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Witnesses Call Black Student’s Arrest Police Brutality Harvard College Student Arrested Friday After Confrontation
April 13 Four law enforcement officials tackle a black, male Harvard undergraduate to the ground. CPD later states the student made aggressive moves toward the officers, but bystanders including members of the Harvard Black Law Students Association state the officers acted “without provocation.”
By Lucy Wang and michael e. xie Crimson Staff Writers
A black Harvard College student was arrested Friday night after a physical confrontation with law enforcement for charges including indecent exposure, disorderly conduct, assault, and resisting arrest, according to information posted Saturday by the Cambridge Police Department. In response to the event, the Harvard Black Law Students Association posted a tweet calling the arrest of the student an incident of police brutality. BLSA also later posted a statement on its website calling CPD’s version of events—published on social media—”incorrect.” Members of BLSA, who wrote they videotaped the incident, wrote in the statement they saw the student, naked and unarmed, surrounded by at least three Cambridge Police Department officers. In an unusual move, the police department tweeted a lengthy explanation of the arrest in direct response to BLSA’s tweet. According to CPD’s tweet, officers arrived at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Waterhouse at around 9:09 p.m. last night in response to “a call from a woman who stated a male had thrown his clothes in her face” and six other reports of a “completely naked” man. The CPD wrote in its tweet that officers “located and verbally engaged” the student, who was standing on a traffic island in the middle of Mass. Ave. Officers learned from the student’s acquaintances that he previously “took narcotics,” which “could have a hal-
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April 13 The student is arrested and charged on multiple counts including indecent exposure, disorderly conduct, assault, and resisting arrest.
BLSA issues an official, longer statement calling CPD’s version of events “incorrect.”
After Arrest, Harvard Affiliates Reflect and Respond By Caroline S. engelmayer, angela N. Fu, lucy wang, and michael E. Xie Crimson Staff Writers
Harvard University Health Services is contacted regarding a naked male student standing in the middle of Massachusetts Avenue. April 13, 9:09 p.m. HUHS transfers the CPD officers arrive at Massachusetts Avenue callers to the Cambridge in response to a call from a woman who Police Department. stated a male had thrown his clothes at her face as well as other reports of a naked man.
April 13, 11:20 p.m. BLSA tweets that the arrest comprises an incident of police brutality.
April 14, 6:51 a.m. CPD replies to BLSA’s tweet issuing a defense of its officers’ actions. elena M. ramos—Crimson Designer
Cambridge Mayor Dubs Video of Undergrad’s Arrest ‘Disturbing’ By Lucy Wang Crimson Staff Writer
Cambridge Mayor Marc C. McGovern called video footage of Cambridge Police Department officers repeatedly punching a black Harvard undergraduate Friday before arresting the student “disturbing” in a statement Sunday. McGovern’s statement comes less than two days after a physical confrontation between a College student and four law enforcement officials—including three CPD officers and one Transit
In the wake of the forcible arrest of a black Harvard undergraduate Friday, hundreds of University affiliates came together at multiple events held across campus to talk through the incident and to share their concern and support for one another. Cambridge Police Department officers arrested a Harvard undergraduate Friday night after a physical encounter with law enforcement on charges including indecent exposure, disorderly conduct, and assault. Shortly after the incident, the Harvard Black Law Students Association tweeted out a state
One of the officers involved punches the student in the stomach five times in an attempt to unpin his arms and handcuff the student, according to a CPD police report.
Police Department officer—that led to the student’s arrest. The police approached the student, who was standing naked on a traffic island in the middle of Mass. Ave., around 9:09 p.m. Friday. After learning from acquaintances the student had previously taken narcotics, the officers engaged the student in a physical altercation. CPD previously tweeted out an account of the interaction that states the student clenched “both of his fists
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Harvard General Counsel ‘Involved’ in Examining Student’s Arrest By Jonah s. berger Crimson Staff Writer
Associate Dean of Students for Diversity and Inclusion Roland S. Davis said Sunday that Harvard’s Office of General Counsel and Massachusetts Hall—traditionally a name for the University’s central administration—are “involved” in examining the Friday arrest of a black Harvard undergraduate. Davis—who gave this update at a weekly meeting of the Undergraduate Council—said he is unsure whether or not “decisions have been made” with
Jacqueline S. Chea—Crimson photographer
regard “to any kind of a formal investigation” of the incident. OGC comprises Harvard’s internal arm of lawyers who help legally represent the University. “I do know that the Office of the General Counsel is involved, I do know that Mass. Hall is involved,” Davis said Sunday. “So I would imagine that some sort of investigative process is forthcoming, if it hasn’t already been initiated.” University spokespeople could not immediately be reached for comment
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Wale and Lil Yachty Perform at Yardfest
Capital Campaign Passes $9 Billion
By Luke w. Vrotsos
By Jamie D. Halper and william l. Wang
Crimson Staff Writer
Rapper Wale performs in front of a crowd of cheering students in Tercentenary Theater Friday evening during Yardfest.
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Hundreds of students filled Tercentenary Theatre Friday evening to watch Wale and Lil Yachty perform at Yardfest, the College’s annual outdoor spring concert. As the sunlight faded, the headliners took the stage. Confetti spurted from the front of the platform as Wale began his performance. The rap singer performed tracks including “The Matrimony” and “Lotus Flower Bomb,”
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Crimson Staff Writers
Harvard has raised $9.1 billion as part of its ongoing capital campaign as of March 31, according to a dean of the University and multiple alumni who attended a celebratory event in Sanders Theater Saturday afternoon. At least seven alumni exiting Memorial Hall Saturday said University Treasurer Paul J. Finnegan ’75 announced the University had raised
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Joan Pinck, Customers Brave Cold for Lecturer, Pokeworks at Opening Feminist, Dies at 89 By FrANKLIN r. cIVANTOS Crimson Staff Writer
A line of customers stretched out the door of Pokeworks on Saturday for the Oakland, Calif.-based chain’s “grand opening” in Harvard Square. Pokeworks serves its namesake Hawaiian dish in a rice bowl, burrito, or salad with either chicken, tofu, or one of five types of seafood. Its Harvard Square location opened in mid-March at 1440 Massachusetts Ave, amid a snowstorm. Saturday’s celebration, which comes about one month after the restaurant first opened its doors, served as an official welcoming from Pokeworks, and the fast food restaurant offered a buy one, get one free deal for any of its main dishes. On the unusually cold April day,
By soifa w. tang Crimson Staff Writer
When Joan Braverman Pinck ’50 first came to Radcliffe, she was recovering from a dormitory fire at her high school that left her with burns so severe she needed assistance buttoning her shirt, tying her shoes, and cutting her food. That was a formative moment in developing Pinck’s character, her daughter Alex E. Pinck said. “Having to ask for help made my mother fiercely independent and strong-willed,” she said.
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employees at the chain said they were pleasantly surprised by the large turnout for the special deal. At about 6 p.m., the line for poke extended well past the storefront. According to Pokeworks employee Ernest Lyles, this led to a complaint from nearby Otto’s Pizzeria that the foot traffic was blocking the entrance to their restaurant. “It was actually all the way down to Bank of America,” Lyles said. When the line later relocated to Church Street, wrapping the opposite direction around the Pokeworks storefront, it reached past the now-vacant Harvard Square Theatre. Lyles said the fast-food chain also offered free miso soup samples to waiting customers to thank them for braving the cold and occasional sleet
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A line forms outside Pokeworks Saturday during the official grand opening of the restaurant in Harvard Square. Ellis J. Yeo—Crimson photographer
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Salmon with Green Curry
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Multigrain Rotini Primavera with White Beans
Spring Weather for Yardfest Students enjoy the balmy weather Friday afternoon during Yardfest. Food and drinks were provied at the event and many students ate outside on the steps of Widener Library. Kathryn S. Kuhar —CRIMSON PHOTOGRAPHER
Vegetable Lo Mein with Tofu
around the ivies Yale Alumni and Students Push for Police Accountability A group of Yale alumni are pushing for the city of New Haven to establish an independent civilian review board to “oversee policing in the city and investigate misconduct,” according to the Yale Daily News. Some residents, however, have questioned if and how such a board would be effective. Officials established ia similar board n 2017 but that body has been largely ineffective due to a lack of power, the News reported.
Four of Penn’s 12 Schools See a Decrease in Faculty Diversity The number of minority or underrepresented minority faculty has decreased in four of the University of Pennsylvania’s 12 schools, according to The Daily Pennsylvanian. The percentage of overall minority faculty decreased from 2011 to 2016 at Penn’s Design School and the School of Social Policy and Practice, according to a Faculty Inclusion Report published in 2017. The percentage of underrepresented minority faculty has decreased at Wharton, the Dental School, and the School of Social Policy, the DP reported.
Dartmouth Recognized for Sexual Violence Prevention Efforts
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It’s the Monday after Yardfest, so we’re all still in recovery mode… Hang tight, Harvard.
Harvard Ballroom Social Dance Classes You too can pick up some snazzy dance moves courtesy of the Harvard Ballroom Dance Team. Head over to SOCH Room 104 for waltz and tango today! Classes are $10 each, so find a partner and go learn something new.
Events Cambridge Science Festival Head out to the Cambridge Science Festival at the MIT Museum. There will be workshops, demonstrations,
Sex Weekend at Harvard It’s Sex Weekend and SHEATH is running two events today, both with free food. Stop by Reproductive Justice & Resources with RAD from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Sever 107, and The Politics of Desirability in Sever 102 from 8-9:30 p.m.
Dartmouth has been ranked in the top 6 percent of higher education institutions nationally for its policies and practices meant to prevent sexual violence, according to a review conducted by educational technology company EVERFI, the Dartmouth reported. The new ranking comes almost a year after EVERFI awarded the university with the Campus Prevention Network’s Prevention Excellence Award, according to the Dartmouth.
Claire J. Hoffman Crimson Staff Writer
in the real world After Trump Strikes Syria, Syrians Wonder ‘What’s Next?’ Tensions between the US and Syria are still high, especially after Trump’s missile strike. In the wake of this, Syria wonders what comes next. There are concerns that, in an attempt to punish Assad, the West is making life worse for the Syrian people. Trump Blasts Comey in Barrage of Tweets, Calling Him ‘Slippery’ On Sunday morning, President Trump called James Comey out in a series of tweets, venting some heavy criticism. This isn’t the first time the former FBI director has been the victim of Trump’s Twitter storms, and the president even went so far as to call him the “WORST FBI Director in history.” The commentary isn’t one-sided, however; Comey has compared Trump to a “Mafia boss.” Beychella Stole Everyone’s Hearts We finally got the concert we missed last year because of the twins. Beyoncé performed at Coachella and the people loved it. This marks the first time a black woman has headlined Coachella, and Bey sure made it count, paying homage to HBCUs and reuniting Destiny’s Child.
