Points of View

Student Life

Passing Time: 15 Minutes by the John Harvard Statue

1:04 a.m.: It is so cold that I can’t feel my legs. Poor decision to choose the stone steps next to John Harvard, but he’s quiet company and so I sit.

On Campus


It’s an Australian thing, I told whoever proudly. It’s a habit that you learn from chilly beach days when you feel the wind grow chiller, and you can see the days grow shorter, and when you know, you just know, this means that Summer’s ending so you’ll all be back at school soon, and all those Summer Dreams you dreamed all year are never coming true, or not this time around at least.



I felt that somehow it would mean something if I knew Paris so well, that if I internalized its streets and buildings I could get at the cartography of its soul.

Commencement 2010

A Few Good Men of Harvard

In short, you see people who are so busy trying to save the world that they forget to take care of it.


A New Era of Big Citizenship

Now, as you prepare to head out into the real world to create extraordinary lives, I hope you will continue to nurture that spirit of service in assuming what former President Harry S. Truman called the “highest office” in the land: that of citizen.

Commencement 2010

And Sow The Seeds of Tyranny

Like all parting shots, the message can be neatly summed up with a one-sentence lesson I learned in third grade: Agree to disagree.


The Druze Challenge of Survival

Ultimately, the survival of the Druze will largely depend on the young Druze educated professional class and their ability to establish an international committee to reform the tenets of the Druze faith that are in conflict with modern times.


Planting Seeds of Greatness at FAS

It is hard to express just how proud I am of the way in which FAS faculty and staff have come together to make the past 18 months successful for our students and to ensure continued growth and enrichment for the institution as a whole.


Week of Celebration, Day of Service

The perfect way to balance Senior Week would be to add a day of service to the list of activities.


A Message from the President to the Class of 2010

Keep asking the big, irrelevant questions; keep thinking beyond the present. Then live what you have learned.


Democratizing Harvard

If Harvard is to remain a national and world leader, we must continue to seek new ways to find talent in all its forms.

Commencement 2010

The Protestant Ethic and The Spirit of Lamont

The library and the community it sustains emerge in response to the central anxiety of Harvard life: the failure to measure up. Under Lamont’s 24-hour fluorescent lighting, no one need bear this ponderous burden alone.


Reforming the SEC

America needs an SEC that is independent and not politically motivated, with a staff that is well-educated and knowledgeable about the Securities Laws.

Commencement 2010

The Beauty of Nothing

Doing nothing has been one of my greatest pastimes over the past four years, and I unequivocally endorse its practice to those students who have yet to embrace it.


Harvard Rules

I would like to say that I regret nothing of the past four years. Actually, I do regret one thing: not having donated one of my eggs to those people who advertise in The Crimson, because, hey, that’s serious money.