Coffee Break is No Real Classroom To Table

Eating with others is inherently and historically a social endeavor, a cornerstone of how we interact and bond with family, friends, and everyone in between. Coffee-drinking, on the other hand, is nice enough but brief. Even the new initiative’s name, with the inclusion of ‘break,’ seems to emphasize conciseness, a short respite from work rather than an experience in and of itself.

American Youth Know Democracy is Failing

As young people who believe our democracy is in danger, we must not become disengaged, but rather raise our voices even louder. Diagnosing the problem is the easy part; finding solutions is not.

A Bittersweet Deal

We are glad that HGSU-UAW managed to secure substantial pay increases, and that its membership felt satisfied enough to support a new contract and prevent a second strike. Union members must now fight to ensure the agreement isn't a death kiss, to continue spreading awareness of union activity and key issues like third party arbitration without the mobilizing force of contract negotiations, and fundraising without agency shop provisions.

Slashes To The Chronicle Are Only The Canary in The Coal Mine

Saltzman, who has left the paper for a teaching job at Boston University, has been replaced by another full-time employee, so at least one other individual is left to man the ship. But her departure and column cast a glaring light on the decimation of the Chronicle’s staff and, more broadly, the wilting state of local journalism.

The Harvard Name Shouldn't Have Decided Bulgaria’s Election

To that end, we hope to see a future in which we step away from name-dropping – both domestically and as far away as Bulgaria – and instead focus on what our citizen-leaders, including Petkov and Vassilev, have done with their credentials to earn our respect.

The Salient’s Unfortunate Anonymity

Op-ed writers for The Crimson often receive feedback on their pieces — good or bad — in dining halls, via email, and, yes, in The Crimson’s comments section. Through only using anonymous bylines, and not even publishing an online record of the paper, The Salient effectively removes any room for discourse between author and audience. How, exactly, is one to engage with Publius?

What Oklahoma’s High Schoolers Can Teach Us

We want to live in a world where the burden of our political madness and darkest social problems does not have to lie on the shoulders of teenage activists who should be able to enjoy a more carefree adolescence; yet in absence of our own action and that of our government, we applaud their much-needed efforts. It’s time that all of us learn from these high schoolers and pick up the mantle ourselves.

A Weekend of Wins

From the forgotten joys of sharing a physical space, to bonding with complete strangers over witty chants, the game helped make our weird, Covid-defined collection of class years feel like a unified community again.

Beginning a More Inclusive Chapter for Cambridge Public Library

Libraries serve as a great equalizer — they provide access to knowledge without a prohibitively high barrier to entry, and they are the bedrock of public education in this country. We hope that more libraries begin to follow in the footsteps of the Cambridge Public Library: to collectively refuse to judge a patron’s book by its cover, and to write a story that ultimately ends with late fees being abolished for all.

Say Hello to Proper Goodbyes

To quote President Bacow, the ceremony signals the end of an “extraordinarily trying time” that put so much togetherness on hold. The students the ceremony will celebrate know this better than anyone. Our peers from the Classes of ’20 and ’21 saw their college careers end on a random Tuesday in March, and were whisked off to the rest of their lives before in-person classes resumed, dining halls reopened, and campus returned to its standard density.

The University of Austin Champions Grifting Over Free Speech

Free speech is a cornerstone of liberal education, democracy, and civil society. It is a deeply held value we cherish as a journalistic institution. It is not, however, a cheap marketing ploy to be hollowly used to court support and controversy. Should an institution genuinely committed to promoting free speech appear in the future, we would welcome it with open arms. But the circus forming in Austin leaves us holding our breath.

A Vote of No Confidence in the UC

We affirm our decade-old precedent that the UC’s duties should be drastically scaled back to that of a funds distributor. Good, but unfortunately impotent campaign promises like the age-old call for a multicultural center highlight the limited ability of the UC to actually move the University on issues dear to students. We believe that Harvard students are plenty capable of advocating for themselves, and maintain that activists are better at securing change than admittedly dedicated, but often showboaty, UC reps.

The City Council’s Campaign Finance Reform Proposal is Anti-Democratic

Housing scarcity is one of our city’s most devastating problems. It’s a source of deprivation and anguish to many. And it is a problem that is fueled, or sometimes even caused, by restrictive zoning and reflexive opposition to development. In throwing daggers at development, then, the council’s resolution has taken a potentially harmful political stance.

Now Hiring: A More Diverse FAS Faculty

Our diversity efforts must therefore be continuous in character, rather than focused exclusively on initial recruitment. They should also aim to address specific diversity gaps across certain departments, fields, and interests. The sciences, for example, report even worse diversity metrics than the FAS as a whole. The entire tenured engineering faculty includes exactly zero female professors from underrepresented minority backgrounds.

Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby

Through its Sex Week programming, SHEATH is helping us over the hump of shame and insecurity that prevents many young people (and honestly, people of all ages) from tackling giggle-inducing taboos. The organizers have managed to destigmatize serious conversations about sex in novel ways, even by simple virtue of holding events inside stuffy Harvard classrooms, where the intellectual backdrop helps break awkward silences.

Howard is Wrong to Blame Student Protesters for Layoffs

Safe university housing isn’t an unreasonable expectation, let alone incompatible with employees’ job security (particularly when tuition and meal plan money are collected at the start of each school year).

Harvard Can’t Keep Muslim and Hindu Students in the Basement

Proper prayer spaces for Muslims and Hindus at Harvard are not frivolous additions to campus — they are essential to nurturing diverse communities such as ours, and sending the message that all faiths are respected and celebrated at Harvard.

We Cannot Build Back Better Without Free Community College

To that end, the financial barriers that prevent individuals from pursuing higher education create losses and harms that are in fact communal, even when they appear to be individual and marginal. In other words, education always pays off: It’s one of the best investments that we could possibly make.

Harvard is More than Your Blocking Group

For some students, the blocking process may be extremely simple and stress-free, but speaking anecdotally, it seems rare to survive the endeavor without a few relational casualties. To keep these casualties to a minimum and to make the process less cut-throat, we must shift our perception of the blocking. We believe that this starts with understanding that blocking groups are ultimately not that a big deal; you’ll find friends wherever you go.

Hey Bacow! Protest’s Place at Harvard

By demonstrating in support of the graduate student union, the freshmen that organized this walkout are throwing their weight behind a cause bigger than themselves. By protesting at all, they are making Harvard a better place for all of us, showing us how to fight for the campus and world we want to live in.

When She Wins: Boston’s Historic Mayoral Election

Either way, when she wins, Boston’s new mayor will represent a turn away from the city’s homogeneous past and will help move us towards a future that is powered by leaders who are not only experienced, but are poised to listen and respond to the increasingly diverse tapestry of people whom they represent.

What the Wall Street Journal Can Learn from Veritas

The Wall Street Journal damages not just its own reputation, but that of journalism as a whole by knowingly, farcically legitimizing false claims. The newspapers are vital to a healthy democracy and with this power comes the social responsibility to publish truth.

Enlarged Endowments and Wronged Workers

We all stand to benefit from a stronger, better-funded academic world. At Harvard, the individuals that breathe life into our institution — contracted workers and graduate students alike — should benefit too. After all, if we can’t look out for our own, what good is that $53 billion?

High Time to End Legacy Admissions

Admission to a place like Harvard, or any of its peer institutions, comes with the hope of social mobility for many students. But so long as the practice of legacy admissions prevails, this potential will be short-circuited. Children of Harvard alumni surely have many talents to offer the College on their own. The fact that legacy policies allow for such students to be preferenced in an admissions toss-up between them and an equal but less advantaged applicant makes our heads spin.

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