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Erin Lockhart ’19 takes a swing during a game against the University of Pennsylvania Saturday afternoon. The Crimson won both their games against Penn on Saturday at home. Allison G. Lee —CRIMSON PHOTOGRAPHER
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After Student’s Arrest, Affiliates Consider Response RESponse From Page 1 statement calling the arrest an instance of police brutality. CPD later publicly issued its full version of the arrest; BLSA wrote in a statement Saturday evening that CPD’s accounting of events is “incorrect.” Hours after news of the student’s arrest became public, administrators and student groups including BLSA mobilized to organize meetings to help affiliates process the event. College officials held one meeting, BLSA held another, and multiple House Faculty Deans and tutors hosted gatherings in House spaces throughout the day Saturday. Associate Dean of Students for Diversity and Inclusion Roland S. Davis and Dean of Students Katherine G. O’Dair co-hosted an event Saturday afternoon in the Phillips Brooks House parlor room for students across campus to “come together and be in community with one another” in response to the arrest, according to an email Davis sent to students Saturday. Roughly 50 individuals attended the gathering, which was off-the-record. Attendee Naomi P. Vickers ’21 said in an interview after the event that she hopes Harvard will take “concrete steps” to ensure local institutions like Harvard University Health Services, the Harvard University Police Department, and CPD protect students. Many people left the event visibly upset. “I think they tried to accommodate our thoughts, but what will be productive is getting all involved parties in a room to discuss students’ needs,” Vickers said of the gathering. O’Dair said after the event that she recognizes some students are dissatisfied with the University’s procedures for responding to student health issues. “I really hear the students when they say they don’t trust the systems here,” O’Dair said. HUHS received a call about the student Friday night but HUHS staffers redirected the caller to CPD, according to BLSA’s statement. HUPD was also made aware of the incident Friday night but CPD officers had already arrested the student by the time HUPD officers arrived at the scene Friday night, HUPD spokesperson Steven G. Catalano said in an inter-
view Saturday. Davis said after the gathering he is satisfied with the way students responded throughout the discussion. “I am sad that this tragedy happened, but glad and proud of the way the Harvard community is responding and hope we can make progress towards meeting the students’ needs as well,” Davis said. Shortly after the meeting in the Phillips Brooks House, BLSA held a similar off-the-record event in the Law School’s Wasserstein Hall, attended by
I am sad that this tragedy happened, but glad and proud of the way the Harvard community is responding. Roland S. Davis
Associate Dean of Students for Diversity and Inclusion more than 150 people. BLSA hosted the meeting to update Harvard affiliates about what happened Friday and to provide students a place to heal and work through the arrest, according to BLSA member Emanuel Powell III. He specifically credited black women involved with BLSA for their participation in the event, noting the women facilitated conversation and ensured the gathering served as a “space of healing.” “What we had here today was about people coming together in tears, but also a type of joy that was around, ‘How do we fight so this doesn’t happen again?’” Powell said. “You don’t hear that so often, this part of the story—the people who in their anger actually find love for each other.” BLSA member Amber A. James ’11, who spoke at the event, said she agrees with Powell and that she thinks the meeting served a key function in allowing Harvard affiliates to “[build]
for the future.” “I think of this meeting as both crisis response to the specific incident that happened and also coalition building and healing and establishing a foundation for the work that will continue to be done, the healing that will continue to happen in order for us to process, and the relationships that will continue to thrive and grow in spite of incidents of oppression and state-sanctioned violence,” James said. James, who was present during the arrest, said the gathering Saturday gave her a platform to tell event attendees what she witnessed. “It was incredibly important for this space, the Harvard Law School community, the broader Harvard community, the broader Cambridge community to hear from what people actually witnessed, not the warped version of the story, the self-serving version of the story the police will tell,” James said in an interview after the gathering. “You can’t call me a liar if I tell you what I saw with my own eyes.” “So I really wanted to make sure that people had the opportunity to hear first-hand,” she added. Attendee Che R. Applewhaite ’21, who identified himself as an international student of color, said what he called the University’s lack of action regarding the arrest made him feel unsafe. “There have been ways in which the University could’ve prevented something like this from happening, and those things not actually being done,” said Applewhaite, who is comping Fifteen Minutes, the Crimson’s magazine. Anselm Kizza-Besigye ’21, who said he is helping organize undergraduates’ collective response to the arrest, said after the BLSA event he thinks the University should have done more to protect the student involved in the incident. Kizza-Besigye is also comping Fifteen Minutes. “As I’ve learned more about what’s happened, it’s just become more obvious to me that there is an acute and systematic failure on almost every level of administration to secure black lives on this campus,” he said. “When we talk about how the Cambridge Police Department responded to a medical emergency on a campus, that is absurd and it’s indicative of a much larger issue in which people don’t understand the implications of calling the Cam-
bridge Police in a non-threatening situation.” Cambridge City Manager Louis A. DePasquale wrote in a statement to Cambridge City Councillors that CPD is committed to just and legitimate policing. “I know that the Cambridge Police Department takes great pride in serving and protecting the City of Cambridge,” DePasquale wrote. “They are committed to ensuring legitimacy and procedural justice in their policing efforts.” As mandated by CPD policies, CPD plans to conduct an internal review of the event in the wake of the arrest. DePasquale wrote he is confident that CPD will use the review “as an opportunity to reflect on lessons that can be learned from this incident.” Kizza-Besigye added he does not think the University does enough in general to protect its black students. “I don’t feel safe on this campus. Ever,” he said. “I don’t feel safe walking alone here.” Catalano did not respond directly to a question asking about black students’ safety on campus. When asked to respond to students’ criticisms, Harvard spokesperson Rachael Dane pointed to several diversity initiatives the College recently undertook, including the fact that Davis was recently elevated to the position of associate dean, the fact that the College recently renovated Grays Hall to provide a space devoted to equity, diversity, and inclusion, and the fact that administrators moved the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion offices—formerly at 7 Linden St.—to centrally located Harvard Yard. Several Faculty Deans sent emails to students in their Houses following the arrest Friday. Some announced they plan to hold House events to discuss the details of the incident and to offer students a space to respond and reflect. In an email to Winthrop House residents sent midday Saturday, Winthrop Faculty Deans Stephanie Robinson and Ronald S. Sullivan Jr.—who serves as an advisor to BLSA—wrote they plan to provide students with a place to share their thoughts about the arrest. “Winthrop House will provide a space for students to process the incident itself, as well as the broader issues implicated by this particular incident,”
Sullivan and Robinson wrote. “We will be in touch soon with specifics, but we want our community to know how deeply concerned we are and that we are committed to listening to your concerns and thinking with you about solutions.” Faculty Deans and House staff for Adams House, Currier House, Dunster House, Eliot House, Kirkland House, Quincy House, Mather House, and Pforzheimer House later sent similar emails. Pforzheimer and Dunster staffers hosted open discussions Saturday evening. Adams and Currier administrators will hold similar gatherings in coming days. Some student groups also organized conversations following the incident. Marcus K. Granderson ’18—president of Kuumba Singers of Harvard College, a choir and cultural group that performs music of the African diaspora—sent an email Saturday to members of Kuumba inviting them to a discussion at the building that houses the Signet, an undergraduate arts society. He wrote the conversation will “continue indefinitely.” Kizza-Besigye said undergraduates will continue meeting and planning a response to the arrest in the days to come and that College students will collaborate with BLSA as part of these efforts. “Black students on this campus are organizing,” he said. “I don’t know specifically what next steps are because we need to think about respecting the victim of this action, but we’re absolutely not going to let this happen idly and we’re going to keep organizing such that Harvard has to hold itself accountable for systematic failures.” “Our primary focus in terms of next steps is to ensure that the victim of this action receives every resource that Harvard has to offer,” he added. Staff writer Caroline S. Engelmayer can be reached at caroline.engelmayer@thecrimson. com. Staff writer Angela N. Fu can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Staff writer Lucy Wang can be reached at lucy. email@example.com. Staff writer Michael E. Xie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joan Pinck, Women’s Rights Advocate & HBS Lecturer, Dies at 89 Joan Pinck From Page 1 Pinck, an advocate for women’s rights, was one of the first female administrators at the Business School, holding positions as an assistant dean and lecturer. She died March 10 at 89. Ellen Hume ’68, who was a student of Pinck’s at the Dana Hall high school in Wellesley, Mass., said Pinck’s facial scars from the fire were intimidating, but much less so than her high standards as an English teacher. “Her sonorous voice lifted up phrases like ‘This distracted globe’ and she decoded what it meant for us—not just this crazy world, but the confusion raging in poor Hamlet’s own head,” Hume wrote in an email. “Teaching us to see beneath the surface… was one of her important legacies.” High school teaching was one of Pinck’s first jobs after graduating Radcliffe—an unusual move at a time when many women married during or immediately after college and became fulltime homemakers. It was the start of a career steeped in education. “She was first and foremost a teacher,” Charles Pinck, Pinck’s son, said. Pinck would go on to a varied career—holding jobs ranging from the director of Research Administration and
Policy at Beth Israel, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital, to assistant secretary of education to Governor Michael Dukakis to her time at the Business School. Regardless of the positions she held, Pinck remained a passionate advocate for women’s rights. In a 1976 seminar for women in banking, titled “Equal Opportunity: Profit Opportunity,” Pinck recounted a prospective employer telling her that, given she had two children and would not promise to “sin no more, there was no job.” She said she was told she was overqualified so often she could “barely use the term without shuddering.” And in another speech in 1975, she spoke of how the “acculturation process” for women teaches them not just “everything they don’t have to know” but “things which, when practiced, are virtually guaranteed to hold them back,” and how opportunities for women in academia “lagged shamefully but not even shamefacedly behind” other industries. Pinck combatted these forces throughout her career. As the dean of students at Pine Manor College from 1969 to 1972, Pinck helped institute one of the early Open College programs,
groundbreaking given its particular focus on enabling women who did not complete college to re-enroll and finish their degrees. Alex Pinck said her mother was a powerful force in her many administrative and consultant positions, whether pushing for opportunities for women as a part of the Board of Directors of the Harvard Community Health Plan, now known as Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, or working with Catholic charities and combating sexual assault within the Catholic church as a Jewish woman. “It was a man’s world back then, and my mother was proud to be at the table with them,” Alex Pinck said. At the Business School, Pinck taught writing in the “Written Analysis of Cases” course, a required report writing course for Business School students at the time. Charles Pinck recalled many former students saying it was the most valuable course they had taken. Pinck carried her formidable teaching skills beyond the Business School to her time at Beth Israel, Pinck’s former research assistant Michael Lanner said. Lanner remembered Pinck as a no-nonsense and cigar-smoking wom-
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an who used her experience in academia to overcome a lack of knowledge of science and technology in her position as director of research administration and policy at Beth Israel Hospital. Pinck used her business skills to negotiate patents and licenses with drug companies and was one of the first leaders to develop policies related to her position. She opened up “a new era of business at B.I.,” Lanner said. Lanner ultimately assumed Pinck’s position when she left. “I really owe my entire career to her,” he said, adding he credits her with teaching him how to write. “Even today, when I write something, I always think of her,” he said. Jennifer Pinck, Pinck’s daughter, said her mother’s determination and grit served as one of the most visible traits she passed on to her children—as well as a confidence for breaking barriers, given Jennifer Pinck was the first woman to obtain a Boston ABC license to perform any type of construction work in the City. “I think I got the chutzpah from my mother because she did it,” Jennifer Pinck said. “That spirit and the confidence.” Jennifer Pinck said that, even in lat-
er years when she was ill, her mother retained her independent spirit. “You don’t tell my mother, ‘You can’t do it,’” Alex Pinck said. “Even until she passed, you don’t tell my mother she couldn’t do something. She dug her heels in.” Ultimately, Pinck’s three children agreed Radcliffe formed the center of their mother’s identity and pride. As a student, Pinck was student government president. Alex Pinck recalled stories of her mother driving her friends around in her car, or eating her friends’ leftover chocolate ice cream. Pinck enthusiastically participated in alumni events, with gear from commencements past in abundance around the house. She loved the opera and loved to travel, particularly to countries in Africa. She enjoyed wearing colorful Marimekko prints, and one of her favorite pastimes was reading from her beloved book of Chaucer with markings from her years at Radcliffe. “She was a barrier breaker,” Alex Pinck said. “When it wasn’t the thing to do and it wasn’t the time.” Pinck is survived by her husband Dan, and four children, Charles, Anthony, Jennifer, and Alexandra.
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Capital Campaign Hits $9.1 Billion Capital From Page 1 more than $9 billion to a crowd comprising donors, professors, and high-level administrators. All of Harvard’s schools have now met their individual campaign goals, multiple people leaving the event said. The Faculty of Arts and Sciences specifically raised $3 billion dollars, a speaker at a luncheon in Annenberg Hall Saturday told attendees gathered to celebrate the FAS campaign. Donors Michael T. Kerr ’81 and Peter L. Malkin ’55 said the Faculty of Arts and Sciences $400 million fundraising goal for undergraduate house renewal remains unfulfilled, however. Lowell House is currently in the midst of renovations as part of Harvard’s ongoing $1 billion House renewal project, and Adams House is slated for renewal next year. Several other houses have yet to be renovated. Kerr said he expects many alumni will contribute to this particular initiative as their own House comes up for renovation, even if they have not yet donated to House renewal. “We are grateful for the generosity of our alumni, donors, volunteers, and the greater Harvard community who have made it possible for us to reach this milestone,” Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Development Tamara E. Rogers ’74 wrote in an emailed statement Saturday. “The Campaign has expanded access to education; fueled a campus transformation on both sides of the river; advanced critical research and applied work in science, public health, policy, education, and the arts and humanities; and fostered examination and understanding of cultures and values.” Harvard launched its capital campaign in 2013 with a goal of $6.5 billion, which it passed in April 2016, breaking a higher education record in the process. That record was previously held
by Stanford University, which raised $6.2 billion in its last fundraising drive. As of June 2017, Harvard had raised $8 billion with a year left in the campaign. University President Drew G. Faust gave a speech at the event; attendee P. Kent Correll ’76 said she spoke “brilliantly” summarizing her 11 years
We are grateful for the generosity of our alumni, donors, volunteers, and the greater Harvard community who have made it possible for us to reach this milestone. Tamara E. Rogers ‘74 Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Development
at Harvard’s helm. The capital campaign—one of the hallmarks of Faust’s tenure—wraps up as she prepares to leave office. Lawrence S. Bacow, who currently sits on the Harvard Corporation, will take her place in July.
Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael D. Smith, Harvard Business School Dean Nitin Nohria, University Chief Financial Officer Thomas J. Hollister, Provost Alan M. Garber ’76, Dean of Harvard College Rakesh Khurana, and Harvard Corporation senior fellow William “Bill” F. Lee ’72 also attended the event. At an earlier Celebration of Scholarships dinner Friday evening, a speaker at the event confirmed the College has reached its $600 million scholarship fundraising goal, according to multiple alumni who attended the Friday dinner. The Crimson first reported Harvard had reached its financial aid fundraising goal in March. Undergraduates receiving financial aid attended the dinner Friday, where they dined on steak and potatoes— many eating alongside the donors who endowed the specific scholarships those students received. Other speakers at the Saturday event included Tracy P. Palandjian ’93, a member of the Harvard Board of Overseers, and a number of professors. Rogers wrote that the University will continue to solicit donations in the months to come. “As we enter the final months of the Campaign, we will continue to work with our community to build support for existing and emerging priorities,” she wrote. “Harvard remains steadfast in its commitment to a better Harvard and a better world—and the success of the Campaign helps make this commitment possible.” The sciences will be a significant focus of fundraising efforts after the campaign concludes just over two months from now, according to Kerr, who attended an event for donors Smith hosted in March. The campaign officially concludes June 30, and Kerr said he expects many alumni to continue donating through reunion season in May.
BGLTQ Activist Talks Bible Verses By Cecilia R. D’arms and mOLLY c. mCCAFFERTY Crimson Staff Writers
Biblical scholar and queer rights activist Matthew R. Vines argued for a BGLTQ-accepting reading of the Bible to a crowd of around 50 undergraduate and graduate students Saturday. The event—which comes roughly two months after the College’s decision
It’s based on a love of scripture that we all share. Aidan L. Stoddart ’21 to put Christian student group Harvard College Faith and Action on probation after members demoted a bisexual leader in the organization—was jointly organized by Queer Rights, a Harvard Divinity School student group, the College’s Office of BGLTQ Student Life, and Faith in Differences, a group for religious BGLTQ undergraduates, according to organizer Laura A. Thorsett ‘18. During the course of his talk,
Vines—who left the College during his sophomore year in 2010—talked about his personal experiences advocating for the rights of BGLTQ Christians to his family in Kansas, within his church, and as a member of conservative Christian student groups at Harvard. “Despite some of the tensions and challenges that I had with those groups, it really was the best community that I found in my first year here,” Vines said. “I actually felt like I was able to get to know people and be seen and not be completely invisible.” Vines discussed six Bible verses that some religious leaders assert condemn homosexuality; he reinterpreted the verses through the lenses of more “affirming” readings that place the lines in cultural and temporal contexts. Vines also argued that long-term, monogamous homosexual relationships were not a well-known cultural phenomenon until recently, and that, therefore, no Bible verse responds directly to these relationships. Vines also responded point by point to arguments made by Jackie Hill-Perry, an “ex-gay” speaker and an outspoken critic of homosexuality, at a talk she gave at an HCFA meeting in February, shortly before College administrators placed the group on probation. Vines cited the controversy surrounding Hill-Perry’s visit—which drew protest from some students and faculty—as one of his motivations for
coming to speak at the University. “This type of message has done unfathomable harm and destruction to LGBTQ people around the world—broken so many relationships, broken so many lives,” Vines said. Aidan L. Stoddart ‘21, who helped organize the event, said Vines’s focus on a close reading of scripture “creates a bridge” between Christians with varying ideologies. “I think Matthew’s a really important figure because he has a critical, and mature, and very deeply life-giving relationship with scripture that is centered on love,” Stoddart said. “Because it’s based on a love of scripture that we all share.” Hanna McCuistion ‘20, who attended the event, said she comes from an “affirming” background, but had never thought much about the relationship between her Christianity and her support for gay marriage. “It’s really great for me to hear from a position of a scriptural perspective, how I can use the scripture to show others that kind of love and potentially engage in more intellectual and scriptural conversations,” McCuistion said. Staff writer Cecilia R. D’Arms can be reached at cecilia.d’email@example.com. Staff writer Molly C. McCafferty can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Assistant Dean of Harvard College for Public Service Gene Corbin will step down from his role on May 4 after 15 years in the position, Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana announced in an email to students Friday.Until administrators find a replacement for Corbin, Dean for Administration and Finance Sheila Thimba will help to lead the Phillips Brooks House Center for Public Service and Engaged Scholarship, Khurana wrote in the email. Khurana wrote that Corbin has been “dedicated” in performing his duties and that he has done “important work” to help undergraduates find “their place in public service.” Corbin
also supported professors who sought to find intersection between public service and their coursework, Khurana wrote.“I would like to thank Gene for his service to the College and for his work to support a robust array of public service opportunities at Harvard,” Khurana wrote. While administrators search for Corbin’s successor, Khurana will consult with the PBHA Board of Directors, the National Advisory Board for Public Service, and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Standing Committee for Public Service to determine how the College “can continue to best support students’ academic and public service experiences,” according to Khurana’s email.Khurana added more details regarding the search will be provided “as soon as possible.”
Allston and Brighton Residents Form Group By Jacqueline P. Patel and Truelian Lee Crimson Staff Writers
More than 100 Allston and Brighton homeowners and renters joined a grassroots coalition over the past week to encourage Harvard and other local institutions to increase their commitment to affordable housing, green spaces, and public transportation in the area. Allstonian Kevin M. Carragee, one of the 11 founding members, sent an email two weeks ago announcing the formation of the Brighton Allston Community Coalition to an online Allston-Brighton forum last week. In the email, Carragee urged residents interested in joining to contact the group. The creation of BACC comes amid recent tensions in the Allston and Brighton area over the housing market, green space, and public transit. In past months, Allston and Brighton residents protested anticipated traffic congestion issues due to construction delays on West Station. Local businesses and residents have also filed public comment letters in response to Harvard’s plans for Allston, commenting on the lack of designated green space and asking for a new housing plan that ensures “economic, racial, and family structure diversity.” In a March letter responding to these concerns, University officials wrote that current plans for residential spaces will evolve as Harvard works with future development partners. Part of BACC’s mission statement, according to Carragee’s email, is to ask Harvard and other local universities like Boston University and Boston College to make a “binding” commitment to housing its students on campus. University spokesperson Brigid O’Rourke wrote in an emailed statement Sunday that Harvard houses nearly all undergraduates on its campus—and that Harvard has the capacity to house nearly half of its graduate students. “The University also supports a wide range of programs and initiatives actively working to increase and create more diverse and affordable housing options across both Boston and Cambridge,” O’Rourke wrote. In an interview, Carragee said he
gives credit to Harvard for housing its undergraduates on campus. Roughly 97 percent of undergraduates choose to live in the College’s on-campus housing. Carragee noted, however, that Harvard does not have similar policies for its graduate students, some of which live in Allston-Brighton. “Harvard could make a contribution, an important contribution, by housing some of their graduate students,” Carragee said. “Universities can help remedy the housing crisis— they can’t solve it on their own, I recognize that—but they can relieve the housing crisis.” Carragee compared Harvard with other local universities that do not house all of their undergraduates on campus. He said undergraduates from those universities live in “a sizeable number” of residential housing units. “That is an ill use of residential housing stock, driving up rent and driving up home prices,” Carragee said. “Landlords can charge four undergraduates very high rents and rents that are far higher than a family can afford.” Local residents, like Eva Webster, wrote in email responses to the announcement that they were “in a celebratory mood.” “I believe that in view of what is happening on the development front, and our elected officials’ apparent inability to slow things down or reduce the excessive scale of certain projects, Allston-Brighton needs as much strong civic engagement as we can possibly muster,” Webster wrote. Brighton resident Margarita Montero also praised the formation of the coalition, writing that locals “have more political power if we worked together.” Carragee said the group also aims to “bridge differences” between older residents and younger residents, as well as residents of different racial and ethnic communities. “We aim to build a coalition—we intentionally use that word in our name,” Carragee said. “The Allston-Brighton community is diverse, and the coalition should reflect that diversity.” Harvard a few years ago designated $3 million of its community benefits package to support the All Bright Homeownership Program.
Asia Argento Talks Sexual Harassment
Public Service Dean Gene Corbin to Step Down
By Paula m. barberi and ruth a. hailu Crimson Staff Writers
Faculty, students, and activists gathered in Harvard Hall Friday afternoon to listen to a talk given by Asia Argento, an Italian filmmaker and one of the first women to publicly accuse film producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault. This discussion, moderated by History postdoctoral fellow Alex M. More and Leena M. Akhtar, a lecturer in History of Science and Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, spanned a variety of topics—including how Argen
I believe in the evolution of species. I think evolution in this case means equality. Asia Argento Italian Filmmaker to found the courage to go public with her accusations against Weinstein. Argento also spoke about how individuals who have experienced sexual assault
in the United States are treated differently than those who have experienced sexual assault in Italy. In an interview before the event, More said inviting Argento was “the right thing to do.” “She said it better than anybody: ‘The betterment of all women is the betterment of all humankind.’ That’s why we’re doing this,” More said. Since going public with her accusations against Weinstein, Argento said she has endured a number of attacks from the media and individuals in Italy. She said she received hundreds and hundreds of rape and death threats, saw her likeness burned in effigy at rallies, and once received a bullet in the mail. “This is what we’re trying to change, and it’s not just one country—in various versions, you see these abuses of power at work everywhere and even in our own backyard,” More said. “It needs to stop.” During the discussion, when asked about what steps Harvard students and faculty should take to combat this phenomenon, Argento emphasized the importance of dialogue between individuals who have experienced sexual assault. She said hearing another woman’s story is ultimately what gave her the courage to speak out about her own experiences. “I spoke about it for the first time to somebody when I was 38,” she said. “It was because somebody, a friend of mine, a woman, told me her story of rape and it was a ‘Me too,’ it was sim-
ilar to mine.” “This was the awakening for me to being able to talk about it,” Argento added. Attendee Grace T. Western ’21 pointed to this comment as something that particularly resonated with her. “I mostly just wanted to hear her speak,” Western said. Western said she herself has experienced sexual assault and noted it was “really helpful” to hear “another survivor” speak about her experiences. “Her solace was really helpful,” Western said. “Just to hear the way that she has come back from all this.” Argento said at the event she is hopeful women will be treated better in the future. “I believe in the evolution of the species. I think evolution in this case means equality,” she said. “I don’t know how long it’s going to take, I have no idea, but… I will fight for it.” “I’m no clairvoyant, but I know that I would like to see it in my lifetime. My daughter, she’s 16. I want to believe it will,” she said. “It seems impossible now because it just started so fresh, it’s six months since it became a topic and hasn’t stopped. “I do have hope,” she added. Staff writer Paula M. Barberi can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @paulambarberi. Staff writer Ruth A. Hailu can be reached at ruth. firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on twitter @ ruth_hailu_.
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Student Arrest Draws Allegations of Police Brutality arrest From Page 1 hallucinogenic effect when ingested,” according to the tweet. The officers and the student then engaged in a physical altercation, according to the tweet from the CPD. “Numerous attempts made by officers to calm the male down were met with opposition and his hostility escalated while officers attempted to speak with him,” department officials wrote in the tweet. “After he was observed clinching both of his fists and started taking steps towards officers attempting to engage with the male, officers made the tactical decision to grab his legs and bring him to the ground.” BLSA released a statement Saturday evening stating that the CPD’s accounting of events is “incorrect.” BLSA’s statement, signed by “Concerned Members of the Harvard Community,” states that a number of BLSA members and admitted Harvard students witnessed the incident April 13—an incident the statement calls “a brutal instance of police violence.” “A naked, unarmed Black man, stood still on the median at the center of Massachusetts Avenue and Waterhouse Street,” the statement reads. “He was surrounded by at least four Cambridge Police Department (CPD) officers who, without provocation, lunged at him, tackled him and pinned him to the ground.” “While on the ground, at least one officer repeatedly punched the student in his torso as he screamed for help,” the statement continues.
