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Harvard, MIT Sue Over ICE Order on Foreign Students

'Its cruelty surpassed only by its recklessness': Harvard president on order to send students home

(Newser) - Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are suing the Trump administration over its plan to force international students to leave the US or transfer to another college if their schools offer online-only classes this fall. "The order came down without notice—its cruelty surpassed only by its... More »

Harvard Students Will Pay $49,653 for Remote Learning

40% of undergrads can live on campus this fall

(Newser) - Harvard says that because of the pandemic, students this year will experience "a fall like no other"—although one familiar thing will be the tuition fees. The university says all classes will be conducted remotely, but tuition will not be discounted from $49,653, CNBC reports. The university... More »

Harvard Changes Mind on That $8.7M

University reverses course on federal aid after criticism from Trump and others

(Newser) - President Trump is getting his wish . Harvard University said Wednesday it would not accept $8.7 million in federal aid from the $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package. Stanford, Princeton, and Yale also announced they would not take the millions set aside for them, as scrutiny of the wealthy universities'... More »

Trump Demands Harvard Pay Back $8.6M

University says $8.6M in relief was no loan

(Newser) - Harvard says it has no intention of paying back nearly $9 million in coronavirus relief aid, despite President Trump's demand it do so. During Tuesday's coronavirus briefing, Trump said the world's wealthiest university, with an endowment fund of $40 billion, should pay back $8.6 million it... More »

Harvard's Message to Students: Don't Return From Spring Break

Ivy League school, Amherst College to transition to online learning

(Newser) - Harvard is moving all graduate and undergraduate classes online amid concerns about COVID-19. In a Tuesday statement , President Lawrence "Larry" Bacow said classes would ideally move online by March 23, when they were due to resume on campus following a spring recess. In an effort to "limit exposure... More »

Harvard's Chemistry Chair Accused of Lying About China

Charles Lieber was arrested on Tuesday

(Newser) - There's another big story out that mentions Wuhan—just one not related to the coronavirus. The chair of Harvard's chemistry department was on Tuesday charged with making false statements to the Department of Defense regarding his role in China's Thousand Talents Plan. Bloomberg explains that it and... More »

'Uncle for a Movement' Is Dead at 88

Baba Ram Dass, spiritual guru and LSD pioneer, has died

(Newser) - Baba Ram Dass, the 1960s counterculture spiritual leader who experimented with LSD and traveled to India to find enlightenment, returning to share it with Americans, has died. He was 88. Dass' foundation, Love Serve Remember, announced late Sunday that the author and spiritual leader died peacefully at his home earlier... More »

At 'The Game,' Protesters Chant 'OK, Boomer'

Crowd of mostly students disrupts annual Yale-Harvard showdown, 20-30 arrested

(Newser) - Protesters in the colors of both Harvard and Yale staged a sit-in at midfield of Yale Bowl during halftime of the 136th edition of the annual football rivalry known as The Game. Most walked off after about an hour, reports the AP , and 20-30 who remained were arrested. A few... More »

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 »

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