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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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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More News on Shuttle GPS

I’ll admit to some skepticism at the announcement that we’d now be able to track the shuttle in real time, thanks to actual GPS equipment installed on the buses. The Boston Globe puts the start-up cost of the program at $150,000, which, memo to Dean Pilbeam, would buy a lot of PBR. But the Globe also mentions another exciting development, which is that the Harvard Square Business Association will be offering free wireless “outdoors from the Inn at Harvard to the Charles Hotel to the Cambridge Common, according to Denise Jillson, executive director of the business association.” This is great …

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James Watson: Nobel Laureate, Complete Jackass

My seventh-grade science teacher used to (and probably still does) refer to James Watson and Frances Crick as “Watson and Prick.” Her comments were in reference to Watson and Crick’s…appropriation of Rosalind Franklin’s experimental data on DNA, which allowed them, in effect, to skip ahead several steps and piece together the double helix structure. But my teacher was willing to be fair: Crick, she told us, actually had the reputation of being a nice guy, despite his involvement in underhanded lab maneuvering. Watson was the real jerk. Well, it appears that her comments didn’t exactly come out of left field. …

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