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Posted by April Sperry on October 15, 2012 at 10:53 pm
First and foremost, an apology is in order. To anyone who was offended or in any manner hurt by the comments about Asian students in the recruiting process, The Voice is deeply sorry. No readers should feel attacked or singled out in a negative manner by our content.
I’m April, one of the co-presidents and editors-in-chief of The Voice. Below is my own personal response to the recent issue surrounding the article 5 People You’ll See at Pre-Interview Receptions.
As was mentioned in the article’s note from the editors, the post in question is not and never was endorsed by the organization as a whole. The Voice staff did not collaborate to conceptualize or write this article. It was written by one contributor who has asked to remain anonymous. The article was sent to one staff member who published it and mistakenly attributed it to the staff as a whole. Do we all agree with the opinions and insinuations reflected in the article? No.
But that’s okay. The Voice believes in free speech and the right to personal opinions. I can confidently say that every member of The Voice thinks quite highly of our rights to freedom of thought, opinion, and expression. We shouldn’t all have to agree on the content of every article and post that is published. Things got messy when the opinions of one writer were implied to be those of every member of the staff – this should never have happened. By the time the author information was changed to “anonymous,” the damage was done and many readers already associated the comments with the opinions of the staff as a whole.
Yes, I do believe in the right to publish one’s thoughts anonymously but unfortunately, in this case the anonymity seems to only have fed the flames. Since the article was not initially published as being written by a single anonymous author, the offensive and controversial content had to go. Now, it would be wrong and unfair to put it back in the article. Call it censorship if you’d like, but it is not fair to hold an entire organization accountable for the opinions of one writer. As to the closing of the comment form, I don’t actually know why commenting was blocked. There is no use in hiding from the effects of the article, so the comments have been opened again.
It goes without saying that the paragraph regarding Asian students was simply untrue – every student who attends Harvard is here because he/she has done or is doing something unique and interesting; it’s not only insulting, but preposterous to say that even two people could be “indistinguishable” from one another.
The Voice is not always politically correct, but it never actively aims to hurt or insult. Snarky and pithy writing is amusing – offensive writing is not. It seems that this article was written with the intent of coming across as satirical. The tone of the article is not what I would call malicious – it sounds like a “joke” that turned out to be more hurtful than it was funny. I have to believe that this article was aimed to “poke fun” at the recruiting culture and just missed the mark. It’s easy to fall back on the idea that “someone will always be unhappy,” but hyperbole, humor, and social commentary can all happen without singling out a person or group of people. Talking pejoratively about Asian students in the recruiting process was both unnecessary and uncalled for.
Do I know who wrote the article? No, I don’t. But it doesn’t really matter who wrote it. What matters is that the article reflected an extremely controversial and offensive opinion that hurt and insulted people. While we have removed the most ostentatious of the offensive commentary, I believe it would be a mistake to remove the article altogether. Some readers will be angry that it stays up, but others would ridicule The Voice for removing it, claiming that we did not actually deal with the problem, that we just tried to get rid of it. In this case, leaving it up seems to be the lesser of two evils – trying to hide a problem only makes it bigger.
It’s there, it’s in the open, and there’s not a whole lot more we can do about it at this point. We’ve made mistakes and we’re doing our best to deal with the consequences. Call it a lesson well learned.
Posted by April Sperry on March 22, 2012 at 9:21 pm
I am a junior in college and Spring Break 2012 marks the first time that I have ever traveled west of New York State. Before you judge me, though, know that I go all or nothing. As in, for my first trip west, I went all the way to California (and I am SO sorry to anyone who makes that plane trip regularly. Six hours is a long time to sit). To Santa Monica, actually, which is apparently one of the most beautiful cities in America. Not that I’ve seen a whole lot of other cities, but this is what people tell me. Anyway, spring break in Cali…Woooo! Wouldn’t you know that it was warmer in Cambridge than in Santa Monica for EVERY SINGLE DAY that I was out there for break. Hrmpf.
