So Close, yet So Far

So Close, yet So Far A Peek Behind the Curtains on Harvard Snow Days By TUSHAR DWIVEDI   As temperatures continue to drop and snow accumulates rapidly in massive mounds outside Widener and Annenberg, students can’t help but reminisce about “the good ol’ days of Spring 2016, when the snow days were honestly endless.” This Winter season took its time in arriving however, with temperatures in the 50’s and 60’s not uncommon in November and December. After enjoying a lengthy (and oftentimes warm) winter break, however, students were greeted back in Boston and Cambridge with painfully strong winds and layers …

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Harvard Launches Pilot Pulse Survey

Harvard Launches Pilot Pulse Survey The survey, in its first launch, has an impetus to gain an improved understanding of the climate of Harvard’s community BY MARISSA GARCIA   On the morning of Tuesday, March 5th, 2019, Harvard affiliates opened their university emails to discover an email sent from President Bacow, urging them to respond to the pilot Pulse survey. The motion of this survey was strongly recommended by the Presidential Task Force for Inclusion and Belonging of the previous year. Within the various advertisements for the survey, there is a clear emphasis on its brevity. A placard advertising the …

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21st Annual Dr. Walter J. Leonard Black Arts Festival

21st Annual Dr. Walter J. Leonard Black Arts Festival “Envision: how we see ourselves, how we see the world, and how that affects what we can imagine for both” By JILLY CRONIN   The 2019 Black Arts Festival titled “Envision: how we see ourselves, how we see the world, and how that affects what we can imagine for both” will host its two final events of the week today and tomorrow. Today’s event, “Drag as Black Imaginary Space” will be from 5:30 to 7:30 PM in the PBHA Parlor Room. This event will bring in Boston-based drag queens and a …

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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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