As Harry Mattison explains, there's nothing wrong, per se, with a McDonald's, except that it goes in the area where Harvard kept insisting it needed to build multi-story buildings to achieve the sort of density required by great projects. Think of it as the reverse of Boylston Street in the Fenway, where the McDonald's is giving way to something a lot taller.
The Crimson interviews classmates of JFK School of Government grad student and alleged Russian spy Donald Heathfield. Most express surprise, etc., etc., but one classmate recalls something particularly odd about him:
Classmate Jeff P. Katz said that he "really didn't know the guy," but had attended a few parties where Heathfield - who claimed to be a Canadian-born U.S. citizen - was present and even noticed a "funny accent" that lacked the Canadian "eh."
A Saudi dentist charges professors at Harvard School of Dental Medicine did everything they could to keep her from getting a doctorate there - including charging her with plagiarism on a test when, she says, she was just using memorization techniques taught to all Saudi students.
Ons Alkhadra filed her suit yesterday in US District Court in Boston. She is seeking unspecified damages as well as reimbursement of her tuition money.
The U is opening a batting cage and mini-golf course in a former garage on Western Avenue that will be open to the public for free on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays:
The site was host to a temporary ice skating rink last winter. The new use is part of Harvardâ€™s ongoing commitment to strengthen the active stewardship of its properties and improve community vitality in Allston.
The Crimson reports that Forrest N. Blackwelder-Baggett, formerly of the class of '11, was arrested last week on charges he tried to rob a Texas restaurant at gunpoint. The paper notes:
Of course, Adam Wheeler's alleged sins are far worse, in part because they're so much more extensive (all she did was plagiarize stuff for a book) and because they were committed against the U.
Allegedly of course, and with the purpose of getting into the registrar's grading system, the Crimson reports. The article doesn't specify what he did, exactly, but sounds like he set up a phishing site to get the instructors to give up their log ins for the registrar system.
The Crimson has the latest on that e-mail by a Harvard Law Review editor.
The Crimson reports Harvard is listening to residents not looking forward to a decade of living near a crater:
The proposal - the result of the Allston Development Group' s collaboration with the Boston Redevelopment Association - consists of removing the current scaffolding around the perimeter of the construction site and replacing it with a more permanent wood fence. The site would be surrounded by native perennial plants such as winterberry and red twig dogwood, in addition to river birches and red maples.
J.L. Bell recounts the shelling of Harvard by Redcoats before the British evacuated Boston:
... One day, during the siege of Boston, a shell thrown by the British from Copp's Hill struck the ground in the square near the President's house. The fuze was yet burning; and a soldier went and stamped it out, at the risk of his life. ...
A company founded by a Harvard professor is rolling out inhalable coffee, the Crimson reports:
In celebration of the official launch, a group of 30 Le Whif employees and fans gathered yesterday in Cambridge restaurant Tory Row to sample the newly released inhalable coffee lipstick-sized tubesâ€”each of which contains the same amount of caffeine as one shot of espresso.
The Crimson reports vodka is the drink of choice for students who want to "pregame" (i.e., get sloshed before a rousing sporting contest against Yale):
"We have an inordinately high percentage of students that report drinking hard alcohol," Travia said. "Virtually every single student we see at [the infirmary] is hard alcohol. Most of the time it's shots - and if you want to be really specific, vodka."
The Crimson reports record numbers of Harvard students are showing up at the university clinic dead drunk - the economy is to blame, of course - and that college officials are worried about an upcoming event that mixes "alcohol and fire," which they are thinking is not the best of ideas.
Sam Baltrusis has a write-up and photos from her Hasty Pudding visit today.
My Southborough reports the U, whose medical school runs a primate lab in town, has pledged $50,000 over three years for a new ladder truck the town is buying. The New England Center for Children pledged $120,000 over ten years; St. Mark's and the Fay School both committed to $100,000 over ten years. As in Boston, the non-profits pay no taxes in Southborough.
Seems Mary Tripsas, a Harvard Business School professor, accepted a free flight to 3M's headquarters, then wrote about how wonderful its "innovation" center in her New York Times column. Only problem, as NYTpicker points out, The Times says freelancers aren't supposed to accept free trips from companies they write about. Prof says she was invited because she teaches at Harvard, not because she writes for the Times, so everything's cool.