But whatever, the point is that I was in the illustrious California for the first time ever and that was awesome sauce just on its own. I have to assume that I stuck out as an east-coaster, though, based on my total lack of understanding of, well, basically anything out there. The west coast is not part of the United States (as I know it). It’s another planet. Here are a few gems that stuck out about the Santa Monica/LA/Beverly Hills area:
- Everybody jogs. Like seriously, everyone. And at all hours of the day. I was also out there on the day of the LA Marathon and I’ve never felt like such a slug as when I was surrounded by a horde of super-fit people wearing “I finished the marathon!” capes and grinning like over-exercised labradors.
- Everyone has a tiny dog. Sometimes, people carry them in purses. I thought that only movie stars and Paris Hilton (yes, that’s two different categories) did that.
- All of the women are blonde, tall, and skinny. All of the men are burly, tan, and dashing. Not a single person “could use some sun.”
- Ladies will wear Uggs in sixty-degree weather. Apparently, that’s “cold.”
- Parking doesn’t make any sense. 50% of parking is in expensive garages/lots, 40% is valet, and the other 10% consists of meters that are never empty anyway.
- California really likes frozen yogurt. I thought Harvard Square was cool because we have 2 vendors, but Santa Monica sort of beat us out on that one. Smoothies, too.
- Everyone is really cheery. Apparently growing up where the sun shines constantly will do that for you.
California goes hardcore on the seaweed.
West-coasters, what was your first impression of Cambridge/the east coast? Did you feel as out of place as I felt going the other way?
Posted by April Sperry on February 9, 2012 at 12:55 am
Did you love the Harvard Douchebag meme, but thought that it kind of misrepresented our student body? I mean, we’re not all douchebags, here, right? There are still some good guys at Harvard, right?
Now that we’ve sounded just a little needy and insecure, here’s the Harvard Good Guy meme to make us all feel a little less pretentious. A little sweet to go with the sour, if you will.
Get it here while it’s fresh. (We hope) this one’s bound to blow up.
Posted by April Sperry on December 7, 2011 at 11:42 am
Today, one of my House tutors held his office hours not from behind his desk, but from behind the information table at Occupy Harvard. You know what I have to say to that?
The Yard’s tent city has become the subject of such hot debate over the last few weeks, but for all the wrong reasons. I’ve heard a lot of students complain about the “inconvenience” of having to show their IDs to get into the Yard, or of having to choose an open gate because their regular route of travel has been cut off. It seems that students have pushed more of their energies into finding alternate walking routes through the Yard than into thinking about why Occupy Harvard has been constructed in the first place.
Every day in class, we as students are encouraged to ask questions, challenge conventions, and think of ways in which we can change our world. This is exactly what Occupy Harvard has aimed to do; yet, it has been received by the Harvard community in an embarrassing and rather sad manner. The Occupy movement is worldwide and has opened countless opportunities for debates, panels, speakers, and education. This is a prime opportunity to discuss the situation at hand, no matter which side of the issues you’re on.
Instead, the student body has polarized between two extremes, to the point where it seems like if you’re not with Occupy Harvard, you’re expected to hate it. I’m not shocked that this movement has made its way to Harvard, but I’m pretty surprised by how it’s been dealt with by the administration.
Faced with a tent city and a sterling reputation to uphold, Harvard locked down the Yard and then sent out an email to all students describing why it all simply had to be that way. In a place where we should be encouraged to challenge and question what’s put in front of us, I think it’s pretty embarrassing that the administration would rather put a lid on the whole issue. I won’t pretend to have all of the answers to the current Occupy Harvard situation, but here’s my short list of what I think the movement could and should have led to:
- Discussion between administrators and protesters about the issues at hand.
- Invitations to outspoken economists, politicians, Occupy leaders etc. to visit campus and lecture on their views.
- Panels of prominent speakers on BOTH sides of the issues to engage students in debate about what has become a global movement.
- Collaboration between undergraduate departments (perhaps Economics and Government?) to encourage student-run debates.
Posted by April Sperry on November 2, 2011 at 7:26 pm
According to this here Huffington Post article, Lady Gaga recently announced that she will be teaming up with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the California Endowment, and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University to create the Born This Way non-profit foundation.
Gaga and her mother will head the foundation, which she states will strive to “establish a standard of Bravery and Kindness, as well as a community worldwide that protects and nurtures others in the face of bullying and abandonment.” Kudos to Mother Monster for the inspiring message, and to the Huff Post author for turning Bravery and Kindness into proper nouns by capitalizing them!
