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Graduate Student Union Challenges


Harvard’s graduate-student union election ended inconclusively last December. Although 1,456 students voted against unionization, and 1,272 voted in favor, more than 300 additional ballots—larger than the voting margin—remain under challenge.

Post-Season’s End


On Sunday afternoon, with a little over three minutes left in their matchup with St. John’s University in the second round of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT), the Harvard women’s basketball team appeared to have the Red Storm right where they wanted them. After trailing by as many as 13 points, the Crimson had cut the deficit to two (53-51), and first-team All-Ivy point guard Katie Benzan ’20 had the ball in her hands, just beyond the three-point line.

A Second Chance, Seized


On Thursday afternoon, women’s basketball head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith sat on the bleachers in Lavietes Pavilion, still dismayed by her team’s performance in a 68-47 loss to Princeton in the Ivy League tournament semifinals. The coach had watched the replay and charted her team’s shots: the Crimson had missed five open three-pointers and numerous uncontested layups in the first half alone.

Objecting to Student Oaths


Since last spring, the College’s policy to sanction members of unrecognized single-gender social organizations (USGSOs), like final clubs and fraternities and sororities, has prompted opposition from some students.



On Saturday evening, the mood in the Harvard men’s basketball locker room was somber. The team had just lost 73-71 to Yale in the Ivy League tournament semifinals, and senior co-captain Siyani Chambers slumped against a locker, a hand on his head. The team’s jerseys were stacked in the center of the room, and a pair of reporters lingered as the players slowly packed their belongings. One asked how the Bulldogs—a team the Crimson had beaten comfortably in two previous meetings—had upended the Crimson when it mattered most.

Harvard Appoints New Committee to Review Social Policy


Following the release yesterday of the report of the committee charged with recommending how to implement Harvard College’s new policy regarding student membership in unrecognized single-gender social organizations (USGSOs), Faculty of Arts and Sciences dean Michael D. Smith announced in a message to faculty members before their meeting this afternoon that he has appointed a second committee to review the College’s policy itself.

Mark Zuckerberg to Speak at Harvard Commencement


The University announced today that Mark Zuckerberg ’06, co-founder and CEO of Facebook, will be the featured guest speaker at the afternoon exercises during Harvard’s 366th Commencement, Thursday, May 25, in Tercentenary Theatre, following President Drew Faust—and by custom, will receive an honorary degree at the Morning Exercises earlier that day. (The link is to his Facebook page, where he is identified as “zuck.”)

Harvard College’s Cross-Charles Classes


The Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) is nearing a vote that will transform, and standardize, scheduling of classes.

"A Vast Slave Society"


Throughout last Friday’s daylong conference at the Radcliffe Institute on slavery and its historical ties to Harvard and other universities, the conversation kept coming back to something that writer Ta-Nehisi Coates had said during the morning’s keynote address. “We talk about enslavement as if it were a bump in the road. And I tell people: it’s the road. It’s the actual road.”

New Recommendations for Ending Gender Discrimination in Harvard College


Harvard College today released a sprawling report recommending expansion and consistent application of a policy that, starting with the freshman class entering in the fall of 2017, would bar new members of male and female final clubs, fraternities, and sororities (and other unrecognized single-gender social organizations, or USGSOs) that discriminate on the basis of gender, from certain privileges available to the rest of the student body.