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One Year Later: Harvard Student-Athletes Reflect on Lack of Ivy League Competition Since Last March

March 10, 2021 marks one year since Harvard students received the news they would have to vacate campus. That same week the Ivy League and eventually the entire NCAA halted competition. While many conferences have resumed athletic play, the Ivy League remains one of just a handful of conferences that have still not resumed athletic competition, recently announcing the cancellation of the spring sports season. The Crimson sat down and spoke with three student-athletes to hear their reflections on the past year.


Harvard Athletics Director Erin McDermott Says Fall Competition Likely, Outlines Possible Scenarios

In an interview Wednesday, Harvard Director of Athletics Erin McDermott laid out three possible scenarios for the fall 2021 athletics season: conference-only competition, expanded Ivy League and regional competition, or full competition including long-distance, non-conference play.


‘Too Little, Too Late’: Ivy League Decision Allowing Senior Student Athletes to Compete as Grad Students Draws Mixed Reactions

Harvard College student athletes reacted with surprise, gratitude, and skepticism to the Ivy League’s decision Thursday to allow current senior student athletes to compete as graduate students next year, in a reversal of a longstanding League policy barring graduate students from competition.


Ivy League: Competition Will Not Take Place Without ‘Significant Changes' in Pandemic

As the United States enters the most dire stage of the coronavirus pandemic yet, the Ivy League told student-athletes and coaches in a Thursday email that it has yet to determine whether the spring sports season will occur.


Harvard Athletes Meet Ivy League Decision to Cancel Winter Season With Disappointment

Several athletes on Harvard’s varsity winter sports teams said they were disappointed — if somewhat unsurprised — at the Ivy League’s decision to cancel the winter athletics season due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Ivy League Cancels Fall Sports Season

The League will not permit teams to practice or compete amid the ongoing public health crisis. The decision will mark an end to the fall sports season, curtail the winter sports season, and bar spring athletes from usual preseason activities.


Harvard’s Fall, Prospective Spring Plan is Cautious Compared to Peer Schools

Compared with its peers in the Ivy League, Harvard has offered a stringent plan for the fall semester — allowing no more than 40 percent of undergraduates to return to campus at once and keeping all course instruction online.


Harvard Athletes May Not Take Spring Off for Coronavirus Eligibility Relief

Varsity athletes whose spring seasons were canceled due to the coronavirus will not be able to use their extra year of National Collegiate Athletics Association eligibility at Harvard by taking a semester off, according to a Thursday email from Athletics Director Robert L. Scalise.


Ivy League Will Not Allow Athletes to Compete as Grad Students Despite Shortened Spring Season

The Ivy League will not change its policies to allow graduate students to compete in varsity athletics despite the spring athletic season being cut short due to coronavirus, the athletic conference ruled Thursday afternoon.


After Spring Season Canceled, NCAA Says Eligibility Relief ‘Appropriate’ for Athletes

Harvard athletes who were sidelined by the Ivy League’s decision to ax the spring athletics season due to coronavirus will likely receive another year of eligibility, according to a statement put out by the National Collegiate Athletic Association last week.


Athletics Review Will Focus on Student-Athletes’ Health and Wellness, Khurana Says

Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana said he hopes the athletics review — which Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Claudine Gay announced earlier this semester — will center around improving student-athletes’ health and wellness.


Flashback: Harvard Splits Strange 2018 Ivy League Title

After back to back Ivy League title losses in 2016 and 2017, Harvard softball looked to finally clinch that coveted Ivy title in their 2018 run. Starting off the season strong, the Crimson looked to make a statement that showed that they would not be denied an Ivy title again.


Six Harvard Alumni Charged in Nationwide Admissions Fraud Scandal

Six Harvard alumni were charged in a nationwide scheme to fraudulently secure admission for the children of affluent parents to top universities through millions of dollars in bribes and falsified standardized test answers.


Harvard Basketball vs. Yale

After beating Yale on Saturday evening, Harvard looks towards next weekend's games against Penn on Friday and Princeton on Saturday. Harvard is locked in as the number two seed in the upcoming Ivy League tournament.


Harvard Invests Heavily in Tech Stocks Compared to Other Top Endowments

Harvard Management Company, the University’s investment arm, invests more heavily in technology companies than the other four largest university endowments in the country, according to the most recent U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings.


Report Assigns Harvard Failing Grade for Leave of Absence Policy

A study on leaves of absence at Ivy League colleges released this month gave Harvard’s procedures a failing grade, critiquing policies that mandate a minimum length for leaves and set a strict deadline for applications to return.


Grad Unionization Movement Sees Successes Nationwide As Harvard Begins Bargaining

Months after Harvard's graduate students voted to unionize for the first time in the school's almost four centuries of existence, unions at peer institutions around the nation have begun to win both elections and bargaining rights.


Columbia Returns 9 Percent on Endowment, Making It The Only Ivy With Worse Returns than Harvard

The Columbia Investment Management Company, which manages the New York school’s finances, announced that the gains brought its total endowment to $10.9 billion.


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