Profile Picture

Crimson staff writer

Samuel W. Zwickel

Staff writer Samuel W. Zwickel can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @samuel_zwickel.

Latest Content

Adams House Renewal
On Campus

Administrators Unveil Adams Renovation Plans, Announce Construction Extended to Four Years

The Adams House renovations timeline, previously slated to begin in June 2019 and take three years, will now extend another year and conclude by August 2023, Faculty of Arts and Sciences administrators announced at a Tuesday town hall.

Sanctions Analysis Graphic

Experts Say Sanctions Lawsuits Are Unlikely to be Immediately Dismissed

Lawyers for the University filed two motions to dismiss the suits — one in state and the other in federal court — Friday evening. But according to analysts, Harvard’s arguments are unlikely to convince the judges to throw out the cases right away.

Lawsuit Press Conference 1
Final Clubs

Harvard Argues Suits Challenging Social Group Sanctions Should Be Dismissed

Lawyers for Harvard argued that state and federal judges should dismiss a pair of ongoing lawsuits alleging the College’s social group sanctions are discriminatory Friday evening.


Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz Draws Protesters at Brattle Theatre Talk

Howard Schultz — the former CEO of Starbucks — visited Cambridge to promote his book “From the Ground Up: A Journey to Reimagine the Promise of America.” The demonstration was part of a “coordinated effort across the country” by local chapters of Indivisible — a liberal grassroots organization — to oppose Shultz.

RSO Recruitment Begins

Safe from Sanctions, Hundreds Recruit for Gender-Neutral Social Clubs

The number of students who expressed interest in the social clubs — all former sororities that went gender-neutral in the past year to avoid Harvard’s social group sanctions — marks an approximately fourfold increase from historically low turnout for sorority recruitment in spring 2018. Online registration for the joint recruitment closed Friday.

Lawsuit Press Conference 1

Federal Judge Will Deny Student Plaintiffs Anonymity If Sanctions Lawsuit Proceeds

Three unidentified College students who are suing Harvard over its social group sanctions in federal court will not be allowed to remain anonymous if the case proceeds beyond a motion to dismiss, a federal judge ruled Friday.

Bid Day 2018

Exempt from Harvard’s Sanctions, Four Former Sororities Hold Joint Recruitment

Touting their exemption from the College’s sanctions against single-gender social organizations, four former sororities have partnered to sponsor a joint recruitment process for new members during the spring semester.

Lawsuit Press Conference 1

Harvard Objects to Protective Order for Anonymous Students in Sanctions Lawsuit

Harvard is arguing that plaintiffs in the federal lawsuit opposing the College’s social group sanctions are “premature” in requesting an order to protect anonymous undergraduates’ identities from public disclosure, according to a Monday court filing.

Harvard Early Admissions Rates

Harvard Admits 13.4 Percent of Early Applicants to Class of 2023

Harvard College invited 935 of 6,958 early applicants to join its Class of 2023 Thursday, marking a 13.4 percent acceptance rate and making the 2018 early cycle likely the most competitive in school history.

Admissions Lawyers at Lowell House
Student Life

Harvard Lawyers Discuss Admissions Trial With Students Behind Closed Doors

Two top lawyers who defended Harvard in the recently concluded admissions trial discussed the case with students in an off-the-record meeting Wednesday. Members of the press were not allowed to attend.

Admissions Office
Student Life

Harvard Extends Application Deadlines for Students Affected by California Wildfires

As California faces the deadliest wildfires the state has ever seen, the Harvard admissions office announced Wednesday it will offer extensions on application deadlines for high schoolers, teachers, and counselors affected by the disasters.

Harvard Press Conference

Harvard Admissions Trial Will Stretch Into 2019 with New Hearing, Filings

The high-stakes and high-profile Harvard admissions trial may stretch well into 2019, per new details announced in a Wednesday court order. The University and opponent SFFA are slated to hold another hearing and submit new filings.

Classroom to Table
Student Life

For Third Consecutive Year, Classroom to Table Program Runs Out of Money

Classroom to Table — a popular College initiative that subsidizes fine dining for students and their professors in the Square — has run out of funding yet again.

Harvard Admissions

‘It’s Not Surprising to Any Of Us.’ College Counselors Shrug at Harvard Admissions Secrets Spilled In Trial

In online forums like College Confidential and in anxious calls to college admissions consultants, students and their parents dissected every juicy detail of the lawsuit. Reactions from college counselors were more muted.

Thiang Q. Diep '19

'An Act of Erasure’: Harvard Students Argue Against Race-Blind Admissions In Court

Drawing on personal experiences — including tales of childhood bullying, fears over Harvard’s whiteness, and comfort found in College affinity groups — eight students and alumni offered an emotional and impassioned defense of race-conscious admissions.