The latest bombshell to rock the ivy-covered walls of Harvard University has sent shockwaves throughout the esteemed institution. If you ask Harvard alum Bill Ackman, the campus has hemorrhaged over a staggering $1 billion in support from both Jewish and non-Jewish alumni due to the catastrophic fallout from Dean Claudine Gay’s disturbing congressional testimony.
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) December 27, 2023
In her shocking appearance, Gay brazenly argued that calls for the annihilation of the Jewish people may not necessarily violate the school’s harassment and bullying policies, as long as they are taken in context. This appalling stance has ignited a firestorm of outrage, causing a mass exodus of financial backing from the university.
But the damage doesn’t end there. Harvard’s once-sterling reputation has been tarnished beyond repair. Dean Gay’s testimony was not the only source of controversy. Her mishandling of Harvard’s response to the attack on Israel has only fueled further condemnation. The university’s failure to address the escalating anti-Semitic sentiment on campus has only exacerbated the situation, and now their president is embroiled in a staggering plagiarism scandal.
It comes as no surprise that individuals and institutions are now distancing themselves from Harvard. Former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan swiftly withdrew his support, refusing to participate in two fellowships. Additionally, a prominent law firm has ceased its in-person recruitment events at the university. The ripple effect has even extended across the ocean, as the prestigious Lauder Business School in Vienna, Austria, has severed ties with Harvard in a show of solidarity with the Jewish student community.
The Lauder Business School, known for its affiliation with Professor Michael Porter’s Microeconomics of Competitiveness Network at Harvard University, has declared an unequivocal break from their longstanding partnership. The statement from Daniella Sheinfeld, head of communications for Lauder, underscored the severity of the situation. The school made it abundantly clear that it is pursuing new alliances that align more closely with their values and standards, leaving Harvard in the dust.