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NO GIRLS ALLOWED: All-male Harvard club reverses coed decision after graduate vote

The first class of women to join Harvard’s elite all-male Fox Club might also be its last.

Overruling a vote by undergraduate members last fall, which (under administration threat) approved nine women for the so-called final club, Thursday’s vote by Fox graduate members did not cross the two-thirds majority required to let undergraduates elect women, The Harvard Crimson reported Thursday night.

But they came close – 63.5 percent of the nearly 550 graduates voted to allow women. Indeed, a supermajority approved the extension of “provisional memberships” for those added last fall, including the nine women, for another year.

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And The Crimson said support for women was stronger than indicated by an earlier survey, which found a bare majority of support for a coed Fox.

Thursday’s vote means that Fox members will be blocked from leading athletic teams, serving in leadership in recognized student groups (with some exceptions) and getting Harvard endorsements for elite fellowships.

The Harvard administration launched a jihad against single-sex organizations last year, saying (without apparent irony) that their “privilege and exclusion” violated Harvard’s values and that the male clubs in particular were hotbeds of sexual assault (with dubious evidence).

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The administration drew widespread condemnation for attacking students’ freedom of association, from current faculty, former administrators, a leading expert on fraternity scandal and even a national LGBT group.

Read the story.

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Greg spent several years as a technology policy reporter and editor for Warren Communications News in Washington, D.C., and guest host on C-SPAN’s “The Communicators.” Previously he led media and public relations at Seattle’s Discovery Institute, a free-market think tank. Greg is developing a Web series about a college newspaper, COPY, whose pilot episode was a semifinalist in the TV category for the Scriptapalooza competition in 2012. He graduated in 2001 with a B.A. from Seattle Pacific University, where he co-founded the alternative newspaper PUNCH and served as a reporter, editor and columnist for The Falcon.

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