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Are Graduate Students Employees?

2.11.16

Harvard faculty and staff members have access to child-care subsidies worth thousands of dollars per year, while graduate-student parents get none. Harvard’s employees enjoy dental care generously subsidized by the University, but grad students must pay the full cost of their own. These are some of the concerns that graduate students working to form a labor union hope to address through collective bargaining with the University.

Men's Basketball Swept by Princeton and Pennsylvania

2.9.16

During the first 20 games of the season, junior center Zena Edosomwan anchored the Harvard men’s basketball team. He averaged a double-double (14.2 points and 10.5 rebounds per game) and saved his best performances for the biggest stages—for example, pouring in 25 points in December’s game against Oklahoma, now ranked third in the country.

In "Art of Jazz," A Multivocal Exhibit

2.8.16

In the front hall of the Cooper Gallery on Mount Auburn Street, what appear to be two bubble-shaped lanterns hang from the ceiling—but instead of beaming down light to illuminate the art, they pipe in music for visitors standing beneath. In the rooms beyond, other sounds beckon: fuzzy radio broadcasts melting into the clean chords from a lone piano.

A Balancing Act

2.5.16

Many performers thrive on adrenaline, but when Nico Maffey ’13 takes the stage as a professional hand balancer and acrobat in the national tour of Pippin, the most important thing he has to find is his inner Zen.

“It’s a challenging discipline—no matter how hard you work, if you get nervous, you will get shaky, and then you’ll fall,” Maffey says. “I have found meditation over the last year, mainly because I was having a lot of issues dealing with anxiety. I try to stay focused and breathe as much as possible to stay relaxed.” 

Frank Gehry to Receive Arts Medal

2.2.16

Architect Frank Gehry, Ds ’57, Ar.D. ’00, creator of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and MIT’s Stata Center, will receive the Harvard Arts Medal at the opening event of the annual Arts First festival on April 28. The event’s host, actor John Lithgow ’67, Ar.D. ’05, will join Gehry in a discussion about his life’s work.

Men’s Basketball Falls to Cornell and Columbia

2.1.16

Last weekend, former Harvard men’s basketball players descended on Cambridge for the team’s annual alumni reunion, and the memories—aided by a few beers at John Harvard’s—were flowing.

There was talk of the ’47-’48 squad that nearly knocked off perennial powerhouse Michigan State. Alumni from the late eighties recalled competing against Stemberg head coach Tommy Amaker when he played for Duke. And then there were the banners—five of them—commemorating a half-decade of Ivy League championships.

Overseers Petitioners Challenge Harvard Policies

1.27.16

As campaign announcements go, it was as splashy as could be: a page-one story in The New York Times of January 15, headlined “How Some Would Level the Playing Field: Free Harvard Degrees.” The article detailed a plan by five people to petition for slots on the annual ballot for Harvard’s Board of Overseers election under a common campaign theme, “Free Harvard, Fair Harvard.”

Fed Chair Janet Yellen to Receive Radcliffe Medal

1.27.16

FEDERAL RESERVE chair Janet Yellen will receive the Radcliffe Medal and speak to guests at the Radcliffe Day luncheon on May 27, during Commencement week. The event will feature remarks from former Fed chair Ben Bernanke ’75 on Yellen’s contributions to economics, followed by a discussion with Beren professor of economics N. Gregory Mankiw.

Headwinds

1.26.16

In winter 2012, as Harvard was pursuing its first NCAA tournament berth since 1946, Stemberg head coach Tommy Amaker occasionally began practices by telling his players that the quest for the league title was like climbing a mountain—the wind blew hardest when approaching the summit. The team would need to get stronger as the season’s end drew near.

Approaching Arabic

1.25.16

Without knowing the language of a people, we never really know their thoughts, their feelings, and their type of character,” John Stuart Mill said in his first speech as lord rector of the University of St. Andrews, in 1865. “Unless we do possess this knowledge, of some other people than ourselves, we remain, to the hour of our death, with our intellects only half expanded.”

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