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Volume XXXIV, Issue XII

Dear Reader, As the leaves turn, FM turns a new page – or rather, a new issue. It’s funny to think how cyclical things are. Yes, obviously, the seasons cycle through, but so too do our seasonal fashions. The very people who mocked Uggs, messy buns, Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes, and all things good about autumn are now donning those same Uggs and drinking those BOGO Starbucks fall drinks (myself included). In this week’s issue, DRZ and JL make their scrutiny debuts with a deep dive into the efforts for disability justice at the College. It almost goes without saying that Harvard — and most other institutions, at that — was not built to accommodate people with disabilities. It was thanks to the efforts of disabled advocates and allies, both on a national scale and on our very own campus, that Harvard and other academic institutions have become more accessible. But demands for justice do not stop at receiving basic accommodations; disabled students at Harvard are asking for inclusion in all spaces, both academic and social. DRZ and JL interview students central to those efforts and explore the history of disability rights at Harvard. Thank you so much, you two, for your dutiful reporting and unwavering dedication. SND writes about Spartacus — no, not the Thracian gladiator or the hit Stanley Kubrick film — the Spartacus Youth League, a communist group active on campus from the ’70s through the ’90s. YAK writes a levity about Harvard’s most (in)famous alumni and the impressive LinkedIn achievements they have accrued. CJK and MTB write about the digitization of prison-run newspapers from the archives of the Harvard Law School Library. GW newspaper archives himself (and interviews a Nobel prize winner) to find out how recombinant DNA became so controversial in Cambridge when it was introduced in the ’70s. This issue comes with not just one, but TWO fabulous photo essays; beloved former chair SSL and current multimedia chair JJG trek to Plymouth to see the effects of Eel River Preserve’s transformation from an old cranberry bog to a native Atlantic white cedar swamp, documenting the Eel River Headwaters Restoration Project’s efforts to return nature to nature. On the slightly more unsettling side, photographer-extraordinaire BYC accompanies (a different) SSL to a workshop on how to embalm rats… In our 15Q of the week, MG interviews Jocelyn Viterna and discusses abortion policies in El Salvador and how gender politics affect social movements. For this issue’s endpaper, GBW writes about how destabilizing his loss of faith has been and his search for a softer place to land. Thank you SS, SET, SCS, MHS, MQ, JH and JJG for the beautiful photographs and illustrations, always. Thank you to BLK and MX for your support, careful proofing and editing, and good cheer. Thank you to the FM execs who helped make it all happen. And last but not least, IYG, thank you for being the warrior you are — together, we can take on the challenges of proofing and editing in the dead of night, emailing and coordinating a million different things at once, and Chinese 140XA. FM Love, AHL and IYG

