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Manuel A. Yepes

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Ask What You Can Do (and Put it into Practice)

But those who criticize HKS for lacking academic rigor miss the point. HKS classes aren’t trying to be academic in a conventional sense of the word. Instead, they’re focused on teaching skills.

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The News Isn’t Objective — and It Shouldn’t Be

Journalism can retain its mission of creating informed, active members of society without attempting to be objective in the strictly-defined present sense.

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Hispanics Don’t Exist

I am Hispanic, but before that, I am an individual, who, like many, has a story that cannot be generalized into one overarching identity. As Hispanic Heritage Month begins, I urge you to listen to the stories — in the Crimson’s pages and beyond — that define each of us. Reading them, you’ll see the differences that, paradoxically, are what make us all Hispanic.

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We’re All Going to Die

This isn’t an optimistic op-ed about how if we all sober up, we can band together to solve the climate crisis. This isn’t even a deceivingly cynical op-ed meant to be proven wrong by do-gooders. This is, instead, a simple exposition of my personal opinion: that Harvard’s inability to recognize the gravity of the situation at hand only confirms Camus’ view of humanity’s disbelief in death.

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Covid-19 was the Best Thing to Happen to Us

Covid-19 shook us awake from that four year long trance that had many of us shuffling through Harvard, stepping where we were told to step. It changed the status quo, allowing us to ask questions of what we used to think was a fixed system. Traditions were lost, but new ones were made. Change is hard, and many times painful. But, many times, though, change is good.

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Why You Should Take a Philosophy Course

Sometimes, the questions philosophy tackles may seem like emotion or art, too ethereal and grand to truly understand and only perverted by their formalization into a classroom. However, the formal discussion of these questions in an academic setting, far from stripping them of value, instead reveals new insights, allowing one to build upon years of human thought. To sit in a philosophy class at Harvard is no less than sitting in a dining hall discussing these same questions with hundreds of generations of humanity.

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What Makes Harvard Different?

The real value of Harvard is being surrounded by people who push you to your limits, who help you realize how much you don’t know, and who inspire you to see how much potential there is in the world for you. It sounds cheesy, but you realize how important Harvard’s environment is once you find yourself exploring the law libraries, starting podcasts, and writing books, all because of the motivation given to you by your peers.

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People Watching in Harvard Yard

Harvard Yard: Where an elite college meets a popular tourist attraction.

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Quincy House

Welcome to Quincy House, whose prime location and warm in the center of campus can't be beat. Between the ceramics studio, iconic dining hall, amazing housing, and sweet community events, Quincy has all your Housing desires covered.

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A Harvard Student's Guide to Tinder... in a Pandemic

If there's anything we've gained from this global pandemic, it's a deep, crushing need for social connection. Woo! If you're anything like us and Tinder has become your latest go-to spot for conversation and/or validation, follow this guide to make sure your profile is in good shape for your next swiping session.

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How To Enjoy a Harvard Winter from Home

So you've found yourself at home, and suddenly you're feeling major nostalgia for wintertime at Harvard. Whether your idea of a good time is suffering through wet socks or traveling through an endless sea of Canada Goose jackets, there are plenty of opportunities to simulate that perfect Cambridge winter environment. It's almost like you never left Harvard in the first place!

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2020 Inspired Halloween Costumes

The leaves are turning orange, the air is brisker, and Canada Goose jackets are emerging from the closets. It’s everyone’s favorite time of the year: Spooky Season. This year, like many, you may find yourself procrastinating your Halloween costume once again. Fret not, worried one. With these ideas, you can get a jump on the perfect Halloween costume and get back to procrastinating your work like usual.