The Crimson Editorial Board
To lift the burden and stress off of students who may test positive, FAS needs to release guidelines that require all professors to have a preemptive plan for those who go into isolation. From there, allowing professors the flexibility to create individualized and innovative protocols — in other words, handing instructors the flexibility that they need to best meet the needs of their specific course — should generate better outcomes for students who have to spend a part of the semester in the confines of four walls.
Activist calls for a path to residency are not only justified — they are the only reasonable response to a migratory framework that tacitly recognizes the asylum eligibility of TPS holders while simultaneously condemning them to needless precarity.
This past year and a half has been unwieldy, confusing, and weird. Much of “normal” has fallen to the wayside. But we sincerely hope that this slight uptick in those opting out of house life doesn’t mark the beginning of a trend as we ease into the era of post-pandemic House life.
Legacy admits make up 15.5 percent of the Class of 2025, and they tend to be loaded: Nearly a third have parents that make half a million dollars. These students don’t deserve our ire for being rich, but, in an admissions process where wealth and a guiding hand helps plenty, it’s egregious that the College goes out of its way to privilege students who enter the rat race with a parent who can expertly aid them and likely finance experiences that showcase their child’s prowess.
Harvard’s recent decision is, therefore, a testament t0 the power of student activism. The wealthiest academic institution on our warming planet has been moved by the blood, sweat, handcuffing, and tears of young people.
Harvard has an obligation to protect its students. Instead, it is allowing a faculty member who it has found “violated University sexual harassment policies” to educate its undergraduates.
None of us want to be sent home. The College needs to reaffirm that campus-wide eviction remains the absolute last resort, and offer a clear boundary that we can’t afford to cross.
The prominence of Epstein’s new position lends visibility and credibility to an underrepresented and stigmatized group. In that way, it's not all that different from the 2017 appointment of Khalil Abdur-Rashid, Harvard’s first full-time Muslim chaplain, and the 2021 appointment of Matthew Ichihashi Potts, Harvard’s first Asian American head minister of Memorial Chuch. Each move expanded who might feel comfortable seeking help from a Harvard chaplain.
We hope that in a couple of years, when the pandemic is but an ugly memory, Harvard will look back on this piece and see that shopping week is a quintessential part of being a student in this institution. It is a beloved tradition that has helped students for ages; a cherished hallmark of academic life. Instead of dropping shopping week, we want to join generations of Harvard students — old, new, and forthcoming — in shopping until we drop.