Crimson opinion writer

Lauren D. Spohn

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Notes on the Harvard-Yale Cockfight

If Harvard-Yale became the catalyst for a permanent attitude shift toward gratitude and real community, The Game might actually do more than represent Harvard’s gritty struggle for Ivy League hegemony.

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​A Tip From Einstein

We talk about the opportunity cost of extending classes and adding 15 minutes of passing time in between, but what about the opportunity cost of spending four years at a top university, too busy to take full advantage of its intellectual resources?

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​In Memory of Wainwright Merrill, Class of 1919

Do we really understand, as a generation, how much we’ve been given?

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​Fighting the Shadow Social Environment

In preaching that total inclusion is necessary to build “the Harvard community,” the administration forgets that exclusion, to some degree, is necessary for any community at all.

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Pretty Things

What we have is who we are because where our treasure is, there our heart will be also.

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The Manning Fallacy

In discussion sections, lecture halls, and even online forums, students without the proper identity credentials can no longer credibly opine on controversial issues—regardless of the intellectual merit of those opinions.

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When Harvard Jumps the Shark

If we so focus on Harvard the home to the extent that we forget about Harvard the educational transaction, we risk not only inviting administrative intrusions into students’ social lives, but also, perhaps more sinisterly, adopting expectations that put emotional or social comfort before intellectual growth.

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Big Brother’s PC Culture

In the wake of this censorship, the attitudes and ideas eschewed by PC vocabulary are becoming increasingly inexpressible.

Thus Spoke the Coatis
Summer Postcards 2017

Thus Spoke the Coatis

I’ve resolved to not take selfies but to take stories.

Thus Spoke the Coatis
Summer Postcards 2017

Thus Spoke the Coatis

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A Second Look at Cultural Imperialism

Maybe we should stop feeling ashamed of American culture’s tendency to universalize, and start feeling excited at its power to unify.

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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?