Let’s give a round of applause to Lady Gaga for attacking bullying head-on, and for using her fame (monster) to spread the message of equality and compassion.
Posted by April Sperry on September 24, 2011 at 3:23 pm
Harvard students just can’t hold it all the way to the bathroom.
Last year, someone took a big ol’ poo in Quincy (and then stuffed it in a dropbox) and what WHAT what, it’s happened again, but this time in the Quad. We received this message that was sent over Pfoho’s house mailing list, and oh how we cringed.
“I stepped out of my room in Wolbach this morning and was greeted by an awful smell. Then I noticed a giant pile of shit on the stairwell between the second and third floors. I don’t know who’s responsible for the act itself and I wouldn’t care if the mess could somehow clean itself up. But it can’t. And the custodians should not have to deal with it. If you know who might have done it (whether you were with them when they did or hosted one of the watering holes they passed through on what must have been a pretty crazy night) please get in touch with that person and tell them to come over to the Wolbach stairwell and clean up their mess. Restore my faith in humanity because right now I’m pretty pissed off.”
Party fouls happen, but that’s no excuse to take a dump on the stairs. Also, once is an accident and twice a coincidence. One more doodie incident will turn this whole situation into a big shitty pattern. Let’s not let it get that far, mmm?
STOP IT, KAY?
Posted by April Sperry on September 23, 2011 at 9:28 pm
According to this Daily Finance article, Harvard’s endowment rose 21.4% in the last fiscal year, to close at $32 billion dollars. In case you missed it, the endowment dropped to a meager $26 billion when the economy totally ate it. Harvard was shocked by its newfound poverty and responded by seizing upperclassman hot breakfast and totally ruining everyone’s mornings.
But not to fear. Harvard’s making bank once again, meaning that we should be seeing the perks and bennies in the near future, right?
Here’s a list of things that I think would be appropriate to spend all that cash on.
- Hot breakfast for all (duh)
- More shuttles
- Friday and Saturday brain breaks
- Cleaning the Science Center bathrooms
- More reliable Wi-Fi
- An online course pre-planning tool that doesn’t make me want to punch my computer
- Free kittens for all students
Posted by April Sperry on September 22, 2011 at 10:28 pm
Section Kid: (n) The one student to rule them all. The one that everyone else wants to throw rotten tomatoes at. The section kid generally doesn’t know its identity, although to everyone else, it sticks out like a pink, three-headed elephant. It answers ALL of the questions and comments on everything said by another student. It also loves to ask questions (relevant to the material or not), and it often takes time after section to brown-nose with the TF.
Are you that kid? Take our quiz:
- Do you get antsy when someone besides you answers a question?
- Do people snicker when you raise your hand?
- Does the TF cringe a little bit when you raise your hand?
- Are you the only one who speaks in section? Ever?
- Do you think that you have all the answers? Every time?
- Do you stay after class to chat it up with the TF, even if you don’t have a question?
- Do you email your TF more than twice a week?
- Are you thinking to yourself, “Hmmm, we actually don’t have one in my section?
Are you this excited? Always?
If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, you’re probably that kid. For the sake of EVERYONE else in your section, stop it.
And don’t even get me started on lecture kid…
Posted by April Sperry on May 8, 2011 at 2:40 pm
Congratulations to Winthrop House for winning the intramural Straus Cup for the FOURTH year in a row!
Winthrop takes its intramural sports seriously, rarely if ever forfeiting a game. The air of competition permeates the house between ex-varsity athletes, casual players, and people who have never really done the whole “sports” thing before. Winthrop IM sports are for everyone and as much as the lions love to win, the first priority is for everyone to support the black and red and have fun.
And that’s the way IM sports are supposed to be played.
Winthrop is truly the Haus of Straus, and residents cannot wait to see the cup returned to their dining hall, cleaned, polished, and shiny in all of its sporty glory.
Nice 4-peat Winthrop!
