The Crimson Editorial Board

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Baby Steps

This change is clearly a positive one for students of both GSAS and the College. Since graduate student teaching fellows play such an important role in Harvard's undergraduate experience, dedicating more resources to them is beneficial to the entire academic community.

House Life

Making Student Dining Reasonable

Last year, Harvard’s upperclassman Houses collectively moved to make Thursdays “Community Nights.” These restrictions and others on undergraduate dining are inconvenient and impractical.


Contributions to Political Gridlock

Part of Harvard College’s goal of providing a transformational experience necessitates the broadening of viewpoints that only can occur when students can interact with others of different backgrounds, experiences, and beliefs.


Hard Alcohol Ban Ill-Advised

While encouraging safer parties is clearly an important goal, we believe that Mather erred in both the conception and implementation of this initiative.


Supporting Freshman Seminars

Freshman seminars received a record number of applications this academic year. The College should continue to invest in the program.


Courses Are Not Corporations

In recent years, professor David J. Malan '99 attempted to trademark aspects of the CS50 brand. Aspirations of franchising a course run counter to a professor's duty as an instructor of a Harvard course.


Building Bridges in Allston

To continue bettering its relations with Allston, the University should increase accessibility to that Harvard-Allston Task Force's meetings.


Criminal Histories and College Applications

If we truly believe that the function of the criminal justice system is rehabilitation—and not simply punishment—we should reflect this attitude in how we perceive and treat those with criminal pasts, especially in the context of education.


A Step Forward Against Sexual Assault

The University is creating a committee of professors and students to review its Title IX policies. This is an important step towards combatting sexual assault.


Making Mental Health Services More Accessible

QuadTalk is an excellent initiative. It acknowledges the potential for substantial unmet need for these mental health services in the Quad, where distance from the main resources on campus could pose a significant obstacle for residents in need of them.

Student Life

On the Fast Track to Better Socializing

If only from a logistical standpoint, Fast Track is a much-needed reinvention of Harvard’s party planning protocol.

House Life

Masterful dialogue

A particular area in which house-centered dialogue would prove fruitful is in a more open discussion of Harvard's often distressing history of exclusion.

Undergraduate Council

Unlocking the Bridging and Belonging Grant

The Undergraduate Council's plans to refashion the requirements around the Bridging and Belonging Grant are promising.


Toward a New Gen Ed

While we still have concerns about the proposed structure of the new set of requirements, we are glad that the report directly addresses the need for improving the quality of teaching in Gen Ed courses.


Fixing the MBTA

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) appears set to cut late-night service. However, this is not the answer to its long-standing budget problems.