Editorials


Striking a Better Deal

The decisions posed by the strike put all of us in a delicate situation. Undergraduates stand to suffer from both underpaid, overworked instructors and from the absence of their teaching fellows and course assistants. Self-interest aside, we hope undergraduates are rooting for a surprise sidestep of a strike not just because they wish to evade disruption to their own academics, but because they’re invested in graduate student workers' fight for a better contract.


Mass. Shouldn’t Let Angry Parents Decide School Mask Rules

Lawful avenues for parents to express their discontent with masking provide an important alternative to the indefensible options of threats or harassment increasingly lobbied at school boards. Still, public health policy must be directed by doctors, scientists, and public health officials — not the mob.


Extending Our Gratitude to the Extension School

As students at the College, we have gained much from the presence of the Extension School and its students, and we still have much to learn from them. In the past, our Editorial Board has not been as appreciative as we ought to be of what is a beautiful and crucial part of the Harvard community.


Fraternities and the Art of Predatory Gatekeeping

College students across the U.S. deserve better options. We deserve, more specifically, to be able to access a fun, even raucous, nightlife without subjecting ourselves to gendered objectification and predatory behavior. Our peers at fraternities need to do better; we need to do better. The schools that house us must acknowledge that, though eliminating fraternities has proven impracticable, we still need better options for our Saturday nights. Institutions of higher education nationwide, still outsmarted by these brotherhoods, should be putting their heads together to get us there.


Nobel Peace Prize Rightly Applauds A Threatened Free Press

This Nobel season, Oslo has left us to chew on the importance of a free press, and called attention to the ratcheting threat to democracy and journalists worldwide. Amidst this darkness, Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov shine a light.


In Defense of Free Speech

For the sake of our mission as a university, free speech must be protected here — and really, if anyone bothered to read them, that is what the current guidelines already tell us to do.


Graduate Student Union Strike Authorization is a Warning Alarm

We must remember that teachers’ working conditions — or in this case, teaching fellows’ working conditions — are students’ learning conditions. How we treat our graduate student workers will be reflected in how they can approach their research and classroom responsibilities: We must be generous.


Most Student-Athletes are Employees, Just Not at Harvard

The fact that unionization doesn’t make sense at Harvard does not blunt this NLRB memo's positive impact. For too long, college athletics has taken advantage of its players — proudly selling star players’ jerseys while they themselves go hungry; stripping them of scholarships if they become too injured to play. We’re hopeful that the federal government’s recognition of the labor inherent in collegiate athletics paves the way for a long-overdue improvement in how colleges treat athletes.


HUDS’s New Contract and the Strike that Paved the Way

As we celebrate the successes of this union negotiation process, and eye a potential HGSU-UAW strike on the horizon, we should remind ourselves of the power unions (and yes, strikes) have to improve people’s lives.


The $2.2 Million Price for Women to Party

To that end, we are hopeful that the Bee’s flight to Harvard Square will make what we consider to be a bad social system slightly better. The women of the Bee and the social club scene are now one step closer to safer, more equal footing.


Georgia On Our Minds

The Program for Georgian Studies is also an interesting example of how what we study — where we direct our attention — is guided by where there is power, and with it capital. We are reminded that the centers and spaces we see represented on campuses like Harvard’s tend to be the ones that relate to the interests of those who can afford to fund them into existence.


Online Classes are Back in Business at HBS

As much as we wish it weren’t the case, Covid-19 is still a threat. It’s important that we continue to act responsibly, react quickly, and do all that we can to prevent the spread of the virus on campus — not only for the safety of our community, but also to protect the sanctity of our in-person experience.


HKS Is Providing a Blueprint For How to Improve Policing at Home and Nationwide

Too often, the mentally ill end up thrust into the hands of the criminal justice system, in lieu of a robust social safety net, where their outcomes are often grim. With these crises in the air, the lab’s efforts to minimize police contact where it makes sense to is all the better received.


Dissent: Harvard Should Never Close Its Gates

Our campus is at its most inclusive, most alive, and most beautiful when Harvard Yard and Harvard Square seem to bleed into one. After Oct. 11, unlike the rest of The Crimson’s Editorial Board, we look forward to seeing the gate restrictions disappear: Harvard University should never close its gates.


The Case For A Closed Yard

The psychological comfort afforded by the reduced accessibility, the ability to take a lonesome stroll around the Yard at night, cannot be understated. This impact alone outweighs all other concerns and pushes us to support a permanent extension of the gate restrictions, albeit with some substantial changes to its current implementation.


Changing the Tide on the Allston Drain Pipe Expansion

From both a climate and a good-neighborly perspective, Harvard and its critics must find middle ground: The Allston pipeline should be expanded, but not without community input. With massive Harvard-sized funding comes massive Harvard-specific responsibility.


To Faculty, With Gratitude

Our actions directly influence the health of our community and the faculty we interact with. Responsible behavior is a key way we can show respect for Harvard’s workers, but we know words matter too. We should be liberal in expressing our appreciation for Harvard’s incredible faculty and staff, who have kept this ship afloat through a generation-defining crisis.


Quarantined Students Need More than an iPhone to the Rescue

To lift the burden and stress off of students who may test positive, FAS needs to release guidelines that require all professors to have a preemptive plan for those who go into isolation. From there, allowing professors the flexibility to create individualized and innovative protocols  — in other words, handing instructors the flexibility that they need to best meet the needs of their specific course — should generate better outcomes for students who have to spend a part of the semester in the confines of four walls.


Engineering a Unified Campus

The Science and Engineering Complex is now quite literally set in stone — but its impact on Harvard students and Allston residents isn’t. It’s up to the University and our student body to make it what it deserves to be.


As Activists March on Washington, Harvard Should Stand Behind TPS Residency

Activist calls for a path to residency are not only justified — they are the only reasonable response to a migratory framework that tacitly recognizes the asylum eligibility of TPS holders while simultaneously condemning them to needless precarity.


With More Students Off Campus, House Life Is Down, But Not Out

This past year and a half has been unwieldy, confusing, and weird. Much of “normal” has fallen to the wayside. But we sincerely hope that this slight uptick in those opting out of house life doesn’t mark the beginning of a trend as we ease into the era of post-pandemic House life.


Freshmen Skew Wealthy, As Always. Harvard Isn't Helping.

Legacy admits make up 15.5 percent of the Class of 2025, and they tend to be loaded: Nearly a third have parents that make half a million dollars. These students don’t deserve our ire for being rich, but, in an admissions process where wealth and a guiding hand helps plenty, it’s egregious that the College goes out of its way to privilege students who enter the rat race with a parent who can expertly aid them and likely finance experiences that showcase their child’s prowess.


Harvard’s Fossil Fuel Divestment is a Hard-Fought, Symbolic Victory

Harvard’s recent decision is, therefore, a testament t0 the power of student activism. The wealthiest academic institution on our warming planet has been moved by the blood, sweat, handcuffing, and tears of young people.


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