It’s been a day, Mr. President, but you have yet to fulfill any of your so-called “campaign promises.”
University President Drew G. Faust said that building Harvard’s long-delayed Science Center in Allston will be a focal point of the University’s imminent capital campaign.
Every Friday, The Crimson publishes a selection of articles that were printed in our pages in years past. April 26, 1902: Emperor William's Thanks President Eliot has just received from the Embassy of the United States at Berlin the following letter which explains itself: BERLIN, April 14, 1902. "Dr. Charles W. Eliot. President of Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts: "Dear Sir: Referring to my letter of the 7th instant, I have much pleasure in informing you that I had the honor of being received by the German Emperor yesterday, and of presenting to His Majesty in person the "Vote of Thanks" passed by yourself and the Fellows of Harvard College in acknowledgment of the notice given by His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Prussia of the generous gift which His Majesty proposes to send to Harvard University for the Germanic Museum."
Harvard hopes to publicly launch its University-wide capital campaign in 2013. The campaign will likely aim to raise at least $6 billion, according to senior administrators and people with knowledge of the situation, which would likely make it the largest capital campaign ever run by an institution of higher education.
The University’s long-term commitments to its developments in the community need further conceptual development and increased clarity. There may be conflicting goals as to what explicit direction Allston’s redevelopment should take, but Harvard must distill these ideas into a true mission that is both attainable and agreeable to the University community.
While University officials focus on raising money for House renewal and development in Allston as goals for Harvard’s upcoming capital campaign, Allston residents are skeptical about how high of a priority the revitalization of their neighborhood will be.