Molly L. Roberts


Sorry NYTimes, But SLS 20 Is Actually Very Hard

The New York Times uses these words and phrases to describe Harvard psychology professor Steven Pinker and the tests he gives his students. Fair enough. But if the Times wants to give its readers an accurate idea of Science of Living Systems 20, it’s missing a big chunk of the picture—exactly half, in fact.


Ban the Bossy Ban Bossy

Suggesting that a phenomenon as far-reaching and insidious as the so-called “leadership gap” will—poof!—disappear with a shift in semantics slaps a Band-Aid on a bullet hole.

To Class!

If Winter Comes

Every cloud—even one that sheds inch after inch of snow, sleet, and freezing rain—has a silver lining.

A Thropshire Lad

Quid Pro Quad

I never thought the sight of a fish would make me cry. But on Housing Day 2013, when a red-and-yellow cod burst into my room along with a throng of cheering students, I nearly burst into tears.

On Campus

What to Expect on Housing Day

Freshmen, listen up: Housing Day will be here faster than you can say “not Slytherin.” You’re nervous, you’re excited, and you’re probably confused. We’re here to help. You only live Housing Day once, after all. We’ve put together a handy schedule to make sure that you live it right.

Currier Tree
House Life

If Housing Day Videos Were Honest

Like most things media, Housing Day videos are all about the spin. To do students a service and set the record straight, we’ve come up with a few suggestions for more honest Housing Day displays.

Caesar's Blocking Group

Roommates and Romans

After all, remember: The evil that men do lives by the River; the good is oft interred in the Quad.

House of Cards
Student Life

Cards Versus Classes: How to Fit House of Cards Into Your Harvard Day

The dastardly Frank Underwood returned to our television sets and laptop screens last Friday in the second season of acclaimed political power drama House of Cards. Round two of Underwood’s Machiavellian antics lasts 13 episodes, which also means 13 hours of valuable time.

Gutenberg Bible

Picking Apart Piazza: A Culture & Belief 23 Case Study

You heard it in kindergarten, in high school, and even here at college: there’s no such thing as a dumb question.


Extra Ordinary

A fear that first struck me during shopping week freshman year now gnaws at my mind at the open and close of each semester. I am average. I am ordinary.


A Phony and Her Boy

Certain of my friendlessness and mired in self-pity, I came home for break last year and pulled Catcher off the shelf immediately.



Thanksgiving is never perfect.


The Meanest Tree Stump

Did this tree, a burst of color against the dull background of my alma mater’s faded brick walls, stand as a symbol of the wonder of learning that I sometimes let slip me by amid the drudge and drear of academic tedium?


On Logan Leslie (Again)

I’m not attempting to endorse Leslie here. Rather, I aim to disendorse the way the bulk of Harvardians responded to his candidacy.

Neo and the Pills

What Color Is Your Column?

Sitting around worrying about what to study won’t get me anywhere—studying something will.

House Art Cover Wallpaper
Visual Arts

Art House

Youth Homelessness in the Square
Harvard Square

For Homeless Youth, Age Can Compound Challenges of Life on the Streets

On Year Later: Boston Marathon Bombings
Boston Marathon

VIDEO: Looking Back One Year Later, Harvard Affiliates Prepare to Return to Finish Line

Johnston Gate Arts Cover

Rebuilding the Past: Harvard's Beautification Renaissance