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Harvard Today Aug 31, 2022

In the News

IN THE NEWS

Bacow, Khurana Call on Harvard Freshmen to Seek Truth at Convocation

Hundreds of Harvard freshmen crowded into Tercentenary Theatre Tuesday afternoon for the College’s annual Convocation, which featured an address by University President Lawrence S. Bacow and a protest by the Palestine Solidarity Committee.

After Covid-19 Closure, Quad Bikes to Reopen in Fall Following Student-Led Effort

Harvard undergraduates are set to reopen Quad Bikes, a bicycle repair shop nested in the basement of Cabot House, after a roughly two-year closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Quad Bikes, a non-profit founded in 2003 by two Cabot undergraduates, offered refurbished bicycles, affordable repair services, and bike maintenance classes to Harvard students and Cambridge residents.

Harvard Business School Covers Full Tuition for 10 Percent of Students

The Harvard Business School rolled out a new financial aid program earlier this month that covers the full cost of tuition for about 10 percent of its MBA students. The scholarship provides $76,000 per year to its recipients, covering tuition and course fees. Students who receive the aid are still responsible for living expenses.

ON FLYBY

A Serious Guide to Answering the Dreaded Fun Fact Introduction Question 

With the start of the semester, the socially awkward, dreaded icebreaker questions are back. Here’s how to think of the perfect fun fact about yourself to get strangers to actually remember your name. 

IN THE REAL WORLD

Mikhail Gorbachev Dies at Age 91

Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union before its fall, died Tuesday at age 91. Gorbachev was best known for his efforts to reform the Soviet Union. Several world leaders, including United States President Joe Biden, expressed their condolences. 

First U.S. Monkeypox Fatality Reported in Texas

The first death of a person diagnosed with monkeypox in the United States was reported in Texas today. There have been more than 18,000 confirmed cases of monkeypox in the U.S. and at least 15 deaths worldwide from the virus. It has not been determined yet how much the monkeypox diagnosis was related to the death of this individual. 

Save the Children: California Passes Bill to Make Social Media Companies Consider Health of Minors

California’s legislature unanimously passed a bill that will require social media companies to consider the health of minors in their platform design. California Governor Gavin Newsom has not yet shared whether he will veto the bill.