Harvard Launches Pilot Pulse Survey

Harvard Launches Pilot Pulse Survey The survey, in its first launch, has an impetus to gain an improved understanding of the climate of Harvard’s community BY MARISSA GARCIA   On the morning of Tuesday, March 5th, 2019, Harvard affiliates opened their university emails to discover an email sent from President Bacow, urging them to respond to the pilot Pulse survey. The motion of this survey was strongly recommended by the Presidential Task Force for Inclusion and Belonging of the previous year. Within the various advertisements for the survey, there is a clear emphasis on its brevity. A placard advertising the …

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21st Annual Dr. Walter J. Leonard Black Arts Festival

21st Annual Dr. Walter J. Leonard Black Arts Festival “Envision: how we see ourselves, how we see the world, and how that affects what we can imagine for both” By JILLY CRONIN   The 2019 Black Arts Festival titled “Envision: how we see ourselves, how we see the world, and how that affects what we can imagine for both” will host its two final events of the week today and tomorrow. Today’s event, “Drag as Black Imaginary Space” will be from 5:30 to 7:30 PM in the PBHA Parlor Room. This event will bring in Boston-based drag queens and a …

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Final Arguments Presented in Harvard Affirmative Action Case

Final Arguments Presented in Harvard Affirmative Action Case By EVELYN GRAY   The final briefs have been submitted in a Boston courthouse by both sides of Harvard’s well-publicized legal battle over a 2014 lawsuit regarding discrimination in admissions against Asian Americans. The case is now in the hands of U.S. District Judge Allison D. Burroughs, although  the ruling it is expected to be appealed regardless of its resolution and eventually reach the Supreme Court. In their final arguments, Harvard focused on pointing out that the Students for Fair Admissions group behind the lawsuit has failed to point out a single …

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SFFA VS Harvard: Final Arguments on the Last Day of Trial

By SEGAN HELLE   Last Friday, lawyers representing both Harvard and Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) delivered their closing arguments to the court, concluding a three-week-long trial over the University’s admission policies.   Closing arguments largely rehashed the points that both sides have been working to convince presiding Judge Allison Burroughs of for the past 15 days. John Hughes, the lawyer representing the SFFA, continued asserting that Harvard’s admission practices, made unprecedentedly public throughout the proceedings, contain an unfair disadvantage for Asian American applicants who are stereotyped as “book smart and one-dimensional” and are systematically punished by admissions officers in …

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Title IX Suit Filed Against Harvard Alleging Discrimination

By SEGAN HELLE   On October 15, a lawsuit was filed by a male student alleging that Harvard discriminated against him on the basis of his race and gender. The lawsuit brings into question an investigation conducted by Harvard’s Office for Dispute Resolution (ODR)  that took place in April 2017, in which a female undergraduate student accused the male student of sexual misconduct after a party they had both attended.   The plaintiff alleges that the University discriminated against him because he identifies as an “African-American male,” arguing that the Title IX investigation conducted against him showed bias towards the …

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Kavanaugh Resigns From HLS Lectureship

By Segan Helle According to an email sent to students at Harvard Law School (HLS) on Monday evening, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will not be returning to his position as a lecturer in January 2019. In the email, Dean Catherine Claypoole announced that Kavanaugh informed HLS that he could “no longer commit to teaching his course.” The official reason that Kavanaugh has decided not to return has not been confirmed.   This announcement follows a larger student movement at both HLS and the College calling for Harvard to rescind his lectureship. A letter circulating around HLS alumni with over …

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