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Kelsey J. Griffin

Crimson staff writer Kelsey J. Griffin can be reached at kelsey.griffin@thecrimson.com. Follow her on Twitter @kelseyjgriffin.

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Lawrence S. Bacow
City Politics

Bacow Defends Harvard’s Engagement in Allston as Residents, Officials Criticize Development Plans

University President Lawrence S. Bacow on Tuesday defended Harvard’s engagement with residents and officials in Allston, where the school has received forceful pushback from elected leaders and civic organizations about its development plans in the area.

Loeb House
Central Administration

Bacow Insists Harvard’s Move to End Fossil Fuel Investments is ‘Consistent’ with Past Positions

When University President Lawrence S. Bacow said earlier this month that Harvard would move to end its investments in the fossil fuel industry, the activists who had been pushing him to do so for years celebrated the news as a seismic shift.

Mass Hall
Central Administration

Bacow ‘Very Pleased’ By Response to Covid Guidelines on Campus

Despite an initial spike in cases on campus, Bacow said in an interview Tuesday he was “very pleased” with adherence to indoor mask requirements, noting the University has avoided any severe outbreaks.

Divest Rally
University Finances

Harvard Will Move to Divest its Endowment from Fossil Fuels

Following years of public pressure, Harvard said Thursday that it would allow its remaining investments in the fossil fuel industry to expire, meaning that it will eventually divest from the sector.

Divest Rally
Student Groups

Divest Harvard Kicks Off In-Person Semester with Rally Outside University Hall

Roughly 80 student protestors with Divest Harvard — a student organization calling for the University to sell its investments in the fossil fuel industry — staged a “visual waterline” outside University Hall to represent the rally’s focus on rising sea levels.

Freshman Survey Data 2021
Student Life

Freshman Recruited Athletes Less Ethnically Diverse than Previous Years, Survey Reports

One major subset of the Class of 2025 — recruited athletes — is more predominantly white than in previous years, according to the results of The Crimson’s annual freshman survey.

school do be back
Flyby Blog

How To: Survive (and Enjoy) this Semester Amidst the Chaos

After a long year of online learning, Harvard’s campus is finally back in full swing. But while this past week of orientation (and reorientation) has reminded us of all the best college has to offer, a new semester looms ahead. Just because we’re offline doesn’t mean we’re off the hook, so here’s Flyby’s guide to navigating the stress and chaos of our collective return to reality.

Hynes Convention Center Vaccine Site 2
House Life

Harvard Reports High Vaccination Rates Among Students and Employees Ahead of Full Reopening

Just days ahead of move-in for the fall semester, 93 percent of Harvard employees and 87 percent of students are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, University administrators wrote in an email to affiliates Wednesday.

Central Administration

Harvard, MIT To Sell Online Learning Platform edX to Tech Startup

Harvard University and MIT will sell edX — a virtual learning initiative launched jointly by the two schools in 2012 to expand education access — to the Maryland-based tech startup 2U, Inc., the schools announced Tuesday morning.

State House
University Finances

Mass. State Reps. Introduce Bill Seeking To Compel Harvard To Divest From Fossil Fuels

Massachusetts State Reps. Michael L. Connolly and Rep. Erika Uyterhoeven introduced a bill this week that would seek to use the state’s constitutional oversight authority to compel Harvard to divest its holdings in the fossil fuel industry.

Ruth J. Simmons Commencement Address
House Life

Bacow Confers 1,292 College Degrees in Harvard’s Second Virtual Graduation; Speaker Ruth Simmons Urges Grads to ‘Be a Force for Inclusion’

Harvard awarded 2,440 degrees across the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at its second consecutive virtual Commencement ceremony Thursday, including 1,292 degrees to the College’s Class of 2021.

Loeb House 2020
HAA

Five New Members Elected to Board of Overseers, Including One Harvard Forward Candidate

Harvard alumni elected five new members to the Board of Overseers — the University’s second-highest governing body — including one candidate backed by the climate action and racial justice campaign Harvard Forward.

Bacow Inauguration
Central Administration

Bacow’s First Three Years ‘Colored by the Pandemic’

Three years into his term, University President Lawrence S. Bacow has weathered the worst of a pandemic and a fraught political climate for higher education under former President Donald Trump.

William F. Lee
Fundraising

Harvard Corporation Senior Fellow Bill Lee Lauds ‘Really Positive’ Fundraising Year Despite Pandemic

Harvard Corporation senior fellow William F. Lee ’72 said in an interview Wednesday that the University expects high fundraising returns by the end of the fiscal year despite challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mass Hall in the Spring
Faculty

Bacow Confident in Harvard’s ‘Process Improvements’ Following Domínguez Report

University President Lawrence S. Bacow said Harvard has been  “putting processes in place” to improve its procedures for vetting University leadership candidates after an external review found a Government professor was repeatedly promoted despite a record of sexual harassment.

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