Kate A. Moran
Maybe you were one of the 1.2 million people who, in the last month, watched the “Mamma Mia” cover on YouTube entitled “THIS MAN FLEW TO JAPAN TO SING ABBA IN A BIG COLD RIVER” and wondered, “What inspired such an elaborate video?”
More a book collector’s sanctum than an office, Gingerich’s bookshelves are crowded with ancient, valuable books and tchotchkes. But despite the wealth of knowledge that pervades the room, one particular item truly stands out among the rest—a brown paper bag filled with a raisin-bread ham sandwich from Whole Foods Market: Gingerich’s daily lunch.
The vloggers’ videos, class years, and backgrounds may vary, but their viewers do not. Watchers’ comments seem to idolize Harvard with words like “hope,” “dream,” and “wish,” along with countless heart-eyes emojis. The vloggers cater to an audience that requests all Harvard coverage, all the time.
As a non-citizen and a new mother at the time, she didn’t feel safe attending protests, but still wanted to have an impact. So, she decided to embroider protest banners and make a lending library for them, accepting banner donations so those who feel unsafe attending a protest can still participate. “Make a banner, donate it, and someone else can take it out,” Sifuentes says.