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Student Groups

Yardfest, A Shrinking Stage?

Tyga’s controversial lyrics might go largely unheard if there isn’t a strong showing at this year’s Yardfest. But is it just "Rack City" that could make Yardfest less successful than spring festivals at other universities?


More Than 1,000 Protest Tyga

An online petition urging administrators to cancel Tyga’s performance at Yardfest garnered more than one thousand signatures on late Sunday night, circulating via Facebook and email.

Student Groups

OSL Asks Yardfest Organizers To Reconsider Tyga Choice

The Office of Student Life has requested that the student groups organizing Yardfest reconsider their choice of Tyga as the headliner for the spring concert, following student outcry and an online petition claiming that the rapper’s lyrics promote sexism and violence.

Student Life

Tyga Officially Announced as Yardfest Headliner

Tyga will headline this year’s Yardfest, according to an official announcement made by the College Events Board Wednesday evening nearly 20 hours after two students preemptively revealed the artist.


'Do Good Well:' Advice from a Harvard Grad

mes, crimson and blue make a purple-ish color. Other times, crimson and blue make a book about changing the world. Nina Vasan '06, now pursuing a degree at Harvard Medical School, recently published "Do Good Well," a more-than-500-page guide for students and anyone interested in changing the world, with co-writer Jennifer Przybylo, a graduate of Yale University.

Housing Day 2013
House Life

Housing Day Incites Revelry

A colorful mob of undergraduates dressed in mascot costumes shattered the usual early morning stillness of Harvard Yard early Thursday morning, forsaking sleep and studying to partake in the cherished Harvard tradition of Housing Day.


After Student Alerts OSL of River Run Email, Rumors Spark Privacy Fears

After members of at least two student organizations canceled their River Run festivities Wednesday night, undergraduates swapped rumors over email lists, voicing concern that administrators in the Office of Student Life had learned of the groups’ evening plans by monitoring student listservs—a claim contested by the University. An OSL administrator later said the OSL was alerted to a student email through an anonymous student tip.


Freshmen Banned from Houses Wednesday

Members of the Class of 2016 will be barred from the College’s 12 upperclassmen Houses on Wednesday night, as administrators attempt to prevent the prohibited tradition of River Run.


Students Uncertain of Privacy Policy, Some Fear Searches

In the wake of Saturday’s report that administrators secretly searched resident deans’ email accounts, it remains unclear whether University policy permits Harvard officials to conduct covert searches of student email accounts.

Party shuttle

After Administrative Review, Party Shuttle Returns, Subdued

After the conspicuous absence of strobe lights and pulsing music on the late-night routes of the Yard-Quad Express prompted rumors a week ago that “the party shuttle” had been shut down for good, this past weekend saw the revelry return in subdued form.

House Life

Currier House

Every day between now and Housing Day, Flyby will release two new house rankings. The top two houses will be revealed on Wednesday, March 13. Check back daily for updates! When you imagined your life as an upperclassman at Harvard, you did not imagine Currier House. It's not even partly neo-Georgian, and unlike Mather it's not on the river. Currier is no freshman's top choice. But those who live there learn to love it, and for (some) good reason.

Cambridge City Council

Swing Housing Forces Relocation of Prescott Street Residents

Two Harvard-owned apartment buildings on Prescott Street are slated to become part of swing housing for students during the next wave of House Renewal, forcing current residents to relocate.

Party shuttle

A Dark Weekend for the 'Party Shuttle'

This weekend, when students climbed aboard Melvin Washington, Jr.’s evening shuttle bus that travels back and forth between the Yard and the Quad, they were not greeted by the customary strobe lights and thudding music, but rather an entirely party-less shuttle.

Student Life

All Three Fraternities Accept New Pledge Classes

Following this month’s spring rush season, Harvard’s three fraternities have accepted a handful of new pledges from a competitive pool of would-be brothers.

Student Life

HUDS Serves Up Brazilian Cuisine for Annual Brunch

Dining halls were adorned with yellow and green tablecloths and filled with students enjoying avocado and salsa during Harvard University Dining Services’ Brazilian barbecue Sunday. HUDS provided the creative brunch in response to a fall survey, in which students selected Brazilian as the theme for the annual festive spring meal.