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Video: Top 10 Stories That Shaped 2014

2014 was a year of change and controversy as Harvard affiliates reacted to events on campus and across the nation. In this feature, Crimson Multimedia uses photo and video to recap the 10 biggest stories of 2014.

Ten Stories that Shaped 2014
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Ten Stories that Shaped 2014


Bain Makes Her Mark in Cambridge

The First Team All-Ivy setter has demolished the Harvard and Ivy League record books in just two seasons.

On Campus

'Three Sisters' Talks Tragedy and Truth

Art imitates life, as life imitates art. This is especially apparent in “Three Sisters,” which runs on the Loeb Mainstage from Nov. 7 to 15. In this particular production, directed by Anna A. Hagen ’15 and co-produced by active Arts Executive Emma R. Adler ’16 and Andrew P. Gelfand ’15, renowned contemporary playwright Sarah Ruhl takes the classic Chekhov play and gives it a modern twist.

Meet Michael P. Burke, The Registrar

With New Catalog, Admins Hope To Re-Invent Browsing Experience

Administrators hope a new course catalog tool will spur students to reflect on their educational goals when searching for courses, even as some professors worry that more targeted search tools will limit exploration.

Going Home

Going Home

Perfect pitch

From the Harvard Library to Fenway, Red Sox Organist Says He's Ready for Opener

When Joshua Kantor is not playing the Organ at famed Fenway Park, he works as a Harvard librarian.

Early Admissions By the Numbers

As Early Admissions Rise, So Does Pressure

With more students applying and being accepted early, admissions counselors and experts say that the admissions process has been pushed earlier and earlier in recent years.

The Harvard Law Review

Despite Alternatives, Student-Run Law Reviews Here to Stay

With so many barriers to entry and a functioning, but imperfect system, legal experts say that the student-driven law review model is here to stay.

Facebook Friends?
On Campus

Facebook Friends?

More and more students spend a majority of their downtime on social media. Facebook has replaced a great deal of human interactions as a means for communication and meeting new people.

Facebook Friends?
House Life

Administrators, Academics Weigh Facebook's Impact on College Life

While Facebook has undoubtedly made students at Harvard feel more connected, academics and Harvard administrators are not sure whether it has truly brought the College closer together.


Perspectives on Divest Harvard and Why They Won’t Give Up

Members of Divest Harvard, the student group currently spearheading the divestment movement, say that President Faust's letter reaffirming Harvard's anti-divestment stance serves as a source of motivation, rather than discouragement.

Blitzstein's World

With Big Data on the Rise, Blitzstein Boosts Stats at Harvard

Despite growing interest nationwide in statistics and “big data” over the past decade, students and faculty in the department have said that much of the new excitement for the field at Harvard is due to Blitzstein’s personal commitment to teaching and the enormous influence he has had on the undergraduate body.


Men's Basketball Dominates TCU, Wins Great Alaska Shootout Final

Harvard cruised to victory in the final of the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout against TCU on Saturday night, becoming the first Ivy League team to win the event.

Harvard College Dean Searches

Making the Pick: A Retrospective on Searches for the Dean of Harvard College

While historically there has been no one-size-fits-all process to selecting the College Dean, FAS Dean Michael D. Smith’s consultative approach represents a significant tactical shift from that of his predecessors.

Black Lives Matter Protester

Demonstrators Continue 'Black Lives Matter' Campaign in Central Square March

Harvard Stadium

Boston Olympic Bid Names Harvard Venues as Hosts for 10 Events

Conflict at the Scene

Med School Professor Dies After Brigham Shooting

"Shut It Down"

The Top 10 Stories of 2014