Editorials


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.


An Atheist Is a Perfect Choice to Lead Harvard’s Chaplains

The prominence of Epstein’s new position lends visibility and credibility to an underrepresented and stigmatized group. In that way, it's not all that different from the 2017 appointment of Khalil Abdur-Rashid, Harvard’s first full-time Muslim chaplain, and the 2021 appointment of Matthew Ichihashi Potts, Harvard’s first Asian American head minister of Memorial Chuch. Each move expanded who might feel comfortable seeking help from a Harvard chaplain.


Dissent: It’s Just a New Chaplain President

So while in our minds, Epstein’s election is merely a product of regular turnover of chaplains and other Harvard staff, we wake up to headlines morphing the new leadership of an organization into the latest wedge in our nation’s cultural war.


Post-Pandemic, Shopping Week Can’t Be Dropped

We hope that in a couple of years, when the pandemic is but an ugly memory, Harvard will look back on this piece and see that shopping week is a quintessential part of being a student in this institution. It is a beloved tradition that has helped students for ages; a cherished hallmark of academic life. Instead of dropping shopping week, we want to join generations of Harvard students — old, new, and forthcoming — in shopping until we drop.


Vaccine Mandate is a Jab Well Done

We need Harvard to complement its vaccine mandate with clear procedures that will support and care for students should they, despite their best efforts, become infected. Doing so would help dispel student worries, demystifying the threat of infection and offering much-needed emotional relief to those who, after their jabs, are still concerned about a positive test result.


Covid Killed the Welcome Wagon

Harvard needs to support all classes as we make the transition back to campus. The dearth of reorienting welcome programming we’ve seen the first two weeks can’t cut it moving forward. Academic programming especially — concentration fairs, advising networks, department events — can’t fall through the cracks. Trust us, we need it.


Something To Hope For

The flashbulb issues that students at Harvard have been rallying around, including immigration and affirmative action, coincide neatly with the tide of opinions growing more popular among young people across the nation. More than 100 days into the Biden presidency — and, insanely, more than a year into the Covid-19 pandemic — there have been double-digit expansions in support for “progressive” ideas among young people (or what the survey labels as such, anyway). And, if you sift through the shift in America’s ideological landscape, a swell of hope jumps out.


Human Rights, Bolivia, and the Best of Harvard Law

This case is a shining example of the power of the Law School’s clinics and student-driven efforts. It proves, pretty decisively, that our education — at the Law School, and perhaps the College — doesn’t have to remain untethered from the world around us; it exemplifies the virtues of showing students the pathway to future careers in meaningful, but frequently less remunerative, fields.


What WaPo’s Raytheon Debacle Teaches About Opinion Journalism

Ultimately, every opinion piece will be driven by some level of personal bias – and even when newspaper boards are maximally vigilant in their efforts to scrub their pages of it, some biases that ought to be announced will inevitably fly under the radar. Against this backdrop, just as editors need to be diligent about conveying who exactly opinion contributors are, we as readers must understand that no single opinion piece should be treated as the end-all-be-all as we form and fortify our own opinions.


Martin Nowak, the Scapegoat

Epstein’s ability to influence our university even after he was no longer a direct donor — hosting faculty at his controversial private island, securing a campus office and shoutout on the Harvard domain, securing donations for his preferred academics — speaks to the influence money can have even when it’s not directly changing pockets.  It proves that our gift policies must be prepared to wrestle with the corrupting influence of immense wealth, and become solid enough to resist affiliates liable to be seduced by a quick, dirty buck.


Irony at the IOP: Poor Governance Harms Student Constituents

At present, the IOP’s rousing vision is in danger. In fact, the IOP’s current state of disregard for student concerns and internal squabbling for the reigns of power is entirely antithetical to its founding mission. Until these issues are grappled with, the IOP will remain an ironic masterclass for the worst of government, not the best.


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