Volume XXXIV, Issue XI

Dear Reader, We’re back! A few days late, but back nonetheless. After scattering across the globe this summer, we’ve returned to 14p. Between killer writers meeting playlists, rooftop socials, and the simple fact that we are all finally in the same space again, the vibes have never been better. Nowhere were the vibes more expertly synthesized than by BWF and JJG, who wrote this week’s scrut about Walpole State Prison. Fifty years ago, the Massachusetts corrections commissioner gave the keys to the prisoners, and had them run the prison for two months. Meticulously researched and constructed, this scrut looks into the events at Walpole and how the prison changed in the years following, all to understand how Walpole’s legacy should shape our thinking about prisons today. Big kudos to the authors for pulling together such a detailed, thoughtful scrut for our first issue. Elsewhere in this issue, YAK writes about True Love Revolution, a club at Harvard in the mid-aughts that promoted abstinence on campus, reflecting on how, despite her skepticism of the club’s mission and personal distaste for sexual shaming, the abstinence education she received in school influence her perspective now. Hate Red’s Best? Read SEW and ESK’s article about HUDS’ efforts to be sustainable, and maybe reconsider. Beyond finding out how dining hall food is sourced, they dive into the details of how HUDS deals with food waste and recycling. A green star for HUDS and a gold star for these determined writers! We’ve also put out a quartet of 15Qs: Before even arriving on campus, GRW talked to Kathleen Coleman about Gladiators and racism in the classics. JKW had a fascinating conversation with Catherine Brekus about Christianity in America and women in history. KT asked psychology professor Mina Cikara about the psychology of hate crimes. Last but not least, KLM talked to economist David Yang about everything from cookbooks to CCP censorship to propaganda. Our endpaper this week is all about reflecting on summers away from home, and the homecomings that follow. CCG, AS, MG, URR, TAK, and CPR each write about their summers, looking back on the new routines they made across the globe — and the personal growth that came with it. ACF publishes her debut crossword this week, “An Awfully Good Puzzle.” A big thanks to JYY and KL for updating our crossword tab (you can now solve archived crosswords!) and for answering our stupid questions! Thank you to everyone who engaged with FM over summer — thank you to reading club attendees, to SEW, KLM, and CJK for joining the exec team, and SET for working on some truly gorgeous new glossy designs. The usual thanks are due as well — thank you SS, SET, SCS, MHS, MQ, JH and JJG for all the work you do taking our photos and creating our graphics (and for Maestro, and for moving Maestro to the start of the hour). Thank you to BLK and MX, as always, for proofing our articles, and for all the time you gave to FM this summer with mini-shoot and pitch meetings and the time you continue to give to us. And most of all, thank you to AHL, for everything you do for this publication, but also for your friendship — excited for more post-Chinese lunches and conversations to come this semester! FM Love, IYG and AHL

Volume XXXIV, Glossy III

Fifteen Minutes Magazine's 2023 Themed Print Glossy

Volume XXXIV, Issue X

Dear Reader, As we hurtle toward the end of the school year, days and weeks start to blur together. Each day becomes animated by simply completing the next assignment, studying for the next test, or making the next deadline. All hope rests on summer break, which is just around the corner. But for this issue, instead of looking forward, our writers are taking a moment to look back. This year, our themed issue centers around nostalgia, a longing for the past. The stories untangle complicated legacies, make sense of old decisions, and uncover histories and stories that are still relevant to us now. The Crimson celebrated its 150th birthday this year. In honor of this anniversary, MJH, AEP, and AZW’s scrutiny tells a history of The Crimson through stories shared by nine former Crimson editors. These alumni wrote for The Crimson from the 1950s to the aughts, and they witnessed and reported on a variety of historical events, from apartheid South Africa to the Vietnam War (did you know that Daniel Ellsberg almost printed the Pentagon Papers using The Crimson’s own printing press?). But ultimately, what our alumni spent most of their time reminiscing on wasn’t the reporting — it was the people. MEE writes about Elsa Dorfman, a Cambridge resident and Mather tutor whose photos captured Beatnik America, or rather, Beatnik Cambridge, and the Harvard students she befriended. YAK looks back on her childhood obsession with Rookie Magazine, reflecting on how the adolescence its content promised was never quite realized — but perhaps, that is part of its appeal. STB writes about his connection, or lack thereof, to his hometown of Johannesburg. TS visits Cambridge’s Old Burying Ground to report on efforts to preserve and uncover new histories in the historic graveyard. MG writes a letter to her sophomore year, committing a hard, but full, year to the page. KT writes about trying and failing (and, eventually, succeeding) in reaccessing the joy from her childhood. This semester's last 15 Questions is with Susannah Tobin, a former Crimson editor and current professor at the Law School. Be sure to check out the crossword tab to do BWF's crossword "In My Tradwife Era." During the chaos of the semester, it is hard to create the distance necessary to start feeling nostalgic. But as summer begins, perspective will come. We find ourselves already looking back at a semester that has gone by so fast, awed by the amazing work so many people put into this magazine, and treasuring the beauty of the process. Thank you to SS, SET, SCS, MHS, MQ, JH, and JJG for being our go-to multi and design specialists. Special thanks to SET for always going above and beyond, helping us even with all the work you have with preparing the newspaper. You are an absolute legend. Thank you to the FM execs for making us look forward to our endless Monday meetings. You guys are truly the heart of the magazine. Special thanks to JL and THK for managing social media; BWF, KT, and JKW for helping our writers inquire and introspect; and to the lovely MG and DRZ for being the vibes curators. A big thank you to BWF for doing all that I can’t and teaching me how to use InDesign; thanks for also being our head (only) crossword editor. Thank you to MGB and JL, our amazing comp directors. Thank you to KT and MG for alllll that you do and for being incredible editors and friends. My favorite time of the week is 10:30 p.m. on Monday nights. Thank you to CVL for backing our pricey magazine and for making it less pricey. Thank you to CJC for being the stalwart president that you are, tucking our execs in during our meetings, and answering our questions at 5 a.m. Thank you to BLK and MX for spending hours and hours on top of hours to make this magazine what it is! And thank you to all our wonderful writers for making it all worth it. Thank you to IYG for keeping me sane. Sincerely, AHL & IYG

