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Attention, Class of 2017: Faust's Advice for Prefrosh

Hey, Prefrosh! Can't make it to Visitas this weekend? Eager to make your choice before then so you can have fun? Want to feel more confident in your tentative decision to stay away from New Haven? Look no further for guidance. We spoke with University President Drew G. Faust and asked her what advice she would give to potential members of the Class of 2017.


Harvard Adopts New Tax Policy for Married BGLTQ Couples

Harvard will pay $1,500 to University employees who have extended health insurance coverage to their same-sex spouses under the University family medical plan in an attempt to compensate for additional taxes that these employees must pay that their heterosexual colleagues do not.


Students Criticize University Response to Marathon Explosions, Cambridge Bomb Threats

In the wake of two bomb explosions that killed three people and injured more than 130 others, Harvard students criticized what they described as the University’s slow communication with undergraduates.


In Light of Tyga Controversy, Students Explore Yardfest Alternatives

Some students said they intend to spend the evening of Yardfest fulfilling extracurricular and academic commitments, while still others had previously made plans to attend the spring concerts at other universities also slated for this coming weekend.


Six Percent Increase in Financial Aid Comes with Small Tuition Hike

Harvard College will raise its financial aid budget by nearly 6 percent for the 2013-2014 school year, the University announced in a press release Tuesday. At the same time, the total cost of attendance for undergraduates will increase by 3.5 percent to $56,407 for the coming academic year.


College President, Concert Violinist Named New Leaders of Board of Overseers

Pomona College president David W. Oxtoby ’72 will take the helm of Harvard’s Board of Overseers for the 2013-2014 academic year as the governing body's new president, the University announced in a press release Monday.

A Naval Honor
Central Administration

U.S. Navy Awards Faust for Welcoming ROTC

The U.S. Department of the Navy awarded University President Drew G. Faust with its highest civilian honor two weeks ago, Harvard announced this week.


Administrators Secretly Searched Resident Deans' Email for Cheating Scandal Leak

Harvard administrators secretly accessed the email accounts of 16 resident deans in an attempt to determine who leaked communication regarding the Government 1310 cheating scandal that made its way to the media, the Boston Globe reported on Saturday evening.


Activist Group Condemns Endowment’s Link to Gunmakers

A student and alumni activist group criticized Harvard this week for its investment in an index fund that is a major shareholder of firearm manufacturer Smith & Wesson.

University Finances

EdX Will Be Capital Campaign Priority

HarvardX, a branch of Harvard and MIT’s joint virtual learning venture edX, will be a priority for Harvard’s upcoming capital campaign, University President Drew G. Faust told The Crimson on Wednesday.

Central Administration

As Washington Passes Sequestration, Harvard Braces for Impact

Following months of budget battles on Capitol Hill, President Barack Obama signed off on legislation Friday night to automatically reduce government spending, unleashing an unprecedented wave of cuts to funding sources that have long supported Harvard’s researchers and scientists.

It's Oprah

Oprah Winfrey To Deliver Address at 362nd Commencement

Media mogul and billionaire philanthropist Oprah Winfrey will speak at Harvard’s 362nd Commencement in May, the University announced Monday.


On the Brink of Sequester, Faust Meets with Lawmakers

During a trip to Washington this week, University President Drew G. Faust met with prominent lawmakers, including Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, U.S. Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III of Massachusetts, and Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia, to argue against cuts to federal research funding that will take effect if Congress does not pass a budget deal sometime on Friday.

Central Administration

Faust Travels to Capitol To Warn Against Sequestration

University President Drew G. Faust will travel to Capitol Hill this week to sound the alarm about across-the-board budget cuts that would likely slash millions of dollars in funding for Harvard researchers.


With Federal Cuts Looming, University Researchers Say Outlook Is Gloomy

Some agencies have already reduced grant totals in advance of unprecedented federal spending cuts scheduled to take effect Friday, forcing labs across the University to proactively trim costs and refocus their research. At the same time, administrators have begun the process of reorienting the way the University solicits funding.