We informed him that we were only there to help him and were concerned for his safety. Cambridge Police Department Report The CPD tweet states that three officers from Cambridge Police and another officer from Transit Police “were required to gain compliance from the male” and place him in handcuffs. The student was subsequently transported to a local hospital for an evaluation, and, while in transit, spat “a mixture of blood and saliva at an
EMT,” according to the tweet. The BLSA statement notes that “a pool of blood remained on the pavement” as the ambulance departed. The student is currently under arrest and is facing charges of “Indecent Exposure, Disorderly Conduct, Assault, Resisting Arrest, and Assault and Battery on an Ambulance Personnel,” according to the CPD tweet. CPD spokesperson Jeremy Warnick elaborated on the department’s account of events in an emailed statement Saturday afternoon. “Once on the ground, the individual party had pinned his arms under his body making it difficult for officers to handcuff him,” Warnick wrote. “Physical force was used to unpin his arms and gain compliance in order to handcuff the party.” Late Saturday night, Warnick emailed The Crimson a copy of the full police report detailing the sequence of events Friday. The report elaborates on the account of events presented in the tweeted statement. “We informed him that we were only there to help him and were concerned for his safety,” reads a portion of the report, written by one of the officers involved. “It was made very clear that our pleads were not going to be received.” The reports adds that the student’s behavior became “aggressive, unreceptive, and intimidating almost immediately.” After assessing that the student “could not be reasoned with,” one officer grabbed the student’s legs in order to bring him to the ground, according to the report. Unable to pry the student’s “hands from underneath his body, I delivered approximately 5 strikes with a closed fists to the area of his stomach,” the report reads. “These seemed ineffective.” In a statement sent to Cambridge City Councilors following the arrest, Cambridge Police Commissioner Branville G. Bard, Jr. described the arrest and specifically discussed the five punches the CPD officer delivered to the student’s stomach. Bard wrote he had received questions and concerns from “select members of the community” and that “the primary concern” centered on these punches. “In a rapidly-evolving situation, as this was, the officers primary objective is to neutralize an incident to ensure the safety of the involved party(ies), officers, and members of the public,” Bard wrote. “To prevent the altercation from extending and leading to further injuries, particularly since the location of the
engagement was next to a busy street with oncoming traffic, the officers utilized their discretion and struck the individual in the mid-section to gain his compliance and place him in handcuffs.” The BLSA statement argues that other Harvard resources should have “been mobilized to come to the student’s aid prior to CPD getting involved.” In particular, the statement notes that Harvard University Health Services were contacted first—but that HUHS transferred the callers to CPD. The department failed to “appropriately respond to the individual needs of the person concerned” by “resorting to violence unnecessarily and with impunity,” the statement reads. The statement further states that HUHS put the student “at great risk of being killed by the police” by choosing to involve CPD. Harvard University Police Department spokesperson Steven G. Catalano
We are reminded, as soon-to-begraduates of an elite law school that we cannot protect our bodies with our degrees. Harvard Black Law Students Association said Saturday that HUPD was “aware” of the call. “Officers responded, but when they arrived the suspect was already under arrest,” he said. The BLSA statement makes several demands in the wake of the incident, including that the officers involved in the arrest be “investigated and held accountable” and that Harvard create an “internal crisis response team to support” affiliates that “does not involve CPD.” The statement calls on Harvard to offer “support from the school, fellow students and our instructors” to “put pressure on the CPD” to comply with BLSA’s demands. The statement further demands that CPD respect the rights of civilians to record police conduct. CPD’s own policies recognize that individuals
Mayor Weighs In On Arrest City Mayor From Page 1 and started taking steps towards” the police, prompting officers involved to “grab his legs and bring him to the ground.” Eyewitnesses of the event—including members of the Harvard Black Law Students Association—have stated CPD’s version of events is “incorrect” and have called the incident an instance of police brutality. “A naked, unarmed Black man stood still on the median at the center of Massachusetts Avenue and Waterhouse Street,” a statement later released by BLSA reads. “He was surrounded by at least four Cambridge Police Department (CPD) officers who, without provocation, lunged at him, tackled him and pinned him to the ground.” “While on the ground, at least one officer repeatedly punched the student in his torso as he screamed for help,” the statement continues. A CPD police report detailing the
What is shown on the video is disturbing. Marc C. McGovern Cambridge Mayor arrest states one officer involved in the incident punched the student at least five times while the student remained on the ground. Unable to pry the student’s “hands from underneath his body, I delivered approximately 5 strikes with closed fists to the area of his stomach,” the police report reads.
“These seemed ineffective.” The student was ultimately charged on several accounts including indecent exposure, disorderly conduct, and assault.Some bystanders filmed the event, and at least one version of the video circulating on Twitter depicts some of the punches the CPD officer delivered to the student’s stomach. The mayor’s statement Sunday seems to respond to some version of video footage of the event. “What is shown on the video is disturbing,” McGovern wrote in the statement. “We have high standards for our police officers in Cambridge.” “When confrontations cannot be averted and include the use of physical force, we must be willing to review our actions to ensure that our police officers are providing the highest level of safety for all,” he wrote. McGovern wrote he called the Cambridge City Manager after hearing of the student’s arrest. He wrote he is following the situation “closely” and that he has had several discussions with the City Manager and the Commissioner across the weekend. He also noted his colleagues on the Cambridge City Council are in communication with “student organizers and community activists;” following the incident Friday, hundreds of Harvard affiliates banded together across campus to meet, reflect, and craft a response going forward. McGovern also wrote he is in communication with Police Commissioner Branville Bard, who assured him CPD will investigate the Friday night incident. CPD policy mandates an interval review whenever officers use force. Cambridge City Manager Louis A. DePasquale also issued a statement over the weekend, in part writing he has “great faith” in Bard and other officials’ ability to conduct this internal review.McGovern appeared to indi-
cate some of the review’s results may become public in his statement Sunday, writing that he and his colleagues will follow the review “closely to ensure that all the facts are properly investigated and that the public is informed of any and all developments.” In his statement, McGovern also reaffirmed that Cambridge supports the Black Lives Matter movement. In his inaugural address in January, McGovern pledged to fight “racism, sexism, and hatred.”“Cambridge affirms that Black Lives Matter, but it must be true in practice as well,” McGovern wrote in the statement Sunday. “As Mayor, I will continue working
I will continue working with my colleagues to make sure that the horrific treatment of black Americans at the hands of law enforcement has no place in Cambridge. Marc C. McGovern Cambridge Mayor with my colleagues to make sure that the horrific treatment of black Americans at the hands of law enforcement has no place in Cambridge.”
Pokeworks Holds Grand Opening pokeworks From Page 1 as they waited for a taste of discounted poke. Some waited for more than 30 minutes. Jaehyun “James” Lee ’21, a self-pro-
claimed poke enthusiast from San Diego, Calif., said he is pleased. He said that he cannot believe one of his favorite dishes has finally come to the Square. “I’m a big fan of poke,” Lee said after waiting in line for around 20 minutes.
“I’m pretty excited.” “He dragged me out of Adams to come here,” Rachel D. Levy ’21 added. “High expectations.” Staff writer Franklin R. Civantos can be reached at email@example.com
have the “right under the First Amendment to openly record police activity in public in a peaceful manner,” according to the statement. “It was clear to our Harvard BLSA members that CPD officers were not following these procedures,” the statement reads. “But for our members’ persistence in defying police attempts to obstruct videotaping this incident, there would be no record.” A Harvard Law student tweeted out what appeared to be a video record of the arrest over the weekend, but later deleted that video. The BLSA statement calls CPD’s conduct on April 13 “unacceptable.” “We are reminded, as soon-to-begraduates of an elite law school that we cannot protect our bodies with our degrees—and that is why we also call our current students and alumni to embrace these demands as inclusive to all Black people, not just Harvardians,” the statement reads. The statement notes the April 13 incident has “broader political implications” for students and for Bostonians. The statement explicitly states, though, that BLSA is not “contextualizing this event in the broader instances of police violence” out of respect for the privacy of the victim and his family “at this time.” CPD plans to hold an “internal review” of the incident given “use of force was required to gain compliance” from the student to “avoid further injury to himself,” according to the police department’s tweet. The review will be conducted by the department’s leadership and by its Professional Standards unit, according to the tweet. As a matter of policy, CPD conducts such internal reviews whenever officers use force. “Because the police department carries an affirmative burden to demonstrate that the exercise of force was necessary and appropriate, the department must conduct a complete and thorough review of all such incidents,” the department’s 2011 policy reads. Cambridge City Manager Louis A. DePasquale wrote in a statement to City Councillors over the weekend that he believes the outcome of the review will allow CPD to learn “lessons” from the arrest. “I await the outcome of the internal review and analysis of this incident by the Professional Standards Unit,” DePasquale wrote. “I have great faith in Commissioner Bard and the men and women of Cambridge Police Department and I am confident that they will use this as an opportunity to reflect on lessons that
can be learned from this incident.” “I know that the Cambridge Police Department takes great pride in serving and protecting the City of Cambridge,” DePasquale wrote. Roland S. Davis, the College’s associate dean for diversity and inclusion, addressed the incident in an email he sent to College students Saturday afternoon. “Please know that our primary concern is for the student’s well-being and privacy, and that we will be working with them and their family to attend to these needs,” Davis said. “However, we
But for our members’ persistence in defying police attempts to obstruct videotaping this incident, there would be no record. Harvard BLSA are very much aware of the wider societal backdrop in which this has happened, and want to acknowledge that this incident may be upsetting to many of you.” Davis held a gathering for College affiliates Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. in the Phillips Brooks House Parlor Room.BLSA held a gathering in Wasserstein Hall at the Law School at 5:30 p.m. Saturday evening to discuss the incident. Friday’s incident coincided with the night of Yardfest, the College’s annual outdoor spring concert. University spokesperson Rachael Dane wrote in an emailed statement that the University is “aware of the forcible arrest of a Harvard student by the Cambridge police department last night.” “We are concerned and gathering information about the facts and circumstances leading up to the arrest and understand that the city of Cambridge is reviewing the situation,” she wrote. “University officials are also working, as they always do, to care for and support our students.”
Wale and Lil Yachty Draw Many to Spring Concert yArdfest From Page 1 among his other works. “All you future millionaires, put your hands up!” Wale called to the audience. Several students who attended Yardfest said they enjoyed the headliners’ performance. “It was a fun time,” Case McKinley ’21 said. McKinley said he was “not much into rap,” but appreciated the need to offer students a wide variety of music. For the past two years, electronic dance music artists have headlined Yardfest. Near the end of the concert, the performers called for the mosh pits to be opened. The performers also praised one side of the crowd for its superior dancing. “We not even talking about school right now. We’re gonna turn the fuck up,” Lil Yachty told the crowd before performing his song “Forever Young.” “All the pretty ladies, DM me,” Lil Yachty said before leaving the stage around 9:05 p.m. At that point, some students began to disperse from Tercentenary Theatre.
