Harvard Square

By - 4/3/14 - 11:19 am

Ed. note: I'm still not 100% convinced this is not a left-over April Fool's joke. But I learned about it through an ad in my Facebook news feed last night, and who actually spends money on a prank?

Bridj says it's getting up to launch an alternative to the T that will feature limo buses with plush seats, "an attendant who can provide you with a curated selection of snacks and beverages" and fees you might be able to deduct from your taxes.

By - 4/3/14 - 7:43 am

An outbound train breathed its last at Harvard Square around 7 a.m., causing non-expired trains to back up all the way down the line to Quincy.

Ashley stunned us:

I've been riding the T for 26 years and this is my first ever disabled train. I feel like I'm finally a real Bostonian!

By - 4/2/14 - 6:43 am

The Crimson reports two Harvard Law students have set up a startup that lets users send out self-destructing e-mail:

According to Gobaud and Lin, the system appears to have a large market since many want to avoid grammar errors and reply-all disasters. They also noted, however, that the system may benefit corporations looking to improve their email protection policies by automatically deleting old emails.

By - 3/31/14 - 1:47 pm

A Harvard student recounts events after what she writes was a sexual assault by another student in her Harvard residence.

By - 3/12/14 - 10:32 am

Greg Cook takes us on a tour of the museums, which plan to re-open on Nov. 16.

By - 3/7/14 - 7:32 am

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 perpetuating a negative stereotype of the Quad Houses.

By - 3/6/14 - 7:30 am

Signal problems mean the dreaded "severe" delays on the Red Line between Harvard and JFK/UMass this morning.

Lisa reports:

That has to be a new record... Took 45 minutes to get from Davis Square to Kendall Square.

By - 3/4/14 - 7:48 pm

Elizabeth reports:

Harvard just sent notice that most of Harvard Sq will be closed to cars 4-6:30pm tomorrow. Major traffic issues expected.

The president will be in town for fundraisers.

By - 2/26/14 - 7:48 am

WBUR reports on a gubernatorial forum at Harvard.

By - 2/22/14 - 7:46 pm

The Crimson reports somebody's had a stern talking-to by the people in charge of a powerful Harvard research computer network after managers noticed it was being used to "mine" or create dogecoins, a Bitcoin-ish "cryptocurrency."

By - 2/15/14 - 10:16 pm
Helping a gentleman in Harvard Square

Ed Hatfield provides the context for the photo he took before the storm started near Harvard Square today:

The elderly gentleman was having a tough time walking on the ice when the woman walked past him. After a few steps she stopped, turned around and offered her help which he quickly accepted.

Copyright Ed Hatfield. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 2/7/14 - 11:46 am

UPDATE: Marilyn Hausammann, VP for human resources, sent out a new memo to staffers today: Harvard will reimburse them for excess 2009 and 2010 taxes, with interest, and pay for tax-prep help for filing amended returns for later years. Her memo is attached.

Harvard recently notified 11,000 current and former employees that a mistake in the way it calculated the value of supplemental life insurance meant they probably paid too much in income tax between 2009 and 2013, because in many cases, the life insurance was listed on their W-2 forms as taxable income, when it wasn't.

By - 1/31/14 - 5:45 am

Around 1 a.m., Rebecca Peterson wondered:

Is something happening in Harvard/Cambridge? Heard some big booms just now.

Erin Hill reported "three loud booms."

April added they sounded like a cannon or "huge things being dropped."

Chris Peterson writes a friend heard them along Mem. Drive.

By - 1/30/14 - 11:42 pm
Helen Mirren

Photographynatalia watched the Hasty Pudding parade through Harvard Square today.

Copyright Photographynatalia. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 1/30/14 - 8:32 am

Apparently the 1,000-year lease on the Arnold Arboretum wasn't enough. The Herald reports Harvard owns nearly 90,000 acres of forestland in Romania and now the guy who sold Harvard some of that land has been implicated in a probe of whether he got the World's Smartest University to pay inflated prices in exchange for cash, a vacation and a Chrysler Sebring.

By - 1/20/14 - 6:59 pm
Dogecoins accepted in Harvard Square

Eric Maki noticed today that Honor System Books in Harvard Square accepts Dogecoin payments. Also, Bitcoin, but that's so last year.

By - 1/6/14 - 7:18 pm
Sheraton Commander in Cambridge

Elise Ramsay looked up at the Sheraton Commander from the Cambridge Common tonight.

By - 1/6/14 - 8:21 am

Dead trains at JFK/UMass and Harvard creating all sorts of fun for commuters this morning.

Various commuter-rail lines into North Station also having various issues. The Fitchburg Line has major delays because the 6:55 train hit somebody near Snake Hill Road in Ayer. The MBTA reports the person's injuries are not considered life threatening.

By - 1/4/14 - 11:28 am

R.S.Y. Buchanan photographed the Old Cambridge Burying Ground yesterday.

Copyright R.S.Y. Buchanan. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

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