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The Harvard Independent

The Harvard Independent is a weekly newspaper produced by undergraduate students at Harvard University. It is one of the leading hard-news media outlets on the Harvard undergraduate campus. It is the oldest weekly newspaper in Cambridge, MA and at any American university.


  • Origin and history 1
  • Notable alumni 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Origin and history

The Independent was founded in 1969 by students and alumni who felt the campus needed an alternative to The Harvard Crimson. The Crimson at the time reflected the left-wing turn of student organizations throughout the nation in the 1960s, and the founders of the Independent felt politically alienated from Crimson editors.

As the decades passed, the weekly newspaper, released every Thursday and distributed both on the Internet and to Harvard College student dormitories, the format morphed to that of an alternative weekly rather than a standard newspaper, with illustrated covers and four main sections: News, Sports, Arts, and the Forum (Op-Ed) section. In addition, the Independent also has several themed issues each year, including the annual The Game issue for the Harvard-Yale game, the literary issue, and the Sex Issue, featuring the results of a campus-wide anonymous survey on sexual practices and opinions at Harvard.

The Independent no longer has any political affiliation.

In 2006, the Independent was the first to report that Harvard student Tanuja Desai Hidier's 2002 novel Born Confused.[1] Portions of Viswanathan's novel had previously been alleged to have been plagiarized from several other sources.[2][3][4]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ Liu, Jon (May 3, 2006). "Opal Mehta"Yet More Suspicious Passages Found in Kaavya’s . The Harvard Independent. ( 
  2. ^ Zhou, David (April 23, 2006). "Student’s Novel Faces Plagiarism Controversy". The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved May 31, 2009. 
  3. ^ Smith, Dinitia (April 25, 2006). "Harvard Novelist Says Copying Was Unintentional".  
  4. ^ Zhou, David; Paras D. Bhayani (May 2, 2006). Similar to More Books"Opal". The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved May 31, 2009. 

External links

  • HomepageThe Harvard Independent
  • Harvard Independent Alumni Blog
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