I nearly died a while ago. Daniel Um ‘19 Yardfest Attendee The College Events Board, which organizes Yardfest, declined to comment for this story. In a press release last month, cochair Jackson M. Grigsby ’20 wrote the “committee has worked extremely hard in the last few weeks and months in preparation for the event, and we expect the concert to be fantastic.” Yardfest also featured two student opening acts. Student group Disco Band opened the concert, performing “Signed, Sealed Delivered,” “Dancing Queen,” and other disco hits as students munched on burgers and devoured ice cream cones. Before drifting to Tercentenary
Theatre for Yardfest, many students attended neighborhood block parties hosted by the upperclassmen House Committees. The block parties featured bouncy
They [Disco Band]were very intersting, maybe not what we expected, given the performers who were invited. Anne E. Carlstein ‘20 Yardfest Attendee castles, free shirts, and free alcoholic drinks for students over 21. 21 Colorful Crimson, another student group selected as an opening act, followed Disco Band. 21 CC, which comprises 21 Harvard freshmen, named “creativity, inclusion, and love” as its three pillars in an interview ahead of the concert. The two groups won the “Battle for Yardfest” in Sanders Theatre last month, during which 10 student groups competed to perform at Yardfest. The College Events Board wrote in a preview of Disco Band that they are a 13-person group dedicated to performing music from the 1970s. “It was really good,” said Max V. Filipchenko ’20. “Disco Band was amazing.” “They were very interesting, maybe not what we expected, given the performers who were invited,” said Anne E. Carlstein ’20. Other students declined to comment on the opening acts, citing their own drunkenness. Sporting bro tanks and dancing, students assembled in a tightly packed crowd in front of Memorial Church and bounced a pair of large inflatable beach balls. “I nearly died a while ago,” Daniel Um ’19 said of the packed crowd.
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Student Groups Talk Palestinian Group Holds Events Admissions Lawsuit By Grace lin and paul d. tamburro
By Ruth A. Hailu and Devin B. Srivastava Crimson Staff Writers
More than 75 students gathered Saturday to discuss the campus reverberations of the ongoing lawsuit alleging Harvard discriminates against Asian-American applicants in its admissions process.Sally Chen ’19, co-director of the Task Force on Asian and Pacific American Studies—the group that organized the event in the Science Center—said the meeting was meant to inform attendees about the lawsuit and to address questions and tensions among undergraduates. “We were hoping to address these concerns in the Asian-American community about what is going on in holistic admissions, how is this different from discrimination, and wanted to bring these issues out in a space where people could talk about it without feeling like necessarily there was all tension,” she said.The lawsuit—which the anti-affirmative action group Students for Fair Admissions filed against Harvard in 2014—will likely come to trial in mid-October. The Department of Justice is also conducting a separate probe into Harvard’s admissions practices. Both the Students for Fair Admissions litigants and the Justice Department have formally requested Harvard release thousands of pages of admissions documents, and a federal judge in Boston ruled last week that Harvard must file certain previously confidential admissions records with the court—one set under seal and one redacted set accessible to the public. The event Saturday consisted of panel and small-group discussions, followed by a question-and-answer session held between the audience and panel members.Panelists included Graduate School of Education Professor Natasha K. Warikoo, NAACP Legal Defense Fund lawyer Michaele N. Turnage Young, and Matt Cregor, a member of the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice who is working with a multiracial group of students to oppose the Students for Fair Admissions lawsuit. Cregor opened the discussion with a brief overview of the lawsuit, critiquing Students for Fair Admissions President Edward Blum, who is leading the legal campaign against Harvard’s admissions practices.“Mr. Blum is effectively leveraging what is a meaningful concern on behalf of Asian Americans in the way they are treated compared to white students that are applying in order to eliminate any use of race conscious admissions to support underrepresented racial minorities,” Cregor
said.Warikoo emphasized this point, highlighting what she called the irony that laws meant to protect minorities are now being used against these groups.“I don’t know if people see the irony behind these laws that are designed to protect racial minorities that are now being used as an argument against protection for racial minorities,” she said.Panelists discussed the definition of merit and what they called a perception that minorities must compete against each other in the admissions process. “I think what we tend to do is sort of say that… these fixed seats for whites are constant and then Asians and blacks and Latinos are fighting for the crumbs at the ends,” Warikoo said. Several College affinity groups, including the Black Students Association, Chinese Students Association, Fuerza Latina and South Asian Association, co-sponsored the event. Many of the attendees were Asian-American College students. “We did aim the content of the event at Asian-Americans, but I think we… really were looking to get a more diverse range of the student body,” said Daniel Lu ’20, the programming director for TAPAS. “The lawsuit might be framed as an Asian-American issue, but obviously race-conscious admissions is a topic of interest for all students and particularly all students of color,” he added. Though the event was meant to bring together a variety of perspectives on the topic, some audience members said they felt the panelists were not representative of the range of opinions on the suit. “I think that today’s discussion did shed light on a lot of things that I did not really consider as much—so it was fruitful in that perspective—but I do wish, and I’ve talked to a couple of other people who’ve felt similarly, that the panelists were more representative perhaps of different viewpoints,” Emma Lin ‘21, a member of the Chinese Students Association board, said. “During the panel discussions it felt like they were kind of echoing each other’s sentiments without a lot of conflict and some students kind of felt like they were dodging hard questions as well,” she added.During the event, Cregor pointed outthat lawsuits move slowly, and it may be years before the debate over Harvard’s admissions policies sees a legal resolution. “Litigation is long,” he said. “This thing was filed in 2014. My kids were like three years old in 2014—they might graduate from high school before all of this stuff is over.” the snail’s pace we’re all working at.”
Univ. Study Combats Online Bullying By Grace Lin and Kanishk A. Mittal Crimson Staff Writers
Researchers from Harvard and Princeton are partnering with Twitter to conduct a study that aims to test strategies for reducing online bullying and abuse. Susan Benesch, a faculty associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, and J. Nathan Matias, a postdoctoral associate at Princeton’s Psychology department, are currently running their experiment on Twitter. In their study, some number of randomly chosen Twitter users see one of the several modified user experiences designed to curb online abuse. “We approached more than one platform, and Twitter agreed to do it,” Benesch said. Citing the need to preserve the integrity of their results, Benesch declined to specify exactly what measures will be tested in the study. In a Medium post, however, Ben-
esch and Matias pointed to previous research showing that, when institutions publish rules clearly, people are more likely to follow the guidelines. Benesch and Matias wrote they plan to examine this hypothesis, along with other methods to prevent abuse, in their study. “The study will continue through the spring, and we plan to publish findings by the end of the year, if not sooner,” Benesch wrote in an email. Both Benesch and Matias have previously studied issues related to negative online interactions. In 2016, Matias authored a paper on reddit moderator behavior, and in 2010, Benesch started the Dangerous Speech Project, which collaborates with the Berkman Klein Center. The Dangerous Speech Project is one of Twitter’s Trust and Safety Partners. According to a Twitter spokesperson, Benesch said they wanted to study behavior change on Twitter and reached out to coordinate the study on behalf of the DSP.
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Members of the Palestine Solidarity Committee held talks, panels, and film screenings throughout last week to raise awareness regarding Israel’s treatment of Palestinians as part of Israeli Apartheid Week. PSC Co-Vice President Christian B. Tabash ’21 said the week—a national movement among college campuses in the United States—seeks to draw attention to the current state of the Palestinian people. Tabash particularly emphasized the event was meant to highlight what he called the discrimination toward and oppression ofPalestinians. Harvard’s Israeli Apartheid Week focused on intersectionality, according to Tabash. Events included a panel discussion with the Harvard Black Students Association, a social art event that forms part of an ongoing project about sexual harassment and assault, and a screening of a documentary about Palestinian journalists fighting to maintain a free press. In addition, a wall stood in the Science Center Plaza through Thursday to draw to attention to the Palestinian cause, as well as to other human rights issues across the world.The week began with an introductory event that reviewed the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Speakers cited Israel’s 1948 expulsion of 700,000 Palestinians
from their homes and said the conflict is largely territorial, not religious. Speakers also said Palestinians are forced to carry identification at all times, subjected to “discriminatory” laws, and that Palestinians face high imprisonment rates.On Tuesday, the PSC and the Black Students Association co-hosted an event entitled “Black Palestinian Solidarity.” Divinity School and African and African American Studies professor and renowned social activist Cornel R. West ’74 spoke about the treatment of Palestinians. “I concluded a long time ago that the Israeli occupation is not just illegal and immoral, but it’s evil. And like Apartheid it’s a crime against humanity, and it needs to be said clearly,” West said. Carl Williams, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union who spoke on the same panel, argued the struggle for freedom links all subjugated peoples across the world.“We can be free, we will be free, and it’s never going to happen if just Palestinian people are free, and it’s never going to happen if just black people are free,” Williams said, “Because it really is one struggle.” On Wednesday, the PSC hosted the “Not Your Habibti” Project, an ongoing socially engaged art project founded by Palestinian-American Yasmeen Mjalli. For the last six months, Mjalli has collected stories from Arabic women in Palestine and Italy about their experiences with street harassment and other forms of sexual harassment and sex-
ual assault.Mjalli compiled the anonymous stories together into one physical exhibition. The project is motivated by two central goals, according to Mjalli: to make a statement by breaking the taboo of sharing stories of sexual harassment and to help women heal from these traumas. In particular, Mjalli said she wants to encourage women to speak up to help themselves move forward. Mjalli’s stop at Harvard for Israeli Apartheid Week forms part of her U.S. tour, which she said she now hopes will shed light on how Greek life and campus assault uniquely impact young women in the United States.During the session, each of the Harvard women who attended the event shared a story. “If you took a pile of these letters from both Italy and Palestine and I asked you to pin them up on a map, you wouldn’t be able to,” Mjalli said. “These stories [of sexual harassment and assault] are totally universal.”“It wasn’t until I got to the U.S. that some of the letters were distinct,” Mjalli said. Students also hosted a talk led by two Palestinian women living in the West Bank, as well as two movie screenings. Thursday’s film screening featured the movie “Five Broken Cameras,” which included recovered footage from five of Palestinian Emad Brunat’s cameras broken by the Israeli Defense Forces while Brunat was documenting life and struggles in Palestine.
OGC Examining Student’s Arrest counsel From Page 1 late Sunday evening. Cambridge Police Department officers arrested the Harvard undergraduate Friday evening after the student and law enforcement engaged in a physical altercation. In the account of events CPD later published on social media, officers wrote the student—who was naked and who CPD determined had previously taken narcotics—clenched “both of his fists and started taking steps towards” the police, prompting officers involved to “grab his legs and bring him to the ground.” But eyewitnesses of the event—including members of the Harvard Black Law Students Association—have stated CPD’s version of events is “incorrect” and have called the incident an instance of police brutality. “A naked, unarmed Black man stood still on the median at the center of Massachusetts Avenue,” a statement later released by BLSA reads. “He was surrounded by at least four Cambridge Police Department (CPD) officers who, without provocation, lunged at him, tackled him and pinned him to the ground.” “While on the ground, at least one officer repeatedly punched the student in his torso as he screamed for help,” the BLSA statement reads. The CPD police report detailing the arrest states one officer involved in the incident punched the student at least five times while the student remained on the ground in an attempt to unpin his arms and handcuff the undergraduate. The student was ultimately charged on several counts including indecent exposure, disorderly conduct, and assault. BLSA’s statement argues other Harvard resources—not CPD—should have been contacted and mobilized to come to the student’s aid before CPD got involved. In particular, the statement states Harvard University Health Services were contacted first, but that HUHS transferred the callers to CPD. UC representatives questioned Davis Sunday as to why HUHS transferred the callers to CPD, with at least one student calling the decision “concerning.” “And you should be concerned about that,” Davis said in reply. “There are a lot of questions that need to be answered. How CPD even became involved in this situation is the biggest one and I don’t have an answer to that right now.” “I’ve been trying to get an answer to that and I don’t have an answer to that right now, so read between the lines,”
he said. Davis encouraged UC members to put pressure on Harvard’s administration to demand an answer to that question. He told representatives they should “keep that a present and burning issue” before administrators. “I think you, as the governing body of the undergraduate student population, you can ask those questions,” Davis said. “You may get answers in a way that I can’t.” Quincy House Representative Sarah Fellman ’18 asked Davis whether there will be a meeting between students and representatives from HUHS and CPD. Davis said he does not yet know the “specifics” surrounding a potential meeting, but noted that administrators including Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana and Dean of Students Katherine G. O’Dair have been “in meetings all day” to discuss the issue. Davis noted he himself will be in a meeting at 8 a.m. Monday morning “where I think some of that information will be conveyed.” “When we know, then we’ll let people know,” he said. Ivy Yard Representative Swathi R. Srinivasan ’21 also questioned Davis about the College’s amnesty policy and how “it kind of fell apart” during the Friday incident. The amnesty policy states that, if a Harvard undergraduate brings “an intoxicated or drug-impaired friend” to HUHS or to another hospital—or to seek help from College residential staffers or HUPD—neither the student nor the friend “will face disciplinary action from the College for having used or provided alcohol or drugs.” “I hope to hell it’s being looked at,” Davis said when asked why the amnesty policy was not applied during the Friday incident involving the student. “I think what you all need answers to is why the system didn’t work the way you thought it should work,” Davis said at another point. “And I think you’re entitled to those answers.” Some UC members described their plans to mobilize in the wake of the arrest at the Sunday meeting. Student Relations Committee chair Nicholas P. Whittaker ’19 called College students’ efforts to organize to date “quite extensive.” “Salma [Abdelrahman ’19] and I and a junior at the College, Hilda Jordan [’19], are organizing some kind of body that’s trying to be a response and advocacy kind of body,” Whittaker said. Whittaker said he and others involved with this organizing effort are currently “fundamentally focused” on
helping and protecting the student involved in the arrest. In the days following the Friday incident, hundreds of Harvard affiliates gathered in meetings across campus to discuss the arrest, share concerns, and plan a response. “The next steps are engaging in the larger conversation about how the University handles things like this and when it eventually get there, the national conversation,” Whittaker said. “We’re trying to mobilize as quickly as possible.” Abdelrahman detailed steps she hopes the UC will take in response to the incident. She said she thinks the Council should issue a “statement of support and solidarity with black students” at Harvard and also with the arrested student. Abdelrahman also said the UC should hold a public meeting with the heads of HUHS and HUPD. “I think these are all important measures, considering that we are the representatives of the student body,” Abdelrahman. “I also think that holding some of the administrative bodies accountable that were involved in this specific incident—so UHS, HUPD.” Dunster House Representative Victor Agbafe ’19 asked Davis whether administrators are holding discussions with CPD and HUPD in the wake of the arrest about what constitutes “correct protocol” during an “escalating situation” like Friday’s incident. “Dean Khurana pledged to get people in the room to have some of these conversations,” Davis responded. “I think one of the things that will need to come from that is a way to make sure that students understand what the policies are, what your rights are, and what you can expect in terms of your interactions with both HUPD and CPD.” In an interview before the meeting, UC President Catherine L. Zhang ’19 promised to use her platform to “support students unequivocally.” Zhang said she and Council Vice President Nicholas D. Boucher ’19 want to work with HUPD, CPD, HUHS, administrators, and different “affected communities” going forward. “Something went terribly wrong that night,” she said. “And there’s something that needs to be changed in understanding the ecosystem of how different things interacted, [which] will help us understand where we can put UC efforts to change it.” Asked Sunday whether Harvard as an entity can take a “stance” on the student’s arrest, Davis said he was unsure. “It would be stupid of me to speak for Harvard University,” he said. “I like my job. So I don’t know.”
