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Melissa C. Rodman

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‘Easy’ to Listen to, ‘Easy’ to Love

“I’ve got a premonition,” singer-songwriter Emma Harvey purrs as bandmate Kel Taylor’s crisp guitar thrums punctuate her words. The romance that Harvey and Taylor hint at in their new single, “Easy Now,” may be on the fritz, but the song itself is just the opposite: airy, nuanced, and utterly aflame.

On Campus

Cast Shines in a Melodic “Into the Woods”

Director Jake S. Stepansky ’17 staged his take on the show on Dec. 8 and 9 at the American Repertory Theater’s OBERON stage, delivering a production carried by a triumphant cast, although the venue and blocking left much to be desired.

Michael D. Smith
Student Life

FAS Dean Calls Faculty Criticism About Lack of Involvement in Sanctions ‘Categorically False’

​FAS Dean Michael D. Smith called Faculty criticism about their lack of involvement in crafting a historic social life policy “categorically false,” expressing his most in-depth comments on the contentious sanctions to date.

On Campus

Parker Quartet Enchants at Leverett Fall Concert

From dining hall to concert hall: The Parker Quartet brought the beguiling sounds of Haydn, Tan Dun, and Beethoven to Leverett for an annual dinner and performance.


Sanctions Didn’t Receive Proper Faculty Consultation, Professors Charge

During a contentious Faculty meeting Tuesday that adjourned without an expected vote on a motion against Harvard’s unprecedented social life policy, professors offered impassioned remarks about the lack of input members of the Faculty had in shaping the sanctions.

Faculty Meeting

After Tense Meeting, Sanctions Motion Tabled Until 2017

​A motion to oppose a College policy that penalizes members of final clubs and Greek organizations remains in limbo after a tense Faculty meeting Tuesday was adjourned without the expected vote.

Harry Lewis Q&A

In FAQs, College Administrators and Lewis Lobby Faculty On Sanctions

Ahead of a contentious Faculty meeting, College administrators and computer science professor Harry R. Lewis ’68 have circulated documents to lobby faculty members with their respective arguments about historic penalties against members of single-gender social organizations​.


FAS Dean Calls Upcoming Unionization Election ‘Fork in the Road’

Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Michael D. Smith urged professors to encourage their eligible students to participate in the upcoming unionization vote, though he declined to share his opinion on unionization.

University Hall

Faculty Debate Social Club Motion at Monthly Meeting

Members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences sparred over a motion opposing the College’s historic sanctions of unrecognized single-gender social organizations Tuesday afternoon, filling all of the seats in the meeting hall and crowding by the doors.


Faculty Will Discuss Motion Opposing Sanctions

​Tuesday marks the first time that the full Faculty of Arts and Sciences will discuss a motion opposing the College’s controversial policy on unrecognized single-gender social organizations.


Former FAS Dean Reflects on Harvard’s Past and Present

Former Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Henry Rosovsky mused recently on current issues on campus, as well as his time at Harvard.


FAS May Allow Donors to Endow Faculty Deanships

Selling the name rights to Faculty Dean positions in the House of a donor's choice could be a much-needed revenue source for House renewal, FAS Dean Michael D. Smith said.

Mike Smith at Convocation

FAS Pitches Fundraising for Social Life

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences has made undergraduate life one of its priorities in its capital campaign fundraising, according to FAS Dean Michael D. Smith.


FAS Reserves Dwindling, Dean Says

Cash reserves for Harvard’s flagship Faculty have dwindled to “effectively zero,” Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael D. Smith said at a meeting of the body Tuesday.


FAS Surpasses $2.5 Billion Campaign Fundraising Goal

​The Faculty of Arts and Sciences passed its $2.5 billion capital campaign goal in June, FAS Dean Michael D. Smith said at the Faculty’s monthly meeting Tuesday.