Posted by April Sperry on April 1, 2011 at 9:44 am
Some people feel entitled to receive fabulous gifts upon being accepted to Ivy League Institutions. Rachel Hachero, a 17 year old from Fort Meyers, Florida took it a step too far, however and expected to receive a 2004 Nissan 350z sports car…
Yeah, she aimed high. And when her mother was unwilling to co-sign the loan for the ridiculously ostentatious piece of metal, Rachel got violent. That is, she pulled out a 9mm gun, pistol whipped her mother across the face, and made her drive to the dealership at gunpoint where she placed the gun in her purse and her mother signed the loan. Congratulations, she owns a car. Her mother alerted the authorities while Rachel was at school the next day, claiming that she didn’t want her daughter to be prosecuted because it would jeopardize her Ivy League acceptances and scholarship offers. That ship may have already set sail…
Too bad. The fuzz promptly locked Rachel up in a juvenile detention facility and confiscated the gun. By the way, the gun was stolen from a Lee County Port Authority Law Enforcement officer in early July 2010. So WTF is up with that?
It’s unclear which Ivies Rachel was accepted to, but it’s safe to assume that she won’t be present for Visitas this year
Posted by April Sperry on March 7, 2011 at 1:26 pm
There’s an elephant in the room. But really. The Eliot House elephant is making an appearance in Science Center B for USW23: Art and Thought of the Cold War He’s chillin’ and listening to lecture.
Happy in lecture? This can’t be real.
And oh look, there’s the Pfoho Polar Bear in Ec 10 lecture (silly bear, you’re too late for snow!).
Checkin’ out Mankiw.
Housing Day has apparently turned into Housing Week. It’s on. What’s next?
Posted by April Sperry on February 8, 2011 at 3:03 pm
It seems that the interwebs have become inundated with matchmaking sites lately. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, here’s another one. The newest site, nChooseTwo allows members to not only list their own crushes (up to 10 at once!), but to suggest matches between your friends and their crushes (or people who you think they would look oh-so-adorable with). The site is open to all students of Harvard and MIT (expanding our opportunities, no?); just register with your student email address. There is no list of names and there are no awkward photos – just the potential to catalyze matches you’ve been mulling over in your head but didn’t know how to initiate.
According to the site, “Privacy and security are our top priorities – no information about romantic intent is revealed unless the attraction is mutual, and we are constantly considering user feedback to make our site more useful and more secure.” It’s a win-win situation. No embarrassment if the match is not accepted. Here’s a sample matchmaking scenario from the site:
say Eve suggests a match between Adam and Beth. Eve shows up as an anonymous matchmaker to Adam and Beth.
If Adam clicks ‘Accept’ and Beth does not, Beth and Eve never find out that Adam clicked ‘Accept’. And vice-versa.
Instead, if Adam and Eve both click Accept, then Eve’s identity is revealed to them. Adam, Beth, and Eve are notified that this match is succesful, and good times are had by all.
No harm, no foul. It’s almost time for Valentine’s Day, everyone, so let’s get to matching up our friends and even ourselves! Harvard has the potential for romance. It just needs an anonymous kick-start.
UPDATE: nChooseTwo has extended its services to the BU community!
Posted by April Sperry on February 2, 2011 at 12:43 pm
THIS JUST IN:
So, although Harvard undergrads get no mercy from administrators (read: we’re expected to journey to class amidst a weather-pocalypse (no more a snow-pocalypse because it’s effing raining out)), other Harvard affiliated persons have gotten more lucky. Libraries have closed, offices have closed, and a few classes have been canceled. Not bad, right?
Here’s the kicker. ALL CLASSES ARE CANCELED TODAY AT THE HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL.
Yeah, the future doctors get the day off and yet we undergrads are expected to trudge to our GenEd and Core classes. We’re not saving any lives here. In fact, we’re risking our own as we practically swim through the 6+in puddles of water and slush.
It’s a doozy out there. Has the College Administration not canceled classes with the hopes that the weather will produce bumped and broken students test subjects for the resting HMS students? Is this the plan? Conspiracy theorists back me up here.
Posted by April Sperry on January 27, 2011 at 1:54 pm
The judges of American Idol have seen a lot of talent since the show started. They listen to applicants from all corners of the nation and all walks of life. But were they prepared for a talented blonde bombshell from Harvard to show up and blow them away? Probably not.
Meet Molly Swenson. A class of 2010 graduate of Harvard and former Winthropian, Molly sang with The Opportunes during her time at Harvard; check out her a capella on Youtube!
Molly’s currently an intern at the White House for the Obama administration, but it looks like she’ll have to ask for some vacation, because she’s off to Hollywood.
