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Contributing opinion writer

Grace M. Chao

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Educational Equivocation

We are cheating ourselves out of the richness of what Harvard can and does offer if we are only concerned with fulfilling requirements.

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M16s and MREs

You can read the Ranger Handbook cover to cover, but there isn’t a page on how to motivate cold, wet, tired, and hungry cadets to get up and move out quickly.

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Common Sense

The zeal for activism fades when we realize policy has no healing power. What does not fade away is the need to take care of one another.

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The High Cost of Harvard’s HCFA Hysteria

The largest Christian fellowship at the world’s foremost university is being sanctioned. That is no small matter.

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Sweep the Sheds, Scrub the Toilets

Our willingness to sweep the sheds and scrub the toilets will reveal the content of our character and genuine leadership.

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Can Conservatism Win?

When the world understands that there is objective right and wrong, then, I believe, conservatism can win.

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Lineouts and Love

Our daily habits, commitments, and practices are expressions of what we chose to love. It’s not a question of whether we will love something, but what we will love.

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All That Jazz

The most important thing that my band teacher taught me, though, was that no matter what—no matter how lost or off-tempo you are or how many wrong notes you play—you must keep playing.

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A Prodigal Protestant, Part II

When I came to college and confronted for the first time the magnitude of the Christian gospel, I realized I could not compartmentalize Christianity anymore.

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A Prodigal Protestant, Part I

It wasn’t until coming to Harvard that I felt I had truly claimed my faith as my own, and that the Christian Gospel was transforming me in a way that Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana and his memes could not.

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In Defense of Thoughts and Prayers

Even if we could not be there in a moment of crisis or tragedy with somebody, “thoughts and prayers” fundamentally orient our heart to theirs, our soul to their suffering, our mind to their pain.

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Flags and Field Training

The U.S. military has paid a high price in its history to defend the principles and values that make us American. It has fought for the rights that allow these NFL players to protest, and it has certainly also earned the right to ask others to respect the American flag and anthem.

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The Privilege of Protest

Protest's frequent role as an integral facet of our American society points to a population that cares deeply about progress and the correction of perceived injustices.

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The Wisest Fools

The moment we let politics become everything is the moment we fail to see people for who they are. We forget that every voter—and, indeed, every politician—is a complex human being with a real life, a real family, and a real story.

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This We’ll Defend

Future civilian leadership can only benefit from engagement with members of the military here. Harvard students who dream of conducting foreign policy and managing national security tend to study those topics in abstraction, not always realizing some of their friends and peers will be the primary instruments of those policies.

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