Solace lost

Solace lost By ANA LUIZA NICOLAE   Singing in the rain, walking on sunshine, crying rivers… A lot seems to come out of representations of our mood through natural allegories and imagery. In the past decades, studies have correlated our good moods and increased stamina to some extent with pleasant weather: goomy skies covering expected rays of the sun that could generally alter our cognition for the best. We must always look for the limiting factors of such studies of course, but memory, mood, and energy levels are seen to increase with time spent in more bountiful outdoors landscapes. Conversely, …

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Pruned

Pruned A Poem By AIDAN FITZSIMMONS   Figurine trees pose in the college yard, unclimbable, unfurling branches just above human reach, ungraspable. Today I studied one, circling softly, squirrel mind loud, searching for those subtle stairs only simians sense. They should be there; instead, there’s only stark featureless bark and dead gnarled nubs, wood belly buttons where life would tree, neutered for fear; would we become aware of our freedom, foolishly climbing by tree will, fleeing the godlike shears? But even those amputated limbs stay as stumps unscaled, for the true pruning leaves no trace but a bare, “perfect” trunk, …

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Women’s Water Polo Team 1-1 on Senior Day

Women’s Water Polo Team 1-1 on Senior Day By JASPER FU   On Senior Day, the Crimson Women’s Water Polo team (No. 14) beat George Washington with a score of 10-7, but lost to Bucknell in a close match, 9-7. At Blodgett Pool this Saturday, the Crimson began by earning a hard fought victory over the George Washington Colonials. A strong defence on the part of the Colonials saw them leading for most of the first quarter, 1-0, and the two teams traded points to bring the score to 3-2, with George Washington in the lead and only three minutes …

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Men’s Lacrosse Weekend Recap

Men’s Lacrosse Weekend Recap By JASPER FU   The Crimson Men’s Lacrosse Team fought an uphill battle this Saturday, taking on the nationally ranked Cornell at Harvard Stadium after squeaking out a 13-12 victory against SUNY Albany the previous Wednesday. Despite the valiant efforts (and four-point games) of junior Kyle Anderson and sophomore Myles Hamm, Harvard (5-5, with a 1-2 Ivy record) lost 19-11 against the Big Red (7-3, with a 2-2 Ivy record). Despite scoring the first point in the first minute of the game, Cornell got off to a slow start. The first frame saw the Crimson and …

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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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Shopping Week Sucks

Shopping Week Sucks A Different Perspective on Shopping Week By ALAYA AYALA   This past Sunday, an email was sent out by the UC president and Vice President announcing the news that the faculty council voted to preserve shopping week on March 27th. I have to admit that after reading that email, I was left feeling frustrated and, frankly, dreading the next Shopping Week ordeal that I’ll have to go through. As a person who likes having a routine early on in the school year, Shopping Week was kind of my academic nightmare when it came to choosing classes my …

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Shining Through “Identities”

Shining Through Identities Student-led fashion production brings diversity to the stage of today’s social discourse By ANA LUIZA NICOLAE   This past Sunday, March 31st, 62 Harvard undergraduates strolled in front of friends and fans sporting world-renowned brands and designers such as Off White by Virgil Abloh, Monique Lhuillier, Zac Posen, Prabal Gurung, Tony Ward, and Randy Fenoli. The raptured audience was delightfully surprised at lingerie, wedding dresses and casual wear within one of the most technically advanced shows on campus. The high level of technicality, professionalism, design, deployed by the five organizational teams of Identities was very apparent. The creative, …

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For Lecture Girl

For Lecture Girl A Poem By AIDAN FITZSIMMONS   Red bow unslightly askew I wish I could ask you why Seventy-five degrees tilted From norm, it grasps few Loose limp unwashed hairs But most fall unaware   No time in the morning For anything but running This girl four rows down Had to run or Had to sleep or Had to stay awake– Same thing   I can relate, girl, bow; I woke late Dashed class in yesterday’s clothes (Who is ever truly sheveled, you know?) So to the back of your unsightly bow With botchelized breath I breathe oaths …

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One Weekend, Three States

One Weekend, Three States Harvard Track & Field Competes Across the Country By ELIZABETH GUMMER   This past weekend the Harvard track and field team competed in four meets, split across the country over Texas, North Carolina, and Lowell, Massachusetts. Sending 32 members to Austin for the Texas Relays track meet, the cohort came away with a few personal bests and many sunburns under the Texan sun. The Crimson had just returned 3 days earlier, from their week long spring break training trip in Houston, when they headed back south on Wednesday. Kicking off the competition Thursday evening, 400 meter …

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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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Modification and Makeup as Fashion

Modification and Makeup as Fashion The Fifth Installment of Fashion Advice Column for Busy College Students By GRACE TWOREK   My mother always told me the most beautiful girls are the ones that are always smiling, and I have made this my mantra throughout life as I try to infect others with a contagious smile day after day. Fashion is much more than the shirt, pants, or dress you cover your body in, but rather how you can make your style individualistic to you. It is important to let your personality shine through when it comes to your style and …

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Spring-Cleaning My Life

Spring-Cleaning My Life Just Another Article About Self-Care By ALAYA AYALA   With the weather beginning to warm up and the sun beginning to set later I, like many people, have really begun to notice a change in how motivated I am to take care of myself. Suddenly, I want to scrub down my dorm room every day. I want to make my bed in the morning, I want to wake up early. I’m even motivated to go to breakfast. These are not things I could do over the winter, by any means. The constant darkness and the cold got …

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