Points of View

Student Life

Passing Time: 15 Minutes by the John Harvard Statue

1:04 a.m.: It is so cold that I can’t feel my legs. Poor decision to choose the stone steps next to John Harvard, but he’s quiet company and so I sit.

On Campus


It’s an Australian thing, I told whoever proudly. It’s a habit that you learn from chilly beach days when you feel the wind grow chiller, and you can see the days grow shorter, and when you know, you just know, this means that Summer’s ending so you’ll all be back at school soon, and all those Summer Dreams you dreamed all year are never coming true, or not this time around at least.



I felt that somehow it would mean something if I knew Paris so well, that if I internalized its streets and buildings I could get at the cartography of its soul.

Op Eds

Week of Celebration, Day of Service

The perfect way to balance Senior Week would be to add a day of service to the list of activities.

Commencement 2010

The Protestant Ethic and The Spirit of Lamont

The library and the community it sustains emerge in response to the central anxiety of Harvard life: the failure to measure up. Under Lamont’s 24-hour fluorescent lighting, no one need bear this ponderous burden alone.

Op Eds

Planting Seeds of Greatness at FAS

It is hard to express just how proud I am of the way in which FAS faculty and staff have come together to make the past 18 months successful for our students and to ensure continued growth and enrichment for the institution as a whole.

Op Eds

Burka in the French and American Minds

In brief, the French and American republican traditions are both children of the Enlightenment but they are not alike.

Commencement 2010

Freedom to Float

Floating hurts, but I believe being plopped into murky water could benefit more than a few Harvard undergrads.

Commencement 2010

A Few Good Men of Harvard

In short, you see people who are so busy trying to save the world that they forget to take care of it.

Op Eds

The Next Financial Crisis

Thus far, consumers and non-energy-related businesses have not felt much of a credit pinch. Yet, analysts warn that, in spite of the strong position of the banks, a powerful credit crunch is inevitable.

Op Eds

A New Era of Big Citizenship

Now, as you prepare to head out into the real world to create extraordinary lives, I hope you will continue to nurture that spirit of service in assuming what former President Harry S. Truman called the “highest office” in the land: that of citizen.

Commencement 2010

Greetings from the Ad Board

In focusing on “low-hanging fruit” like The Crimson’s innocuous semesterly celebration, Deans David R. Friedrich and Suzy M. Nelson of the Office of Student Life squander time and money regulating celebratory, fun events highly unlikely to create any liability for the College.

Op Eds

About Alison

Of the 11 roommates I had, Ali and I started the furthest apart, yet she’s the one to whom I’m closest today.

Op Eds

The Druze Challenge of Survival

Ultimately, the survival of the Druze will largely depend on the young Druze educated professional class and their ability to establish an international committee to reform the tenets of the Druze faith that are in conflict with modern times.

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Marijuana Legalization in California

The U.S. experiment with marijuana prohibition is just as misguided as was its earlier experiment with alcohol prohibition. We learned our lesson once; it is time to learn it again.