Steven S. Lee
Students at the Harvard Law School voted in support of a referendum calling on Harvard University to divest from fossil fuel companies, becoming the second student body after the College to vote in support of divestment.
Undergraduate Council Representatives marked their final general meeting of the year with discussions about the potential removal of pre-term planning and a vote on previously-discussed changes to UC election procedure.
Next September, every upperclassman house and freshman residential yard except Kirkland House will elect new Undergraduate Council representatives.
The morning after the Boston Marathon bombings, Undergraduate Council representative Brett M. Biebelberg ’16 began to draft legislation firmly criticizing what he termed the University’s “flop” in communicating with students in the hours after the deadly attacks.
As Harvard affiliates anxiously awaited news from loved ones running or attending the tragedy-marred Boston Marathon Monday afternoon, House communities, peer advising groups, and concerned individuals created spaces where they could come together to try to make sense of the day's events.
Representatives of the Undergraduate Council met on Sunday for their general meeting, voting in favor of legislation that would officially request Harvard University Dining Services and the Office of Student Life—which determines dining hall schedules—to provide spring break dining starting in the 2013-2014 school year.
Representatives of the Undergraduate Council voted unanimously Sunday night to express “tremendous concern” over administrators’ searches of resident deans’ email accounts and the broader issue of email privacy at Harvard.
In response to revelations of a previously undisclosed round of secret email searches announced at a faculty meeting Tuesday, student representatives expressed concern about administrative transparency surrounding email privacy, including the security of the students’ own accounts.
The day before a proposed five-point honor code was expected to be unveiled to the faculty, students generally welcomed the prospect of an honor code, but cautioned that such a policy may not succeed unless there is a shift in the community’s attitude toward academic integrity.
Undergraduate Council representatives discussed plans for a UC-sanctioned memorandum on student email privacy at Harvard during the UC general meeting Sunday night.
In an attempt to improve the referenda process ahead of a planned spring ballot, Undergraduate Council representatives voted on Sunday night in favor of legislation that would raise the voting turnout needed to make a referendum binding.
More than half of student organizations on campus are skewed towards single-gender leadership, according to a recent report on gender in leadership at the College. The report defines skewed leadership boards as those which are at least two-thirds male or two-thirds female.
Following a recent anonymous Crimson op-ed that sparked a campus-wide conversation and a Friday rally on the subject of mental health, Undergraduate Council representatives used their general meeting Sunday to discuss steps that the organization could take in the coming weeks to address the issue.
Petitions for a nap space in Harvard Yard, extended dining hall hours, and weekend brain break are all slated to receive official responses from Dean of Harvard College Evelynn M. Hammonds, likely by the end of the semester.