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Sage S. Lattman

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Picklemaking tea bags
Around Town

At Vilna Shul, Shabbat is a Big Dill

With national attention trained on Harvard the past few months, engaging in Jewish spaces on campus has felt like more of a political endeavor. Pickle-making, gimmicky in all the right ways, was enough to get us out the door.

Picklemaking tea bags
Around Town

Picklemaking tea bags

We slice and combine, pour in water and a black tea bag (for crispiness, we’re told), and the whole thing is over faster than we thought.

Picklemaking cover photo
Around Town

Picklemaking cover photo

Vilna Shul is a synagogue where Jewish people, often in their 20s and 30s, gather to find community over their shared background through events like picklemaking.

Picklemaking cucumbers photo
Around Town

Picklemaking cucumbers photo

There are buckets of cucumbers in an ice bath, stacks of mason jars, and bags of green beans. Each person measures mustard seed, red pepper flakes, and heaping tablespoons of salt.

The Scoop

At the Abigail Adams Institute, the Resurrection of the English Major

Over the cacophony of criticism, one thing rings clear: whether they’re teaching Taylor Swift or Tocqueville, Harvard’s humanities are leaving many unsatisfied.

Petting Dogs Cover
Introspection

Other People’s Pups

At the end of the day, I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking to pet his dog.

Harvard Rhodes Scholarship Winners 2024
College

Ten Harvard Students Selected as Rhodes Scholars from U.S., Pakistan

Ten members of Harvard’s Class of 2024 have been selected as Rhodes Scholars to pursue postgraduate studies at the University of Oxford.

Graham Blanks
Around Town

On the Run with Graham Blanks

I’m buckling up my helmet when Blanks walks out of Winthrop House, wearing Harvard Cross Country gear head to toe. He tells me we’ll be “jogging” today, at a 7:21-minutes-per-mile pace. The average non-elite male runner races a 5K at 9:28 minutes per-mile pace. Blanks runs towards the river, feet pattering like a steady metronome while I pedal beside him.

claim
The Scoop

Claim, Explained

I asked around about Claim’s business model, but no one could tell me how it worked. Why was someone willing to bankroll my PB Cup Life Alive Açai Bowl? Who were these people? The answer was Harvard Business School alumni Samuel S. Obletz and Tap Stephenson — and, spoiler alert, the answer to “why” had nothing to do with stealing data.

Embalmed Rats
Around Town

Lessons in Rat Embalming

At a Harvard Natural History Museum workshop, SSL learns how to embalm a rat.

Weather
College

74 Harvard Undergraduates Awarded 2023 Hoopes Prize

This year’s Hoopes Prize-winning topics include a classicist’s examination of transgender lives in ancient Rome, an astrophysicist’s research on superluminous supernovae, and a mechanical engineer’s creation of a compressed air assisted bicycle.

Embedded ethics robot
Editors' Choice

What’s Going On With Embedded EthiCS?

In 2017, two Harvard professors launched the Embedded EthiCS program, hoping to “bring ethical reasoning into the Computer Science curriculum.” But few students take the program seriously, and many even consider it “funny-bad.” At a time when tech-ethics seems more important than ever, what’s going on?

Math 55
The Scoop

What We Talk About When We Talk About Math 55

Just five years ago, the Math Department’s official word on Math 55 was that it was “probably the most difficult undergraduate math class in the country.” Now, they say, “if you’re reasonably good at math, you love it, and you have lots of time to devote to it, then Math 55 is completely fine for you.” So, what changed?

Student Organization Center at Hilles (SOCH) Courtyard
College

Ex-HUFPI President Denies Financial Misconduct, But Club Says More Than Half of Funds Still Missing

Former President of the Harvard Undergraduate Foreign Policy Initiative Sama E.N. Kubba ’24 denied recent reporting of financial misconduct in a statement on her personal website Wednesday — though the club says they are still awaiting the return of more than half of the approximately $30,000 she transferred to her personal account.

Harvard Undergraduate Foreign Policy Initiative (HUFPI) Web Graphic
Student Groups

‘Still Unresolved’: Harvard Student Group Missing Approximately $30,000 After Leadership Dispute

The former president of the Harvard Undergraduate Foreign Policy Initiative, just weeks after the conclusion of her term, transferred approximately $30,000 from the organization’s bank account to her own. In the months since the Jan. 1 transfer, HUFPI has tried — and failed — to recover all the funds from its former president, Sama E.N. Kubba ’24.

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