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Radcliffe and the Right


“It’s been a long year,” Ross Douthat ’02 sighed gustily. He was lamenting the irony of being a Catholic conservative who lately found himself criticizing the Pope and the Republican nominee he’d expected to defend. “A long year for all of us, I think, in American politics. The world at large. But we’re here now.” 

“Getting Out of the Way of the Work”


There’s a line out the Cooper Gallery’s doors, wrapping back around Peet’s. We’re queuing between those old-style red-velvet aisle markers, printed tickets in hand. When we finally make it inside, they make it worth our while: I sample some kind of fritter that seems to involve crab and wasabi, and a spear of asparagus wrapped in bacon. “How old are you?” the caterer asks as I pluck a glass of wine from his tray. “Twenty-one,” I say, which is true, and he gives me a look of disinterested incredulity but doesn’t ask for ID.

Football: Harvard 17, Holy Cross 27


Well, there goes your undefeated season.

A Welcome Change


Last week, a brimming crowd of grayed, bespectacled, and Tyvek-ed Cantabrigians, dotted throughout with important figures from the Harvard administration and faculty, packed into Sanders Theatre to hear actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith. Smith, whose long relationship with Harvard includes a Bunting Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and a Radcliffe Medal, was just coming off of a run of an original play, Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, at the American Repertory Theatre.

Asian-American Admissions Suit Proceeds to Discovery


A couple of hundred thousand applicants for admission to Harvard College are about to hear from the institution again—in an unexpected and possibly unwelcome way.

Nobel Duo


Two Harvardians have been awarded Nobel Prizes for their contributions to scholarship and society this year. Furer professor of economics Oliver Hart won the Prize in Economic Sciences, which he shares with MIT’s Bengt Holmström for their work on contract theory. “Modern economies are held together by innumerable contracts.

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Football: Harvard 29, Cornell 13


The final score of this past Saturday’s football game between Ivy League unbeatens at Harvard Stadium may be best expressed in terms of consequential takeaways of the pigskin: Harvard 3, Cornell 0. Employing an opportunistic defense and a clock-eating offense, the Crimson took second-half command of a close, often exciting game and gave coach Tim Murphy a birthday present to win (in points terms) 29-13. “We’ve established we’re a gritty team,” said a satisfied Murphy, who turned 60 on Sunday.

Health Benefits to Cost 7 Percent More


As the annual employee enrollment in health and other benefits approaches, beneficiaries—and the University—will find themselves in familiar terrain as they look toward calendar year 2017:

Dining-hall Workers’ Strike Begins


Streams of dining-hall workers, students, and supporters gathered in the Yard this morning as Harvard University Dining Services (HUDS) commenced a long-threatened strike. Workers have set up pickets outside undergraduate dining halls, planning to strike indefinitely until the University meets union demands to provide a minimum $35,000 income for employees who want to work full-time, year-round; and to avoid increases in workers’ health-insurance costs.

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Football: Harvard 31, Georgetown 17


“The game was not as close as the score might indicate.” The most extreme case of this often jocular athletics adage occurred this past Friday night at Harvard Stadium. On a dank, sometimes rainy evening before a small, hardy assemblage, Harvard pushed Georgetown up and down the turf, holding the ball for 11 more minutes, outgaining the Hoyas in total offense 535 yards to 266, and racking up 33 first downs to Georgetown’s nine. Yet when the final whistle sounded, the score was conventional: Harvard 31, Georgetown 17.