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On Campus

Harvard Alumni Split Over Move to Separate Commencement from Reunion Events

After learning in-person annual alumni events will be separated from Commencement for the first time, some Harvard alumni mourned the loss of intergenerational connections, even as many acknowledged the practical reasons behind the change.

UC Presidential Inauguration Michael Cheng
Undergraduate Council

Following Racist Attack, Harvard UC President Rejects Body’s Statement of Solidarity at First Meeting of 2022

At the Undergraduate Council’s first meeting of the year Tuesday, the body’s president, Michael Y. Cheng ’22, rejected a statement of solidarity from general members written in response to racist signs posted on his door earlier this week.

Security Guard Protest
College

‘Still Here, Still Essential, and Still Fighting’: Harvard Security Guards Rally for New Contract

Dozens of Harvard security guards stood posted at the Science and Engineering Complex and Widener Gate for hours last week, but they weren’t on duty. Rather, they were there to engage and educate undergraduates in their push for a new contract before Commencement in May.

Dean O'Dair Interview
House Life

Dean of Students Office Praises Compliance With Covid Rules, Discusses Spring Programming

Reflecting on the first two weeks of the semester, Dean of Students Katherine G. O’Dair lauded students in a Monday interview for their adherence to Covid-19 policies since returning to campus amid a nationwide surge in Omicron cases.

Currier House Social Distancing
House Life

Harvard Dining Halls To Reopen With Socially Distanced Seating

Harvard will reopen its undergraduate dining halls with socially distanced seating beginning on Tuesday, the Dean of Students Office announced Monday night.

Churchill Scholars
Student Life

Two Harvard Affiliates Tapped for Churchill Scholarship

Two Harvard affiliates — Marissa Sumathipala ’22 and Harvard Medical School student James Diao — were tapped for the Churchill Scholarship earlier this month.

University Hall
College

Harvard College Disciplinary Actions Reach Six-Year Low

Disciplinary actions taken against undergraduates dropped to a six-year low during the 2020-2021 academic year, according to Administrative Board data updated last summer.

Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
Admissions

Harvard College Suspends Standardized Testing Requirement for Next Four Years

Applicants to Harvard College will not be required to submit standardized test scores for at least the next four years.

Hynes Convention Center Vaccine Site 2
College

Students Delay Getting Covid-19 Booster Shots, Citing Inconvenience and Finals

Some Harvard students said they are holding out to get a Covid-19 booster shot until the conclusion of the fall semester, though public health experts recommend people get the shot as soon as possible.

UC Presidential Inauguration Michael Cheng
College

UC Elects Secretary and Treasurer, Endorses Audit to Address ‘Financial Mismanagement’

The Harvard Undergraduate Council elected a new secretary and treasurer and passed legislation to endorse an independent audit of its own finances in an emergency meeting over Zoom Wednesday evening.

Supreme Court
College

Biden Administration Backs Harvard in Admissions Lawsuit

The Biden administration backed Harvard’s race-conscious admissions process in a brief filed to the Supreme Court Wednesday, recommending that the Court reject an appeal challenging the use of affirmative action in the school’s admissions process.

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College

Students from Southern Africa Cancel Winter Travel Plans Due to Omicron Travel Ban

After the United States banned travel from several countries in southern Africa due to the emergence of a new coronavirus variant, Harvard undergraduates from the region lamented that they will not return home over winter recess for fear of not being able to return to campus.

UC Presidential Inauguration Michael Cheng
College

Acrimony and Inefficiency Mar Inaugural UC Meeting Under Cheng and de Kanter

Michael Y. Cheng ’22 and Emmett E. de Kanter ’24 were inaugurated as president and vice president of the Undergraduate Council Sunday during an acrimonious meeting that was derailed by accusations of bullying and intimidation leveled at the new president.

Quincy Grille
House Life

DSO Planning Spring Reopening for House Grilles, Junior Parent Weekend

Administrators at the Dean of Students Office discussed plans to reopen House grilles and host Junior Parents Weekend in the spring semester in an interview last month.

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College

College Developing Proposal for Double Concentrations Without Combined Thesis

A committee within Harvard’s Office of Undergraduate Education is developing a proposal to introduce double concentrations at the College, which it hopes to submit to a faculty vote in spring 2022.

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