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Harvard President Stepping Down

-By Lilyan Beck-

 

Harvard president, Claudine Gay, has stepped down from her position causing this to be the shortest tenure of a Harvard president ever.

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This comes after December was filled with allegations of anti-Semitism and bashing on how Gay handled this.


Gay said in her statement, "It has become clear that it is in the best interests of Harvard for me to resign, so the community can navigate this moment of extraordinary challenge with a focus on the institution rather than the individual."


She has been president of the school for only six months prior to her resignation and she was also the first black person to serve as president.


Students seemed to have mixed feelings regarding the issue.


One student named Shabbos Kestenbaum said, "She is someone who 17 times refused to call out under oath the extermination of the Jewish people. I hope this can be a moment of unity to come together and declare explicitly that all forms of hatred and oppression are not tolerated at any place of higher learning."


Whereas others, such as Kimberly Thomas, said, "Her being the Harvard president was something that was momentous and historical, and I'm just sad she felt the need to step down.

 

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