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Harvard president’s loony crackdown on ‘gender-based’ clubs backfires

Opinion

There’s a revolt breaking out at Harvard — and this time it appears students are actually light years ahead of their oh-so-politically-trendy administration.

Harvard President Drew G. Faust announced in an email last Friday that, starting with the freshman class entering in 2017, undergraduates who participate in single-gender clubs — fraternities, sororities or the university’s famous “finals clubs” — will be barred from captaining athletic teams or leading other student organizations. They would also be punished by not getting official school endorsements for fellowships.

So join a single-gender finals club (there are eight all-male and six all-female clubs) and kiss that Rhodes Scholarship goodbye.

Faust in her message noted that while the clubs “are not formally recognized by the College [emphasis ours] they play an unmistakable and growing role in student life, in many cases enacting forms of privilege and exclusion at odds with our deepest values.”

And so in her over-arching attempt to make “Harvard a campus for all of its students,” Faust has now managed to outrage many of the female students she thought she was sheltering from the ravages of what Dean Rakesh Khurana called “spaces [that] send an unambiguous message that they are the exclusive preserves of men.”

This article continues at [Boston Herald] Editorial: Harvard flunks out

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