Democratic Candidate Town Hall

Democratic Candidate Town Hall Harvard IOP and CNN bring together leading Democratic Candidates By TUSHAR DWIVEDI   On April 22nd, CNN, in conjunction with the Harvard Institute of Politics, hosted a Town Hall of five democratic candidates: Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Amy Klobuchar, and Mayor Pete Buttigieg. While the questions and answers presented at the Town Hall drew plenty of attention both during the event and afterwards, another broader question made itself clear as the night progressed: what was the impact of the event being so Harvard-centric? The Town Hall lasted 5 hours, with candidates answering questions …

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#HarvardHearsYou Summit for Gender Equity

#HarvardHearsYou Summit for Gender Equity The First Gender Equity Summit Held in Memorial Church on April 2nd By EVELYN GRAY   On Tuesday, April 2nd the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and Harvard University Title IX Office came together in Memorial Church to host the first #HarvardHearsYou Summit for Gender Equity. The program included talks, a celebrity panel, and candid discussion. On the celebrity panel were actress and activist Laverne Cox, fashion designer Christian Siriano and fashion blogger and body positive activist Nicolette Mason. Discussion topics included gender discrimination on university campuses, due process, and intersectional approaches to equity was …

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Nadia Murad Speaks at Harvard

Nadia Murad Speaks at Harvard By GRAHAM WALTER           Having survived ISIS’ genocide and abductions of the Yazidi community, Nadia Murad has won the Nobel Peace Prize for her advocation of sexual violence. Nadia spoke last Wednesday (04/03/19) as a part of the Weatherhead Center’s Samuel L. and Elizabeth Jodidi Lecture Series in Memorial Church. Her talk reflected her life before her capture and how those events inspire and prompt her to speak out so strongly against sexual violence.         Murad spoke about the atrocities of the terrorist organization and how over 600 men from her community were killed. …

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Andrew Gillum

Andrew Gillum Tallahassee Mayor and Florida Gubernatorial Candidate Andrew Gillum visited Harvard. By AIDAN FITZSIMMONS   On Monday night, former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum visited Harvard and gave a “Fireside Chat” in the Winthrop House Junior Common Room. Gillum, a progressive Democrat, became a national sensation in 2018 when he ran a hotly-contested race for Governor of Florida. The election was closely watched by many during the 2018 election season as an indicator of a possible “Blue Wave.” He narrowly lost the election to Republican Ron DeSantis, although he withdrew his initial concession when a recount was initiated. He ultimately …

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The Road to the White House Runs through Harvard Square

The Road to the White House Runs through Harvard Square A Breakdown of the 2020 Presidential Candidates with Ties to Harvard By EVELYN GRAY   Though the 2020 Presidential Election may seem far away, over 450 individuals have already registered with the Federal Election Commission as 2020 presidential candidates. While most of these declared candidates are not exactly household names, at least eighteen of the more realistic individuals have begun campaigns. Of these eighteen, nine have some connection to Harvard. Harvard and the United States Presidency have had a long and well documented love affair; Harvard has educated more Presidents …

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Not the Yardfest We Know

Not the Yardfest We Know Unfamiliar Changes to Yardfest Concern Students across Campus By GRAHAM WALTER   Following the events that happened last April regarding the Harvard College student who was taken into custody by Cambridge Police, Harvard University has taken measures to both preclude events like this from happening again as well as to make students aware of resources that will increase their overall safety. In order to accomplish these tasks, then-President Faust established a committee to take measures which would take effect at Yardfest 2019. In a report entitled “Report and Recommendations” by the Harvard University Review Committee …

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So Close, yet So Far

So Close, yet So Far A Peek Behind the Curtains on Harvard Snow Days By TUSHAR DWIVEDI   As temperatures continue to drop and snow accumulates rapidly in massive mounds outside Widener and Annenberg, students can’t help but reminisce about “the good ol’ days of Spring 2016, when the snow days were honestly endless.” This Winter season took its time in arriving however, with temperatures in the 50’s and 60’s not uncommon in November and December. After enjoying a lengthy (and oftentimes warm) winter break, however, students were greeted back in Boston and Cambridge with painfully strong winds and layers …

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Harvard Launches Pilot Pulse Survey

Harvard Launches Pilot Pulse Survey The survey, in its first launch, has an impetus to gain an improved understanding of the climate of Harvard’s community BY MARISSA GARCIA   On the morning of Tuesday, March 5th, 2019, Harvard affiliates opened their university emails to discover an email sent from President Bacow, urging them to respond to the pilot Pulse survey. The motion of this survey was strongly recommended by the Presidential Task Force for Inclusion and Belonging of the previous year. Within the various advertisements for the survey, there is a clear emphasis on its brevity. A placard advertising the …

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21st Annual Dr. Walter J. Leonard Black Arts Festival

21st Annual Dr. Walter J. Leonard Black Arts Festival “Envision: how we see ourselves, how we see the world, and how that affects what we can imagine for both” By JILLY CRONIN   The 2019 Black Arts Festival titled “Envision: how we see ourselves, how we see the world, and how that affects what we can imagine for both” will host its two final events of the week today and tomorrow. Today’s event, “Drag as Black Imaginary Space” will be from 5:30 to 7:30 PM in the PBHA Parlor Room. This event will bring in Boston-based drag queens and a …

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Final Arguments Presented in Harvard Affirmative Action Case

Final Arguments Presented in Harvard Affirmative Action Case By EVELYN GRAY   The final briefs have been submitted in a Boston courthouse by both sides of Harvard’s well-publicized legal battle over a 2014 lawsuit regarding discrimination in admissions against Asian Americans. The case is now in the hands of U.S. District Judge Allison D. Burroughs, although  the ruling it is expected to be appealed regardless of its resolution and eventually reach the Supreme Court. In their final arguments, Harvard focused on pointing out that the Students for Fair Admissions group behind the lawsuit has failed to point out a single …

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