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Abigail L. Simon

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Canvassing in Nashua
The Scoop

Why The Hell Don't Harvard Students Vote?

At freshman convocation this September, University President Lawrence S. Bacow gave students their “first homework assignment”: to register to vote and cast a ballot. This was not a one-off line: It reflects a carefully orchestrated campus-wide effort to get out the vote.

The Chicken Cat
Scrutiny

The Chicken Cat

A cat named Chicken greets visitors in the entrance to graduate student Jack M. Nicoludis's home.

Door Number 7
Scrutiny

Door Number 7

The front door to Jack M. Nicoludis's home.

The Housing Issue
The Scoop

Cambridge's Housing Crisis, Explained*

*Is “explainer journalism” obnoxious? Basically, we got a bunch of people who know way more about this topic than we do to explain it to us, so we can tell you about it.

Couch From the Bed
The Scoop

House Hunters: Grad Student Edition

“That’s one of the bad things about being a grad student,” Jamison reflects. “It’s one of the few jobs where as a young professional with an advanced degree, you’re not in a position to accumulate wealth or invest in a 401k or in the equity of your home.”

Boston's Library
The Scoop

Free To All

“These weren’t superheroes, these were people who wrote letters to each other and changed the course of history."

Madison Johnson (top)
Fifteen Most Interesting Class of 2018

Madison Johnson

Before moving to Cambridge, Johnson says, they lived somewhere very different, very far away.

Clocks.
The Scoop

Spring Forward… Forever? Massachusetts Considers Atlantic Standard Time

Recently, a commission established by the Mass. state legislature voted 9:1 to approve a report that weighs the benefits and drawbacks of DST. Their report recommends that Mass. switches to the Atlantic Standard Time zone, meaning that the state would effectively keep DST all-year round.

Smehmood
Scrutiny

Half the Battle: First-Generation Students at Harvard

First-generation students are navigating uncharted territory. As the first in their immediate families to pursue education at a four-year college or university, they have to surmount all the usual challenges of Harvard. But they face an additional hurdle: their parents can’t give them advice on surviving college.

Professor Michael J. Puett
Faculty

Michael J. Puett

Michael Puett has three pieces of advice for Harvard students.

Diversity and Isolation
College

'Party of One': Diversity and Isolation in Harvard's Faculty

These stories provide a window into what it’s like to be an underrepresented minority professor at Harvard, an old and powerful institution that has openly struggled with faculty diversity in the past and present.

Forward
Food and Drink

Forward Thinking: Connecting Food and Friendship

What seemed like a surefire scam was actually Grant W. Burgess’s startup, Forward, founded in June 2016.

Shopping Week Chaos
FAS

Shopping Week Chaos

Though many undergraduates love the week for the flexibility it provides, for Harvard administrators, shopping week means not knowing the size of each course until the Course Registration Deadline.

MIT
MIT

The Great Balloon Hack

Members of MIT’s Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity had, in classic MIT engineering fashion, crafted a technological masterpiece: a Freon-driven hydraulic balloon device that they wired into an empty circuit breaker under the field.

Haunted Floating Staircase
Around Town

Who You Gonna Call?

S.P.I.R.I.T.S (Supernatural, Paranormal, Investigations, Research, Intuitive, Truth Society) of New England takes both a spiritual and scientific outlooks approach to paranormal activity.

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