To conclude our series on final clubs, we thought we’d take a quick little tour through the history of the clubs’ diversity. “We pride ourselves on the diversity of our club,” one member of the Phoenix wrote to us in an e-mailed statement. “And we define diversity to include race, socio-economic status, concentration, extra-curriculars, etc.” He added that the Phoenix has “some members from royal families and others whose parents are unemployed.”
As part of our series on final clubs, we decided to get out on the street and find out what people around here actually think about the clubs. We asked the same set of questions to men, women, students, and visitors alike (including, it seems, a Final Club member who decided to have a little fun with his accent). Check out the video to see what they had to say.
Video by James K. McAuley and Xi Yu/The Harvard Crimson.
UPDATED: Oct. 18, 2010. Living areas and assessed property values were compiled from data published by the City of Cambridge.
Though most Harvard students have walked by properties owned by final clubs, many have never been inside their million (and in some cases, multi-million) dollar clubhouses. As part of Flyby’s final club series, we’ve profiled club real estate holdings in Cambridge. Check out the interactive map above, then get more details below.
To continue our series from Monday, here are the profiles of the women’s final clubs.
To date, Harvard has five female final clubs, the youngest of which was founded just two years ago. Although significantly newer than their male counterparts—not to mention with smaller endowments—these organizations nevertheless provide one kind of social outlet for women on campus. Given that most club representatives chose to remain tight-lipped when we contacted them for this feature, we instead combed through The Crimson’s archives for some basic facts.
UPDATED: Oct. 6, 2010, 2:09 a.m. Porcellian photo added.
In light of the recent release of “The Social Network” and the fact that we’re now in the middle of second round punch events, Harvard’s final club scene is bound to be on the minds of many sophomores and juniors. In order to shed some light on what can otherwise be a mysterious process, we decided to put together this series related to all things “punch.” Check back each day this week for new material on the subject.