Well, seems Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was in town today. And as befits somebody of his august position, naturally, he stayed at the Ritz and got a motorcade full of Escalades that, of course, got a full police escort and had Storrow Drive blocked at rush hour?
Wicked Local Cambridge reports on the second arrest of Roman Torgovitsky for trespassing related to his protests against Vladimir Putin, but mostly on how two Pussy Riot members at Harvard for a discussion on Russian politics went down to CPD with some other protesters to insist on his release - they actually got to the station before Torgovitsky.... Read more
Seems the president of Venezuela doesn't like being called corrupt, so he went on national TV to threaten legal action against the Harvard professor who called him that. The professor, Kennedy School of Government professor Ricardo Hausmann, himself a pre-Chavez Venezuelan official, isn't too worried, the Crimson reports:
"I have the protection of the U.S.. I have the protection of Harvard. I feel a... Read more
The Crimson reports on the gift from Hong Kong businessman Gerald Chan - who has a doctorate from the school - in honor of his father, T.H. Chan, who always wanted to start a school.
Harvard bans smoking in Harvard Yard.
Jim Romenesko notes a Harvard Crimson article that criticized a proposed Thai program at Harvard as a potential propaganda mill for the country's military junta was taken offline "due to concerns about the personal safety of the author" - in the form of a rather specific threat from a Thai microbiologist at UCLA.
The team started with a flat sheet, to which it added two motors, two batteries, and a microcontroller, which acts like the robotâ€™s brain, Felton said. The sheet was a composite of paper and Shrinky Dinks,... Read more
UPDATE: At 1:15 p.m., Harvard reported the campus re-opened. See the comments for Cambridge PD statement.
Focus centers on the Science Center and Prescott Street, where a caller claimed to have put a bomb, Matthew George reports.
At 10:11, Nina Khosrowsalafi reported:
Just got evacuated from Harvard Yard due to bomb threat. Lots of police with guns out.
The BRA decided tonight to solicit bids from groups that might have ideas on how to use $3 million in money from Harvard for increasing owner occupancy rates in Allston houses.
BRA staffers say trends show growing percentages of houses in the North Allston and the neighboring section of Brighton being bought up by investors, who might not have the same neighborhood interests as people... Read more
The Crimson reports Jill Abramson will teach narrative non-fiction this fall. She's no stranger to Harvard, having graduated there in 1976.
The Globe reports Harvard President Drew Faust will let the extension school host a black mass tonight despite protests from Cardinal Sean O'Malley.
UPDATE: The Crimson reports the club bringing the publicity-seeking New Yorkers up here for the demon-stration decided late Monday to move the event off campus. Where, however, is unknown. They originally said the Middle East, but the Middle East says... Read more
Peter Muise takes us back to the 1640s, when some Harvard men decided to take advantage of President Henry Dunster's trip to Concord to raise some hell:
The students did succeed in raising Satan, but unfortunately were not able to control him. The Evil One proceeded to run amok on campus. In a panic, the students sent a message to Dunster that he needed... Read more
The Harvard Gazette reports on work by Harvard researchers to try to figure out why young mice are more vibrant than their grandparents.
Although, yes, it's true, one of their studies basically involved sending young blood coursing through old blood vessels - in mice that had their blood systems connected - the real key seems to be one specific protein. The other study... Read more
UPDATE, Monday morning: The Crimson reports the student died.
The Crimson reports a Harvard sophomore is in critical condition at Mass. General tonight after he fell from a building early Sunday.
The Crimson said Harvard and Cambridge police declined to say where he fell, except that it was not at Harvard or in Cambridge.
The Crimson reports Harvard, Cambridge and State Police will be patrolling the areas around Harvard upperclass residences next Wednesday to keep freshmen from getting bombed as part of the annual celebration of housing assignments:
Dingman cited safety as a primary motivation for the increased security, recalling dangerous acts performed by intoxicated students in recent years. He further criticized the role River Run plays in... Read more
A Harvard sophomore allegedly got his wish: He didn't have to take finals yesterday. But Eldo Kim might be facing a sterner test: He's been charged with calling in the bomb threats that shut four Harvard buildings where finals were being given.
According to one profile of him, from last term, Kim was helping a professor analyze taunting:
Eldo Kim is a freshman... Read more
Harvard University sent out an alert around 9:10 a.m.:
Alert: Unconfirmed reports of explosives at four sites on campus: Science Center, Thayer, Sever, and Emerson. Evacuate those buildings now.
No, not Lake Woebegon, but Harvard, where the Crimson reports the median undergraduate grade is A-, and:
The most frequently awarded mark is an A, Dean of Undergraduate Education Jay M. Harris said on Tuesday afternoon, supporting suspicions that the College employs a softer grading standard than many of its peer institutions.... Read more
The Globe reports on the apology by a Christian student group that had posted an essay, allegedly by a Jewish convert to Christianity, about how his former co-religionists really suck and, yeah, the Holocaust was part of God's plan.
In the apology, the Christian Ichtus writes:
The writer holds nothing but love for his heritage and feels very deeply for the welfare of... Read more