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I do know that creating safe spaces is important, contrary to a recent New York Times article professing safe spaces as a continuation of the desire of the hyper-sensitive college student to prevent themselves from experiencing “ticklish” conversations and aid in their own “self-infantilization.”
What we need now, then, is a change in how these social spaces operate, and in the many assumptions that float among the sweat and smoke hovering above the dance floor
It all boils down to the fact that if we continue to aim for popular, new artists, we’ll never match up to the lineups at other schools. Instead of trying to compete with other spring festivals, we should make Yardfest a new concert genre unto its own.
We need to make eating a hyperconscious activity, to recognize that only conditioning ourselves to compulsively think before we eat will chip away at the extant residual effects of the most shameful era of American history.
There needs to be a paradigm shift that forces white (not to mention straight, cis, male, wealthy, and able-bodied) Americans to acknowledge their privilege and then work towards making it omnipresent—to see what’s in their backpack, and then work tirelessly to ensure it’s in everyone else’s.
Over my three years here, much of my writing has served to criticize Harvard, its institutions, and its traditions. But I still love this place. Harvard gives you the thing to criticize and the tools with which to criticize it.
Kevin J. Friel and Anna Kim collaborate on a romantic playlist and share their insights about the genre.
Kirin Gupta investigates the cultural practice of "self-archiving."