Editors' Choice

Birds Chico Photo

To Pay Attention

I never thought I loved Chico. But that December day as I lay curled up in my childhood bed watching the interaction between Christine and Sister Joan on my iPad, I realized that I had paid attention to it. And if I really hated it, why did I spend so much time telling other people about it?

Lee Smith Portrait

Up Close with Lee Smith

Smith’s enduring attachment to his time is representative of his broader artistic philosophy, one of introspection and intimacy. Part of that philosophy emerged from an encounter with the groundbreaking photojournalist Gordon Parks during his visit to the yearbook staff.

Charles River Esplanade views

Hacking Harvard Bridge with Oliver R. Smoot

As a pledge, the fraternity made Smoot lay down on the bridge over 300 times, painting ticks at each smoot. Almost 70 years later, the Smoot markings remain, allowing pedestrians to measure their journey in “smoots.” According to a sign on the bridge, Cambridge and Boston are exactly 364.4 smoots apart.

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Orders of Magnitude

Right now, I am not a scientist and I am not a poet. I am just a daughter. I have to remember: It’s simple. You just need to keep your eyes open, your hands ready.

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Editors' Choice

A Sustainable Future for My Oil Town

To the locals, the basin represents much more than her products. She is the unknown mother of life’s necessities and pleasures.

Ferry Graphic

Burning Bridges: How the Charles River Changed Economic Law

The Court’s ruling set a precedent that still has implications for economic progress and market competition today. The law still struggles with the question of what it means to value technological progress over the livelihood of one company.

Sarah Richardson

Fifteen Questions: Sarah S. Richardson on Gender Equity in Science, Interdisciplinary Research, and Purring as a Superpower

The historian of science sat down with Fifteen Minutes to talk about gender, science, and her ideal superpower. "Science is done by humans in context in cultural spaces, and is inflected by those contexts," she says.

Office of Admissions and Financial Aid

Harvard Admissions Should Be More Meritocratic

In the end, our admissions policies reflect what we think Harvard should be.

E. Matteo Diaz

I’m Trans, and I’m Not up for Debate

As a transgender person, it has been exhausting to watch my community’s basic rights put into jeopardy and framed as subjects for debate.


Announcing The Crimson Editorial Board’s Spring 2024 Columnists

The Editorial Board is pleased to announce its columnists for the upcoming spring semester. Opinion columnists will publish on a bi-weekly basis, each focusing on a theme of their choice.

Johnston Gate
Op Eds

Reaping What We Have Taught

Why antisemitism seems to be a problem at Harvard and other universities is one of the still-unanswered questions that precipitated the University’s downward spiral.

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Op Eds

I Led Harvard Medical School. With Gay’s Resignation, the Corporation Must Rethink Its Approach to Governance.

With Gay's resignation, the Harvard Corporation, the University’s highest governing body, must weigh whether it has come time to change its approach to its essential fiduciary responsibilities.

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Editors' Choice

Most Whimsical: Jeremy Ornstein

“One of my most whimsical qualities is talking to strangers,” he says. In the summer of 2021, he walked 400 miles from New Orleans to Houston talking to strangers about climate change. “We just stopped everyone we could and talked to them — talked to a truck driver about the coastal erosion, and a guy in an excavator, and a fisherman,” he continues.

Fez Zafar
Editors' Choice

Most Popular: Fez Zafar

Fez is not like us. He’s not just more popular — he’s built different.

Micah Williams
Editors' Choice

Most Chill: Micah Williams

“Some people say you can maximize luck, you know, you can put yourself in a position to be lucky. I think the same thing is true for happiness.”