By Marc Levy Thursday, June 14, 2018Artists and musicians angry about the loss of their EMF Building near Central Square are boycotting this year’s Make Music Harvard Square/Fete de la Musique event. They say the sponsoring Harvard Square Business Association can’t “sidestep” its connection with John DiGiovanni, its board president – and the developer who evicted them. The association argues that DiGiovanni’s purchase in Central Square has “nothing to do the HSBA, [and] there has been a deliberate and unfair melding of the two.” His advocacy of the arts everywhere except in his own building has the artists feeling differently. They have a point. The run-down, officially dangerous condition of the EMF Building isn’t really worth arguing about, except to acknowledge how it’s being used as an excuse. Not all the issues are DiGiovanni’s: The city is culpable in precipitating a crisis by letting its inspectors take a … [Read more...] about Boycott of a Harvard Square music festival has become part of this developer’s legacy
Before you call Harvard crazy, consider. Despite the long, stratospheric rise of home prices in the U.S., the inflation-adjusted monthly payment on the median single-family home in 2017 was less than in 1987, when home prices were lower but interest rates were higher, Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies found. The center released its annual State of the Nation’s Housing report on Tuesday. Among other things, it indexed monthly homeowner costs and interest rates over the decades to study the power of muted rates to keep housing costs in check: It’s no surprise that higher interest rates mean higher monthly payments. What’s striking is how effectively lower rates have served as a counterweight to surging home prices. “Even though interest rates are well into the 4 percent range these days, historically they have been, like, 10 percent, 16 percent,” Sarah Mikhitarian, an economist at online real estate company Zillow Group Inc., said … [Read more...] about U.S. homes are cheaper than they look, Harvard study finds
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Travis Andersen Globe Staff June 18, 2018 Scare ’em. That’s the crux of a new study from Harvard researchers who found that graphic warning labels about the health risks of sugary drinks dissuaded people from buying the beverages. The study, conducted by researchers at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and published Monday in Psychological Science, focused on a field test at a hospital cafeteria, the university said in a statement. Advertisement Data showed that “graphic warning labels reduced sugary beverage purchases by 14.8%, while text warning labels and calorie labels had no effect,” the release said. Get Fast Forward in your inbox: Forget yesterday's news. Get what you need today in this early-morning email. Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here Grant Donnelly, the study’s … [Read more...] about Warning labels scare people away from sugary drinks, Harvard study says
Harvard has done much for this country in its 400-year history. Today, it may be about to render further service by unwittingly helping to dismantle identity politics. When a group representing Asian Americans recently confronted Harvard with hard evidence that its admissions policy discriminates against them, and mirrors the university’s dishonorable anti-Semitic past, it also sounded what could be the death knell for the shameful practice of using racial preferences. In a motion for summary judgment filed in a district court in Boston, a group suing Harvard, Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA), made several damning allegations of racism in the Harvard admissions process. Included were accusations that the university uses a subjective “personal rating” criterion that hits Asian Americans with a “statistically significant penalty” relative to other applicants. According to the papers filed, Harvard’s own internal reports reveal that only … [Read more...] about Time for racism at Harvard and our American education system to end
opinion Glenn Reynolds Opinion columnist Published 8:14 p.m. UTC Jun 18, 2018 I wrote four years ago that it looked as if Asian applicants to Harvard were getting the "Jewish treatment" — that is, being subjected to quotas, and rated down on “soft” qualifications, so as to keep their numbers lower than their objective qualifications would warrant. This is what Ivy League schools did to Jewish applicants for much of the 20th century, because Jewish applicants were seen as boring grinds who studied too hard, and whose parents weren’t rich enough or connected enough to contribute to the schools’ flourishing. The Ivy League eventually ended its quotas for Jews, suspiciously at about the time that there were enough rich and well-connected Jews to benefit the Ivy League. But now it’s doing the same thing to Asians. At least, that’s the charge made in a lawsuit charging Harvard with racial discrimination against … [Read more...] about Why is Harvard discriminating against Asian Americans? ‘Diversity’ is no excuse for racial bias.