18 First-year students camp outside the Harvard Union in the early hours of the morning to sign up for their expository writing classes. Students blame the queues on the new first-come, first-serve policy of filling the courses. Chagrined administrators eventually return to the old policy of submitting filledout cards.
23 Photographs of the Dead Ses scrolls are made public for the first time, ending the monopoly of an elite team of scholars including Professor of Christian Origins John Strugnell who have in the past held the exclusive privilege of viewing the ancient documents.
24 For the second year in a row, Harvard ranks No. 1 in U.S. News and World Report's annual list of America's best colleges. Harvard is also rated No. 1 in "academic reputation," up from last year's No. 2 slot.
26 Teachers for a Democratic Culture is formed. The group, which includes DuBois Professor of the Humanities Henry Louis Gates Jr., opposes charges by organizations such as the National Association of Scholars that political correctness has stifled academic debate on America's college campuses.
30 A prominent figure in the Bank of Commerce and Credit International scandal is discovered to be a major contributor to the Harvard Business School and to have recently pledged to give upwards of $1 million. Gaith R. Pharao, a Saudi financier accused of fronting for BCCI's American bank acquisition, is later fined $37 million by the Federal Reserve.
4 President Neil L. Rudenstine rededicates Dudley House as the new Graduate School of Arts and Sciences student center.
13 David A. Aronberg '93, a Currier House resident, is elected chair of the Undergraduate Council by secret ballot. Aronberg, formally the council's vice-chair, outpolls Steven A. Kalkanis '93 of Quincy House.
15 President Neil L. Rudenstine urges the creation of a provost post during his official address to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. The president says a provost is needed to improve coordination between Harvard's faculties, but stresses that he does not wish to create another level of bureaucracy between the deans and himself.
18 Rudenstine is officially installed as the University's 26th president before an audience of 20,000 in Tercentary Theater. In his inaugural address, he says it is a difficult time for American research universities.
29 Cambridge becomes the first city in the nation to attempt to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. The city Council votes 7-1 in support of a home rule petition authorizing Cambridge physicians to prescribe the illegal drug.
30 City University of New York professor Leonard Jeffries allegedly makes anti-Semitic statements and threatens the life of a Harvard extension school student, J. Eliot Morgan '92. Morgan, an editor of The Harvard Crimson, says the threat came during an interview for the What Is To Be Done?, The Crimson's weekly magazine.
5 Boston Mayor Raymond Flynn, president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, wins a third term by what his aides say was the largest victory in Boston history.