Volume XXXIV, Issue IX

Dear Reader, April showers, May flowers. Or so they say. Well, I’ve violently sneezed myself awake every morning this month, so I’m praying that the flowering will be over soon. But it’s too easy to wish for something to be over and miss it as soon as it’s gone. I know I’ll miss looking at the pink buds on the apple tree just outside my window almost as much as I’ll miss joining our writers, editors, designers, and photographers every week to produce our little magazine. But hey, at least we’ll get some sleep soon enough. This issue’s long-awaited scrutiny is a podcast! JKW and MMFW examine the Unabomber, or rather, the stories we tell about the Unabomber. The Unabomber — or should we say, Ted Kaczynski — entered Harvard College at the tender age of 16. There has been a multitude of “origin stories” that point to his participation in a psychological study at Harvard as the reason for his crimes — some point even earlier, to when he was hospitalized at just nine months old. Regardless, Ted’s manifesto, and the violence he used to back it up, has become fodder for dark corners of the internet — like Amazon. Give it a listen to hear JKW and MMFW interview Ted’s brother, next-door neighbor, and a plethora of experts on the subject all puzzling over the mystery of Ted’s many narratives. RCA and KIS deliver a scrutling about the impact of Harvard rolling back its Covid restrictions and how it has led to confusion and disruption in students’ lives. They cite medical research, illustrating how the pandemic is still alive and well and how it continues to have major health impacts, even on the young and healthy. Moreover, they examine how the University, by distancing itself from pandemic-era Covid prevention measures, has contributed to the rhetoric that diminishes the danger of getting Covid. SSL writes about Embedded Ethics in Computer Science, which hopes to encourage Harvard CS students to think more ethically, but may fall short of its goal. YSG and KZS write about Cambridge’s 35-year friendship with one of its sister cities, Yerevan, Armenia. MEW and MTB revisit Tasty Diner (you know, that diner that Matt Damon takes Minnie Driver to in “Good Will Hunting?) and talk to old diner-goers eager to share their colorful memories about the Harvard Square staple. RCG and CJK provide captions for a photo essay, shot by AE and LT, about the Universal Design playground in Danehy Park, built intentionally for children and visitors of all ages and abilities. RHDN, RR, and YSG write about the jewel of Harvard’s Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments: the Grand Orrery. It has just recently been reassembled after being taken apart for study, and it has a lot to teach us, and not just about lunar phases. JEK and SG write about Bow & Arrow Press and the community that has gathered around it in both celebration and sadness as the press’ operations come to a close after 45 years of working out of the Adams basement. SD provides a 15 Questions interview with Orlando Patterson about his experience advising the Jamaican Prime Minister, his research on the sociology of slavery, and his childhood. OGP brings us a trio of levities. Your least favorite person in your social studies tutorial — aka The Harvard Man — might be having some trouble adjusting socially, so he goes to see a therapist. Cookie Monster visits HBS to give a lecture: “C is for Capitalism.” And a Harvard student bravely takes off their headphones and confronts the sounds of Harvard, totally unfiltered. NHS and RYZ round off the levities for this issue with a look into a rather unusual game of assassins, where the animals around campus are participating. SS draws a comic capturing the ordeal that is traveling by T. Be sure to check out this week’s crossword by MEG! TS brings us a fantastic endpaper about how she is always late, whether it be going to lecture or deciding on her career plans. Ultimately, she finds, there may be some upshots to the lateness. Thank you to FSZ for the amazing podcast production, diligent editing, and kindness! Thanks to JH for the podcasting help and JJG for the long long hours of transcript proofing — you guys work too hard. Thank you to SS, SET, SCS, MHS, MQ, JH and JJG for the maestro fun this semester. Special thanks to SET for answering our frantic texts about glossy layout and for your endless patience. Thank you to BLK and MX for proofing magic and staying with us through this protracted podcasting process (and protracted proofing semester). IYG — what would I do without you? Thank you for proofing, editing, and Googling Indesign tips in the wee hours with me. Let’s go Warriors!* *I do not follow basketball, no one follow up on this with me. FM Love, AHL & IYG

