Outside the Paris Theater gathered a who’s who of the African-American elite. Stanley Crouch, Ruby Dee, Ron Claiborne, Delaina Dixon, Nikki M James, Beverly Johnson and Harry Carson had all assembled to support the scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., whose The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross is set to premiere on PBS.
I have, for better or worse, the opposite of a stage mother. It’s not that my parents didn’t think I was secretly brilliant as a child—thanks to the educational Disney cartoon Ben and Me, I could recite the Declaration of Independence before I was out of diapers—it’s just they just didn’t seem to care what I became when I grew up, so long as I voted Democrat and understood that my “life partner” was not obligated to have a Y-chromosome.
I only noticed their indifference because my best friend growing up in Chelsea was a child actor who was tragically let go after the Roseanne pilot, reportedly for having a beef with Sara Gilbert. Since I often accompanied him to his auditions, I actually had a few agents approach me to slap my mug on Shrinky Dinks boxes and the like, offers at which my mom just rolled her eyes. This was circa 1983, but I’m sure she’d roll them much harder right now, 30 years later, if she knew that I recently sent photos of her grandson to a Gap casting call.
I KNOW. I swore I’d never be that parent, the one who gazes beatifically at her toddler bashing a rock against a white picket fence and thinks, catalog model! But it’s legitimately hard to not view your kid as exceptional in every way; in my experience, procreating is like donning a pair of person-specific permanent beer goggles.
“Sometimes my friends and I stop each other mid-sentence and say, ‘Oh my god, you guys. We go to Harvard. This is so weird,’” Maria, a junior, said recently over Skype chat.
Harvard had been Maria’s dream school for years. (She requested a pseudonym, but not because she’s not proud of her alma mater.) A Read More
red in the face
Footage of Mitt Romney’s remarks about the 47 percent voters who don’t pay taxes or depend on government assistance—”I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives”—was taken in the Florida home of Marc Leder, co-CEO of private equity firm Sun Capital Partners, said David Corn, the reporter who published video clips at Mother Jones. Mr. Leder, a part-owner in the Philadelphia 76ers, is as TPM points out, also known for his bacchanals: “At the Bridgehampton home that Leder rented for a whopping $500,000 a month, guests cavorted nude in a pool and performed sex acts, while scantily clad Russian women danced on platforms,” The New York Post reported last year.
to cheat or not to cheat
After we posted on the cheating scandal embroiling Harvard University yesterday, a student implicated in the investigation wrote in to offer another side of the story.
If you haven’t been following, the university said yesterday that nearly half of the 279 students in an undergraduate course—later identified by the Harvard Crimson as Government 1310: Introduction to Congress—were being investigated for academic dishonesty on a take-home final exam.
According to press reports, the inquiry was opened after a teaching fellow, or TF for short, noticed that students collaborated on the exam despite instructions that such collaboration was prohibited, and that some students used “same long, identical strings of words.”
But our source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that while collaboration may have been expressly forbidden*, it was widely practiced by students and even teaching fellows.
Leave it to the Harvard kids to be ahead of the curve. While the wave of cheating scandals that landed this summer was still cresting, 125 undergraduates were busy getting themselves implicated in what a university spokesman told the Huffington Post is the biggest cheating scandal in recent memory.
According to HuffPo, the Read More
Michael Jackson spoke before the Oxford Union in 2001, and now Lady Gaga is to rip off another pop star by speaking at Harvard. Kidding! Her speech is to address bullying and self-confidence in the launch of her nonprofit Born This Way Foundation before a crowd that’s set to include Secretary of Health and Human Read More
Did you hear? Former Harvard President Larry Summers recently called the Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss—the two Olympic-rowers who (among other things you should know about them) claim to have invented Facebook—”assholes.” And now they have hit back!
Forget what you think you know: There is such a thing as a free lunch. Or, at least there is when Ray Kelly stops by The Harvard Club.
The New York Times received confirmation that since the city’s police commissioner stepped into his position in 2002, the New York City Police Foundation has Read More
Eliot Spitzer, Harvard Law ’84, won’t be having a scotch with his college chums in the 1894 neo-Georgian grandeur of The Harvard Club anytime soon. The application committee for the elite Midtown facility has rejected the former governor’s application — they don’t want to be tarnished by the prostitution scandal that forced him out of office Read More