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Party shuttle

A Dark Weekend for the 'Party Shuttle'

This weekend, when students climbed aboard Melvin Washington, Jr.’s evening shuttle bus that travels back and forth between the Yard and the Quad, they were not greeted by the customary strobe lights and thudding music, but rather an entirely party-less shuttle.

It's Oprah

Oprah Winfrey To Deliver Address at 362nd Commencement

Media mogul and billionaire philanthropist Oprah Winfrey will speak at Harvard’s 362nd Commencement in May, the University announced Monday.


HUCTW Holds First Rally in Memorial Church

In the first union rally to ever take place in Memorial Church, the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers gathered with supporters on Thursday afternoon to bring attention to its ongoing contract negotiations.


Actor Sean Penn Discusses a Post-Earthquake Haiti

Panelists Sean Penn, former Haitian Prime Minister Michèle D. Pierre-Louis, and General P. K. Keen headed a discussion last night about post-earthquake recovery in Haiti at the Harvard Kennedy School JFK Forum.

Central Administration

Anticipating Federal Cuts, Schools Streamline, Diversify Sponsored Funding

Regardless of what happens on Capitol Hill this week, Harvard will have to contend with decreased revenue from federal agencies by reevaluating its reliance on different sources of income.


With Federal Cuts Looming, University Researchers Say Outlook Is Gloomy

Some agencies have already reduced grant totals in advance of unprecedented federal spending cuts scheduled to take effect Friday, forcing labs across the University to proactively trim costs and refocus their research. At the same time, administrators have begun the process of reorienting the way the University solicits funding.

Harvard College Democrats Vote to Endorse a US Senate Candidate

Harvard Dems Endorse Markey

The Harvard College Democrats, which has not endorsed a candidate in a primary since at least the last five years, broke the tradition Tuesday night, voting 36-1 to support U.S. Rep. Edward J. Markey of Medford in his race against U.S. Rep. Stephen F. Lynch of South Boston.

Faust in Boston

Faust Delivers Address on Science Research, Sequestration

University President Drew G. Faust warned that cuts to federal research funding would endanger innovation, the economy, and “intellectual life” in the United States in a speech to the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


With Faust in Attendance, Professors Advocate Environmental Activism

A panel of professors from Harvard and the University of Michigan on Monday night urged both citizens and businesses to make environmental activism their top priority.


Al Gore Talks Climate Change

Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore ’69 praised recent efforts of Harvard students involved in environment and divestment campaigns during a speech focused on the health hazards of global warming which he gave in Memorial Church on Wednesday night.

Harvard Law School

HLS Application Numbers Defy National Trend for This Cycle

In the midst of a nationwide drop in the number of law school applications, Harvard Law School did not see the same dramatic decrease in its application numbers this year that it has in past cycles, according to the school’s Assistant Dean and Chief Admissions Officer Jessica L. Soban ’02.


UC Discusses New Website, Study Break Funding

Undergraduate Council representatives discussed the launch of a new UC website and an initiative to increase funding for UC-sponsored study breaks during the group’s first general meeting of the spring semester Monday night.

State of the City
Harvard in the City

Partnership Brings EdX to Boston Community

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced a partnership between Harvard and MIT that will bring edX to the Boston community during his State of the City address Tuesday night.


Classes Address Collaboration Policies

Among crowded classrooms and stacks of syllabi, professors outlining their collaboration policies have become a common theme of opening lectures.


Mendillo’s HMC

HMC has repositioned itself to take more responsibility for guaranteeing the University’s budgetary needs, and has abandoned its image as a one-client hedge fund.