She sang, she rocked it, the judges loved it and she received the golden ticket to Hollywood. Way to go Molly! Now we all have an excuse to watch American Idol this season. It’s not just reality TV anymore. We’ve got to support one of our own.
Posted by April Sperry on January 24, 2011 at 11:31 am
In a world full of distractions, it’s easy to get off topic. Well, here’s introduing the “newly redesigned” On Topic at Harvard.
It’s sort of like 4chan, but for Harvard. Register on the site and you can talk about any and everything. Spew your Harvard related thoughts in an anonymous setting and wait for people to agree, disagree, and comment on what you say.
Really, anything goes. The site asks “What does Harvard really think?” So share what’s on your mind. Have thoughts about classes, professors, HUHDS, or sports teams? Tell the community. The site welcomes thoughts and ideas that are interesting, random, Harvard, important etc, so whatever’s on your mind, let it out!
But please, let’s stay on topic.
Posted by April Sperry on January 14, 2011 at 3:21 pm
Apparently, high school students across the globe have decided that Harvard is the place to be for their next four years. According to this Harvard Gazette article, nearly 35,000 students have applied to Harvard in hopes of being selected to the class of 2015. Applications continue to rise and set records; this year’s pool is 15% larger than last years, and 50% larger than what the College received four years ago.
Why are the numbers continuing to rise? The article cites Harvard’s incredible financial aid program, the rapidly expanding School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and increasing use of electronic applications as reasons why Harvard is receiving applications in record numbers.
Applications have increased in numbers from all parts of the United States as well as internationally. Minority applications are also on the rise.
With such a broad range of applicants to choose from, it’s clear that Harvard will always be an interesting and eclectic place to study. Harvard continues to attract the brightest, most ambitious, and most insanely different and interesting people from around the globe. Harvard’s racial, social, economic, and interest diversity makes it a truly stimulating environment. It looks like the class of 2015 will just add to the eclectic mix of people in the student population.
For now, the admissions officers are quite literally up to their ears in work, hunting for the next crop of future freshies. And I’m sure that for the (nearly) 35,000 applicants, March 30th can’t come soon enough.
Posted by April Sperry on December 21, 2010 at 2:22 am
It’s here, it’s here, it’s really here! The snow we’ve been awaiting for so long has arrived, and it’s white and sparkly and pretty. There are still a few of us on campus and whether you’re studying into the morn for that last-day-possible exam or just hanging around for a few days after you’re done for the semester, take a second and step outside.
Wrap a scarf around your neck, yank on a hat, and zip up your coat. It’s a thin coating of white, but it’s there and it’s beautiful. It doesn’t matter if you’re going home to Boston, or someplace more tropical, or even someplace with real snowstorms. If you’re here right now, look out your window — it’s like a Currier and Ives greeting card out there.
Take a study break. Make a snow angel. Have a snowball fight. Make a snowman. Whoop and holler and run around like you did when you were five and the first snowfall of the season meant Mom would make cookies and hot cocoa. In the rush to leave campus and get home for the holidays, don’t forget about how beautiful Harvard is when it’s all dressed up in white.
Boston winters are long and cold. Appreciate the precipitation when it falls.
Posted by April Sperry on December 12, 2010 at 3:33 pm
All right Harvard, it’s time for the most celebrated tradition of the year: Primal Scream. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like Mother Nature is going to cooperate for our sacred tradition.
There will be rain and wind. Lots of it. So much that there’s a wind advisory in effect for Cambridge until late tonight. There’s a good chance that by this point, you’re lacking sleep and haven’t really gotten around to eating three square meals a day. Don’t trash your immune system completely. No one likes the sick kid with the sniffles when everyone else is trying to concentrate on a three hour final. Don’t be that kid.
This is Harvard and we’re hardcore. We plod through rain and snow and ice to get to lecture, section, and lab. Surely we won’t let the inclement weather prevent us from gettin’ nekkid and running the gauntlet. Keeping the forecast in mind, here are some suggestions for the night so that runners and spectators alike can get their crazy on, despite the foul weather.
- Wear shoes. The ground will be wet, cold, and slippery.
- Have a friend waiting with a towel for after the madness and seek warmth and dry clothing immediately.
