Harvard Today May 4, 2022
In the News
A research center at the Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has postponed a panel on autism awareness after an undergraduate-authored petition garnered more than 1,400 signatures condemning the College for publicizing the event. The petition, circulated calls on Harvard College to publicly “withdraw support” for an event hosted by the Sadhguru Center for a Conscious Planet — a multidisciplinary research center at the BIDMC, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital.
As acceptance rates to the country’s most selective universities fall to all-time lows each year, more and more elite schools have stopped promoting key admissions data, including acceptance numbers and demographic breakdowns. This year, three Ivy League schools — the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell, and Princeton — declined to release admissions data on the day acceptance letters were sent out, a trend Stanford started in 2018. Cornell first stopped publicizing its data in 2020.
The group suing Harvard and the University of North Carolina over their race-conscious admissions practices asked the United States Supreme Court to ban affirmative action in American higher education in a brief filed Monday, calling on justices to overturn precedents that allow universities to consider race as a factor in admissions.
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IN THE REAL WORLD
New York Governor Kathy Hochul tapped U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado to serve as her lieutenant governor on Tuesday. Delgado will replace Brian Benjamin, who resigned last month. Delgado has served in Congress since 2019.
JD Vance defeated Josh Mandel in a Republican primary for a U.S. Senate seat in Ohio on Tuesday. Vance authored the book “Hillbilly Elegy.” He will face U.S. Representative Tim Ryan in the general election in November.
Former Congressman Norman Y. Mineta, who served 10 terms in Congress and in the Cabinets of Democrats and Republicans, died on Tuesday at his home in Maryland. He was 90