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Flyers with anti-Asian slurs posted to Harvard UC president’s door days after separate alleged vandalism

  • Harvard College Undergraduate Council President Michael Y. Cheng has been on the receiving end of racially charged attacks weeks after his inauguration.
  • His dorm room door at Quincy House was vandalized on Thursday and had racist flyers posted to it on Monday.
  • Cheng said the attacks are coming from people who are against his platforms aimed at making changes to the council.
  • He demanded an apology for the flyers and previous “exaggerated attacks” from the perpetrator.
  • While Cheng received messages of solidarity from council members, he lamented that some of them may have partaken in the attacks.
  • Multiple student groups condemned the “act of direct racism” and urged the college to respond to the incident with concrete action.

Racist flyers were found posted on the door of a dorm room where the president of Harvard College’s student government currently resides. 

Undergraduate Council (UC) President Michael Y. Cheng was leaving his dorm in Quincy House on Monday morning when he found two posters with “MICHAEL CHENG IS A CH*NK” and the phrase “SAVE THE UC” written on them, reported The Harvard Crimson

Harvard president defends university after Supreme Court accepts admissions case: ‘race matters’

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  • Harvard University President Larry S. Bacow called the Supreme Court’s decision to review a case challenging the school’s use of race in the college admissions process a risk to “forty years of legal precedent.”
  • "As the Supreme Court has recognized many times, race matters in the United States,” Bacow said in a university-wide statement on Tuesday.
  • He added that “each of us” is more than “our grades” or “scores.”

Harvard University President Larry S. Bacow spoke out against the Supreme Court’s decision to review a case challenging the school’s use of race in the college admissions process, calling the move a risk to “forty years of legal precedent.”

“As the Supreme Court has recognized many times, race matters in the United States,” Bacow, former chancellor at MIT and president at Tufts, said in a university-wide statement on Tuesday.

Supreme Court to hear cases alleging Harvard, UNC admissions discriminates against Asian students

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  • The Supreme Court agreed to hear cases on the consideration of race as a factor in college admissions at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina.
  • The Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) is pushing for the court to repeal its 2003 ruling in Grutter v. Bollinger, which upheld the University of Michigan’s law school admissions policy.
  • Harvard responded to SFFA’s petition by arguing that the university’s admission process did not discriminate against Asian American applicants.

The Supreme Court announced on Monday that it will hear two cases on whether the consideration of race in college admissions at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina (UNC) violates civil rights.

A ruling against the schools could affect affirmative action programs and racial diversity at public and private universities throughout the country.

Harvard student’s ‘Korean Disney princess’ goes viral — and film producers want in

  • Harvard student Julia Riew created a full script for the first “Korean Disney princess” as part of her senior thesis in playwriting.
  • After a clip of her singing one of her songs went viral on TikTok, people online have been calling on Disney to make her script into a reality.
  • “Mulan is wonderful, but obviously there's a really widespread understanding of what it means to be Asian American, and having one princess represent all Asian Americans is really, really tricky,” she told NextShark.

In the magical world of Sleeping Beauty and Snow White lies one other princess who has yet to awaken: Shimcheong. Only it’s not a prince who’s come to find her — it’s Julia Riew, a musical theater composer and lyricist studying at Harvard who figured if Disney won’t make a Korean princess, she’d do it on her own. 

Riew crafted her story of Princess Shimcheong as part of her senior thesis on playwriting, involving a full, original musical script. After completing her first draft, she shared a 45-second clip of her song “Dive” to TikTok earlier this month, not suspecting that it would generate hundreds of thousands of views and a demand for the story to be made into a real-life production. 

Harvard says no need for SAT, ACT scores for applicants through 2026

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Harvard University will not require SAT and ACT scores from undergraduate applicants until 2026, according to an official announcement released Thursday.

Driving the news: The new policy was conceived in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting limited access to standardized testing sites students have faced, according to the university. The university previously waived SAT and ACT scores as an admissions requirement for 2021 and 2022.

Jeremy Lin ‘Deeply Honored’ to Be Selected as Harvard’s 2021 Class Day Speaker

NBA icon Jeremy Lin was announced as Harvard’s Class of 2021 virtual Class Day Speaker on Monday. 

Before becoming a professional basketball player, Lin graduated from Harvard in 2010 with an economics degree. Since his time at Harvard, he was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, became the first Asian American of Chinese or Taiwanese descent to play in the NBA as well as the first Asian American to win an NBA championship with the Toronto Raptors.

Harvard Professor Sparks Outrage for Claiming Korean ‘Comfort Women’ Were Willingly Employed in Japan

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A Harvard Law School professor has stoked controversy over claims that Imperial Japan had employed “comfort women” under contracts during World War II.

J. Mark Ramseyer, who teaches Japanese legal studies, argued that those women — most of whom were Korean — were recruited and not taken by force to become sex slaves, contrary to previous reports on the subject.

Maryland Businessman Accused of Paying $1.5 MILLION in Bribes to Get His Sons Into Harvard

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A Maryland businessman and an ex-Harvard fencing coach were arrested and charged with conspiring to secure the admission of the former’s two sons to the Ivy League university in exchange for bribes.

Jie “Jack” Zhao, 61, allegedly paid Peter Brand, 67, more than $1.5 million over the course of several years, which came in the form of money, a house, a car and college tuition payments for his child.

Harvard, MIT Sue U.S. for Seeking to Deport Foreign Students Enrolled Only in Online Classes

Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over a new visa policy that will deport foreign students who are enrolled only in online classes for the upcoming fall semester.

Harvard, which has 5,000 international students, plans to teach entirely online for the next school year, while MIT, which has 4,000 international students, plans to teach most classes in the same format.

Two Malaysian Students Beat Out 38,000 People to Get into Harvard

Two Malaysians were accepted into the undergraduate class of 2024 at the prestigious Harvard University after being chosen from an applicant pool of more than  38,000 people. 

Aqil Azmi from Shah Alam city and Zad Chin Qi Qi from Ipoh city, Malaysia have secured their spots at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA, according to the press release the Harvard Club of Malaysia posted online by member Nadiah Wan on May 20 via Malay Mail.

Harvard Law School Came After Me for Speaking Up About My Sexual Assault

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on Medium and reposted with permission. The opinions expressed in this piece are solely of the author.

Recently, my alma mater Harvard Law School wrote to me asking for a donation for my 15th reunion, a class I’ll always share with the guy who sexually assaulted me when I was a teenager and completely got away with it. It’s a part of my life that I wanted to keep buried forever because it filled me with such shame, not just the fact that I was sexually assaulted, but the fact that the faculty of Harvard Law School actually voted on whether to take away my degree for speaking up about it.