- Don’t wait up for your friends. Standing around will only attract attention and soak you more thoroughly.
- Use umbrellas. I know that we’re intelligent students, but in the midst of the excitement, don’t run outside without boots and an umbrella. You’ll regret it.
- Hold towels for your friends and BE THERE when they need to find you. They’re running. You’re not. Don’t be a jerk and withhold their clothing and towels afterward.
- Don’t stand too close – Primal Scream functions on mob mentality. A charging herd of wildabeests wouldn’t move out of the way for you. Don’t assume that a charging herd of naked college students would.
IT’S NAKEY TIME
Posted by April Sperry on December 11, 2010 at 8:29 pm
ooh ooh! That’s me!
10:30am – Well, I had every intention of getting up at 9:30. Fail. And now the dining halls don’t open for another hour and a half. Okay, this late wake up is only a blip in my day. I’m going to be SO productive today. I’m going to rip through lecture slides like a champ and maybe even take notes on them. I’m going to do practice tests and review questions. It’s going down.
11:50am – Have made my way through ONE lecture powerpoint in the last hour and a half. The original lecture was only an hour. Must.Stop.Checking.Facebook.
12:10pm – Lunch time. I can’t be expected to study on an empty stomach.
2pm – Now that I’m back from lunch…and CVS…it’s time to get down to business. FOR REAL. Lights are on, pencils are sharpened, notebooks are open, all systems are a go.
Let’s get down to business (to defeat the huns!).
3pm – Woah. That was a full hour of productivity. Time for a reward. It will take me 5 minutes and 5 minutes only to check my emails and facebook. Five.Minutes.
4:00pm – Well, that was certainly longer than 5 minutes. Back to work.
4:30pm – Need food. At this point, I’m too lazy to shlep to the dining hall, never mind anyplace else in the square. It’s certainly convenient that I have a bag of peanuts sitting in my room. And I absolutely cannot write with a pen, type on a computer, or flip through a notebook while I’m shelling them. I wouldn’t want to get peanut shell mess all over my work space. Then I would have to stop working to clean it. Nom nom.
5:15pm – Dear room above me, please please please turn off your stereo. The weekend before finals is not when I want to hear the bumpin’ bass of your sub-par party playlists. This is NOT THE TIME. I want 1. silence, or 2. the singing whales and crashing waves of my seascapes relaxation playlist. Kaythanks.
6:00pm – It’s dinner time and I want food, but the blockmates want to “study” until 6:30. *Sigh* I can be productive for the next half an hour, right? Right?
6:30pm – Productivity has died completely in the presence of captioned cat photos. Blast. Well, at least it’s dinner time. And meals should never be corrupted by schoolwork or stress. Food is sacred.
8:00pm – Okay; it’s go time. Like, really. Because exams are rapidly approaching and I am grossly under-prepared. Better check my email first though – wouldn’t want to miss vital messages.
8:30pm – I can’t focus in here. My desk is messy, the lights aren’t quite right, and the mini-fridge is humming like an excited bee hive. I’ll be so much more productive in the library.
9:00pm – Empty table. I’m organized. Ready to go. Studying in 3,2,1
11pm – Break time. Off to the Dhall for a cup of tea and a short break. Maybe I’ll even bring a book. I just won’t let anyone distract me. Seriously.
1pm – So it was a long break. Don’t judge me. At this point, my brain’s not going to process anything more that I try to cram into it. I had better go to bed early so that I can wake up with the sunrise tomorrow and really get crackin’.
For real though.
Posted by April Sperry on December 2, 2010 at 9:25 pm
You’ve finished classes for the first semester. Unless you take a language, that is. In that case, you may very well have class up until the first day of finals.
My oh my, how time flies.
Posted by April Sperry on December 1, 2010 at 11:29 am
With reading period and finals week rapidly approaching, it’s easy to get lost in the stress of the end of the semester. But here at the Voice, we want to remind everyone that the holiday season is also approaching. It’s the first of December, the beginning of the most wonderful time of the year.
It’s not Santa’s sleigh, but it brings the cheer
This morning, Cambridge City workers were spotted decking the halls and adorning the Square’s lampposts with greenery and red and gold ribbons. A few strings of lights have already made their way onto the streets and more are undoubtedly to come.
