February 25, 2021

Volume XXXII, Issue III

Editor's Note

Dear reader, To close out a short but tumultuous month, this week we bring you a small but mighty issue, one that will keep you glued to your screen, spark arguments with friends, and make your head spin and heart wrench. This is not an issue to snuggle up to — it is one that will force you to straighten your posture and engage. We are excited to present a second new content category, the “Inquiry,” which will feature cultural criticism and reported essays to provide thought-provoking and incisive commentary on topics including, but certainly not limited to, Harvard phenomena, national politics, and social media trends. This week, we have three: SNT brings a critical eye to the ways in which some undergraduates toss around the phrase “impostor syndrome,” blurring the lines between humility, self-deprecation, and ingratiation. MX juxtaposes the #BaylorDunkForTuition, in which students are offered free tuition in exchange for an excellent basketball trickshot, with the tuition strike at Columbia. And ZBRG outlines the surprising, and perhaps troubling, link between “The Bachelor” and Christian morals. In this week’s cover story, REJC and GJP offer a gripping account of the journey of Doris E. Reina-Landaverde, a Harvard custodian and activist who, in her cross-sectional organizing, makes Harvard presidents “cringe” at the sight of her. The scrutiny is a must-read, intimate look into what drives perseverance and the core mechanisms — including, largely, solidarity — that bring success to grassroots movements. And to close, we have two moving endpapers. CAC combines lucid prose and sharp criticism in telling the story of the pandemic and her eating disorder, a personal essay that will leave you both shaken and empowered. And TMB gives a gorgeous view into her love of film photography, relating her passion to a complicated negotiation with an evolving technological society. As always, take care. Until next week, MNW+OGO