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Harvard Will End Isolation Housing, Stop Conducting Contact Tracing During Spring Semester

Harvard students who test positive for Covid-19 during the spring semester will be required to self-isolate — not move into University-provided isolation housing — and conduct contact tracing themselves, a stark departure from the school’s previous public health policies.

Back On Campus

‘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.

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.

Quincy Kosher Lunch
House Life

HUDS Pilots Hot Kosher Lunch Options in Quincy House

Harvard University Dining Services will offer a hot kosher lunch option upon request in Quincy House, starting Wednesday.

The Game '16

Students Navigate Transportation, Housing Logistics for Harvard-Yale

One week away from the Harvard-Yale Game, College students said they are juggling a whirlwind of logistics — transportation, housing, and tickets — to adapt to coronavirus-related restrictions surrounding the Game.

Capacity Limit Expanded Graphic

College Allows Students to Host Larger Indoor Gatherings to Expand Social Life During Covid

College students are now permitted to gather indoors in groups of up to 25 people, an increase from the previous limit of 10 people, according to University health guidelines updated last week.

Student Life

MIT Student Behind Matchmaking Service that Duped Harvard Students

The matchmaking service circulating Harvard’s campus last month that students alleged was a scam was orchestrated by an MIT undergraduate as a prank.

Harvard Yard

Students Believe They Were Scammed by Fraudulent Matchmaking Survey

After its site went down without explanation, students alleged that a matchmaking survey that circulated among Harvard students earlier this month soliciting students’ personal information was a scam.

Students Ride Blue Bikes

Harvard Students Turn to BlueBikes Amid Record Ridership in Cambridge

Now, students are turning in increasing numbers to BlueBikes, a bicycle sharing system that operates in the Boston metropolitan area, to get around.

Chinese Restaurant Wusong Road
Food and Drink

Wusong Road, Chinese American Restaurant and Tiki Bar, Slated for Late Fall Harvard Square Debut

Harvard Square will soon welcome Wusong Road, a newly established Chinese American restaurant and tiki bar headed by chef Jason Doo and Thomas Brush, the owner of Felipe’s Taqueria.

Mushrooms in Mather
On Campus

Students Find Unwelcome Dorm Room Guests, Including Insects, Mushrooms

Though students were excited to return to Harvard’s dorms this fall, upon their arrival some found unwelcome guests, including insects and mushrooms, and crumbling infrastructure in their rooms.

Yard Closure

University Temporarily Restricts Access to Harvard Yard

The University is closing Harvard Yard to the public every evening through mid-October, requiring affiliates entering the Yard to show their Harvard ID to security guards between 5 p.m. and 3 a.m., during which only Johnston, Thayer, Widener, and Solomon Gates are open.

Hoedown on Holyoke
Harvard Square

‘Hoedown on Holyoke’ Brings BBQ and Country Music to Harvard Square

Holyoke Street came alive Sunday as people square danced, ate barbeque, and drank beer at the “Hoedown on Holyoke,” a day-long block party organized by the Harvard Square Business Association.

Class of 2025 Convocation Steps

‘Exactly What I Needed’: Gap Year Students Reflect on Year Away from Harvard

With the return of all undergraduates this semester, many students who took a gap year said they are returning to campus with new life perspectives and updated goals for their time at Harvard.

Harvard Yard

College Postpones Crimson Jam Concert Indefinitely Amid Covid-19 Surge

Crimson Jam — an annual concert and block party organized by the College Events Board — would have featured performances in Harvard Yard Friday night by student bands and headliner B.o.B.