Let’s get festive Harvard! Don’t get so lost in the finals season that you forget the holiday season. The weather’s getting cold, but it’s time to feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
What a well dressed lamppost
Posted by April Sperry on November 19, 2010 at 10:17 am
THE NEW ISSUE OF THE VOICE IS UP! In honor of Friday, shirk your duties and educate your lovely minds with our new issue. You won’t regret it, but you may fall behind on…other reading. Hell, it’s Friday.
Posted by April Sperry on September 18, 2010 at 12:23 am
So, after having enjoyed my flyby sandwich and warm soda (when are they going to fix that soda machine, anyway?) I went to Winthrop house for some post-class chill time. I was rudely awakened from my Facebook sesh by flashing lights and a SCREAMING alarm. What’s this? Oh, just the second fire alarm of the day. No big deal. And then three fire trucks showed up. Triple no big deal.
Come on Harvard. The weather is far too inclement for these shenanigans.
Surriously. Evacs aren’t cool.
Posted by April Sperry on September 17, 2010 at 3:37 pm
While trudging through an ugly mist today, on my way to FlyBy for a sandwich and a warm soda, I was met with a massive crowd outside of the Science Center. Reliable sources (read: a few of my friends who were in Orgo at the time) say that an impromptu fire drill cleared out the entire building.
Side note: there’s something amusing in watching a few hundred students try to filter into the Science Center through a pair of revolving doors.
Posted by April Sperry on April 26, 2010 at 10:03 pm
This is not a teepee.
It’s likely that by now, you’ve noticed that there’s something wooden and dome shaped in the middle of the Yard, in front of Matthews Hall. No, it’s not overflow housing for next year’s class; it’s a wetu. As in, it’s not a teepee, igloo, or a hut. As stated on the signboard in front of Matthews,
A Wetu is atraditional Native American dwelling that is very similar to and sometimes referred to as a wigwam. A Wetu is built by criss-crossing saplings into an upside down U shape. The frame is then covered by sheets of bark on the outside and lined with woven rush mats on the inside. A hole is left at the top of the structure in order to release the smoke .
The wetu has been left partially uncovered so that students and passersby can see its interior structure. At the Opening Ceremony this past Thursday, students, administrators, and members of the Aquinnah Wampanog tribe spoke about what it took to get the structure put in the yard and what they feel, seeing it completed.
Why is it here right now? Well, this year marks the 360th anniversary of the signing of Harvard’s charter, which called for “the education of the English and Indian youth of this country, in knowledge and godliness.” It’s presence on campus also overlaps with Harvard’s annual powwow, which will take place this Saturday at Radcliffe Yard and will be open to the public. The wetu will only be in the yard until May 3rd, so if you have questions, ask fast. And just think, how many of your friends’ colleges have wetus in their yards?? Not so many.
Posted by April Sperry on April 18, 2010 at 2:25 am
We all know that Harvard has one of the most extensive library systems in the world, but most of us have only ever stepped foot in Lamont or Widener. Well, today my search for sources led me to Houghton library. You know, that one right next to Lamont that no one’s seemed to have explored. I was excited to visit the tiny library, (one of my goals is to see all of Harvard’s libraries before graduation… seven down!) but I didn’t know quite what to expect. Since Houghton is Harvard’s rare books and manuscripts library, security was tight. There’s one reading room in the building and all coats, bags, and even laptop cases must be left in lockers in a separate room. Pens are not allowed in the reading room and all outside reading materials must be kept to an absolute minimum. Once I was buzzed into the reading room (because the door is always locked from the inside) I had to fill out a questionnaire with my contact info and the reason I was visiting the library. Woah. Then I filled out a card stating which book I wanted, so that a page could retrieve it from the stacks, which are underground. That’s another thing. You can’t get books from the shelves; they’re hidden underground like they’re in some sort of guarded vault. Within five minutes, my book was brought to me and I did my research. Upon leaving, I was asked to open my laptop and let the librarian rifle through my notebook to make sure I wasn’t trying to smuggle pages out of the building.
All in all, I’m glad that I finally saw Houghton Library; it’s beautiful and very, very quiet (I think I was the only undergrad out of the five people in the reading room). However, don’t visit it planning to be in and out in ten minutes; security is as intense as it is at the airport, but they let you keep your shoes on!