What Was News

Four years of movers, shakers and Harvard newsmakers

1996

September 1996
U.S. News & World Report ranks Harvard third after six years in the top spot. The College returns to the top of the charts the next year.

The Kappa Eta chapter of the Sigma Chi fraternity begins renting apartments in a house on 45 Mount Auburn St., a development that Dean of Students Archie C. Epps III terms "unfortunate."

Stephen V. David and William A. Blankenship, former members of the Class of 1996, plead guilty on charges of possession of hallucinogens, marijuana and ketamine. The two former Currier House residents received suspended sentences and were placed on probation for two years.

October 1996
The University's athletic department releases a report showing that it spends nearly twice as much on men's athletics as on women's athletics. One year later, a report on spending in the athletic department during the 1996-1997 academic year revealed the same gender-based discrepancy.

2 - Former Eliot House resident Theodore J. Kaczynski '62 is indicted by a federal grand jury for the 1994 mail bomb attack that killed an advertising executive in New Jersey.

11 - University Health Services begins offering anonymous HIV antibody testing.

20 - A violent storm hits the East Coast, bringing heavy wind and rain and forcing a cancellation of the Head of the Charles Regatta for the first time in 32 years.

25 - For the third consecutive year, poor financial health prohibits the Coop from offering a rebate to its members. During the previous year, the store suffered an 11.2 percent drop in overall sales, a trend that was reversed in later years when the Coop offered its members rebates of up to 5 percent.