Secretive harvard club breaks 225-year silence to say admitting women could increase sexual misconduct _ national post

Inside the hallowed halls of Harvard University, one of the most exclusive colleges in the world, there are ever more hallow, exclusive halls: those of the university’s “final clubs,” or undergraduate social clubs known for their selectivity and secrecy. Noodles and company delivery But now, in the age of trigger warnings and raging debates about sexual assault on campus, one final club under fire for its all-male membership feels compelled for the first time in its 225-year history to speak out in its own defence.

In what appears to be an unprecedented move inspired by a Harvard report that linked final clubs with “nonconsensual sexual contact” last month, the Porcellian Club — which counted no less than President Theodore Roosevelt and Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes among its members — has gone public.


“To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time an officer of the (Porcellian Club) has granted an on the record statement to a newspaper since our founding in 1791,” Charles M. Noodles king menu Storey, class of 1982, wrote in an email to the Harvard Crimson, which broke the story. Noodles and company laurel “This reflects both the PC’s abiding interest in privacy and the importance of the situation.”

Storey’s comments came a day before final clubs are to meet with Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana, who told the Crimson that “single gender social organizations at Harvard College remain at odds with the aspirations of the 21st century society to which the College hopes and expects our students will contribute.”

Storey, the president of the Boston beer company Harpoon Brewery and the descendant of Harvard man and first NAACP president Moorfield Storey, begged to differ.

Storey told the Crimson that forcing the Porcellian to accept women, as some other final clubs already have, would only make sexual assaults more likely. Noodles and company east lansing After all, women can’t be sexually assaulted if they aren’t there.

“Given our policies, we are mystified as to why the current administration feels that forcing our club to accept female members would reduce the incidence of sexual assault on campus,” Storey wrote. Noodles and company workday “Forcing single gender organizations to accept members of the opposite sex could potentially increase, not decrease the potential for sexual misconduct.”

Forcing single gender organizations to accept members of the opposite sex could potentially increase, not decrease the potential for sexual misconduct

“…I sincerely hope that the administration will not set the precedent of creating a ‘blacklist’ of organizations that students cannot join,” Storey wrote. Noodles and company zona rosa “Such McCarthyism is a dangerous road that would be a blow to academic freedom, the spirit of tolerance, and the long tradition of free association on campus.”

In an interview with The Washington Post, a graduate member of the Porcellian Club who did not wish to be identified because of the club’s secrecy rules agreed.

“The college is trying to expel students for joining our club by arguing that we contribute to the problem of sexual assault on campus,” he wrote in an email. Noodles and company monroeville pa “We elect about a dozen sophomores each year and invite them to have dinners with alumni of the club who have stayed involved and cherish this cross-generational community of Harvard students. Noodles & company catering We don’t host parties. Noodles and company madison We don’t allow guests on the premises of our club. Noodles n company hours How we could possibly be connected to the problem of sexual assault on campus?”

The Porcellian Club, founded in 1791 and thought to be one of the oldest social groups in America, did not have anything to do with sex, it said.

“The Pore [as the Porcellian Club is also known] is most likely to elect the sons and relatives of old Porkies, closely examines each candidate’s family tree,” a 1940 article in Time noted. Noodles hours “But congeniality counts as much as pedigree, and the three to 18 members whom the Pore elects from each class must be jolly good fellows. Xian noodles menu (Its definition of good fellowship, the leftist Harvard Progressive recently remarked, ‘rests on a good liquor capacity and a full agreement on the meaning of the word “meatball.”‘)” The piece added: “The Pore abounds in crew men and polo players, seldom picks football players or Crimson editors.”

Time also offered a 40s portrait of a typical Porcelain: “A Porcellian wears a small gold pig on his watch chain, a long tweed jacket, tight flannel pants and a short haircut, generally contents himself with a gentleman’s three Cs and a D in his studies. Noodles and company waukesha Most inviolable tradition: Once a Porcellian always a Porcellian. Noodles and company schaumburg Porkies keep up their Porkie friendships all their lives, go back religiously to the annual Porkie banquet at which new members are initiated. Noodles and company breach When a Porkie marries, fellow Porkies always gather round him after the ceremony and sing the club song. About noodles and company From the Pore’s clubrooms, non-Porcellians are religiously excluded. Noodles and company lone tree In the last 20 years only five men have been excepted from this rule: the Prince of Wales, Al Smith, Herbert Hoover, under Secretary of the Treasury Roswell Magill and onetime Budget Director Lew Douglas, who were wined & dined in the club.”

So important was selection to the Porcelllian Club to young Harvard men of yesteryear that young Franklin Delano Roosevelt was devastated when he got rejected.