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  • 10.13.11 vol. xlii, no. 29

    2 independent1969@gmail.com 10.13.11 The Harvard Independent

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    Harvards 375thWhen: Fri 10/14, 7:00 PM 12:00 AMWhere: Tercentenary TheatreWhat: Join your fellow Harvard communitystudents, staff, faculty,alumni, and invited guests in celebrating Harvards 375th birthday. Special musical performances by Yo-Yo Ma 76 and a birthday cake by celebrity chef Joanne Chang 91 are some of the many highlights. Dont miss out on this once-every-quarter-of-a-century event!

    Artist Talk: Gary SchneiderWhen: Tue 10/18, 6:00-8:00 PMWhere: Harvard Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, 485 Broad-wayWhat: Gary Schneider's photographs are as conceptually demanding as they are visually compelling; they challenge conventions ofportraiture and probe concepts of identity in the liminal spacebetween art and science. His enigmatic "Helen" (2000), a tenebristafterimage of an exchange between artist and subject, is currentlyinstalled in the first-floor gallery of the Sackler Museum, as part ofthe "Re-View" exhibition.

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  • independent1969@gmail.com 3The Harvard Independent 10.13.11


    Its strange to think that my father was here the last time Harvard put together a big anniversary celebration, way back in 2011. Perhaps its strange to think that its been twenty-five years since my father was in college. My birth and matriculation dates coincide almost perfectly (one might say conveniently) with this anniversary, for some reason.My parents are staying at the Charles again a fter all, with their Harvard degrees and the natural illustriousness that accompanies them, they can afford to buy the Charles. They just had to come for the big four-oh-oh. The Yard and the Square are crawling with alumni and tourists and have been for what seems like an eternity. It makes sense, though, this coming Tuesday should be one without parallel.

    Grizzled old President Faust, still kicking Harvards ancient posterior into shape at 89, has really planned something special . Al l of the accomplishments our school has achieved since she came into office are to be showcased: Zuckerberg House and the Gates Library in Allston are having their formal opening ceremonies, the three co-ed final clubs are jointly throwing a huge party, and the student center Faust has worked so hard to build on the Square is almost finished. Yet one cant help but wonder if Harvard has become worse off in the few decades since it turned 375. Something is missing here: maybe the pervasive white male privilege, the Brooks Brothers catalogs, and the lavish treatment of our athletic department should make a comeback. Financial aid, drawn ad

    infinitum now from Harvards $78 billion endowment, has turned this place into something that would have been unfamiliar to even the visionary Faust when she took her position.Maybe it is time for us to hearken back to the glory days when there were 10,000 Men of Harvard, when we had the opportunity to take control of life like someone from the early-aughts classic Mad Men. We could grab life by the scruff of its neck and influence it until it did what we want. We could go back to the days of a dozen bro-infested old buildings and see what happens.Or, you know, we could keep going on the positive track President Faust has pushed us along while she has been in charge. Perhaps that is the better way to go about this: to embrace a new Fair Harvard, one which really is fair, which treats all of its students with the same hand, which levels the playing field for them to achieve what and succeed

    how they will, and which enables each of its graduates to be almost as successful as its dropouts. When my parents and I file onto that old Tercentenary Theater, overlooked by the room in Thayer Dad spent his freshman year in, and steeped in four hundred years of history, we will be more excited than is probably warranted. Yet, again, it makes sense. Harvard has come so far in the last 25 years, in the last 50, the last 400. We are going to be celebrating the achievements we are already proud of, and the future that will surely make us more proud to be students and alumni of this great institution.

    Gary D.J. Gerbrandt Jr. 36 (garyger-brandt@college) will be a freshman concentrating in Cloning and Regen-erative Sciences.


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    1650 1750 1850

    1700 1800 1900

    Founding (1636): The New College is founded by the Massachusetts Bay Colony as the first institution of higher learning in the US. 375 years of first (and best) are to follow.

    Becoming Harvard (1638): On his deathbed, Charlestown minister John Harvard bequeaths half of his estate and his personal library to the New College. While today that wouldnt even get you a dining hall portrait, John gets to name the place.

    Recruiting Fail (1650): Harvard establishes its Indian College. Only five Native Americans attend.

    John Adams (1755) graduates.

    Harvard Hall Burns (1764): A fire consumes 5,000 books making up the core of Harvards library. A solitary tome, snuck out of the non-lending library by an especially bibliophilic student, survives and is returned as a reminder that not all was lost. The student is summarily expelled for his kindness.

    The Great Butter Rebellion (1766): Harvard students, fed up with the poor quality of the food provided to them, rebel against the administration, crying for Butter that stinketh not!. When the dust settles, the rancid butter is expelled from the College, as are 155 of the student protestors.

    Harvard Beats Yale (1852): Yale tries to prove its superiority over Harvard by challenging us to what would become the oldest intercollegiate race in the United States, the Harvard-Yale Regatta. Harvard wins, and continues to do so today, currently leading the varsity, junior varsity, and freshman series.

    A Private University (1865): The power of the election of the Board of Overseers is transferred to the corporation. Harvard severs legal ties with the state of Massachusetts.

    President Eliot Appointed (1869): Charles William Eliots forty years as President revolutionized Harvard, transforming the school into a world-class research university with a standardized admissions exam, elective courses, rigorous, performance-based grading, and a reputation for excellence.

    Breaking Barriers (1870): Richard Theodore Greener becomes Harvards first black graduate. Today Harvard is approximately 12% black and Africa