The Background Story: …Who are your Respondents?

The Independent’s Counterculture survey remains to date a key flavor and sampling of the pulse of Harvard’s community. Measuring interest and intrigue with topics with as drugs and body modifications, the survey tends to attract a wide variety of individuals, proudly displaying diversity in its respondent base.  This year, in particular, presented an incredibly diverse set of individuals.   This year, we had a solid split of respondents across all class years, with Freshman, in purple, with 23.3% of responses above.     Meanwhile, gathering LGBTQ+ voices is critical to our mission of ensuring diversity in our response base – …

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Putting a Ring on It

Septum piercings, decoded. “Do you ever get snot on that?” my little brother, to my mother’s dismay, asked a woman with a septum piercing at the supermarket.  She smiled sweetly, ignoring his question. It was a valid, albeit socially inappropriate, question.  Not having a septum piercing myself, I had always wondered about them—I guess it runs in the family. Is it hard to blow your nose? Do people judge you if you have one? Does it hurt to get it done? It wasn’t until one of my close friends decided to get one that I learned the answers to these …

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Tats: None of Your Business

Comments on my changing colors. BY HUNTER RICHARDS My phone reads 12:13 as I glance at it on my way to my noon class and as I run past the law school — hoping my professor is also running late today – I’m almost so caught up in whether I will be interrupting lecture that I nearly miss the mother giving me a disdainful look while passing by with her toddler. In the months of having bright dyed hair, I still do receive as many concerned looks as the small quote and Delta sign on my inner arm drew in …

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Question 4

Legalize marijuana? On November 8, the people of Massachusetts answered a very crucial question by the ballot. It was not a question that occupied nearly as much airtime as the election; nevertheless, it concerns almost every one of us who reside in this state for the foreseeable future. This question, listed as ‘4’ on the ballot, if answered ‘yes’ would “…permit the possession, use, distribution, and cultivation of marijuana in limited amounts by persons age 21 and older and would remove criminal penalties for such activities.” This newspaper has always considered it its prerogative to give a voice to views …

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