2015 was a tumultuous year for Harvard. Final clubs faced immense administrative pressure to go co-ed, faculty saw a proposal to overhaul the College’s General Education program, and perhaps most consequential of all, a University-wide survey revealed what administrators called a “troubling” climate of sexual assault on campus. Amidst a fast-paced capital campaign and Title IX scrutiny, Harvard’s top administrators were called to respond to perceived racial injustice on campus and a graduate student unionization movement. Divest Harvard protesters even blockaded University President Drew G. Faust's office for a week. At the close of a particularly turbulent year, the Crimson looks back on the ten stories that most shaped Harvard in 2015.
Results of a recent Crimson survey indicate that most students are generally satisfied with House resources, although they may not be involved with their residences day-to-day.
Students staying on campus during Thanksgiving break celebrate over dinner in Dunster House on Thursday evening.
Students were able to request specific parts of the turkey being served for Thanksgiving dinner in Dunster House.
Daniel Banks ’17 colors an intricately designed elephant at the Relaxation Study Break hosted by the Asian American and Pacific Islanders Community as part of Mental Health Awareness Week in Dunster House. With elephant and Pokemon coloring sheets, family board games, healthy snacks from CVS, and Christmas music, attendees were encouraged to relax and destress from midterms.
The changes come after students and tutors spoke out last year about Dunster’s lack of residential tutors who identify as bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender, or queer, prompting top College administrators to look into their concerns.
Parijat Lal ’17 does his work in a Dunster House common room on Wednesday afternoon. Many undergraduates are critical of the hallway common rooms featured in recent house renovations.
Students from Quincy and Dunster houses compete at Cumnock Field for the Straus Cup. The fall intramural season runs through November and includes tennis, ultimate frisbee, and flag football.
The former Dunster resident tutor was widely regarded as an ally to BGLTQ students in the House but was not asked back to the position last spring.
The Dunster House gate stands in front of the newly renovated house in the beginning of September.
Avik Chatterjee ’02, a former BGLTS, race relations, and pre-med tutor in Dunster House and now a tutor in Currier, poses before attending the Dunster Senior Dinner in May 2015.
The consensus among students is that the renovation has improved the physical look of and even their attitudes toward Dunster, the first full House to undergo construction as part of Harvard’s more than $1 billion House renewal project.