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Michael E. Xie

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Cool "Kiting" Thetas

Theta Will Go Gender-Neutral in Fall 2018

In a statement, club members tied the decision to go co-ed directly to the College’s social group penalties.

Courtney Blair

Blair Remembered As ‘Incredibly Special Person’ and Role Model

“She was a ceiling breaker, she was somebody who lifted up others as she climbed, she just defied the odds in every imaginable way,” her brother, Everton L. “E.J.” Blair ’13, said.


Harvard Senior Dies in 'Heartbreaking' Loss

Courtney S. Blair ’19, a Dunster House senior, passed away Friday morning in a “heartbreaking” loss, Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana wrote in an email to students Friday evening.

Admissions Lawsuit

Harvard Admissions Officers Specifically Trained on ‘Use of Race’

Two admissions officers, whose names were redacted from the public filings, led the meetings, which focused on “casework” and “diversity.”

Pforzheimer Belltower

O’Dair Announces New Quincy, Pfoho Resident Deans

Hawkins will take over for Judith X. Flynn, who has served as Quincy’s resident dean for 13 years. Roy will replace Brigitte A. B. Libby, Pforzheimer’s resident dean for the past four years.


Black Harvard Student Arrested in April Will Face No Charges, Per Attorneys

No charges will be filed against the black Harvard undergraduate whose arrest April 13 sparked national controversy and allegations of police brutality, his attorneys announced Friday.

Rakesh Khurana

Khurana Calls Controversial April Arrest ‘Distressing,’ Promises to Support Students

Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana said the College’s goal is to “make sure that something like this doesn’t happen again.”

Final Club Lobbying Illustration

To Fight Sanctions, Harvard Social Groups Take 'The Legislative Path'

Some Harvard social groups are taking the fight to cancel the College's controversial sanctions all the way to Capitol Hill.

Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana

Khurana Approval Rating Among Surveyed Seniors Rises to 55 Percent

In an interview Thursday, Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana said he wants students to understand that every choice he makes as dean is intended to “create a better experience" for them.

The Spee Club

Social Groups’ Grad Boards Could Pose Obstacle to Avoiding Sanctions Under New Plan

Harvard could deny recognition—and exemption from the College’s sanctions—to student social groups whose graduate boards it determines exert too much sway over the organizations.

Christian Union Funding
Student Groups

As Admins Urge Disaffiliation, Report Shows Parent Group Gave $600,000 to HCFA in 2017

​Christian Union—the parent group for Harvard College Faith and Action, a campus Christian group currently on "administrative probation"—reported over $600,000 in expenditures for HCFA in 2017.

Final Clubs

Social Group Coalitions Spent $90,000 Lobbying On Anti-Sanctions Bill in First Quarter of 2018

Two organizations spent a total of $90,000 in the first quarter of 2018 lobbying around legislation that could imperil the College’s ability to enforce its social group sanctions.

HCFA Building
Student Groups

Students Hold ‘Emergency’ Meeting To Discuss Harvard's Response to Faith Group

According to the organizers of Friday’s meeting, attendees emphasized the need for the College to take stronger disciplinary action against Harvard College Faith and Action.

Rakesh Khurana
Final Clubs

Khurana Speaks Out Against Movement to Oppose Sanctions

Asked whether he is concerned by the push to oppose the penalties, Khurana said he thinks “people should respect a private institution’s ability to organize itself around its mission.”

Divide Long Exposure
Front Photo Feature

52 Minutes: Inside the Arrest of a Black Harvard Student

The Crimson annotates an official timeline of the arrest of a black undergraduate April 13 that sparked allegations of police brutality and led to questions over who was contacted to come to the student's aid and why.