Campus Free Speech

Harvard Works Itself Into a Tizzy over Parody Flyer

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Students in all nine River Houses received sealed invitations under their doors early Friday morning professing to come from "Harvard's Newest Final Club"—with the inflammatory statements that "Jews need not apply" and "Coloreds OK."

The enclosed flyer, bearing a crest of a griffin encircled by a laurel wreath, invited recipients to the first introductory punch event of the purported social club "The Pigeon."

The invitation listed three virtues, each with asterisked notes. The first principle, "Inclusion," came with the footnote, "Jews need not apply." The second, "Diversity," was followed by the words, "Seriously, no fucking Jews. Coloreds OK." And the third, "Love," directed readers to the term "Rophynol"—a misspelled rendering of rohypnol, the date rape drug better known as roofies.