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Harvard Today Sep 21, 2021

Today I discovered that HUDS brussels sprouts are my new FAVORITE thing!— Alexandra A. Kassinis, Ashton E. Body

In the News

Harvard Sues Insurer to Recoup Legal Fees After Admissions Lawsuit Exceeds $25 Million

Harvard is suing Zurich American Insurance Company after the company allegedly failed to cover more than $25 million worth of legal fees. These fees emerged as part of a case between the College and the Students for Fair Admissions group, in which the College was defending its admissions practices. Zurich has refuted Harvard’s claim of their responsibility for such fees. 

University Temporarily Restricts Access to Harvard Yard

Harvard Yard will be closed to non-Harvard ID holders from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. through Oct. 11 as a way to ensure the health and safety of the student body. All but four gates will be closed during this time frame. Undergraduate and graduate students alike have mixed opinions about this new policy; some have complained about added travel time while others have expressed that they feel safer knowing that someone is monitoring those who are in the Yard late at night. 

Brown II: Radcliffe’s Newest Exhibition by Artist Tomashi Jackson

Tomashi Jackson has created a new art exhibit, Brown II, based on the landmark Supreme Court case Brown v. Board. After being exposed to city hall meetings and cases, Jackson dove into the Yale University Law Library archives in order to better understand the intersection of racism and education. Her research inspired her to create an exhibition focused on exploring these ideas and their legacy, made material through painting and printmaking. 

ON FLYBY

Flyby’s Guide to Falling in Love with Fall

The fact that Harvard students are no longer flocking to any and all air conditioned spaces on campus can only mean one thing — Fall is upon us! Today’s Flyby piece describes the best ways to enjoy New England’s upcoming season. Are you feeling energetic? Take a hike in the Blue Hills (or just hike to the Quad). Are you craving fall-treats? Head to Russell Orchard for cider and freshly-picked apples. Are you feeling spooky in anticipation of Halloween? Hop on the Commuter Rail and enjoy the Providence Ghost Tour.

IN THE REAL WORLD

Ease of Foreign Traveler Ban in the United States

Starting in November, the U.S. will ease Covid-19 related restrictions for vaccinated individuals coming into the country, the Biden administration announced Monday. Foreigners will need to present their vaccination card and a negative Covid test within 72 hours of their entry to the country. This declaration emphasizes the importance of vaccination, as unvaccinated individuals face stricter guidelines and travel bans. 

Pfizer Vaccine Declared Safe for Ages 5-11

Pfizer-BioNTech announced that their vaccine has proven extremely effective and safe in children ages 5-11. The companies’ announcement early Monday is welcome news as children have been among those hospitalized due to the highly contagious Delta variant. The next step for Pfizer and BioNTech is to apply to the Food and Drug Administration for authorization to vaccinate children ages 5 to 11.  

Best Moments of the 2021 Emmys

The Emmys were back in person Sunday night, hosted by Cedric the Entertainer. Highlights included “The Crown” racking up a grand total of 11 Emmys this year, “Ted Lasso” winning the outstanding comedy series Emmy, and Rupaul Charles bringing home his 11th Emmy, giving him the “most-awarded Black artist in Emmys history” distinction.