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Judge Rules in Harvard's Favor in Affirmative Action Case

Judge upholds university's admissions process, says it does not discriminate against Asian Americans

(Newser) - Harvard University does not discriminate against Asian Americans in its admissions process, a federal judge ruled Tuesday in a lawsuit that reignited a national debate over affirmative action. US District Judge Allison D. Burroughs said in her decision that Harvard's admissions process is "not perfect" but passes constitutional... More »

Harvard Boss Regrets Referring to Donors as Freed Slaves

Lawrence Bacow compared policy change to 13th Amendment

(Newser) - The president of Harvard has apologized for appearing to liken university donors to freed slaves. Lawrence Bacow on Tuesday told hundreds of alumni and fundraising staff members that donors now can give to any Harvard college, and will no longer be "owned" by the one they attended. His explanation... More »

Harvard Freshman Denied Entry to US, Deported

He says officer disapproved of his friends' online posts

(Newser) - On Friday, Palestinian teenager Ismail Ajjawi arrived in Boston on his way to start his freshman year at Harvard. Eight hours later, he was kicked out of the country. The 17-year-old, who lives in Lebanon, says his visa was canceled and he was deported after an immigration officer disapproved of... More »

A Harvard Prof Says He Was Scammed. Now, Even More Men

Bruce Hay apparently had plenty of company in his interactions with Maria-Pia Shuman, Mischa Haider

(Newser) - The story of Harvard Law professor Bruce Hay and the jaw-dropping relationship he found himself caught up in with two shady-seeming women has an update. In the original longform for the Cut , Hay described his tumultuous interactions with Maria-Pia Shuman and Mischa Haider, which led to a paternity claim, an... More »

He Met Her at a Hardware Store. Then, 'Years of Deceit'

How Harvard prof Bruce Hay found himself in a paternity mess with 2 dubious women

(Newser) - Harvard Law professor Bruce Hay, who once taught a class on "judgment and decision-making," had a chance encounter in a Massachusetts hardware store four years ago. It ended up getting him labeled as "the most gullible man in Cambridge" in Kera Bolonik's latest story for The... More »

Parkland Survivor Who Made Racist Remarks Gets Bad News

Kyle Kashuv won't be going to Harvard after all

(Newser) - A Parkland shooting survivor says Harvard has rescinded his acceptance over racist remarks he made a couple of years ago, the BBC reports. Kyle Kashuv, an 18-year-old Republican and gun-rights advocate, said Tuesday the university took back its offer after discovering his nearly two-year-old texts and comments. In a thirteen-tweet... More »

Blowup at Harvard Over Sexualized Image of Anne Frank

Magazine apologizes after posting her face on bikini-clad body

(Newser) - The Harvard Lampoon is apologizing after pasting Anne Frank's head on the body of a bikini-clad woman. "Add this to your list of reasons the Holocaust sucked," read the caption below the image, reports NBC News . The headline: "Gone Before Her Time: Virtual Aging Technology Shows... More »

Ivy League Dorm to Stop Skinning, Roasting Goat

Harvard is ending decades-old tradition over health concerns, student discomfort

(Newser) - A Harvard University residence hall is ending a decades-old tradition of skinning and barbecuing a goat in the courtyard, per the AP . The Harvard Crimson student newspaper reports that Dunster House Faculty Deans Cheryl Chen and Sean Kelly informed students of the decision in an email last week, citing student... More »

House Sale 'Makes No Sense' —Until Admissions Scandal

Harvard investigating sale of coach's home to father of 2 students

(Newser) - The modest home on a quarter-acre lot in Needham, Mass., had been assessed at $549,300. When it sold for $989,500 in May 2016, Needham's top assessor was surprised to find it "in bad shape." Of the sale, he simply noted: "Makes no sense."... More »

Harvard Faces Lawsuit Over First Photos of Slaves

In 1850, professor wanted images to show whites were superior

(Newser) - Harvard is being sued over its handling of 1850 photographs of slaves that were intended to demonstrate their inferiority to white people—by the great-great-great granddaughter of one of the slaves. Tamara Lanier's lawsuit says Harvard wrongfully seized and profited from the photos and has misrepresented an African man... More »

They Were Told He Was Gifted. He'll Be Proving It This May

16-year-old Braxton Moral will be first to graduate from high school and Harvard at same time

(Newser) - Like many kids, Braxton Moral dreams of one day being president. Unlike many kids, the 16-year-old forged an unusual path in his quest to get there. Per Time , Braxton will graduate on May 19 from Ulysses High School in his Kansas hometown, then don a cap and gown on May... More »

Parkland Survivor Has News for Fox Host

He's been accepted to an Ivy League school

(Newser) - How's this for a comeback: David Hogg is going to Harvard, USA Today reports. The Parkland shooting survivor and gun-control activist, who was razzed by a Fox News host after rejections from other schools, tweeted Saturday about the news: "Thank you all for the well wishes," he... More »

A Harvard Student Accused of Rape Is Suing Harvard

John Doe wants Harvard to stop its investigation

(Newser) - Harvard University is investigating an alleged rape, and it's being sued in an attempt to stop it. The Boston Globe has the backstory: "John Doe" enrolled at Harvard in August 2016; that next summer, while interning "in a city hundreds of miles away from Harvard" he met... More »

Player's Gesture Costs Harvard a TD

Running back appeared to flip off defender, though that may not have been what he actually did

(Newser) - It looked like Harvard had scored a touchdown to take a 34-27 lead early in the fourth quarter of its game against Yale Saturday ... and that would indeed have been the case, had running back Devin Darrington not wagged a finger at the Yale defender who was chasing him as... More »

10 Best Colleges for the Money

MIT tops the list

(Newser) - If you're going to fork over close to $50,000 a year to go to college—the top-end average for tuition, room, and board at a four-year school—you want the best ROI on your money. WalletHub looked at close to 1,000 of America's higher-education venues, examining... More »

'America's Best College' Is Named

Harvard tops list in 'Wall Street Journal' rankings

(Newser) - "Hidden gems" emerge in an annual ranking of US colleges, a collaboration between the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education, though the school taking the top spot for a second year in a row is far from hidden—it's called Harvard. Factoring in resources, engagement, environment, and... More »

Report: Cherokee Claims Had No Role in Warren's Hiring

'It was just not an issue,' Harvard professor says

(Newser) - It probably won't be enough to get President Trump to drop his "Pocahontas" label for her, but Sen. Elizabeth Warren's controversial claims to Native American heritage didn't give her legal career a boost, according to the Boston Globe . The newspaper, after reviewing hundreds of documents and... More »

DOJ Calls Out Potential 'Racial Bias' at Harvard

Department backs Asian-American applicants in affirmative action case

(Newser) - The Justice Department is backing Asian-American applicants accusing Harvard of discriminating against them because of race. "Harvard has failed to show that it does not unlawfully discriminate against Asian-Americans," reads a statement of interest filed Thursday by the DOJ, which continues to investigate the matter. Harvard, which receives... More »

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 »

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