxism in Modern Times.” The group, which consists of a small number of students who have come together to promote free …

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The Future of Politics

Public Service in the Age of Trump By EMILY HALL   In the wake of 2016’s presidential election upset, have Harvard students changed their minds about public service? The answer seems to be a qualified “no”.   Last November’s shocking electoral triumph of now President Donald Trump over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was unexpected at Harvard, to say the least. Political operatives were caught off guard by the electoral result, and the administration is still far from full. Harvard graduates seem to be prime candidates for positions in the executive branch, and when Hillary was anticipated to win …

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Fulfilling and Transforming

Peer counseling at Harvard faces changes. By CAROLINE CRONIN   Though the spring term seems to be passing us by at breakneck speed, last week’s respite from academic work perhaps allowed students to take a mental breather. For many, such a break is imperative to maintaining the strength to finish out the semester successfully. It is no secret that attending Harvard College, with all its mix of experiences, opportunities and challenges, is wonderfully transformative yet still mentally taxing. For this reason, the University has, in recent years, celebrated the plethora of mental health counseling and assistance available to all students. …

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