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Cambridge Polling Places

Here's What You Need to Know About the 2018 Midterm Elections

Cambridge residents can cast their votes Tuesday, Nov. 6 from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. in one of 29 local polling places, including Quincy House.

11-2 Trial

‘Wolf of Racial Bias’ Returns to Courtroom on Final Day of Harvard Admissions Trial

Lawyers for both Harvard and Students for Fair Admissions approached the wood-paneled witness stand one after the other Friday to deliver impassioned closing statements and rebuttals that stretched for hours.

Five Students. Five Stories.

Meet the Five Harvard Students Who Testified in the Admissions Trial

Five Harvard undergraduates stepped up to testify in favor of affirmative action in the admissions trial this week. The Crimson breaks down who they are and where they're from — and what drove them to speak up in court.

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In Photos: Transgender Rights Activists Rally in Boston

Hundreds gathered at Boston City Hall Plaza on Sunday afternoon to protest discrimination against transgender people.

Students on the way to the trial

'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.


Here’s How the Harvard Admissions Process Really Works

This year’s crop of high school dreamers have an advantage their predecessors did not: an inside understanding of how the College decides who qualifies as Harvard material.

Five-Time Champs
Field Hockey

No. 6 Field Hockey Clinches Fifth Ivy Title in Program History

The No. 6 Harvard field hockey team dominated the Big Green in a 6-0 shutout Saturday afternoon, clinching its second Ancient Eight title in the last three years.

Mass Hall, Fall 2017

Student Alleges in Suit That Harvard Discriminated Against Him in Title IX Case

An unnamed male student filed a civil suit against Harvard earlier this month alleging the University discriminated against him on the basis of race and gender in its handling of a Title IX complaint that accused him of sexual misconduct.

Saudi Crown Prince on Campus
Harvard Kennedy School

‘Secretive, Dubious Partnerships': Harvard Quietly Keeps Strong Saudi Connections

Many American institutions are re-examining their ties to Saudi Arabia after journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed earlier this month. Despite its long-running links to the Saudi royal family, Harvard has opted to wait out the tide of criticism.

Harvard Hits Pause

‘Arrogance.’ ‘Small-Town Insecurity.’ Here's Why Harvard Hesitates to Accept Some Applicants

When Megan Turner asked her high school teacher for help applying to Harvard, she hoped for a glowing letter of recommendation. What she got was a “negative” essay referencing her “‘small-town’ insecurity” that nearly sank her candidacy.

Rakesh Khurana

In First Day of Testimony, Khurana Says It’s Okay Harvard Skews Wealthy

“We’re not trying to mirror the socioeconomic or income distribution of the United States,” Khurana said. “What we’re trying to do is identify talent and make it possible for them to come to a place like Harvard.”

Dean Fitzsimmons

‘This Is Not Who I Am’: For Harvard Admissions Dean, The Trial Is Personal

The trial investigating whether the College discriminates against Asian-Americans could decide the fate of affirmative action in America. But for Dean of Admissions William R. Fitzsimmons '67, it could also decide who he is at Harvard — and how he is remembered.


Asian-American Harvard Applicants Saw Lowest Admit Rate of Any Racial Group From 1995 to 2013

Over a nearly two-decade period starting in 1995, Asian-American applicants to Harvard saw the lowest acceptance rate of any racial group that applied to the school, according to data presented in the Harvard admissions trial Thursday.

Affirmative Action Trial
Central Administration

In Admissions, Harvard Favors Those Who Fund It, Internal Emails Show

In one 2013 email headlined “My Hero,” former Kennedy School Dean Ellwood thanked Harvard's dean of admissions for his help accepting a set of students with very particular qualifications. "[Redacted] and [redacted] are all big wins. [Redacted] has already committed to a building.”

Graham & Parks Voting

Harvard Students Take Time Off to Campaign Ahead of Midterms

A handful of Harvard undergraduates have taken leaves of absence to work on political campaigns ahead of the 2018 midterm elections next month. “I want to be wherever I can make the biggest impact in 2020,” one said.