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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A Candid Conversation with OIE Director Camila Nardozzi

By ANA LUIZA NICOLE A recent panel by the Office of International Education (OIE) focused on increasing racial inclusion in study abroad programs. In a candid conversation about the recent happenings at the OIE, Camila Nardozzi, current Director of the OIE, has agreed to address the questions which arose from this event: Is student representation of Harvard abroad proportional to student groups on campus? If not, what might be the reasons for this socioeconomic and racial divide in participation in the study abroad programs? While it is difficult to assert an estimate of the racial or socioeconomic demographics of students …

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SFFA VS Harvard: Final Arguments on the Last Day of Trial

By SEGAN HELLE   Last Friday, lawyers representing both Harvard and Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) delivered their closing arguments to the court, concluding a three-week-long trial over the University’s admission policies.   Closing arguments largely rehashed the points that both sides have been working to convince presiding Judge Allison Burroughs of for the past 15 days. John Hughes, the lawyer representing the SFFA, continued asserting that Harvard’s admission practices, made unprecedentedly public throughout the proceedings, contain an unfair disadvantage for Asian American applicants who are stereotyped as “book smart and one-dimensional” and are systematically punished by admissions officers in …

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Title IX Suit Filed Against Harvard Alleging Discrimination

By SEGAN HELLE   On October 15, a lawsuit was filed by a male student alleging that Harvard discriminated against him on the basis of his race and gender. The lawsuit brings into question an investigation conducted by Harvard’s Office for Dispute Resolution (ODR)  that took place in April 2017, in which a female undergraduate student accused the male student of sexual misconduct after a party they had both attended.   The plaintiff alleges that the University discriminated against him because he identifies as an “African-American male,” arguing that the Title IX investigation conducted against him showed bias towards the …

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Behind the Curtains: Harvard Sex Week

By Tushar Dwivedi At any given moment, numerous student organization-hosted and sponsored events can be found across campus. Few however, hold both the simultaneous intrigue, allure, and intimacy that comes with “Sex Week” at Harvard. In the small, yet packed room in Sever, roughly 10 panelists and a moderator gathered to answer questions regarding the topic of “Queer Intimacies,” presenting to a diverse diverse group of audience members. Run by SHEATH (Sexual Health Education and Advocacy Throughout Harvard), Harvard Sex Week exists with the stated goal of provoking thought, commentary, and action regarding relevant sex and sexuality based topics. What …

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Students Take to the Stand at the Harvard Affirmative Action Trial

By SEGAN HELLE   Last Monday, October 29, eight Harvard students and alumni testified in support of Harvard at the University’s admissions trial in the hopes of providing perspectives on why diversity, and the admissions measures taken to achieve it, is important to those who have gone through Harvard’s campus. The current and former students who were called to testify were meant to reflect Asian-American, African-American, and Latino student experiences at Harvard and represent the over 100 minority student and alumni groups that have signed on to back Harvard’s legal defense.   Students were asked to share experiences about their …

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UC Elections take Flight!

By JILLY CRONIN   Last week, forty-four new students were placed on the Undergraduate Council. These forty-four students are comprised of three students from each of the twelve upperclassmen houses, as well as three from Dudley House and three from each segment of the Yard. The elections for President and Vice President of the UC are about to begin, and the form in which students may declare their candidacy is now open and has been circulated by the current leadership via email.   Catherine L. Zhang ’19 currently serves as the UC President and Nicholas D. Boucher ’19 as her …

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Out of the SHEATH

By SEGAN HELLE   Sexual Health Education and Advocacy Throughout Harvard (SHEATH) will kick off its seventh annual Harvard Sex Week with its first event this Sunday, the 28th at 4 PM. This year’s Sex Week will encompass a total of thirteen different events geared towards increasing education and decreasing stigmatization over sexual relationships in college. These events will be spread over the course of eight consecutive days, hosted in various classrooms within Sever, Emerson, and Harvard Hall.   Sex Week is a series of workshops, lectures, and discussions centered around sexuality, sexual health, gender, and relationships. Programming includes conversations …

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Protests Continue In Support of Former UHS Employee Mayli Shing

By Segan Helle   Last Friday, October 5, protests continued in support of former Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) employee Mayli Shing who has brought allegations of wrongful termination and sexual and racial harassment against her supervisor. This protest, which was staged at the newly opened Smith Campus Center, marked the fourth rally since Shing was terminated by the University. Shing and her supporters are calling for the University to rehire her at HUHS.   Shing, who is a member of the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers (HUCTW), is being supported by members of the Harvard No Layoffs …

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Bacow Takes Command

A Deeper Look into the Inauguration of the 29th President of Harvard University   By ANA LUIZA NICOLAE   Through sparkling rays of sun and falling leaves, a procession of various alumni and affiliates made its way through the crowd in Tercentenary Theater, this past Friday, October 5, as Lawrence S. Bacow was officially installed as the 29th President of Harvard University in the Tercentenary Theatre in Harvard Yard.   The ceremony began with the Academic Procession, where members of the Harvard faculty, governing board, leadership, and other dignified delegates from other universities marched in academic regalia to honor Bacow. …

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Preparations Begin in Harvard Yard For Bacow Inauguration

By AMAL ABDI   Preparations for University President Lawrence S. Bacow’s inauguration ceremony are currently being made in Harvard Yard. The ceremony is set for Friday, October 5. On that day, Harvard Yard will be open only to Harvard University ID or ticket holders from 6 AM until 6:00 PM. The days’ festivities begin with an Academic Procession at 2:00 PM at Boylston Hall where faculty will gather. The official installation of Bacow as President begins at 2:30 PM at the Tercentenary Theatre. Afterwards will follow the Bacow Block Party in the yard. Seating at Tercentenary Theatre opens at 1:00 …

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Recruiting Season

An Inside Look By TUSHAR DWIVEDI In years past, Junior year’s fall semester has represented a critical moment for those interested in the fields of consulting, finance, and more recently, technology. While college remains a time for students to discover their interests and explore a variety of career options, the recent trend over the past decade has emphasized the importance of the Junior Summer internship as a stepping-stone to a full time career.   The colloquialism “Recruiting Season” typically refers to Junior Fall, one in which large swaths of students bustling in suits and so called “pad-folios” split time between …

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