The Harvard Fox Club, known to be one of the most prestigious at the University, boasting of famous members such as T.S. Elliott and Bill Gates, has reneged on a 2015 promise to begin allowing female members.
The Harvard Crimson reports that after an October 2015 plan to begin accepting junior and senior women in an effort to go fully coed, the formerly all-male finals club graduate board has renounced all provisional members, and is only inviting male members to reapply.
Former Fox undergraduate president Daniel T Skarzynski, who graduated in 2016, said he heard of the move from graduate board president Hugh M Nesbit, and explained it in an email:
“For the concerned parties, [Nesbit] also said that if you’d like to be re-considered for membership, you should send an email to that effect. However,” he wrote, “[Nesbit] said this invite for reapplication does not apply to female members until such a time as the club votes successfully to add women to its membership.”
The Graduate Board has been attempting to thwart pressure from Harvard to go coed for years, and their defiance has reached new levels.
One email reads: “As graduates, we must act upon our sense of duty to protect the club that we love and not allow it to be hijacked by a group of undergraduates who were only just invited into our membership and still have yet to scratch the service of the club’s legacy.”
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