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Commentary :: Education
Lower Learning: Harvard Social Forum
15 Dec 2005
45 Mt. Auburn St. is near Daedalus on the Harvard
Campus. Its interior looks like the skanky skinhead
house in Higher Learning. But what it houses is in
truth an even more digusting embarassment to Harvard
University. It houses the decay of Harvard social
life called the Harvard Social Forum.

SASSI vs Finals Clubs

The Harvard Social Forum devolved from an attempt by
Maureen Connolly to destroy the "Finals Clubs" who had
refused her admittance to their drinking parties even
after months of dressing like a slut and ringing
doorbells. In 2004, Connolly got together with Julia
Lewandosky and founded "SASSI-WOOFCLUBS" or "Students
Against Super Sexist Institutions-We Oppose Oppressive
Finals Clubs." Not merely an exclusive man-hating
club for ugly girls, but a club for the destruction of
all the other clubs.

The Finals Clubs operate outside of the official
student groups ever since the Harvard stopped
recognizing them (consequently forfeiting oversight of
them). SASSI attempted to move a step further and
have them obliterated. Though this resembles a bunch
of scrubby female Don Quixotes tilting at windmills,
it has attracted media attention and spawned other
more playful and ridiculous demons, while attracting
off-campus trash. They have managed to subject
members of the hated clubs to sensitivity-training and
brainwashing sessions. They have stomped and snorted
and claimed gender discrimination. They have become
like an NGO inside of the campus, exerting pressure on
boards of directors.

Lisa Schkolnick in 1988 was the first woman to try to
sick a quasi-governmental agency on campus clubs to
force her membership. In 1993, more women tried to
organize a petition to boycott, and thereby starve out
the members. In 1995 the Harvard dean began accusing
clubs of liquor violations and sexual assaults, and
finally threatened retaliation by insurance companies.
Due to this pressure, the Inter-Club Council was
destroyed.

Concurrently with the attempted destruction of mens'
clubs by womens' lobbying groups, was the creation of
womens' clubs. These properties have an estimated
value of about $2.5 million dollars each. They have a
supply of law students with nothing to do but find
ways to attack the financial pipeline of the so-called
racist, sexist, classist white males who won't share
their beer.

Harvard Social Forum

Harvard Social Forum is a party house for intellectual
refuse and anarchist skanks. An amusing irony is that
the property is owned by the Foundation for Civic
Leadership, yet the users of the building (many of
whom do not know who owns the building) are
anti-civilization and advocate leaderless societies.
One of the many aims of HSF is to convert Finals Clubs
into university-owned student communes organized on a
collectivist/solidarist model. In other words, the
University gets to oversee and swindle the traditional
organizations' property, as long as students are given
free reign to run dubious organizations and have
fund-raising parties in their burned-out shells.

Perhaps that would not be a bad idea if it were a self
contained process. But no process on a campus is self
contained. For one thing, the request by FCL that HSF
welcome "all sorts" of interest groups has made the
building a free-for-all, and not in the utopian sense.
It is rather a Bat Cave for launching riots, civil
disorder, and cultural warfare while dragging
off-campus organizations into free schoolspace,
supplying them with resources and venue while also
maintaning plausible deniability of cahoots.

HSF coordinator Rachel Bolden-Kramer says her building
is "a nest of cooperation where the branches of
Harvard's social justice effort can consolidate and
pool their resources." That is a gross
understatement. It is in fact a nest for clandestine
meetings between anarcho-socialist, homosexist,
communist deviants who mooch off of university
resources, raise bail money for hardened criminals,
and fuel the largely internet-based Fourth
International.

The building was taken by student coup on various
occasions including when a woman brought an
inconclusive rape case against the Pi Eta organization
in 1986, and when another settled out of court in
1988. They were closed down by Joe Malone in 1991 for
having skanky mattress parties.

Now instead of a skanky mattress, there are bloody
shirt parties to plan riots in the name of "social
justice" and "solidarity among campus organizations,"
(predominantly the socialist and lesbian ones). They
have a mission statement which functions as a prior
restraint: "opposing oppression including white
supremacy, male supremacy, economic inequality, and
heterosexism." If you are not vocally opposed to
whites, men, money, and heterosexuals, do not enter.
If you do enter, be prepared to pay the higher end of
the sliding admission scale to the allegedly
"alcohol-free" party, and be prepared to be thrown out
when recognized by one of the off-campus goon squads.

The current users of the Harvard Social Forum space
are:

Boston Anarchists (front for I.W.W.)
BAAM (Boston's General Anarchist Union)
Anarchist Black Cross (prison bail organization)
ISO (International Socialist Organization)
Papercut Zine Library (content restricted to marxist,
anarchist, eco, and gay)
Boston Indymedia Center (anarcho-socialist anti-WTO
lobby group)
NEFAC (Northeast Federation of Anarchist Communists)

To which miscreants and wannabe labor unionists, I
invoke the ghost of Professor G.R. Richardson, who
waged in 1975 relentless and systematic warfare
against incompetent appliance repairmen from his
address of 45 Mt. Auburn St. Cambridge, MA. His story
speaks for those men disgruntled about unrepaired
mechanisms everywhere. He supersedes you. You are in
fact the "bad labor" and not the "fixers of
civilization." To paraphrase his letter to the
immortal typewriter repairman Z. Groh:

"Dear Mr. HSF:

Shortly before my summer vacation (I [walk by]
Harvard), I brought you my typewriter, [...] When I
picked up the typewriter, you assured me that this had
been fixed. [...] And now I discover that it is not
fixed at all [...]

I am not only a [pedestrian through] Harvard, but
I am, sadly, a writer; that is, I write every day--
ten, twenty pages a day sometimes. [...]

I want you to know how tenaciously I represent
the consumer's cause in the struggle against the
shoddy indifference that is everywhere. I want you to
understand the hardiness of the enemy you have
inspired. I am your enemy, Mr. Groh-- I am the enemy
of every vile business, large or small, that preys on
the average customer's sloth and meek acceptance of
outrageous service, of parts being constantly out of
stock, of inept repair work and absurd costs per hour
for what is incredibly referred to as "labor".

I will be sure to bring you this typewriter in
the fall when I return to Cambridge, my fingers
begrimed with ink, my appreciation for the rareness of
Gojmeracs in America wandering-- if, in the meantime,
I can resist driving the long hours in the dead of
night and delivering it to you through your display
window."

* Apologies to G.R. Richardson, Leon Neyfakh, and
April Yee.

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