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Drew C. Pendergrass

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21 Colorful Crimson
On Campus

15 Minutes with 21 Colorful Crimson

On a campus where most things are triangulated within four dimensions of irony, 21CC’s earnestness combines with genuine musicality to create what serious music critics call a “bop.”

This is Totally Guy Fieri

Guy Fieri Laments Classroom-to-Table Limitations

Yes, it’s a tragedy that all that is bomb-dot-com tasty is moved ever farther from the masses, dangled tantalizingly before the eyes of undergraduates like a spicy salami in the smokehouse. But I will sleep tonight with a small sliver of hope.

El Jefe's Hot Sauce

The Waste Land But It’s El Jefe’s

​3 a.m. is the cruellest hour, breeding Burritos out of the dead night, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull guacamole with gloved hands, feeding A little life with Spicy Black Beans.

Master Yon Lee

Harvard's Tai Chi Master

Some say Lee—tai chi master, Harvard fixture, sword-repeller—can even cure broken bones.

my.Harvard courses

The my.Harvard Sectioning Tool is a Major Tool

He was careful not to keep track of anyone’s section preferences, as he was not looking for anything serious right now.

Individual Pickles

The Pickle Is in the Bag

There’s an air of mystery to the Van Holten’s pickle—thousands of milligrams of sodium lie beneath a thin layer of plastic, concealing a cucumber that has been radicalized.

Justus E. Uwayesu (top)
Fifteen Most Interesting

Justus E. Uwayesu

He recalls casting lines and waiting for hours, sometimes without a single catch.

Chemical Compounds

The Bitter Pill: Harvard and the Dark History of Birth Control

In the 1950s, two Harvard professors tested the birth control pill on mentally ill Massachusetts women and low-income Puerto Rican women, raising questions about research practices at Harvard and beyond.

Jack Kerouac waits for the the Quad Shuttle.
On Campus

Jack Kerouac Takes the Quad Shuttle

The doors squealed open and we bounced in a jiffy onto the 5 p.m. Crimson Cruiser, pulling ole Bull in behind us just as everyone was tooting to go.

Professor Steven C. Wofsy

Steven C. Wofsy

Wofsy and his team maintain a worldwide network of ground and airborne instruments dedicated to monitoring changes in the climate and the atmosphere. They are currently preparing to fly 70,000 km in order to measure pollution in the remotest areas of the world. ​

This Is What I Imagine Alabama Looks Like

Being Still

Moments became unspindled, blown open by the rush of activity, and, as I stepped into my first semester, I was swept into an insidious cycle of busyness.

Drew Bikes
Student Life

Yeah, I Ride My Bike Through Harvard Yard

The air feels so much more viscous at that velocity, and you bet your ass I don’t wear a helmet.

Dick Clark

Why Didn't I Know Dick Clark Was Dead?

Don’t they understand that Dick Clark Productions is all we have left? That Ryan Seacrest is all there is? That all that awaits America is death and economic decline?

Harvard Medical School Quadrangle
Harvard Medical School

​‘Not Just a Number’: Mental Health at Harvard Medical School

At the Medical School, problems with mental health are not unusual. In a March 2016 survey conducted by Medical School students, 20 percent of third-year respondents said they had experienced either suicidal or self-harming desires within the last two weeks. Third-year students face extra stressors: They begin clinical rotations, facing long shifts in a difficult environment.

Housing Day
Housing Day

FM Imagines: Holden Caulfield on Housing Day

That’s the whole trouble with the whole stupid housing thing. You can’t ever find people who aren’t phonies. They bicker about the goddam group name or something, or want to block with Alexander, just about the biggest bastard that ever lived in the whole crumby history of the world.