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Suit: Harvard Has Skewed View of Asian-American Applicants

School is accused of unfair admission policies

(Newser) - Harvard evaluates prospective students based on a number of criteria, including academic achievement, outside activities, and personality characteristics, such as likeability and kindness. But according to an affirmative action lawsuit filed by a group representing Asian-American students, the school consistently scored Asian-American applicants lower than other groups on personal qualities,... More »

Black Student's Arrest Near Harvard Sparks Outcry

Video of incident involving Selorm Ohene shows him being punched multiple times

(Newser) - Cambridge police are under fire after video surfaced showing officers tackling an unarmed black Harvard student, then punching him multiple times as he was pinned to the ground. Selorm Ohene, a 21-year-old math student, was standing naked on a median in the middle of Massachusetts Ave. around 9pm Friday night;... More »

Asian-Americans Say They Can Prove Harvard Discrimination

They argue admissions data, 'incriminating emails' show what amounts to racial quota

(Newser) - A discrimination complaint against Harvard is set for a January trial, but the dozen-plus Asian-Americans accusing the school of unfair admissions policies believe their evidence is so sound there's actually no need for one and would like a judge to decide their case. The Students for Fair Admissions, who... More »

Spicer at Harvard: Off-the-Record Speeches, Unchallenged Lies

Inside 'the secret Harvard fellowship' of Sean Spicer

(Newser) - Sean Spicer's "secret Harvard fellowship" consisted of off-the-record speeches, repeated anecdotes, and unchallenged lies, Daniel Drabik writes for the Harvard Crimson . As part of his Visiting Fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School, the former press secretary held 11 events, including forums and meals, over three days. But: "... More »

Manning Talks Dystopias, Privacy, Being Called a 'Traitor'

Transgender activist spoke in Massachusetts, noting: 'I did the best I could'

(Newser) - Harvard withdrew its fellowship offer to Chelsea Manning last week after CIA Director Mike Pompeo refused to speak there (he called Manning an "American traitor"), but the military whistleblower and transgender activist pushed back on that assessment during a weekend appearance in Massachusetts. The Guardian reports that Manning... More »

Ig Nobel: See This Year's Goofiest Science Prizes

Studies of big ears and crocodiles' effect on gamblers were among the winners

(Newser) - Scientists who discovered that old men really do have big ears, that playing the didgeridoo helps relieve sleep apnea, and that handling crocodiles can influence gambling decisions are among this year's recipients of the Ig Nobel , the prize for absurd scientific achievement. The 27th annual awards were announced Thursday... More »

Harvard Withdraws Chelsea Manning Offer

University faced backlash from intelligence officials

(Newser) - Harvard University has withdrawn a fellowship invitation to Chelsea Manning after outrage from intelligence officials, including CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who canceled a Thursday speaking engagement and called her an "American traitor." Douglas Elmendorf, dean of Harvard Kennedy School, says Manning is still invited to speak at the... More »

Harvard's Proposed Social Group Ban Isn't Entirely Popular

Students would be barred from joining fraternities, sororities, all-male groups

(Newser) - Some Harvard University professors are fighting a proposal that would ban all fraternities and single-gender clubs on campus, the AP reports. More than 20 faculty members have signed their support for a new rule that would forbid Harvard from punishing students for joining "any lawful organization." The professors... More »

Couple Quit Jobs, Became Scientists to Save Her Life

'You're healthy, and then you're falling off a cliff'

(Newser) - When Sonia Vallabh watched her mother die a horrible death in 2010, caught in limbo between sleep and wakefulness that led to severe dementia, she and her husband, Eric Minikel, wanted answers. The autopsy revealed a harrowing diagnosis: a prion disease called fatal familial insomnia, or FFI, reports the Boston ... More »

