Angela Merkel's Harvard Commencement Speech Just Savagely Rebuked Donald Trump Without Even Saying His Name
On Thursday, May 30, German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave the commencement speech at Harvard's graduation, where she received an Honorary Doctorate of Law Degree.
While the German leader named no names, many felt her remarks were a direct rebuke of President Donald Trump and his administration.
Jared Kushner's Acceptance Into Harvard Is Getting Renewed Scrutiny After College Admissions Bribery Scandal
In his 2006 book, The Price of Admission, ProPublica editor Daniel Golden alleged that presidential adviser Jared Kushner's father, real estate developer Charles Kushner, made a $2.5 million donation to Harvard University that may have led to his son's acceptance into the Ivy League institution. Golden's reporting has begun to circulate again after federal authorities charged 50 people, including actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, in a college admissions bribery scandal.
ProPublica shared an article Golden wrote in 2016 shortly after news of the scandal broke yesterday morning. "Don't forget: the rich buy their under-achieving children's way into elite universities with massive, tax-deductible donations," the organization said in a social media post.
Harvard College administrators rescinded admissions offers to at least ten prospective members of the Class of 2021 after they posted messages joking about child abuse, sexual assault, pedophilia, and the Holocaust in a private Facebook group chat. The group, titled, at one point, “Harvard memes for horny bourgeois teens,” also featured speech directed at specific ethnic or racial groups.
According to The Crimson, Harvard's main student newspaper, the group was an offshoot of a "roughly 100-member messaging group that members of the Class of 2021 set up in early December to share memes about popular culture."
[DIGEST, June 1, 2015, Boston Globe, NY Times, LA Times] Admission to an Ivy League college is a dream for many young Americans. As gaining entrance into these schools grows more difficult with each year, students increasingly have turned to independent advisors and counselors for help. The majority of students who consult these college counselors are Asian American. And the advice they are receiving can be jarring: Be less Asian.
As reported in the Boston Globe, college applications strategist Brian Taylor advises Asian families on how to get their kids into Ivy League schools such as Harvard and Yale. His advice for them: “We will make them appear less Asian when they apply,” he says. “While it is controversial, this is what we do."