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Striking Harvard Dining Hall Workers Arrested

9 women charged with disorderly conduct

(Newser) - Nine striking dining hall workers at the world's richest university were arrested Friday after holding a sit-in to demand better wages and health benefits. The workers—who are among 750 food service workers on strike at Harvard—were arrested alongside two union officials after blocking the streets of Harvard... More »

Harvard Students Hoard Food as Dining Hall Strike Looms

'Finish off by stuffing your backpack with 30 apples'

(Newser) - "Worst case scenario: cannibalism," a Harvard freshman tells the Washington Post . A strike of Harvard dining hall workers could start as soon as Wednesday, leaving students at America's most prestigious university (sorry, Yale) without access to quality on-campus sustenance. "I'm worrying about midterms right now,... More »

The World's 10 Best Universities

Oxford overtakes Cal Tech

(Newser) - The world has a new top university. Oxford has pushed the California Institute of Technology—which held the top spot for the past five years—to second place in the 2016 World University Rankings , based on research impact, reputation, and global scholarship. This marks the first time in the list'... More »

New College Rankings Are Out

Princeton is at the top again

(Newser) - US News and World Report is out with its annual rankings of the nation's colleges, and Princeton reigns supreme for the sixth straight year. For that matter, Williams College is tops in the liberal arts category for the 14th straight year, and Berkeley among public universities for the... More »

Next for Malia Obama: Gap Year, Then Harvard

She'll be part of the class of 2021

(Newser) - Malia Obama is Harvard-bound, but not immediately upon graduation from the Sidwell Friends School. As the statement released by the East Wing on Sunday puts it, "The President and Mrs. Obama announced today that their daughter Malia will attend Harvard University in the fall of 2017 as a member... More »

Harvard Club Breaks 225-Year Silence, Defends All-Male Policy

Admitting women would make problems worse, says member

(Newser) - The Porcellian Club speaks after two centuries of silence—and it's not happy. The group is an all-male social club, or "final club," at Harvard, and one of its members has written to the Harvard Crimson to protest an administrative push to force such groups to go... More »

Slavery Connection Likely Dooms Harvard Law's Shield

Commission says it doesn't 'represent the values' of the school

(Newser) - In all likelihood, Harvard Law School's 80-year-old crest will soon be history due to its connection to a slaveholding family. The Guardian reports a 12-member commission of faculty and students officially recommending doing away with the shield on Friday. “We believe that if the law school is to... More »

Harvard Students Won't Call Faculty 'Master' Anymore

Association with slavery leads faculty to seek a new name for the '21st century'

(Newser) - House "masters"—the faculty member attached to each of Harvard's undergrad residences—will soon be no more after a unanimous vote by the 12 people who currently hold the title, the Harvard Crimson reports. Harvard College Dean Rakesh Khurana made the announcement at Tuesday's monthly meeting... More »

Portraits of Black Harvard Profs Defaced With Tape

Campus police investigating as a potential hate crime

(Newser) - Campus police are investigating what they say might be a hate crime at Harvard Law School: Someone put strips of black tape across several portraits of black professors outside a lecture hall on Thursday, reports WCVB . The scene appeared a day after students rallied in solidarity with those fighting racial... More »

This Is the World's Top University

Yup, Harvard leads the pack yet again

(Newser) - Harvard University is the best university in the world, according to US News ' ranking of 750 universities around the globe. Harvard, which also topped the Best Global Universities rankings in 2014, kept the top spot despite an additional 250 schools that were evaluated this time around. Not only does... More »

Harvard Debate Champs Lose to Team of Prisoners

Maximum-security inmates beat Ivy League's best

(Newser) - Next up, a debate with the parole board? The Ivy League's finest debate team was defeated by a team of prisoners from a maximum-security prison in New York state. The three-man Eastern New York Correctional Facility team was declared the winner on Sept. 18 after debating for an hour... More »

Let's Consider Taxing Elite Colleges' Huge Endowments

Harvard, Yale, et al. are getting richer while state schools scramble: Slate writer

(Newser) - As the student-loan struggle continues and presidential candidates try to come up with ways to help middle-class and disadvantaged students attend college, there are stockpiles of money that are benefiting the most affluent, unfettered by government taxation: the endowments of elite colleges, Jordan Weissmann writes for Slate . And that's... More »

'Gospel of Jesus' Wife' Mystery Has New Twist

The answer may lie in the ink

(Newser) - Since Harvard University professor Karen King first reported in 2012 her discovery of what appears to be an ancient papyrus in which Jesus is suggested to have a wife, the authenticity of the so-called "Gospel of Jesus' Wife" has been the subject of much claim and counterclaim . Even the... More »

Asian-Americans: Harvard Holds Us to Higher Standards

Federal complaint says school discriminates in its admissions policy

(Newser) - Asian-Americans make up 6% of the US population but 21% of this year's freshman class at Harvard, reports the Boston Globe . An impressive stat for Asian-Americans? It's more like a disgrace, asserts a federal complaint lodged against the university yesterday by Asian-American groups. It argues that the 21%... More »

Don't Bother Humblebragging (It Doesn't Work)

Complainers, outright braggers seen as more 'authentic' than humblebraggers

(Newser) - Masking a brag with false modesty—known as a "humblebrag" in today's parlance—may seem like an effective way to boast about your achievements without seeming like, well, an egotistical jerk. But a working paper from Harvard Business School researchers finds exactly the opposite, noting that people may... More »

Could Pesticides Be Killing Our Sperm?

Fruits, veggies with higher pesticide residue resulted in fewer sperm: researchers

(Newser) - Occupational and environmental exposure to pesticides has already been linked to lower semen quality, according to a new study in the Human Reproduction journal. But scientists from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health were curious to conduct what they're calling the first study to examine how sperm... More »

Harvard Profs Can't Have Sex With Undergrads Anymore

Ban replaces looser policy discouraging relationships between faculty, students

(Newser) - Still under the microscope of the Education Department for how it's handled sexual assault cases , Harvard University has been revamping its policies. The latest revision ends what some believe is an inappropriate practice: romantic and sexual relationships between professors and undergrads. The Ivy League school joins other colleges like... More »

Eric Cantor's New Gig: Harvard Fellow

Former House leader will be there this spring

(Newser) - Eric Cantor may have lost his House seat in one of the biggest political upsets of the era, but he's sprucing up his resume in other ways. In addition to becoming a VP at a global investment bank, Cantor can now boast about being a visiting fellow at Harvard,... More »

Site Raises $1M So Brooklyn Kids Can Visit Harvard

'Humans of New York' helps out school

(Newser) - The creator of an uber-popular photography blog about the residents of New York City has helped raise $1 million and counting so kids in a high-crime area of Brooklyn can get a taste of the Ivy League. Brandon Stanton, founder of Humans of New York , set up the Indiegogo page... More »

Harvard Agrees to Revise Its Sexual Assault Policy

Some Harvard Law profs warn new policy lacks fairness, due process

(Newser) - Harvard Law reached a settlement yesterday with the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights, in which it agreed to update its sexual harassment policy to change how it responds to sexual assault cases. The update, however, is likely to make the law school's approach more similar to the... More »

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