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Samuel P. Goldston

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‘A Breath of Fresh Air’: Many Faculty Laud David Parkes’ New Leadership as SEAS Dean

Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences David C. Parkes has garnered support and approval from numerous faculty during his first semester at the school’s helm.

Cambridge City Manager Yi-An Huang '05
Cambridge City Council

‘Civil and Constructive and Positive’: City Manager Huang Optimistic Ahead of Charter Review Committee Vote

Cambridge City Manager Yi-An Huang ’05 says he is satisfied with his collaboration with the Cambridge City Council — a week before a pivotal Charter Review Committee meeting that could decide his future in City Hall.

Paul Toner Speaks at Candidate Forum
Cambridge City Council

Cambridge Councilor Paul Toner, a Self-Described ‘Practical Progressive,’ Seeks Consensus in Reelection Bid

Paul F. Toner, who spent more than a decade in union leadership, is running for a second term on the Cambridge City Council to keep the body negotiating.

Cambridge City Hall
City Politics

Cambridge Council Supports Building Workers Union, Talks Single-Use Plastics Ban in Flurry of Policy Orders

In a whirlwind two-hour sprint of legislating, the Cambridge City Council discussed eight policy orders — passing seven unanimously — in its penultimate Monday meeting ahead of the city’s 2023 municipal elections.

Patricia “Patty” M. Nolan '80 at CCC Event
City Politics

Patty Nolan ’80 Charts the Middle Course in Run for Third Term on Cambridge Council

In her campaign for a third term on the Cambridge City Council, Patricia M. “Patty” Nolan ’80 is framing herself as a pragmatist who is unafraid to disagree on controversial policy problems.

Ayesha Wilson
City Politics

School Committee Member Ayesha Wilson Vows To Be ‘Mover and Shaker’ if Elected to Cambridge Council

Ayesha M. Wilson is running for Cambridge City Council to “bring voices to the table” — betting that her nearly two decades in social work and two terms on the Cambridge School Committee have given her the tools to mend the city’s divides.

Burhan Azeem Speaks at Candidate Forum
City Politics

In Reelection Bid, Cambridge’s Youngest Councilor Burhan Azeem Is Confident He’s Won Over His Skeptics

Cambridge City Councilor Burhan Azeem is confident that his first term has earned him another two years in City Hall.

Cambridge City Hall
Cambridge City Council

Cambridge Passes Long-Debated Affordable Housing Amendments, Opening Door to Taller Developments

The Cambridge City Council voted 6-3 to pass a set of hotly debated amendments to the city’s 100%-Affordable Housing Zoning Overlay in a meeting Monday evening, setting the stage for taller, denser affordable housing developments throughout the city.

Cambridge City Hall Building
City Politics

Cambridge Charter Review Committee Likely to Retain City Manager, Establish Citizen Assemblies

The Cambridge Charter Review Committee is considering new citizen assemblies — but not the prospect of a directly elected mayor — as its end-of-year deadline for recommendations draws near.

Cambridge City Hall
City Politics

Despite Outcry, Cambridge City Council Again Rejects Significant Changes to Affordable Housing Amendments

Cambridge’s Monday City Council meeting proceeded in a familiar fashion: with a public comment portion marked by outcry over a controversial proposed expansion to the Affordable Housing Overlay and a failed effort to curtail the AHO amendments.

Cambridge City Hall Tower
Cambridge City Council

Cambridge City Council Checks Up on HEART, Passes Central Square Quality of Life Policy Order

The Cambridge City Council discussed non-police emergency response procedures and passed a policy order that aims to improve Central Square’s quality of life at a Monday evening meeting.

Cambridge City Council Candidate Forum
City Politics

Cambridge City Council Hopefuls Talk Affordable Housing at Second Candidate Forum

Exclusionary zoning, affordable housing, and tenant protections took center stage at this week’s second Cambridge City Council candidate forum Tuesday night at the Foundry in Kendall Square.

Cambridge City Hall in the Summer
City Politics

At First Cambridge City Council Election Forum, Candidates Clash Over Building Emissions

Sixteen candidates for the Cambridge City Council convened over Zoom Sunday evening to discuss environmental building regulations and the implementation of a new renewable energy system among a swath of pressing urban issues.

Harvard Students at Affirmative Action Rally in Yard

‘This Is What Diversity Looks Like’: Harvard Students Rally in Support of Affirmative Action After Supreme Court Ruling

Harvard students and onlookers rallied in support of affirmative action Saturday afternoon following the Supreme Court’s decision severely restricting the consideration of race in higher education admissions.

Massachusetts State House
City Politics

‘Not a Normal Court’: Biden, Mass. Leaders Condemn Supreme Court After Anti-Affirmative Action Decision

The Biden administration, Massachusetts state officials, and local Cambridge leaders have condemned the Supreme Court’s decision to effectively ban affirmative action in higher education admissions.