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Toward a Shared College Experience The new Dean of Students Office is auspicious but must prioritize first-year life
arlier this month, Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana announced in an email to students that the Freshman Dean’s Office and the Office of Student Life will merge into one office—called the Dean of Students Office—beginning July 1. With Dean of Freshmen Thomas A. Dingman ’67 stepping down at the end of the year, the two offices will combine staff under the leadership of current Dean of Students Katherine G. O’Dair. We believe the creation of the DSO is a critical step in the ongoing process of integrating freshmen into upperclassmen life. While there are numerous benefits to keeping freshman life separate from House life with regards to building a cohesive freshman class, there also too often exists a large divide between first-year students and the remainder of the student body. By centralizing all four years of student life and programming, the DSO offers a chance for freshmen to better understand House life and to more frequently interact with upperclassmen than they have in the past. The move comes as administrators continue efforts to smooth the transition between freshman and upperclassmen campus life, giving rise to increased
marketing of events in Houses to freshmen and even the consideration of a switch to a Yale-style housing system in which freshmen would be assigned houses before arriving on campus. Nevertheless, the DSO should continue to give special attention to the freshman experience, which poses unique challenges. Given that Houses already provide significant administrative and social support to upperclassmen, the only students who stand to lose in this transition are freshmen. Thus, their needs and concerns should be especially considered as the offices merge. Since 2004, Dingman and the FDO have demonstrated that first-year students require unique programming, and have done so with actions such as carefully selecting diverse freshman entryways, offering First-Year Experience workshops, and coordinating dinners and other social events. At a time when use of mental health services among college freshmen across the country is on the rise, this focus is critical in making sure that freshmen have the personal support and social outlets needed to combat the stress and loneliness that are unfortunately part of any first year experience.
That said, our appreciation for the positive changes Dingman has brought to campus as both an administrative coordinator and a friendly face in Harvard Yard primes us to worry about him having no successor. We hope that the administration’s decision to dedicate an administrator specifically to first-year residential life will help alleviate this loss, and we encourage that person to look closely to Dingman’s legacy as a model for their work and campus presence. Crafting a shared Harvard College identity is important work—work a united DSO will do better than the separated OSL and FDO. As long as the DSO continues the important work of the FDO under Dingman, we wholeheartedly support the creation of this new office and urge further efforts toward the betterment of Harvard’s undergraduate campus life. This staff editorial solely represents the majority view of The Crimson Editorial Board. It is the product of discussions at regular Editorial Board meetings. In order to ensure the impartiality of our journalism, Crimson editors who choose to opine and vote at these meetings are not involved in the reporting of articles on similar topics.
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Another Perspective Against Harvard Graduate Student Union By Noah b. bloch
umor me with a thought exercise—and it’s better if you don’t use Google. You have a problem. A serious problem. Who is the first person at Harvard you might go to? Was your answer your advisor, your program head, or perhaps the Dean of GSAS? Do you know the names of all of these people, and where their offices are if you simply cannot wait for an email reply? I hope more than 99 percent of graduate students are able to say ”yes” to these questions. Perhaps you may miss the 10 daily emails from the University and haven’t heard of incoming Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Emma Dench. Maybe, for better or worse, you have not had to interact with the Dean. Nevertheless, even beyond Dench, Harvard Yard and the nearby Smith Campus Center house dozens of other administrators whose proximity and accessibility leads to both productive engagement with students and a focal point for student protests to have their voices heard. The benefits of this are clear. Students are involved in determining the health insurance plan and Title IX policies, and students’ victory in “pausing” investments of Harvard’s endowment in fossil fuels was only possible with a sit-in. Recent movements in demanding accountability and punishment for sexual assault prominently feature the impact of direct involvement of students and alumni. Now repeat the exercise in a scenario with a United Auto Workers union. You have a problem. A serious problem. Who at the UAW would you go to? Do you know where their offices are? How expensive would an Uber be to get to their office? While the answer is less obvious, surely there is some staff member at the union you could go to. But what is their title, and where in the organizational hierarchy do they fall? The closest sub-regional office of UAW Region 9A is in Canton, MA—about a 30-minute drive by car or a 3-hour ride on public transportation. Perhaps your problems need not be addressed in person. If you go to the website of the New York University graduate student union, which is the only example of a union at a private university that successfully negotiated a contract, the “Contact Us” page will re-
direct you to submit your serious problem to a committee of fellow graduate students. What if you have privacy concerns? Non-intuitively, you have to go to “Stewards and Staff,” under “About Us,” and then scroll past a couple dozen students to finally find UAW staff emails— but no phone number or office location. Meanwhile, on the Harvard GSAS website, the “Contact” page has the information in a simple and intuitive format to find the Office of Student Services. Of course, the University’s administration is not perfect. There certainly are issues. Speaking from a position of privilege, I do not mean to minimize the experiences of anyone whom the University has failed. But the Harvard administration is at least accessible. With a union, even the simple task of finding who to go first for help is difficult. Imagine working towards a solution to your problem. Sure, there are many bureaucratic complexities and frustrations at Harvard. But with a union, you have to not only familiarize yourself with the “legal-ese” of the grievance process to address your problem (Article 20 of 26 of the NYU contract), but also include a representative from the UAW to act as a third party, in whom you best be confident that they understand your issue and can be a better advocate for you than yourself. Surely it is better to focus time and energy on the solution itself, not the bureaucracy of the union. Moreover, it’s important to acknowledge that the UAW is an organization open to selling out on its progressive values, with the president of the union saying that he is willing to work with President Donald Trump “anytime.” Additionally, a hefty 28 percent of the union voted for Trump in 2016. Don’t you think there may be enough differences between the UAW constituency and Harvard graduate students that our political interests may be at odds? Is it possible these differences might work against us when deciding policy at the national level? For example, one indicator that the UAW does not prioritize their academic constituents is that only three sentences in 88 pages of their 2016 National Community Action Program booklet mentions graduate student workers. The union might also further the increasing polarization of our community. Since the start a few years ago of the HGSU-UAW’s organizing cam-
paign, graduate students have become increasingly fractured. Facebook comment sections of union posts quickly become hostile and some students have relayed to me that they have received hate messages from students who are pro-union. At a recent Longwood information session, I witnessed the student arguing against unionization treated with utmost disrespect—he was called a liar, laughed at, and interrupted by prounion members, until audience members intervened. This may only become worse if a union is elected. For example, at NYU, at least two of the student union stewards mention their opposing positions on Israel/Palestine on the “Stewards and Staff” page. If a union is established, the next crucial step for us will be to elect a group of students to serve on the bargaining committee to negotiate with the University over a contract. It is already hard to imagine how a small group of students can faithfully represent the different interests of students from over 60 different programs. How will these discussions be affected by students who might decide to push their own political agendas over bargaining in the first place? The union’s campaigning has focused solely on the best-case scenario. That is, we elect a bargaining committee that successfully represents our diverse needs and interests, and the University fairly negotiates a contract without calling our bluff of a strike—which I doubt the vast majority of graduate students would ever participate in. Perhaps we will hopefully get student organizers to address a troubling history in the UAW of corruption and mishandling of sexual misconduct. But there are myriad other reasons we should not vote for a union, and they will not all fit here. Those arguments have already been laid out elsewhere. But I implore students to think critically about what comes next. Already, graduate students have used the unionization effort as a platform to congregate and affect change on our campus. I hope that even if this effort fails, these students will continue in their drive to make Harvard a better place and carry this momentum to mobilize students around the causes they believe in. Noah B. Bloch is a Ph.D. student studying Biological and Biomedical Sciences in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
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Fictitious Alternatives Nathan L. Williams the village idiot
n 1453, someone forgot to lock Constantinople’s Kerkoporta Gate, enabling the Ottoman army to sack the city. In late 1862, a Union corporal discovered General Harvey Hill’s battleplans in a discarded cigar box, allowing the Union Army to halt the Army of Northern Virginia at Antietam. Although I neither smoke nor worry about Ottoman sieges, these mistakes unnerve me. Like most amateur historians, I often spend my evenings scrolling through Wikipedia as my mind toys with counterfactual history. For me, our past is more than what happened—it’s also a matter of what could have happened. Omissions, oversights, and lapses in judgment; these are the plagues that comprise our history and render our imaginations vulnerable to an abyss of alternative worlds. What if someone had locked the Kerkoporta Gate? What if Hill had done a better job safeguarding his sensitive military documents? What would our world look like today? As you can imagine, this kind of thinking leads me to dread any sort of introspection or self-reflection. The more time I spend studying my past, the more cataclysmic my mistakes become. In turn, each of these mistakes evolves into a distinct storyline, an alternate “Nathan” who torments my mind with his moral, intellectual, and social superiority. Unfortunately, these imaginary “Nathans” are not confined to my mind; they manifest themselves in my friends, acquaintances, and coworkers. Each of my peers presents another counterfactual, a living monument to my shortcomings. In athletes I see a stronger, more disciplined version of myself capable of balancing school with his desire for fitness. In programmers I see a Nathan who dedicated himself to studying something more economically promising. In my fellow cadets I see Whether we like it or another Nathan: a Nathan who fonot, there’s only one cused on his milversion of any of us: the itary studies, a Nathan better present one. prepared to lead future soldiers. Some people may deem such toxic thinking to be that of an insecure, jealous soul. However, I find the term “personal disaffection” more fitting. I understand that life isn’t a zero-sum game of accomplishments and accolades. Thus, I don’t feel threatened when my peers perform well. Instead, I find comfort in knowing that humanity has one more dependable asset to help defeat tomorrow’s crises. What bothers me aren’t the achievements of others, but rather my perceived inability to live up to my alleged potential. Consequently, each passing day devolves into another “could have been” or “should have done,” leaving me locked in a state of perpetual disappointment. Salvation from my personal purgatory of counterfactuals arrived unexpectedly. My friends and family regularly send me articles to read, but unbeknownst to them, their articles usually end up lost among my computer’s legions of bookmarked web pages. Nevertheless, as last semester came to a close, I finally decided to conquer these bookmarks and, in doing so, came across a fascinating article regarding infidelity. What made the article particularly memorable wasn’t its subject or message (though I found both entertaining). Instead, what stuck with me most was the following quote, by the sociologist Zygmunt Bauman: “[T]here is always a suspicion … that one is living a lie or a mistake, that something crucially important has been overlooked, missed, neglected, left untried and unexplored ...” And there it was, the perfect description of my incessant anxiety, the myth of the better me, the better you, the better anyone. Whether we like it or not, there’s only one version of any of us: the present one. By comparing ourselves to our imagined fantasies, we only risk crushing our actual selves with worthless counterfactuals. History is full of mistakes. Almost six hundred years ago, someone forgot to lock a door. One hundred and fifty-six years ago a Union scavenger and a careless secessionist helped destroy the Confederacy. Two years ago I foolishly kicked a frozen snowman, bruising two of my toes in the process. These mistakes comprise our timeline, the only timeline that matters, the only timeline that’s real. This is not to diminish the value of self-reflection; acknowledging and analyzing our past is the only way we can learn anything about ourselves. Instead, this piece serves as a warning to those who confuse reflection with self-castigation. Simply put, you cannot compare yourself with something that doesn’t exist. So stop dreaming of counterfactual timelines. Stop coveting a better past. Stop searching for your failings in the achievements of others. Instead, strive to improve your present self, not for the sake of meeting a fictional standard, but to better serve your future. Nathan L. Williams ’18 is a Government concentrator living in Mather House. His column appears on alternate Mondays.
