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| Hockey

A “Track Meet” on Ice


Four days before the Harvard women’s hockey team was set to play fourth-ranked Northeastern University, coach Katey Stone was thinking about the opponent’s worrisome speed. “They’re very fast.” Her players would need to be faster. “I think you’re going to see a track meet,” Stone, the Landry Family head coach, said last Thursday, after putting her team through a two-hour practice of quick transitions and back-checking drills punctuated by suicide sprints. “You’re going to see both teams flying up and down the ice—at least, I hope it’ll be both teams.” 

| Basketball

Setup for a Comeback?


Tommy Amaker, the Stemberg head coach of men’s basketball, usually delivers leadership lessons on the sideline. But on Sunday, November 15, one day after his team’s loss to Providence, he ventured across the river to address students in the Harvard Kennedy School’s executive education program, “Leadership Decision Making: Optimizing Organizational Performance.”

Five Harvard Students Win Rhodes Scholarships


The Rhodes Trust has announced that five Harvard students have been awarded American Rhodes Scholarships this fall. Among them, one is vice president of the Harvard Islamic Society and co-founder of the Ivy League Muslim Council, a second is pursuing Islamic studies, and a third, the son of a Syrian immigrant, is studying global human-rights institutions. The winners are:

| Football

Football: Harvard 38, Yale 19


On Saturday at the Yale Bowl, Justice was swift. Justice was sure-footed. Justice was elusive. Justice prevailed.

Harvard Law and College Racial Concerns


Harvard Law School (HLS) affiliates entering Wasserstein Hall Thursday morning found a startling scene: portraits of every black professor in the school’s history defaced with black tape, an incident University police are investigating as a hate crime. Hours later, President Drew Faust e-mailed the Harvard community on the subject of race, announcing the results of a more than year-long study of diversity and inclusion at the College.

Internet-era Students, Meet Rare Books


Mikhaila Fogel ’16 used to see Houghton Library as “that big building that blocks my path between Widener and Lamont.” She had never seen anyone enter or leave the building, and had no knowledge of what went on inside.

The Journalist as Citizen


On Tuesday night, in the first of three talks she’ll give at Harvard this week, Linda Greenhouse ’68 shared some war stories and showed some scars. An online-only columnist for The New York Times since 2008, and before that its longtime Supreme Court reporter, Greenhouse is delivering this year’s Massey Lectures in American Studies. In the first, she tried to throw some light on an uneasy subject: the tension for reporters between journalism and citizenship.

| Basketball

“Going Through the Fire”


In November 2007, in just his sixth game as Harvard’s coach, Tommy Amaker and the men’s basketball team faced off against Providence College, a traditional power from the more-prominent Big East Conference. The matchup provided an early barometer of whether the Crimson could fulfill Amaker’s vision of competing at the national level. The results were dispiriting: Harvard lost 93-70, as the Friars scored 54 points in the second half. 

| Football

Football: Penn 35, Harvard 25


Gone, gone with the wind.

At gale-swept Harvard Stadium last Saturday, the Crimson’s 22-game victory streak was blown away by a Penn team that used big plays on offense and an opportunistic defense to win 35-25. The defeat—Harvard’s first since a 51-48, triple-overtime loss to Princeton on October 26, 2013—dropped the Crimson to 8-1 overall and 5-1 in the Ivy League, tied for first place with Dartmouth and Penn. Heading into the season’s final week, there is a strong possibility of a tie for the title.