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“Water Polo Is Home”


Later today, the Harvard men’s water polo team will square off in the NCAA final four against top-seeded University of Southern California. Competing in Berkeley, after winning their play-in game last Saturday against Bucknell and beating UC Davis earlier this week, Harvard is the only team to be more than a bus ride away from their home pool: on the other side of the semifinal bracket, UCLA will match up against Berkeley. 

A New Portrait of “Jackie”


It might be impossible to make original art about the Kennedys. A writer could be intimidated by the speculative accounts of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination as penned by Norman Mailer, Don DeLillo, and Stephen King. A movie director may feel compelled to reenact the famous photographs of November 22, 1963, in living color: the First Lady in pink, her arms full of red roses; Lyndon B. Johnson taking the oath. Famously, the Kennedys are credited with making politics telegenic.

An Election Post-Mortem


The Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics teemed with bodies far in advance of last night’s much-anticipated post-election panel featuring president-elect Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, and Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook—the first time the two have appeared together publicly since the election. Harvard has held similar post-election events for decades, but this year was unlike other election years.

Protesters Condemn Trump Advisers


Despite pouring rain, a few hundred people, including Harvard students and Boston-area residents, gathered in front of Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) yesterday evening to protest the attendance of advisers to president-elect Donald Trump at the school’s post-election debriefing conference. The crowd condemned the appointment of Steve Bannon, M.B.A. ’85, the former head of far-right news website Breitbart who served as the CEO of Trump’s campaign, to White House chief strategist.

Senior Fellow William Lee on Harvard’s Strategic Challenges


The University’s governance reforms, unveiled in late 2010, expanded the size of the Harvard Corporation, enabling it to broaden the range of expertise among its members and thereby populate newly created standing committees for better oversight of finances and capital projects: its paramount fiduciary duty.

“The Impression That You Exist”


Amid all the naysaying and upbraiding and doom-forecasting directed at the humanities, Harvard president emeritus Neil Rudenstine (a poetry scholar) offered a restrained, if comparatively sober, assessment: they are, in his view, “somewhat under siege.”

“We’ll Get ’Em Next Year”


For a while—for a long while, actually—everything is all smiles on the sidelines of Saturday afternoon’s Harvard-Yale game, where the football team’s two faculty fellows, Eric Nelson and Roger Porter, stand watching. The day is unseasonably gorgeous—sunny and 50 degrees—and people are out in their shirtsleeves. More than 30,000 cheering, jostling, jeering fans have packed into the stadium for the 12:30 p.m. kickoff, and the atmosphere is electric.

Football: Harvard 14, Yale 21


You can’t win ’em all.

Harvard’s football team proved that adage this past Saturday, losing The Game for the first time in 10 years when it was beaten by fired-up underdog Yale 21-14. The Crimson finished its season at 7-3 overall and 5-2 in the Ivy League; the Elis closed at 3-7 overall and 3-4 in conference play. The defeat in the rivalry’s 133rd edition kept Harvard from a fourth straight Ivy title, which was shared this year by Princeton and Penn.

Clinton Campaigners Reflect on a Lost Election


The realization that Hillary Clinton was going to lose hit them at different times.

At a watch party in Bangor, Maine, it hit field organizer Anna Kelsey ’14 as she was watching the precinct returns from Pennsylvania.

In a Pittsburgh hotel, where Michael Kikukawa ’17 had traveled to help get out the vote in the final days of the campaign, people watched the results in what he called “different stages of grief.” 

Janitors Reach Contract Agreement with Harvard


For a moment, it appeared that Harvard’s custodial staff might follow the dining workers’ decision to strike, a move that last month helped them win a $35,000 minimum income and concessions from the University on healthcare benefits. 32BJ SEIU, the union that represents 700 custodial workers, reached a tentative contract agreement with the University at around 1 a.m. Wednesday morning, just a few hours after their contract expired.