Land Under Seige

Land Under Seige Harvard Undergrads push for Recognition of Environmental Justice By MARISSA GARCIA   “We need to wake up, we need to wise up, Come on Bacow, do it now, do it now, now, now We need to build toward a better future — We need climate justice now.”   Originally performed by Sing for the Climate at a 2012 Belgium rally, the song “Do It Now” was instead resonating in Harvard Yard, bellowed by undergraduates resolutely gripping a sign emblazoned with an implacable, orange “DIVEST.” With the lyrics tailored to address President Bacow, the Harvard Undergraduates for Environmental …

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Kiwi Cows and California Wines

Kiwi Cows and California Wines The Independent examines Harvard’s investment history By EVELYN GRAY   As Harvard students, we often find ourselves asking why the richest university in the world seems to spend so little on the things that we care about. The answer is complicated, but the reality is that the majority of the Harvard endowment is tied up in long-term investments, of which the historically strong returns are a large part of the reason that the endowment is so large. Harvard’s $39.2 billion endowment is the largest of any University in the world and is equivalent to the …

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Conversational Candy Heart(break)s

Conversational Candy Heart(break)s By GRAHAM WALTER   As Alfred Tennyson said so eloquently regarding love, “Tis better to have loved and lost, / Than never to have loved at all.” Clearly, and with all due respect intended towards the great writer, his words are most aptly characterized by the love and pain associated with the elementary school (and oftentimes beyond) tradition of passing out Necco’s Sweethearts Candies and the temporary loss of a tradition older than anyone living today. Likely, Sir Tennyson did not experience of the child-like thrill exchanging candies amongst friends and crushes alike, even as few people …

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Moral Capitalism

Moral Capitalism Congressman Kennedy lays out his economic vision at the Harvard Law School By AIDAN FITZSIMONS   Last Monday, Congressman Joe Kennedy III (D-MA), who graduated with a law degree from Harvard Law School in 2009 and now represents Massachusetts’ Fourth District, which stretches from Newton and Brookline south to Attleboro and Fall River, spoke on his vision of a “moral capitalism” to a packed audience at the John T. Dunlop forum held in Wasserstein Hall. The John T. Dunlop forum is run by the Harvard Law School Labor and Worklife Program, which aims to foster research, problem solving, …

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State of the Union Address

State of the Union Address By GRAHAM WALTER On February 5th, 2019, President Trump delivered the State of the Union address in a truly Presidential fashion. His speech focused on unifying the parties, and while he stood firm on some partisan issues such as protecting ICE and building the wall, he brought many uplifting guests to raise inspiration for many of his goals for the upcoming year. The President was also sure to underscore the economic and political achievements by women over the course of his presidency. Trump addressed late term abortion, hoping he could pass legislation barring women from …

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A Union’s Call to Save TPS

A Union’s Call to Save TPS By FRANCISCO J. CERNADA, AYANNA DUNMORE, SEGAN HELLE, LUCY WICKINGS At the TPS (Temporary Protected Status) Teach-In held at the Phillips Brooks House on October 29, Ed Childs sat at the front of the room to speak on how the recent cancellation of the decades-old policy would impact his union, UNITE HERE (Union of Needletrades Industrial + Textile Employees; Hotel Employees; Restaurant Employees). While this was the first time some students met Childs, he has served a long tenure representing Harvard workers. Childs has been a dedicated union organizer for over 40 years and …

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Students Mobilize to Oppose Title IX Changes

BY SEGAN HELLE In a joint effort with Know Your IX and the Graduate Women at MIT (GWAMIT), Our Harvard Can Do Better is leading a sit-in at Boston City Hall Plaza, this Thursday, December 6 at 1 PM in protest against Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s proposed changes to Title IX rules. The sit-in is part of a national series of actions lead by survivors of sexual assault and their allies during the first week of December against DeVos’s propositions.   According to an email sent out by Our Harvard Can Do Better, DeVos’s proposed changes to Title IX …

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Lawsuits Filed Against Harvard Over Social Group Sanctions

  BY SEGAN HELLE   This Monday, December 3, two lawsuits were filed alleging that Harvard’s sanctions against single-gender social organizations violate sex-based discrimination laws on the federal and state level.   The first lawsuit, filed by two Greek organizations in Massachusetts court, alleges that Harvard’s sanctions violate the Civil Rights Act and Massachusetts Constitution and is demanding that Harvard discontinue the policy and pay reparations for what money they believe they have lost due to the penalties created by the sanctions. The second lawsuit, filed in federal court by five separate sororities and fraternities and three unnamed Harvard students …

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The End is Near! … For Shopping Week

BY Jilly Cronin As the end of the semester approaches, many students begin to reflect on the past three months and wonder whether it has lived up to their expectations. One of the many aspects of our experiences on which students begin to reflect are the courses – especially since Monday, when the school announced that Q had officially opened. When reflecting on courses, students often compare their actual experience and enjoyment of the class to what they had expected when enrolling in the course at the end of Shopping Week. And, to the disappointment of most students, this may …

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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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Welcome to the Real World

by TUSHAR DWIVEDI In high school, Junior year is often regarded as the most challenging, as course rigor ramps to a significant level and students begin prepping for College applications. The “seriousness” of extracurricular activities, leadership positions, and awards start to matter, as students look out to the “real world” and realize that high school is about to come to an end. Junior year at Harvard can oftentimes be much the same, depending on one’s interests. As the first semester of the second half of college approaches, for some, the reality of the “real world” post-graduation strikes once again, with …

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Rapid Results

Upon entering the midterm elections, the Democratic Party was favored to gain control of the House, which they did as a consequence of strong performances in areas such as California, New York, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The results indicated, however, that there were few surprise victories (i.e. victories in likely or leaning Republican regions).  While this was sufficient to gain a House victory for the Democratic Party, failure to win key tossup states in the Senate race crushed any chance to upset a favored Republican Party. Key victories by Mike Braun over Joe Donnelly in Indiana and Josh Hawley over Claire …

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