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Harvard Today Jan 26, 2022

In the News

Harvard Security Guards Strike Down 'Insulting' Securitas Contract Offer

Harvard security guards voted 127-84 to reject Securitas’ union contract offer. According to the union’s executive vice president, more than 80 percent of the 127 also indicated support for a strike. John F. Carbone Jr., a member of the 32BJ’s bargaining committee, said Securitas’ offer was “insulting.”

Boston Civic Design Commission Presents Updated Enterprise Research Campus Design

During the Tuesday Boston Civic Design Commission meeting, architects presented an updated plan for Harvard’s Allston Enterprise Research Campus. This comes in response to design critiques of the project as the Boston Planning and Development Agency continues to review the plans. 

Former Mass. Governor Deval Patrick to Co-Lead Harvard Kennedy School Center for Public Leadership

Former Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick ‘78 will become a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School and co-direct its Center for Public Leadership, starting next week. Patrick was the first Black governor of Massachusetts, and faculty have expressed excitement for him to join the school.

ON FLYBY

Five Things Harvard Could Have Invested In Instead of $700 Chairs

Wondering why Harvard has chairs in the yard that were sold two-for-$700? So do we. In this article, Flyby discusses a few items Harvard students needed a bit more than $700 chairs. Free printing, anyone?

IN THE REAL WORLD

But Why Are We Still Talking About This Test: SAT To Go Digital by 2024 

The College Board announced that the SAT will be taken on laptops or tablets in testing centers starting in 2024 in the United States and in 2023 in other countries. This new version of the test will be two hours long. Calculators will be allowed for the whole math section, and the reading passages will be shortened. In pilot runs, the College Board found that most students found the digital SAT to be less stressful.

Midweek Mask Mayhem: Judge Rules Against Mask Mandate in New York

State Supreme Court Justice Thomas Rademaker ruled that health officials did not have authority to mandate masks in indoor settings. Health Commissioner Mary Bassett had issued emergency masking rules at the end of last year. Rademaker prevented the mandates from being enforced and wrote that the rules needed to relate to a law passed by the legislature. 

Putin’s Pipeline Causes Divisions Between the NATO and the EU

A 750-mile pipeline designed to deliver gas from Russia to Germany was completed in September and is exacerbating geopolitical tensions. The United States, United Kingdom, Ukraine and many European Union countries have warned against the construction of the pipeline because they believe it will increase Moscow’s influence in Europe.