What it is to be “Counterculture”

  What it is to be “Counterculture”   By TUSHAR DWIVEDI   Counterculture in modern culture has often been associated with the notion of subversion, making using a set of notably distinct values or beliefs to drive change in an existing system. The seemingly rebellious nature of counterculture appears embedded in the name itself; the use of counter gives the impression that there exists something that is being countered. This relationship has clear validity: one student the Indy spoke with expressed frustration with the pressure to adopt mainstream culture that “quite frankly is definitely not a one size fits all,” and …

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Setting the Record Straight

  Setting the Record Straight: The Origins of “The Game”   By CHIDAMBARAM THILLAIRAJAH   In 1852, as spring became summer, the students of Yale issued Harvard a challenge. The recently formed Yale rowing team had invited the even more recently formed Harvard rowing to come test the superiority of their oarsmen.  A gauntlet had been thrown down and could not remain unanswered. On the third of August of the same year, both teams met on the banks of Lake Winnipesaukee and climbed into their respective racing shells. The sleek boats pulled out onto the water and lined up, still, …

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How Switching to Sustainable Dining Really Looks

  How Switching to Sustainable Dining Really Looks: The advent of sustainable dining is a story of many food laboratories    By MARISSA GARCIA   ANNENBERG HALL, THE TABLES Annenberg Hall on a weekday morning is nothing short of bustling, hands juggling plates stacked with pancakes and bacon along with bowls abound with oatmeal. It’s Annenberg’s only meal period free from dining restrictions, and the inevitable struggle of finding a seat shows for it. Combing through the long tables for an open seat can be fruitless as many groups of friends chat before their 10:30am classes. Despite breakfast being an open …

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A Weekly Dose of Bollobás

  A Weekly Dose of Bollobás: The Mathematics Directed Reading Program   By MICHEAL KIELSTRA   Mathematics is taught in different ways. Some people prefer the large lecture format, others the small seminar, and still others that venerable Harvard institution, the long night alone with a textbook and a problem set. This year, while promoting all of these, the mathematics department is trying something different. I was privileged enough to secure a spot in their inaugural Directed Reading Program. The DRP, as those in the know call it, works by pairing up a graduate student with an undergraduate. They then …

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The Ivy and the Occult

  Harvard’s history with the Supernatural   By CHIDAMBARAM “CID” THILLAIRAJAH   Harvard is old. Properly old in a way that very few places in this country are. Three hundred and eighty three years is plenty of time for all manner of strange things to happen. The occasional macabre event is bound to occur from time to time, adding to the ever-growing body of stories told late at night by overworked students. Occasionally a strange and ill-advised field of study rises briefly to the forefront of the cultural zeitgeist, resulting in researchers conducting experiments that attempt to test for the …

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