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Wednesday
May232012

Unabomber Updates Status in Harvard Alum Magazine

Rogers and Clark Co/AFP/Getty Images(CAMBRIDGE, Mass.) -- It's Homecoming Week in Cambridge, Mass. Fifty years after leaving dear old Harvard, the distinguished members of the class of 1962 are renewing old ties.

In the Harvard alumni magazine, Alden writes he is retired from the bench, but still takes an occasional assignment as a Superior Court judge. Brian and his wife report they are working with inner-city kids when they're not at their place in Normandy.

John has just come out with his latest collection of essays.

And Ted has just started his 15th year at the federal supermax prison in Florence, Colo.

Ted, of course, is Theodore John Kaczynski, the notorious "Unabomber" who was sentenced in May 1998 to eight life sentences for killing three people and injuring 23 more in a campaign of terror that lasted nearly 20 years.

Kaczynski's class note appears, in its proper alphabetical place, just ahead of Joseph Kadane's. It was tweeted by a fellow Harvard alum, Alex Taussig, who calls it "morbidly amusing."

Kaczynski, 70, lists his occupation as "Prisoner." Those eight life sentences he puts under "Awards." Under "Publications" he lists that infamous 50-page screed against the modern world, which The New York Times and The Washington Post agreed to print in exchange for Kaczynski's promise to end his bombing campaign.

It was that "Manifesto" that led to his capture. Kaczynski's brother recognized the writing style and alerted the feds.

Kaczynski is not the only former Harvard student to be locked up. Henry David Thoreau spent a night in the Concord, Mass., jail rather than pay the poll tax. Folk singer and political activist Pete Seeger was sentenced to a year in prison for refusing to name names before the House Un-American Activities Committee.

Not all Harvard's prisoners can claim to be prisoners of conscience. Jeffrey Skilling (MBA, 1979) is serving 24 years in prison for his role in the collapse of Enron. Other Harvard alums have been imprisoned for embezzlement, insider trading, identity theft and murder.

Kaczynski's slide from promise to prison might be the most extreme of all. An intellectual prodigy, he was accepted to Harvard when he was just 16. He earned a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Michigan and he was teaching at U.C.-Berkeley when he was just 25.

While the Harvard Class of '62 can claim many accomplishments, Gary Peterson tells the Harvard Crimson Kaczynski "is more famous than anyone else in our class."

So while Ted will not be attending Wednesday night's class dinner in the McCurdy Track Tent, he is certain to be a topic of conversation.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
May222012

Missing Harvard MBA Student Found Dead

Portland Police Dept.(PORTLAND, Maine) -- The body of a missing Harvard Business School student who was last seen outside a waterfront bar in Portland, Maine, days before his graduation, was recovered Tuesday from the city's harbor, police said.

Around noon Tuesday, police found the body of Nathan Bihlmaier, 31, who on Thursday would have received his MBA and in June would have become a father for the first time. Bihlmaier was last seen early Sunday morning after drinking with friends at an Irish Pub near the harbor.

Bihlmaier, police said, asked to leave the Ri Ra pub around 12:20 a.m. Sunday after becoming intoxicated and rowdy. He soon became separated from his friends and didn't return to his hotel.

The two friends with whom he was celebrating their graduation reported him missing Sunday.

Cell phone records indicated he had not traveled far from the bar, police said.

The discovery of the body ends a three-day search, much of which was conducted underwater by local, state and federal authorities. Authorities employed skilled divers and cadaver-sniffing dogs on inflatable rafts.

On Monday police found an article of clothing in an outlet of the harbor, which they confirmed belonged to Bihlmaier.

Bihlmaier, a native of Osborne, Kan., is survived by his wife, who is pregnant with the couple's first child.

Bihlmaier had recently accepted a job at a health care company and was "thrilled about the prospect of being a dad," said Brian Kenny, Harvard Business School spokesman.

Police told the Boston Herald that there was no indication of foul play and the body would be autopsied to determine the cause of death.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Jul192011

Former Harvard Ethics Student Charged with Hacking MIT Computer

Photos.com/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- A Harvard University student has been charged with hacking into Massachusetts Institute of Technology computers and stealing more than four million scholarly articles, book reviews and other content from an academic database.

The federal indictment alleges that Aaron Swartz, 24, of Cambridge, Mass., broke into a restricted computer wiring closet in an MIT basement to access the school's network without permission. He then allegedly downloaded the articles from JSTOR, a nonprofit database for scholarly journals.

Swartz has been charged with wire fraud, computer fraud, unlawfully obtaining information from a protected computer and recklessly damaging a protected computer.

"Stealing is stealing whether you use a computer command or a crowbar, and whether you take documents, data or dollars," U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz said in a statement. "It is equally harmful to the victim whether you sell what you have stolen or give it away."

When MIT and JSTOR noticed the unusual activity, they tried to block Swartz's computers, but he allegedly found other ways to access the database.

Swartz is well known in the technology community as an online activist and programmer. He is the founder of Demand Progress, a nonprofit political action group that works for policy change.

Swartz also co-founded Reddit, a social news site now owned by Conde Nast. He was most recently a fellow at Harvard's Ethics Center Lab on Institutional Corruption.

"This makes no sense," Swartz's colleague, Demand Progress Executive Director David Segal, said in a statement. "It's like trying to put someone in jail for allegedly checking too many books out of the library."

Segal claims that JSTOR settled its issues with Swartz privately and asked the government not to prosecute. A letter of support for Swartz posted on the Demand Progress website garnered more than 15,000 supporters in less than three hours.

Swartz was arrested Tuesday after turning himself in. He appeared in court the same day with his parents and was released on a $100,000 bail.

If convicted, Swartz faces up to 35 years in jail and a $1 million fine.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Friday
Mar042011

Harvard University Welcomes Back Naval ROTC After Nearly 40 Years

(CAMBRIDGE, Mass.) -- Harvard University will welcome back the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program after a near 40-year absence from the campus.

The university made the announcement Thursday and will make the deal official Friday when Harvard President Drew Faust and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus sign an agreement to formally recognize the Naval ROTC on campus.

"Our renewed relationship affirms the vital role that the members of our Armed Forces play in serving the nation and securing our freedoms, while also affirming inclusion and opportunity as powerful American ideals," Faust said in a statement. "It broadens the pathways for students to participate in an honorable and admirable calling and in so doing advances our commitment to both learning and service."

Under the agreement, a director of Naval ROTC will be appointed on campus and the university will resume funding as well as provide office space for the program.  Students who enroll will not train at Harvard but rather at the nearby Massachusetts Institute of Technology, consistent with a consortium that has been in place for decades.

Harvard expelled the ROTC program in 1969 in response to anger over the Vietnam War.  The university continued to uphold its expulsion over the years because of the "Don’t Ask, Don't Tell" military policy, which banned homosexuals from serving openly in the military.  The policy was repealed in December of last year, paving the way for Harvard to welcome back the Naval ROTC and begin talks to bring back other ROTC programs.

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