Harvard Yanks Acceptance Letters After Student Posts

Incoming freshmen can no longer attend after online comments

(Newser) - At least 10 students lost their spots at Harvard before the first day of class after they exchanged offensive messages in a private Facebook group, the Harvard Crimson reports. College officials told the incoming freshmen they were no longer welcome after getting wind of the messages and memes in a... More »

12 Years After Dropping Out, Zuckerberg Gets Degree

He delivered Harvard's commencement address

(Newser) - Almost 12 years after dropping out of Harvard, where the "Face Books" with pictures of people who lived in student dorms gave him an interesting idea for a website, Mark Zuckerberg returned Thursday to deliver a commencement address and receive an honorary degree. In his address, Zuckerberg looked back... More »

Video Shows Moment Zuckerberg Got Into Harvard

'Yay, I got accepted'

(Newser) - While at Harvard, Mark Zuckerberg created what would become the world's most popular social network. But before that, he was just an excited kid getting his acceptance letter. In a #tbt Facebook post , Zuckerberg—who will give the commencement speech and receive an honorary degree at Harvard next week,... More »

Earliest JFK Recording Hints at What Was to Come

Harvard releases short speech from a class in 1937

(Newser) - John F. Kennedy the president may have had a Boston accent, but John F. Kennedy the student had an even thicker one. Harvard has a released a 1937 recording of Kennedy as a 20-year-old in a public-speaking class, and the 90-second clip is believed to be the earliest recording of... More »

Teen's Prom Date? Her Harvard Acceptance Letter

Twitter goes nuts

(Newser) - Sometimes a sense of humor goes a long way. When Minnesota high school senior Priscilla Samey found herself without a prom date, she decided that instead of sulking she would just take her Harvard acceptance letter to the dance. The daughter of Togolese immigrants says she got the idea from... More »

Top Universities Accept All 4 Ohio Quadruplets

Harvard, Yale both want the 'Fantastic Four'

(Newser) - Quadruplet brothers in Ohio have all been accepted at some of the nation's top universities, including both Yale and Harvard. The Wade brothers of the northern Cincinnati suburb of Liberty Township say they have been notified in recent days of acceptances from a number of notable schools. Lakota East... More »

Every Single School in the Ivy League Wants This Girl

Ifeoma White-Thorpe wants to study biology, but says her poetry got her in

(Newser) - Ifeoma White-Thorpe is going places. Two years ago, the New Jersey teen won the grand prize in the National Liberty Museum Selma Speech and Essay Contest (watch her recite it on YouTube ), she's aced all of her AP classes, she's president of her high school's student... More »

Zuck Giving Commencement Speech at University He Dropped Out Of

Mark Zuckerberg will speak at Harvard in May

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg is headed back to Harvard, but this time he'll be giving the commencement speech, the AP reports. The Ivy League school announced Tuesday that the Facebook CEO and Harvard dropout was chosen to address students at a May 25 graduation ceremony on the Cambridge campus. Harvard President... More »

Humanitarian of the Year: Rihanna

At least according to Harvard

(Newser) - Rihanna is more than just a musician: She's Harvard University's Humanitarian of the Year for 2017. In announcing the honor, the university noted Rihanna's charitable projects, including a breast cancer screening and treatment center she helped build in Barbados and a scholarship program she created for students... More »

Judge Allows Shkreli to Speak at Harvard

Protesters plan to rally against 'pharma bro'

(Newser) - Student protesters at Harvard have been clearing their Wednesday schedules in preparation for the arrival of "pharma bro" Martin Shkreli. After the Harvard Financial Analysts Club invited the former CEO to speak, a judge granted Shkreli permission to travel to Massachusetts, which he needs because he is out on... More »

Meeting of Clinton, Trump Aides Turned Nasty Fast

'You guys are bitter'

(Newser) - The post-election forum at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government has traditionally been a respectful meeting of rival campaign strategists. This year, it's a miracle they didn't start throwing chairs. The forum turned into a shouting match as six Hillary Clinton aides and six Donald Trump aides... More »

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