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Harvard Yard
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Historic Heat Wave Reignites Debate About Lack of AC in Harvard Housing

As a heat wave descended on Cambridge, students living on campus sought relief from the scorching temperatures — just not in their dorm rooms. ​​​​​​

Bow & Arrow Press
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Historic Bow & Arrow Press Will Move to Lamont Library Following Adams House Eviction

Bow & Arrow will be run by Houghton Library’s Printing and Graphic Arts department, though the library has not yet announced a timeline for when operations will begin.

House Randomization Graphic Reunion
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‘A Guinea Pig’: Looking Back on Randomized Housing for the Class of 1999

For more than two decades, Harvard students were able to rank where they wanted to live for three years of college. But in 1995, Harvard’s administration decided it was time for a change.

Leverett House Diploma Ceremony
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‘Adjust on the Fly’: Harvard Undergrads Receive Diplomas at House Ceremonies Despite Rain and Protest

Whether they chose to participate in a pro-Palestine walkout or remain seated at the University-wide Commencement, undergraduates streamed to their residential Houses Thursday afternoon to officially receive their diplomas.

Senioritis Class of 2024 Feature Graphic
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‘Crazy Times’: With Graduation Approaching, Seniors Reflect on Harvard Journey Bookended by Crisis

The Crimson spoke with dozens of seniors about their memories of a Covid-19-hued transition to college and how they reclaimed a vibrant student life amid four years bookended by crisis.

Sidechat Feature Graphic
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Bad Karma: How Anonymous Social Media Platform Sidechat Shapes Harvard Campus Politics

Though Sidechat is often a platform for much-needed levity and humor in moments of stress, many students have raised concerns about its effectiveness as a medium for political debates and propensity for spreading negativity.

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Dilapidated Dorms: How Harvard Undergrads Cope with Run-Down Housing

Some students say they’ve grown accustomed to living with rodents and the occasional maintenance problem in dilapidated houses. But for others, housing problems raise broader concerns about how run-down living spaces may detract from quality of life at Harvard.

Graduation Robe and Keffiyeh at HOOP Protest
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Harvard Prepares for Commencement Disruptions, Enlists Tutors as ‘De-Escalators’

The College enlisted a number of residential tutors across the 12 undergraduate Houses to serve as “de-escalators” during this week’s Commencement festivities as Harvard makes contingency plans for handling disruptive protests.

Randolph Hall
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‘Tied to the People’: As Renovations Loom, Harvard Affiliates Say House Culture Will Persevere

Despite initial fears, alumni and affiliates who experienced living through past renovation projects expressed optimism surrounding House culture — saying that they were able to preserve their Houses’ long-standing traditions, culture, and spirit.

Freshman Proctors Weld Hall
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‘People Have Spoken’: Harvard Residential Advisors Vote Against Unionization

Both prospective units of the Harvard Union of Residential Advisors voted against unionization Wednesday, ending HURA’s year-long fight — including a two-months-long public campaign — to unionize Harvard’s residential tutors, proctors, and house aides.

Adams Inn
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Adams House Announces Climate Funding Program for Student Projects

Adams House, one of Harvard’s twelve upperclassmen houses, launched Adams Works on Climate earlier this month — a two-year program to fund climate projects led by Adams residents.

HURA Anti-Union Harvard Yard
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Harvard Residential Advisers Allege University Administrators Engaged in Union-Busting Tactics

Harvard Union of Residential Advisors organizers allege University administrators have engaged in “captive audience meetings” and anti-union messaging through emails to tutors, proctors, and house aides ahead of HURA’s union recognition elections.

Canaday Mice Graphic
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‘Like a Horror Movie’: Freshmen Complain About Mice in Dorms

Though several freshmen said they have seen mice in their dorms since early last fall, many said they noticed an increase in recent weeks.

Grays Hall
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Harvard College Changes Freshman Advising Model, Assigns ‘Pre-Concentration Advisers’

The Harvard College Advising Programs Office rolled out significant changes to the first-year advising network, assigning incoming freshmen pre-concentration advisers during their first three semesters.

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Monthslong ‘Putrid’ Odor in Winthrop Dining Hall Draws Student Complaints

A persistent odor in the Winthrop House dining hall has drawn student complaints and a range of speculated causes. Students described the smell as “putrid,” likening it to trash and sewage.

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