Since the formation of the Ivy League 59 years ago, the Ancient Eight have consistently struggled to balance athletic success and its impact on academics. These critics raise a question: Has Harvard overstepped the line?
None of the individual stats are impressive. No Harvard football player had 60 receiving yards, 80 rushing yards, or 200 passing yards Saturday at Columbia. Junior quarterback Conner Hempel completed less than 60 percent of his passes, went a second straight week without a touchdown pass, and threw his fifth interception of the year.
But then you look at the score.
The Harvard women’s hockey team took the ice for its regular season opener without 2012-13 captains Laura Bellamy ’13 and Jillian Dempsey ’13 or stars Josephine Pucci, Lyndsey Fry, or Josephine Piccard, all of whom are current practicing with the U.S. National Team.