Volume XXXIV, Issue VIII

Dear Reader, The first truly hot days of the year have come, teasing us with the promise of the summer to come. But for now, we are still in the thick of the semester, and we have another issue for you… In this week’s scrut, JL and STB write about the Harvard Management Company’s purchases of Brazilian farmland. They talk to two people who live near Harvard-owned land — Ariomara “Mara” Alves Pessoa and João Henrique Pereira Mendes. Alves Pessoa and Pereira Mendes explain that large-scale farmers that come to their regions displace people and contaminate the water and soil. Harvard made these purchases to grow its endowment, raising questions about whether the University can continue to justify its massive endowment. Kudos to them for being so diligent in analyzing complex foreign land policy, handling complicated fact-checking, and doing interviews in a foreign language — and a big thank you to JPRF for all the hours spent translating those interviews. SG and CJK talk to Aliyah S. Collins about the Eco-Healing project, which she started to help students at HBCUs mentally recover from climate disasters. RCG and CSE go to a talk by Tommy Orange, author of “There There,” where they get to hear about his next book, “Wandering Stars,” and how his background as a musician influences his writing. ASG learns about Conflux, a new student group interested in art tech. Beloved Math 22 professor, Dusty E. Grundmeier is leaving next year; CL and RHDN went to talk to him about teaching and his next steps after Harvard. CSE writes about learning to overcome the competition and jealousy in her relationship with her twin sister, reflecting on how, ultimately, they are each other’s biggest supporters. Venn diagrams are back! This time, iconic duo HD and MG take on another iconic duo: Cascada’s “Everytime We Touch” and your dhall crush. SJ covers the death of Let’s Go, a travel guide book series that used to be produced by students working for Harvard Student Agencies. MMFW asks Ian J. Miller 15 questions about his work as a history professor, Cabot’s faculty dean, and Cabot historian. JGH graces the new crossword tab (thank you JYY and KL!) with our first online crossword — "Timber!" Go complete it! KSG delivers a beautiful endpaper about her experience joining ultimate frisbee at Harvard and the joys of learning something new. Thank you to GRW for tackling the longest CQs ever while scrut proofing, and to EY for lending us HMC expertise. Thank you to SS, SET, SCS, MHS, MQ, JH, and JJG for a lovely maestro as always, and, especially, for dealing with our last-minute graphic and photo requests. Thank you to BLK for nostalgia and scrut proofing and helping with comment requests, and to SX (that is, Slaymei Xu) for being so slay, and as always, for proofing. And, of course, thank you AHL — for golden and regular Oreos, fantastic scrut edits, and for putting so much into this magazine, day in, day out. FM Love, IYG & AHL

Volume XXXIV, Glossy II

Fifteen Minutes Magazine's April 2023 Print Glossy