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Yesterday’s News

From the pages of the Harvard Alumni Bulletin and Harvard Magazine

November-December 2015

Illustration by Mark Steele

Illustration by Mark Steele


College seniors and juniors are again allowed to cut the last class before, and the first class after, Christmas recess, “but if the records of students who take advantage of this privilege subsequently become unsatisfactory the excuses they offer therefor will be carefully examined.”


The Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), which already gives credit for each year of military or naval science completed at Harvard, extends the privilege to students enrolled in the Civil Aeronautics Administration’s pilot-training program or the 90-day Reserve Midshipmen’s School.


The Corporation orders the replacement of the Memorial Hall tower’s rooftop railing and other metal ornamentation removed in 1945 because of deterioration [unwittingly setting the stage for the conflagration that destroyed all but the base of the tower in 1956].


Addressing the National Interfraternity Conference, Arizona senator Barry Goldwater praises the fraternity system as “a bastion of American strength” and asserts that in colleges without fraternities, such as Harvard, “Communism flourishes.” In response, the Bulletin’s Undergraduate columnist reports, a group of students decide to form a chapter of “Iota Beta Phi” and elect Goldwater its Honorary Grand Wizard.


FAS approves a degree in special studies, enabling undergraduates to structure their own fields of concentration.


The “first United States Croquet Association-sanctioned intercollegiate American croquet competition in modern times” (according to a press release) takes place on the Radcliffe Quad a day before The Game. Yale prevails, 30-27.


Moores professor of biological anthropology Irven DeVore delivers his final lecture in Science B-29, “Human Behavioral Biology” (popularly known as “Sex”), which he has co-taught since 1970, attracting close to a third of all undergraduates during that span with his showmanship and devotion to teaching.

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