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Harvard Missteps, George Mason Wins Division gram history.
READY, sET, gO Senior setter Marko Kostich puts up a set to be spiked by junior middle blocker Trevor Dow versus Princeton last week. Timothy R. O’Meara—Crimson photographer Men’s volleyball By CADE PALMER Crimson Staff Writer
With a six-game win streak and recent defeat of 11-season consecutive EIVA division champion Penn State in the rearview mirror, Harvard traveled to George Mason for the EIVA regular season championship match with a beefy résumé. However, on Friday at the Recreation and Athletic Complex the Crimson failed to record win needed to secure a regular season conference title. Dropping both games to its Patriot rivals, the team left Virginia with the division’s second seed and a rematch with Penn State scheduled for Thursday in the EIVA semi-finals. “For Penn State, we’ve seen what they can throw at us earlier this season and handled it, so we’re focusing on simply sticking to our system and playing our game,” sophomore libero Jack Connolly said. “We’re watching film and practicing tendencies, but we know that it comes down to our abili-
ty to execute on our side that’s going to determine that match.” GEORGE MASON 3, HARVARD 1 With one loss under its belt, the Crimson came out swinging on Saturday against the division’s top opponent. That materialized in a quick 5-0 lead and then again as senior Marko Kostich registered three kills in the 2518 first set victory. The senior setter recorded a team-high 13 kills across all three sets, while in the first set alone, the group accomplished 12 kills for a match high .440 hitting percentage. The second meeting between the squads merited a 3-1 finish after Harvard took set number one, 25-18, before dropping the subsequent three sets, 17-25, 20-25, 19-25. However, its fate for the EIVA tournament already determined, the team rested many of its starters during the grudge match. “After we lost Friday night we already knew we would be playing in the two vs three game of playoffs,” said co-captain and middle blocker Riley Moore. “It was more important to get a few key guys rest than it was to fight for
extra wins in the record books.” Leading in kills, Kostich also finished with a team-high .545 attack percentage and 10 assists en route to his fifth career double-double. On the other side of the net, the Patriots’ sophomore outside hitter Sam Greenslade punished the Crimson defense with personal-best 21 kills across the four sets. Teammate junior setter Justin Coleman led the squad in assists with a match-high 24 assists. George Mason thrived on runs. In the final stanza of the match, the Patriots established themselves early on. George Mason found an early lead with four straight points to push the score to 6-4. Harvard managed to push back and maintain a one point deficit at 6-8 before the Patriots took over, hitting a five-point lead as the team went up 15-10 before another three point run pushed the group to 20-14. From there the set was all but sealed with George Mason leaving the court and match on a 25-19 high note. Characteristically, the Patriots found momentum early in the set with a 5-0 run that nearly mirrored the
Crimson’s one set prior. The early five points presented the home team with a 6-2 lead to build on. Greenslade pushed George Mason to another four point run by leading first with a kill. The sophomore took to the service line and found the gaps in the Harvard defense, acing the squad twice building the lead to 14-8. Just as the set began, so too did it end. On the heels of two Greenslade aces, junior Travis O’Gorman found a kill to put the exclamation point on the 5-0 run and the set, 25-17. Sophomore setter Matthew Ctvrtlik led the team with 24-assists while accumulating nine digs and six kills as freshman outsider hitter Griffin Schmit added two of his own across the match. Connolly tied Ctvrtlik in digs, tying for a team-best on the day, as captain outside hitter Jack Heavey and Gordon both managed five of their own. Defensively, junior middle blocker Trevor Dow with half of the Crimson’s 10 total blocks. With the 3-1 victory on Saturday, the Patriots finished the season with a 13-1 division record, the best in pro-
GEORGE MASON 3, HARVARD 2 In what was for all intents and purposes the EIVA regular season championship match, the Crimson, fresh off its upset of Penn State, traveled to Fairfax, Va., in a battle for the top seed in the EIVA Tournament this weekend. In a 3-2 decision, the Patriots ended Harvard’s six-game win streak. An early 25-22 win for George Mason in the first set lit a fire under the bellies of the Crimson as the squad returned to the court hitting hard. A 3-0 run began the second set and established a lead the team did not relinquish until late in the set. Within the first 20 points, the closest the Patriots got to erasing the deficit was one point, at 17-16. The scores leveled at 24, immediately following a 3-0 run by George Mason. At 27, no team had established an advantage. Two Patriot errors, however, allowed Harvard to tie up the match at one apiece. Set three featured a similar burst in the beginning but remained neck and neck throughout with 14 lead changes. Hitting a 6-0 run to go up 8-4, the Crimson’s lead was this time relinquished much earlier this set. George Mason called a timeout before mounting a comeback to take the 12-11 lead. Several lead changes later, Harvard took the match lead with a 27-25 victory. The two subsequent sets fell to the Patriots’ offense prowess, 25-27 and 1115, respectively. For the Crimson, senior hitter Brad Gretsch recorded his second double-double of the season racking up a career high 23 kills and 11 digs, while hitting .312 percent. Classmate Kostich nearly hit a triple double on the afternoon with nine kills, nine digs, and 24 assists. Ctvrtlik led the team in assists with 26. On the defensive side of the net, sophomore outside hitter Erik Johnsson led the team with 13 digs while Connolly had a career best of 10. This match represented the first time this season that George Mason has five players with double digit kills in a match. The victory for the Patriots secured the regular season championship for the team and the number one seeding for the EIVA Tournament this weekend. It also represents the first time in 11 seasons that someone other than Penn State has held the title. Along with the seeding, George Mason also earns home court advantage four the 2018 rendition of the tournament and chance to play the NCAA tournament. “Playing Penn State and it being a playoff game we understand how important this is,” Moore said. “We will be working the next two days before heading back to Virginia to make sure we are refocused on their players and get our rhythm back after a hard weekend.” Staff writer Cade Palmer can be reached at email@example.com.
No. 2 Harvard Men’s Lightweight Captures Biglin Bowl crew By Leon K. Yang Crimson Staff Writer
Rising early in the morning for an 8:30 a.m. start, the No. 2 Harvard men’s lightweight came to the line against No. 9 Dartmouth and No. 12 MIT in the hopes of capturing the Biglin Bowl for the 55th time. And as with every Bowl race since 2009, the Crimson emerged victorious. The boat, stroked by junior David Wexner and steered by junior coxswain Jack Stone, erupted off the starting line and never looked back, finishing eight seconds ahead of the Big Green and nine seconds ahead of the Engineers in a time of 5:45.126. “We had a pretty quick start getting off the line,” Stone said. “We rowed at about a 46, 47, and it was a crosstail, so it was quick conditions, and we were going pretty quick throughout. We were up early on, but we kept widening the margin and especially coming off the Mass Ave. Bridge, that’s when we really took more distance on the other two crews.” Stone said that the first varsity boat, which has maintained a consistent lineup throughout the season, is hitting its stride. “I think this both is really getting into great rhythm,” Stone said. “We’ve been rowing the same lineup for more than a few weeks now, and things are really geling with each practice. It seems to just get better and better, so I think we can see that coming from the race against Columbia and Georgetown last weekend that we rowed a better race down the basin even against teams that weren’t as tough as Columbia.” Stone also noted the strong performances of the other boats, which he says indicate the depth of the team.
