The Crimson reports the sophomore admits he was drunk, but denies he was drugged up, and says he initially approached the "resident tutor" at his residence hall for help with his inebriation but, according to campus police, wound up beating him up instead - and tried to do the same with police officers who responded. The student tells the Crimson everything's been cleared up, although he still has to travel all the way to Medford - the current home of Cambridge District Court - to face criminal charges that include assault and battery.
The Harvard Gazette reports Harvard scientists have figured out how to make robots made completely out of soft materials - with even their core logic embedded in rubber, rather than microchips. They're relatively simple for now, but the researchers are looking at future applications that go beyond creating rubber octopuses that could crawl across a desert, as cool as that might be: Read more.
The Harvard Crimson reports the U has decided the dining hall at Lowell House will no longer feature a portrait of Abbott Lawrence Lowell, who banned black students from Harvard Yard residences, instituted a quota for Jews and led a purge of gay students. But actually renaming Lowell House? Nah.
The American Repertory Theater reports it will be moving from Cambridge to Allston thanks to a $100-million donation to Harvard to build "a state-of-the-art research and performance center" in Allston - although it will remain in its current home in the Loeb Drama Center for several years. Read more.
The Harvard Crimson reports "recent cases of mumps and infectious mononucleosis" at the school.
The Crimson rips the lid off the story: Not all Harvard students really want to see a football game and are trying to earn some bucks by selling their Game tickets even though they're not supposed to. Prices have gone up because Fenway has assigned seats, unlike when the Game is at the Stadium. Deans have gotten involved; students are being warned they face possible disciplinary action.
The Harvard Gazette reports on the recent opening of the Smith Campus Center in Harvard Square, which oldtimers might remember as the Holyoke Center. The brutalist concrete structure has been updated with more color and more hipsterish fare than the old Au Bon Pain.
Won't you help? Harvard upperclassmen haven't been able to get hot food for breakfast since the U eliminated it to save money during the Great Recession in 2009. The Crimson issues a plaintive plea for help:
After eating a full, healthy breakfast, students will be more prepared for the classes they have that day. Students are better equipped to get the most out of their education when they are not distracted by hunger, and more enticing breakfast options could help promote regularized eating schedules.
The Crimson reports six women were chosen to perform in this year's Hasty Pudding productions.
Roving reporter Christine April spotted this bird hurrying into the polling place at the Harvard Graduate School of Design this morning, only to slowly walk away with a dejected look after learning she'd have to return on Sept. 4 to vote. Read more.
Greg Cook tracks down and interviews George Eastman, who has been maintaining Pooh's home at the base of a tree (now just a stump) since the mid-1990s.
A federal judge today dismissed a lawsuit by a woman who charged Harvard University failed to do enough to protect her from assaults and harassment by her ex-boyfriend and his pals while they were students there. Read more.
An Arizona man was arrested last night on charges he posted two comments on photos posted on Instagram by Harvard University last year in which he threatened to kill blacks planning a graduation ceremony at Harvard in May, 2017. Read more.
Cambridge officials announced today the city has hired Roderick Ireland, retired chief justice of the state Supreme Judicial Court, to conduct an independent review of how Cambridge police officers arrested a 21-year-old Harvard student standing naked on a Massachusetts Avenue traffic island on April 13. Read more.
The Crimson reports Harvard has barred Roland Fryer from his own on-campus think tank during the investigation.
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