Tantalizingly Far from Right

Harvard’s missed opportunity with Michelle Jones. By PULKIT AGARWAL Michelle Jones’s admission to the PhD program in Harvard’s history department was rescinded earlier this month, causing a worried student body and faculty to question the university’s commitment to its mission.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’s 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. …

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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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Policy Questioned at JFK Forum

A discussion on the Trump immigration ban. By PULKIT AGARWAL In the backdrop of an extremely strict immigration reform enacted by the White House last week, the JFK Jr. Forum hosted a discussion on Friday, February 3, that brought a diverse range of perspectives on the policy together. The panel comprised David French, a staunch conservative writer for the National Review; Juliette Kayyem, lecturer in international security at Harvard Kennedy School; Gil Kerlikowske, Resident Fellow at the IOP and Commissioner of US Customs and Border Protection; Moshik Temkin, professor of History and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School; and, the …

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Pop Culture at Harvard

A new club hopes to discuss and enjoy! By CAROLINE CRONIN In the place forever reserved for the intellectual elite, anything decried as “popular culture” may seem undesirable and uncouth. But one Folklore & Mythology concentrator named Emily Zauzmer ’18, is determined to change that. A lover of all things “pop culture for a very long time,” Zauzmer considers herself “fascinated by TV and celebrities.” However, like many other students, she never expected that popular culture could be a subject of study at Harvard. Yet, after interning at People Magazine after freshmen year, Zauzmer returned to declare her concentration of …

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Harvard Students Respond to Immigration Ban

An exhaustive snapshot. By ADITYA AGRAWAL On January 26, as President Trump temporarily banned the citizens of seven countries from entering the United States, liberal America galvanized like never before. A “resistance,” in the offing since that fateful night of November 8, 2016, finally found life as individuals across the country organized, protested, sang songs of solidarity and then protested some more. University towns such as Cambridge, M.A., by virtue of their global student bodies, are poised to be amongst the institutions and centers that will be hit hardest by the President’s Executive Order. The Indy provides a snapshot of …

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A Rough Transition

The Indy takes a look at recent developments in the political landscape. For many traditional inhabitants of Washington, which voted overwhelmingly against President Trump in November, uncertainty has characterized much of the recent transition in the White House. Last Friday at noon, some of this uncertainty was resolved as the new President was finally inaugurated after two months of intense speculation about the acceptability of his cabinet and legitimacy of the election result. It makes sense, therefore, to summarize some of the key tussles that the executive encountered in what appeared to be an unprecedentedly complicated transition. At the very …

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Capturing the Pulse of Harvard-Yale

Freshman perspectives. Harvard-Yale weekend: The scores of the last 9 years, the confidence that rocks Harvard, and the passion with which we support our team; within just months of being here, freshman have been swept up in the whirlwind that has led up to the weekend that is November 18th. But for a significant portion of current Harvard freshman, they could just as easily have been the ones on the bus or train, coming here for the first time. The cross-admits: Ranging from those who only applied to two schools, to those seeking admissions success across all the Ivies, and …

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Question 4

Legalize marijuana? On November 8, the people of Massachusetts answered a very crucial question by the ballot. It was not a question that occupied nearly as much airtime as the election; nevertheless, it concerns almost every one of us who reside in this state for the foreseeable future. This question, listed as ‘4’ on the ballot, if answered ‘yes’ would “…permit the possession, use, distribution, and cultivation of marijuana in limited amounts by persons age 21 and older and would remove criminal penalties for such activities.” This newspaper has always considered it its prerogative to give a voice to views …

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