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Which Superhero Did Each Ivy Dress as for Halloween?

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With the passing of Halloween and the arrival of November, we find ourselves reflecting on this past weekend. With all this spandex going on, it only makes sense that we ask ourselves “If each Ivy dressed up for Halloween, what superhero would they have been?” Harvard: Superman Why? Because Harvard was the only Ivy that my Italian host mother had ever heard of. It only makes sense that they would dress as the prototypical superhero. (At press time, I was still unable to confirm whether or not Doriana knew of Superman.) Princeton: Iron Man Why? Because Iron Man is by far my favorite superhero, and Princeton was, yeah, yeah, number one on the U.S. News and World Report rankings this year.  Bonus, Iron Man is one of few superheroes that doesn’t actually have any real powers, and just gets them through money and connections. Oops.   Columbia: Spider-Man Why? Spider-Man’s domain is New York City too, and he’s also the only superhero who went through an angsty hipster stage.  This. But also this. Cornell: I was going to say Robin…  But the cool Robin played by Joseph Gordon Levitt in the recent series. Not old Robin. But then I remembered… Read more »

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BROWN UNIVERSITY: Vicki Colvin, a vice provost and professor at Rice University, was named Brown’s 12th provost on Tuesday, The Brown Daily Herald reported. She will replace current provost Mark Schlissel on July 1. COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY: A male student found responsible of sexual misconduct by administrators filed a lawsuit against Columbia University on Monday, the Daily Princetonian reported. The student claims that the university violated his Title IX rights and tried to make an example out of him. CORNELL UNIVERSITY: A Cornell staff member found a camera in a women’s bathroom on Friday morning, the Cornell Daily Sun reported. The employee informed a supervisor, who then alerted the Cornell Police. Investigators are examining the images collected by the camera and are trying to identify a male subject who they believe was involved in its installation. HARVARD UNIVERSITY: Harvard’s course and instructor evaluation system will no longer show students’ assessments of course difficulty, the Harvard Crimson reported. Students will still note course difficulty in a feedback form at the end of each semester, but these ratings will only be available to staff. PRINCETON UNIVERSITY: In an email to Forbes College students on Wednesday, Forbes College master Michael Hecht announced that the current Forbes College director of… Read more »

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Brown University: A Brown University student, speaking to a campus conference Tuesday, alleged she was raped and strangled by a fellow student. At the rally, she criticized the university’s disciplinary action against the accused student, who was suspended for a year and will return to campus this fall, the Brown Daily Herald reported. More than 50 students gathered at the press conference, some holding signs supporting the student and criticizing the university’s handling of the case. Columbia University: Two students established an organization called RealityStep, last semester to assist low-income and underperforming high school students with the college application process, the Columbia Spectator reported. The organization, hoping to reach nonprofit status, has so far attracted around 50 student members. Cornell University:  The university will launch a study abroad program in Havana, Cuba, beginning this fall, the Cornell Daily Sun reported. The program will let four students conduct scientific research on bioacoustics or proteases and attend classes at the University of Havana or Cuba Study Center. Harvard University: Harvard hosted its first Sustainability Hackathon on Saturday at the Harvard Innovation Lab, the Crimson reported. More than 20 students from Harvard and the Boston area tried to solve a particular sustainability problem in… Read more »

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BROWN UNIVERSITY: According to a recent poll, just over half of Brown undergraduates said legacy status should not be considered in admissions decisions, The Brown Daily Herald reported. Of the 1,033 students surveyed, 32.5 percent said they “somewhat disagree” with the practice, while 17.6 percent said they “strongly disagree.” COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY: Six Columbia professors were awarded this year’s John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships, allowing them to pursue individual projects, the Columbia Spectator reported. The winners are among a group of 178 fellows from across the U.S. and Canada, chosen from a pool of nearly 3,000 applicants. CORNELL UNIVERSITY: Cornell formed a council on hazing prevention, the Cornell Daily Sun reported. In addition to the Greek system, the council will focus on athletic teams, clubs and academic groups. HARVARD UNIVERSITY: Harvard held a day of remembrance on Tuesday to mark the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, the Harvard Crimson reported. On boards set up outside, students wrote messages to first responders and law enforcement officials who assisted in the aftermath of the bombing. PRINCETON UNIVERSITY: Princeton and the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory received a five-year, $3.5 million grant for nuclear research, the Daily Princetonian reported. It will continue the development of a… Read more »

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BROWN UNIVERSITY: International students comprise 17 percent of Brown’s applicant pool for the Class of 2018, the highest in the university’s history, the Brown Daily Herald reported. Domestically, the university also noted a jump in applicants from the West and Southwest. The Northeast, however, remains overrepresented. COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY: Despite student concerns regarding a rape crisis and anti-violence support center at Columbia, administrators currently do not plan to change the center’s policies, the Columbia Spectator reported. Students have critiqued the center’s requirement that students present identification to a desk attendant and explain where they are going, which hinders confidentiality. CORNELL UNIVERSITY: Cornell Police issued three crime alerts to the community in the past week, including an alleged rape, a knife threat and a drug-induced assault, according to the Cornell Daily Sun. Police Chief Kathy Zoner said that the police force does not have a reason for the increased number of recent violent crimes. HARVARD UNIVERSITY: Michael Bloomberg will deliver Harvard’s Commencement address this spring, the Harvard Crimson reported. Bloomberg graduated from Harvard Business School in 1966 after earning an undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University. PRINCETON UNIVERSITY: Approximately 20 students were found responsible for plagiarism in a computer science course during… Read more »

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BROWN UNIVERSITY: Brown University’s New Scientist Program is launching its Graduate-Undergraduate Mentoring Initiative this semester, the Brown Daily Herald reported. The initiative pairs junior and senior undergraduate science majors with graduate students, who will serve as peer advisors and help them prepare for graduate school. The program is currently training 25 graduate students to serve as mentors. COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY: A student is launching a smartphone application with Columbia University dining hall information, according to the Columbia Spectator. The app, called Dine@CU, will allow students to look up location hours, menus and nutritional facts. Currently in its pilot phase, the application will soon be available through iTunes. CORNELL UNIVERSITY: Cornell University will begin offering a cross-college minor in demography this semester, the Cornell Daily Sun reported. The minor will encompass population-related courses across 24 departments and programs. Students from each of Cornell’s undergraduate schools will be able to select the minor. HARVARD UNIVERSITY: Harvard University received 34,295 applications for the Class of 2018, a 2 percent decrease from last year, according to the Harvard Crimson. This year, more applicants requested fee waivers, a potential sign that more students need financial aid. The percentage of non-white applications also increased. PRINCETON UNIVERSITY: On Monday, Princeton… Read more »