Lil Boat The Radcliffe lightweight crew team had mixed results over the weekend, their best finish coming as a silver in the final four. Ryosuke Takashima—Crimson photographer
The Crimson’s second varsity boat captured its race in 5:59.500, and Harvard’s third, fourth, and fifth boats breezed past Dartmouth’s 3V as well. “It shows just what a great and deep program that we are with focus on all five boats every single week, and just great effort from all the guys and all the boats,” Stone said. The No. 6 Radcliffe lightweight crew team traveled to Lake Merce in West Windsor Township, N.J. to compete in the Knecht Cup. In the varsity eight grand final, the first varsity eight finished sixth in 6:48.59, 10 seconds behind Penn. In the lightweight eight grand final, the Black and White earned fifth in 6:50.24, while Boston University’s A squad took the race. The lightweight four placed sixth as well in 7:58.67 in the varsity four grand final. Radcliffe also competed in the finals of three other races. The Black
and White placed sixth in the in the lightweight four petite final in 8:18.17, sixth in the second varsity four final in 8:02.07, and second in the novice four final in 8:03.66. The No. 7 men’s heavyweight crew stayed in Cambridge and battled rival Princeton in a tight contest for the Compton Cup on the Charles River. The first varsity eight, stroked by junior Arthur Doyle and coxed by senior Cole Durbin, edged out the Tigers by two seconds in a time of 5:36.100. Sophomore David Ambler, who sat in the seventh seat of the boat, said that the team is bouncing back from a couple of injuries early in the season. “Building off from last week, we had a disappointing result against Brown,” Ambler said. “We’ve had a few injuries this season to key guys, two of the guys from the 1V last year, Arthur Doyle and Lars Loch were out, and they’re
two critical guys in our team, so having them back in the boat was a huge bonus. Obviously, Arthur in the stroke seat makes a huge difference, so it was just a calmer, clearer race, and we were rowing more in the way that we’ve been coached so far and that we really want to be doing, so that’s good.” Ambler recognized the strong mental and physical preparation of the crew going into this weekend. The next couple of weeks will bring more swift competition to the waters of the Charles and beyond. “Well, ultimately our season is built towards racing Yale in June, so we’ve got a few more dual races to go, and then really the key stepping stones for us are at the moment are we’ve got a big dual race coming up against Northeastern, who are looking pretty strong, and that’s our last race before Eastern Sprints, and then from Eastern
Springs, it’s IRAs, and then IRAs to Harvard-Yale,” Ambler said. For all crews, including the women’s heavyweight crew which was not in action this weekend, future clashes with strong programs means that the grueling, strenuous training regiment must continue, all in the hopes of shaving seconds off of times, increasing margins of victories, and ultimately capturing championship victories later in the season. “There’s still a long season to go. We’re a month away from Springs,” said Stone of the lightweight crew’s schedule moving forward. “We have a tough race against Navy this weekend, and then against Yale and Princeton the weekend after that. We’re going to keep training hard and working hard.” Staff writer Leon K. Yang can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Harvard Crimson | APRIL 16, 2018 | page 10
Harvard Grabs Second, Three-Game Ivy League Sweep to repeatedly question his impartiality, but the umpire appeared unfazed. Offensively, it was business as usual for the high-powered Crimson offense. Harvard scored at least eight runs for the third straight game, fueled by five extra base hits. Rich smacked two doubles, and co-captain Maddy Kaplan and senior Dallas Hogan also recorded two-baggers. Perhaps the most impressive hit of the day came in the bottom of the sixth, however. Four consecutive singles scored three runs for the Crimson before the Quakers could make an out, and junior Meagan Lantz later stepped up with a runner on first and one out. The second baseman turned on an offering from Penn left-hander Tabitha Dyer, launching a high fly toward the wall in left-center. The violent winds cutting in from center field made the ball hang up in the cold spring air for what seemed to be an eternity, and it eventually landed at the base of the wall for a triple. “Definitely,” said coach Jenny Allard in response to a question about whether the conditions impacted that play. “I think that last ball of Meagan Lantz’s would’ve gone out.” LANTZ A LOT Junior Megan Lantz had to settle for a triple after her towering fly ball to left-center fell just short of the wall on Saturday, the wind robbing the second baseman of a two-run shot. Timothy R. O’Meara—Crimson photographer Softball By Jack Stockless Crimson Staff Writer
The ever-fickle New England weather forced Harvard softball to bump up its series against Penn by one day, as Friday’s sunny, seasonal weather seemed preferable to blustery, wintry conditions forecast for Sunday. Though the weather cooled down by Saturday afternoon, the Crimson’s bats did not. Harvard (18-12, 11-4 Ivy) scored 25 runs in its three games versus the visiting Quakers (12-18, 7-8), and the team picked up its second Ivy League series sweep out of five such series this season. Just Dartmouth and Brown remain as conference opponents before the end of the regular season. “It was a really great weekend to
come out and get the series win,” junior shortstop Rhianna Rich said. “[The Dartmouth series] is probably our biggest weekend in the past two years, so we’re really excited. We’re just going to keep the momentum going.” The Crimson’s top performers over the weekend were a pair of familiar faces. Rich went 9-for-12 with two doubles, a triple, five runs scored, 3 RBI, and no strikeouts. Southpaw Katie Duncan started Friday’s game and came out of the bullpen in both games of Saturday’s doubleheader. The junior threw 14.2 innings without allowing an earned run, winning the first two contests and closing out the series with a save. HARVARD 8, PENN 2 Whereas a defensive miscue allowed Penn to claw back into Saturday’s first game, the second half of the dou-
bleheader saw Harvard exhibit more poise on defense, most notably in the top of the second. Starter Sarah Smith jammed Quakers pitcher Abigail Abramson on an inside fastball, and Abramson popped it up down the third base line. Junior third baseman Erin Lockhart gave chase, sprinting toward Penn’s dugout. At the last second, she dove and caught the foul ball just as it was about to touch dirt. Besides inducing this popout, Smith was otherwise brilliant in the circle. The junior dealt in fours, as she recorded her fourth win with four innings of one-run ball and four strikeouts. Duncan picked up where Smith left off, tossing the final three frames to record her second save of 2018. Duncan flummoxed the Quakers’ lineup with a bevy of strikes on the corners, prompting one Penn fan—apparently mystified by the plate umpire’s strike zone—
HARVARD 8, PENN 7 After a flurry of scoring set up a 7-5 Harvard lead in the first three innings, the Crimson and the Quakers settled down in the following three innings, holding each other scoreless. Heading into the top of the seventh, Harvard needed just three outs to cinch the series victory. With one out and runners on first and second, however, Penn took advantage of a play replete with fielding errors to knot the game at seven. The Crimson failed to walk it off in the bottom of the seventh, setting up an extra-innings battle. Duncan stayed in the circle for the top of the eighth, quickly retiring the side with a trio of groundouts. Harvard had to figure out Abramson, who to that point had been marvellous—the freshman had pitched 4.2 scoreless innings of relief. And figure out Abramson the Crimson did. Rich launched a triple to right field to open up the inning, and Kaplan followed with a walk-off sacrifice fly to
center fielder Katie Petroski. “They’ve got confidence,” Allard said. “They’re poised. So when they get down, they don’t panic. We knew what we could do and we just tried to work the execution, and it worked out.” Senior outfielder Alexa Altchek and Lockhart each doubled in the victory, and Kaplan stole her fourth base of the season. HARVARD 9, PENN 1 Harvard started off its weekend series with a bang, scoring five runs in the first two innings and never looking back. The Crimson tacked on four runs in the fifth and sixth to halt the game early via the eight-run mercy rule. Harvard’s four-run first inning was punctuated by a two-run shot off the bat of first baseman Olivia Giaquinto, the fourth of her sophomore campaign. Giaquinto now has 11 homers and an .840 OPS in her young career. Giaquinto also played a part in the Crimson’s other big offensive inning by leading off the fifth with a single. After Harvard subsequently loaded the bases, Hogan punched a single up the middle to score pinch runner Isabelle Haugh, and Rich followed with a gap shot to left-center, bringing in Lindey Kneib and Alyssa Saldana. The Crimson manufactured a run in the following frame to ice the contest. Altchek walked, advanced to second on a Giaquinto groundout, and scampered to third on a wild pitch. Kneib singled into center field, pushing across the winning run in the process. In customary fashion, Duncan shut down the opposing lineup without overpowering hitters. She struck out just one Quaker but also gave up just one unearned run. On the season Duncan has stranded runners on base left and right, as evidenced by her 2.58 ERA and 1.45 WHIP. “She’s a really strong, tenacious player,” Rich said. “One of our key words for this year has been fortitude, and she is really the great example of that. Even if she doesn’t have her best stuff, she always manages to come out on top, and it was great to see her have a good weekend.” Staff writer Jack Stockless can be reached at email@example.com.
Zavolas Throws No-Hitter but Harvard Drops Two to Yale Baseball By Bryan Hu Crimson Staff Writer
After a win over a strong Northeastern team, the Harvard baseball team entered last weekend coming off a huge Beanpot championship win. No shortage of confidence could be found on the squad as the Bad Boys of Boston drove down to West Haven, Conn., last Friday to take on conference leader Yale. The three-game tilt started off with a bang. Senior righty Noah Zavolas threw a dazzling no-hit performance in a 4-0 win on Friday evening, bringing a perfect game into the eighth inning before allowing a baserunner on an error. The victory moved the Crimson briefly over the .500 mark to 4-3 in conference play. “Definitely one of the biggest games I’ve ever pitched,” said Zavolas of his no-hitter. “Really, really special night, especially being able to go out there on a Friday night against our rival. To be able to play under the lights was beautiful, in a setting like Yale. Just an incredible night all around.” The senior, taking the mound for his 17th career start in a Crimson jersey, pounded the strike zone all game, KO’ing 12 Bulldog hitters and inducing 12 ground ball outs. Zavolas’s final line: 9.0 IP, no hits, no runs, and one walk. “I have a good view from center field and watching him pitch was pretty incredible,” said junior center fielder Ben Skinner. “That was, by far, the best pitching performance I’ve ever seen. I mean, obviously no-hitters are extremely rare, but just the way he got ahead of hitters, minimized mistakes, and how every pitch was purposeful and located extremely well, was honestly awesome to watch.” Despite the pitcher’s dream accomplishment, however, Harvard couldn’t muster the same magic the next day, losing both games of Saturday’s doubleheader to drop to 4-5 in the Ivy League and 14-16 overall. Yale (14-15, 9-3 Ivy League), meanwhile, remains atop the Ancient Eight standings. The Crimson now sits sixth in the Ivy table, behind Yale, Columbia, Dartmouth, Princeton, and Penn. Harvard has already dropped two of three to Columbia and won two of three against Penn but has yet to play Princeton and Dartmouth. Even after Zavolas’s historic game, the series loss means that the Crimson will need to essentially win out, as pointed out by Zavolas himself, if it aims to climb back into Ivy League contention. “We have a pretty unique opportu-
Can’t touch this Junior right-hander Noah Zavolas threw Harvard’s first no hitter in 17 years, allowing just two runners to reach base versus the Ivy League leaders Yale on Friday. Allison G. Lee—Crimson photographer
nity this coming week because we have the makeup series against Princeton on Tuesday and Wednesday,” Zavolas said. “If we can have some success there, it’s really a matter of controlling our own destiny from there on out.” YALE 4, HARVARD 1 Zavolas wasn’t the only lights-out pitcher in the dugouts over the weekend. The Harvard offense met an immovable force on Saturday evening, as Bulldogs senior Eric Brodkowitz tossed a complete-game, four-hit, one-run effort to stake Yale to a 4-1 series-capping win over the visitors. The top third of the order were the only three Crimson players who could touch Brodkowitz. Skinner went 1-for-4 in the leadoff spot, junior first baseman Pat McColl went 2-for-3, and sophomore right fielder Jake Suddleson went 1-for 4 in the three-hole. The rest of the lineup went hitless. “We ran into a guy with good stuff who was really on that day,” Skinner said. “He had a few different pitches working for him, which is tough.” Harvard countered with junior righty Simon Rosenblum-Larson, who pitched a five-inning, two-run effort to keep his team in the game. Rosenblum-Larson has now pitched 42.2 innings on the year and has a 3.16 ERA, both second-best on the team. The Crimson, however, was hurt
by sloppy defensive play, as one of the Bulldog’s four runs was unearned, and two more scored on wild pitches. In the cleanup role, senior designated hitter Austin Black gathered the only RBI on a groundout in the ninth to drive in McColl and bring the score to 4-1. It didn’t matter, though, as Brodkowitz got third baseman Hunter Bigge to line out in the next at-bat to end the game. “Going forward, we’re going to stick with our same approach, trying to keep putting runs on the board,” Skinner said. “We’re confident in our offense— we’ve proven this year that we’re a team that can put up a lot of runs. We’re trying to have a short memory with [the loss], but it obviously wasn’t the outcome we were looking for.” YALE 10, HARVARD 6 A day after being no-hit, the Bulldogs came back with vigor, scoring in the first inning against Bigge, who was making his seventh appearance on the mound as a two-way player this season. Harvard stayed close for awhile, tying the game briefly, but it was Yale that emerged victorious after it exploded for eight runs across the sixth and seventh innings. Junior catcher Devan Peterson’s grand slam wasn’t enough to key a large enough late-inning comeback as the Crimson fell 10-6 on Sunday afternoon.
McColl led the way for Harvard, going 3-for-4 at the plate, helping the junior raise his post-series average to .286. A huge part of Yale’s success, however, was in not allowing McColl— the Crimson’s RBI leader—to register a single RBI during the series. Four relievers followed Bigge to the mound for Harvard. Sophomore righty Grant Stone got the loss after giving up all five runs of Yale’s crooked sixth inning, which gave the Bulldogs a 7-2 lead. Suddleson, hitting in the threehole, drove in two runners—though officially, only one RBI—on a single in the top of the sixth. The knock tied the game, at that point, at two runs apiece, though Yale pulled away in the bottom half against Stone. The two teams combined for 25 hits and 16 runs, though the Bulldogs outhit the Crimson 14-11. HARVARD 4, YALE 0 The highlight of Harvard’s weekend was undoubtedly watching its veteran pitcher go to work against the Ivy League leaders. Mowing through a Yale lineup with the conference’s second-highest batting average, Zavolas faced just two above the minimum 27 and made it look effortless on the mound. The nono was the Crimson’s first in 17 years, when former Harvard standout Ben Crockett, now in the Red Sox front of-
fice, did it against Dartmouth in the 2001 season finale. “Really, it was just getting ahead early and often,” Zavolas said. “Getting in counts that I was behind in, being able to come back, especially with offspeed stuff—a lot of breaking balls in fastball counts, to keep hitters kind of on their heels. It really was a story of throwing pitches for strikes the whole night.” Zavolas is now 4-1 as a starter this season and has a 3.38 overall ERA. The senior ranks fourth in the conference with a 2.35 Ivy-only ERA and second with a .218 batting average against. The starter got backup in the form of the whole squad, as the Crimson recorded ten knocks and four different Harvard players registered RBIs. After Suddleson and Black got in base to lead off the top of the second, Bigge singled home a run. Following another hit by junior catcher Jake Allen, freshman shortstop Buddy Mrowka hit a bases-loaded single and Skinner tacked on another run with an RBI groundout to give Zavolas an early 3-0 lead to work with. Zavolas responded by getting a 1-23 inning in the bottom of the second. The rest is history, as the Acton, Mass., native went on to set down the first 23 Yale batters in a row. Staff writer Bryan Hu can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.