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Ten Stories that Shaped 2021

Ten Stories That Shaped 2021

At Harvard, 2021 was a year marked by change. The school’s long-awaited return to in-person operations injected new life into a campus that had been left dormant for over a year by Covid-19. And in an unexpected shift, the University announced its intention to divest its endowment from fossil fuels after a decade of public pressure. Separately, faculty controversies — including a federal conviction and a high-profile departure — ignited debates that rippled across academia. Below, The Crimson looks back at the 10 stories that shaped the last year at Harvard.

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College

Visual Story: Looking Back on the Fall Semester, In Animations

Here’s a look back — in animation form — at what the fall had in store at the University.

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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.

Student Life

‘Back to Our Roots’: Plant-Based Cafe Mother Juice to Open in Smith Center in March

Mother Juice, a plant-based cafe with Boston roots, is set to open a fourth location in the Smith Campus Center in March 2022.

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Visual Arts

‘Exceeded My Expectations’: Student Performers Laud Return to In-Person Programming

After more than a year of adapting to virtual programming, Harvard’s vibrant performing arts groups have roared back to life. Though they have faced challenges adhering to Covid-19 restrictions, artists said the ability to come together in person again is well-worth it.

Shopping Week Rally
Student Life

FAS Committee Recommends Scrapping Shopping Week in Favor of Previous-Term Registration

A Faculty of Arts and Sciences committee released a proposal recommending the College replace its current “shopping week” course registration system with a system of previous-term registration.

Sackler Protest
House Life

Committee Sets Framework for Renaming Controversial Harvard Buildings, Titles

The committee charged with determining when Harvard should remove the names or representations of individuals from its buildings, programs, and professorships released a final report Thursday recommending a “careful, painstaking, and laborious” process for making denaming decisions.

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.

Primal Scream
College

No Pants? Snow Problem. Primal Scream Makes a Hollering Comeback

Baring it all in the season’s first snowfall, hundreds of Harvard students gathered outside Wednesday night in jackets, underwear, and little else to resume the boisterous tradition of streaking around Harvard Yard the midnight before finals.

Back On Campus
College

‘A Slow Rebuild’: Undergraduates Reflect on In-Person Semester

After his freshman year was truncated by the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, Roderick P. “Roddy” Emley ’23-’24 said he is slowly adjusting to life back on campus.

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Student Groups

Human Rights Working Group Hosts Event Calling for Action on Uyghur Crisis

Around 80 Harvard affiliates gathered in the Barker Center for the event, officially titled the Uyghur Culture Fest. The evening included catered Uyghur cuisine, dancing, and calligraphy as well as somber testimonials from those missing family members due to the current crisis.

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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.

Quincy Kosher Lunch
House Life

‘Functionally Food Insecurity’: Harvard Students’ Decades-Long Push For Hot Kosher Lunch

Roughly 40 undergrads keep kosher, following strict dietary restrictions according to Jewish law, but just one dining hall covered by Harvard’s undergraduate meal plan, Harvard Hillel, is kosher, and it is only open for dinner.

Memorial Church
On Campus

Memorial Church

Sunlight comes through the windows in Memorial Church. The Morning Prayers service takes place in Memorial Church every weekday morning.

Grays Hall Serenity Room
On Campus

Grays Hall Serenity Room

Margaux R. E. Winter ’21-22 and the author in the Grays Hall Serenity Room.

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