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Ex-Harvard Fencing Coach and Harvard Parent Acquitted of Bribery Charges

Former Harvard fencing coach Peter Brand and Harvard College parent Jie “Jack” Zhao are not guilty of a bribery scheme to recruit Zhao’s sons to Harvard, a jury decided Wednesday.

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Zhao Sons Testify They Were Unaware of Alleged Bribes to Ex-Harvard Fencing Coach

Eric Y. Zhao ’18 and Edward Y. Zhao ’21, whose father is accused of bribing a former Harvard fencing coach, testified Monday that their father’s involvement in their fencing careers was driven by his love for the sport.

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Parent on Trial for Alleged Admissions Bribery Scheme Was Key Donor to Harvard Fencing, Witness Says

A fundraiser for Harvard’s fencing program told a federal jury Wednesday that Maryland businessman Jie “Jack” Zhao — accused of bribing the team’s former head coach Peter Brand — provided key funding for the team.

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Ex-Harvard Fencing Coach ‘Made the Difference’ in Admissions Outcomes of Zhao Brothers, Witness Says

A former Harvard admissions officer told a federal jury on Friday that the school’s ex-fencing coach, Peter Brand, “made the difference” in the admissions outcomes of a wealthy Maryland businessman’s two sons.


Harvard Greenhouse Gas Emissions Remained Flat for Sixth Consecutive Year in 2021

Harvard’s campus greenhouse gas emissions remained stagnant for the sixth straight year in 2021, despite the University’s ambitious plans to eliminate fossil fuels from its operations by 2050.

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Harvard and MIT Students Disrupt ExxonMobil Campus Recruitment Event to Protest Big Oil

Roughly 30 Harvard and MIT students interrupted an ExxonMobil recruiting event at MIT last Wednesday in protest against big oil companies’ contributions to climate change.

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Fossil Fuel Companies Are ‘Talking Green but Acting Dirty,’ Harvard Researchers Find

A report published by Harvard researchers last week found that European fossil fuel, car, and airlines companies strategically rebrand themselves on social media to portray a greener narrative.

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Report Calls on Harvard to Expand Climate Change Education

A University report issued last week called on Harvard to expand its climate change offerings by hiring new faculty and staff in the field and establishing a standing committee to direct the school’s efforts.

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Divest Harvard Releases Report Calling for ‘Reinvestment,’ University Governance Reform

Fossil Fuel Divest Harvard — a student and alumni group that for years advocated that the University divest its endowment from fossil fuels — released a report last week calling on the school to invest more in environmental causes and local municipal governments and to reform its governing boards.

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Harvard Celebrates Earth Day with Events Across University

Seeking to raise awareness about Harvard’s sustainability efforts, schools and programs across the University have hosted events since Thursday celebrating Earth Day.

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Two Harvard Students Named 2022 Truman Scholars

Two Harvard College students were awarded the Truman scholarship — an honor recognizing leadership, commitment to a career in public service, and academic excellence — according to a press release from last week.

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Harvard Affiliates Call on Universities to Bar Fossil Fuel Industry Funding from Research

Harvard affiliates signed a letter released in March demanding that British and American universities stop accepting funding from fossil fuel corporations for climate change and energy research.

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Maisie Peters Concert Review: Mazzie's Night In At The Sinclair

Peters made the concert feel like a girls’ night in, brimming with gossip, heartbreak stories, nostalgia for home, weird and current obsessions, and fun.

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Harvard Has Yet to Release Updated Sustainability Plan, Missing Self-Set Target

Following the lapse of its previous University-wide sustainability plan in 2020, Harvard has yet to release the second generation of its sustainability goals.

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Harvard’s Century-Old Boathouses to Undergo Renovations

Harvard will commence renovations on its historic Weld and Newell Boathouses this year in what is planned to be the most significant update to the buildings since their construction more than a century ago.