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It’s Time That Harvard Respects Patriots’ Day

Taking into account all of the contributions of volunteers, supporters, and the runners themselves, the Boston Marathon brings together millions of participants every year in an inclusive and patriotic way. Unfortunately, Harvard students are left out of this quintessential coming together of the greater Boston community.

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A New Zeitgeist, A New South Korea

Many young Koreans today refer to their country as “a living hell,” but shy away from political processes. We tell ourselves that our vote doesn’t make a difference. But we must refuse to enter into this trap of self-defeatism.

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Our Approach to Support First Generation and Low-Income Students

Our decision not to pursue an early program at this time reflects our informed judgment that a holistic post-matriculation approach is better suited to address the multiple challenges many of these students face in transitioning to life at Harvard.

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Dissolving Boundaries Through Sustainable Returns

Being an international student in Massachusetts had little helped me to understand the maladies of the homeless American. But in the case of veterans such as the old lady, it wasn’t hard to tell that unemployment as a result of old age was not the only factor contributing to her homelessness.

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Veritas for All

If the campus can’t support the flourishing of all, we make good neither on the promise of diversity nor on the promises made to each new member of the community.

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In Search of Transformation

Harvard has made an incredible effort to accept students from a range of backgrounds, especially those who have had more challenging paths to this point―to abandon them once they arrive is hypocritical, irresponsible, and disrespectful.

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Above and Beyond Bridges

But I see you. And I feel compelled to tell you that it truly does get better and that your burdens will grow into blessings.

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Harvard Is No Friend of Free Speech

In order to pursue truth effectively, Harvard must foster diversity in intellectual thought and therefore respect students’ right to free speech, regardless of how different and controversial it may be.

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Sexual Assault is Gender Inequality: Reframing the Single Sex Sanctions

Harvard must take affirmative steps to ensure students’ safety beyond implementing sanctions and hoping this problem goes away.

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Bridge Over Troubled Water

The decision by the College to not go forward with a transition program for students from low-income, first-generation, or underrepresented backgrounds is a direct slap in the face to someone like me.

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A Place for All (Who Agree with Me)

I would submit that today we declare “we welcome everyone,” then secretly add “but not them.” This coercion of values is especially disturbing when the only values that anyone seems to care about are tolerance and non-discrimination.

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Star Wars, Superheroes, and Harvard

Brand-name films are riding their own momentum into mediocrity. Is the same thing happening at Harvard?

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The Black Debt Problem

It strikes us as odd that President Faust—a historian who has dedicated much of her academic life to the study of the American Civil War (and therefore the history of American slavery)—could both acknowledge Harvard’s ties to slavery and simultaneously fail to articulate a plan of repayment.

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An Open Online Harvard

There is a tremendous opportunity for Harvard to push the digital envelope of education and set an example for other institutions to follow. With the rapid rise of digital content and devices connected to the internet, now is the right time to mobilize technology for global good.

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Daily Katrina: Education is a Three Front War

This triple tragedy is a daily but silent and largely ignored Katrina. It is a catastrophe of unrealized potential.