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Crimson opinion writer

Michelle I. Gao

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Fitzsimmons Courthouse
Columns

The Valuable Parts of ‘Legacy’

Institutions should aim to be so good that alumni want to send their kids to them and remain engaged for their whole lives. But legacy is worth building, not buying.

Activating the Youth Vote
Columns

Young Voters and Excitement, Or Lack Thereof

Voting will not always feel exciting, and because voting is not really that exciting — but that is all the more reason we must do it.

Harvard Admissions
Columns

What College Admissions Still Needs to ‘Affirm’

Race is inborn and unchangeable, but socioeconomic status is inborn and changeable. This fundamental difference is why the latter is a more valid concept to affirm.

Matthews Hall
Columns

Not Quite a Home Away from Home

I don’t want college to be more like my home. That place — a sheltered escape from the outside world —  is my childhood home. And I should not be a child anymore.

Consulting
Columns

Rehumanizing 'Networking'

It was only in the late 1970s that the act of “networking” began to also apply to humans, in the modern sense of creating a system of contacts.

Dean Khurana at Freshman Convocation
Op-Eds

Transactions and Transformations

As I realize now, I have been “transformed,” but only as much as I let myself. Although that is certainly a start, it is not quite enough.

Columns

Who Can Be ‘Racist’?

Consider the recent controversy involving Sarah Jeong, whose colorful tweets against white people were dug up after the New York Times’ editorial board hired her.

What a Time to Be American
Columns

What a Time to Be American

It is just as well that the United States didn’t send a team to the World Cup, because it’s been incredibly hard this summer to cheer on America in the international sphere.

It’s Not Asians Who ‘Game the System’
Columns

It’s Not Asians Who ‘Game the System’

Asians do what they can to get into the best American institutions, but it seems like those institutions are doing just about everything they can to keep us out.

'Pride' and Prejudice and Cake
Columns

‘Pride’ and Prejudice and Cake

The Court’s decision is actually no loss for the community and should not injure any BGLTQ person’s pride.

Columns

'Fan' Rule

Fans have always had some power to take the object of their love into their own hands. But increasingly, fans can do more than create alternatives and supplements. They can affect the works themselves.

Columns

All ‘Representation Matters’

The mere presence of representation in a work of art should not be its selling point—and really cannot be, in the long run.

Columns

The Role of the ‘Elite’

There is nothing inherently elitist about being liberal. And surely the word “elite” loses meaning when it is applied to half the country.

Columns

Past and Future ‘Merit’ in College

Discussions of merit should take the long-term view. We in the College are still in the short-term, though—the verdict on our “merit” is still out.

Columns

On What Is 'Fake' and What Is 'News'

There are pressing problems that do not fall under the “fake news” umbrella but that should still be addressed. These issues have more to do with what is “news” rather than what is “fake.”

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