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Harvard unsure if death threat is credible


Caller said he was armed, placed bombs at Harvard

 


Andrew Sun a sophomore at Harvard College

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A Harvard University student died early Monday morning after jumping from an off-campus building Sunday, the university said.

Andrew Sun, a sophomore at Harvard College, jumped from a building that is not on the Harvard campus in downtown Boston early Sunday morning and suffered extremely serious injuries.

Sun had been hospitalized at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he underwent surgery.

In an interview with The Harvard Crimson Pforzheimer Co-House Masters Anne Harrington said that, “Very sadly, from all we understand at this point, this was not an accident.”

Officer Rachel McGuire, of the Boston Police Department, confirmed that the incident occurred at 240 Atlantic Ave. near the New England Aquarium in the Seaport District of Boston, but said the department would not disclose further information.

In a message to students, interim Harvard College Dean Donald Pfister called Sun’s death a “tragic loss” and said “it is important that we all support Andrew’s family and friends, and that we support each other.”

Sun was an economics major in the Class of 2016 originally from New Jersey. The newspaper said on its website that Sun’s parents and aunt were with him when he died.


Andrew Sun listed in critical condition

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A Harvard University student was listed in critical condition Sunday night after falling from an off-campus building, a university spokesman said.

Andrew Sun, a sophomore at Harvard College, fell from a building that is not on the Harvard campus early Sunday morning, the spokesman said, and suffered extremely serious injuries.

Sun was hospitalized at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he underwent surgery.

“Our thoughts are with Andrew, his family and friends,” spokesman Colin Manning said. “This is a very difficult time for the entire Harvard community.”


Harris Hasty Pudding 2014 Man of the Year

Gail Oskin/Getty Images for the Hasty Pudding Institute

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Neil Patrick Harris, dressed in a wig, lingerie and red heels, took the stage at Harvard University on Friday to accept the 2014 Man of the Year Award from America’s oldest undergraduate drama troupe.

The “How I Met Your Mother” star cast a few spells, saved someone’s life and sang a jingle from “Rent” before being awarded the Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ annual Pudding Pot.

Photos: Harris accepts Hasting Pudding Pot

“I felt remarkably good in heels,” Harris said after the ceremony, adding that he had spent seven hours stomping around in custom heels to practice.

Harris was showered with ridicule by the show’s roasters, who said he was best known for 200 episodes of “crappy” television.

The Emmy Award-winning actor has spent 25 years in entertainment playing roles in TV, in film and on stage, where he has sung, danced and even performed magic tricks. He also has hosted the Tony and Emmy awards.

One of the roasters said, “Those who can’t do host, and those who can’t host host the Spike TV Video Game Awards,” which Harris hosted in 2010.

Harris, who has appeared in the “Harold & Kumar” and “The Smurfs” movies and has starred in three Broadway plays, is most recently known for his role as suave ladies’ man Barney Stinson on “How I Met Your Mother,” a hit CBS comedy in its ninth and final season. He said he broke Barney’s bro code on Friday night by kissing two guys in dresses on the lips.

In his earlier days, Harris played a teenage doctor on the TV comedy “Doogie Howser, M.D.” He had to tap into his medical expertise on stage Friday to save a choking Jason Segel, his “How I Met Your Mother” co-star, who won the Pudding Pot award two years ago.

Harris said chuckling that Segel gave him a joke to use for Friday’s show but forgot to mention that he used the same joke when he was in Cambridge to accept his award.

After Friday’s roast, Harris attended the theatre’s debut production of “Victorian Secrets,” a play about a secret society of Harvard students in the 18th century.

The 2014 Woman of the Year was “Red” and “The Queen” actress Helen Mirren, who visited Harvard last week to accept her award and showed off her twerking skills.


Eldo Kim wanted to avoid final exams, prosecutors say

Photos: Harvard buildings evacuated

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The messages said shrapnel bombs would go off soon in two of four buildings, including one where prosecutors say Kim was supposed to take an exam at 9 a.m. Monday. The buildings, on Harvard’s campus in Cambridge, just outside Boston, were shut down for hours before investigators determined there were no explosives.

Kim, who lives in Cambridge, will be released on unsecured bond of $100,000 to the custody of his sister and uncle. If he defaults, his family will be liable.  He has also been ordered to stay off Harvard property.

Investigators from several agencies searched the buildings for hours before determining there were no explosives. One of the buildings was a freshman dormitory; classes are held in the other three.

Harvard said in a statement it was “saddened” by the allegations in the federal complaint but would have no further comment on the ongoing criminal investigation.

An FBI affidavit filed Tuesday says Harvard determined Kim had accessed TOR, a free Internet product that assigns a temporary anonymous Internet protocol address, using the university’s wireless network.

The affidavit says Kim told an agent on Monday night he had acted alone and sent the messages to five or six Harvard email addresses he picked at random.

He said he sent them about half an hour before he was scheduled to take a final in Emerson Hall, one of the buildings threatened, the affidavit says. He said he was in Emerson at 9 a.m. when a fire alarm sounded and he knew his plan had worked, it says.

Kim said he sent the emails from his laptop computer using TOR and Guerrilla Mail, a free Internet application that creates temporary and anonymous email addresses, according to the affidavit.

Kim’s LinkedIn profile says he is an undergraduate scholar at Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences. The institute’s website says he is a research assistant who has worked for a professor analyzing partisan taunting and also writes for the Harvard International Review and dances as a member of the Harvard Breakers.

The maximum penalties for a bomb hoax are five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, prosecutors said.

 


Eldo Kim, 20, accused of emailing threats

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BOSTON —A 20-year-old Harvard student has been accused of making Monday’s bomb threats at Harvard University.

Federal authorities say Eldo Kim emailed several bomb threats to offices associated with Harvard University, including the Harvard University Police Department and the Harvard Crimson, the student-run daily newspaper.

A criminal complaint says on Monday, at approximately 8:30 a.m., the Harvard University Police Department, two officials of Harvard University and the president of the Harvard Crimson received identical email messages bearing a subject line that read “bombs placed around campus.”

The complaint alleges that the bomb threats specified four buildings on the Harvard campus — the Science Center, Sever Hall Emerson Hall, and Thayer Hall.

The complaint quotes the email messages stating: “shrapnel bombs placed in science center, sever hall, emerson hall, thayer hall, 2/4. guess correctly. be quick for they will go off soon.”

Dozens of law enforcement officers were dispatched in response to the threat and each of the buildings named in the threat was immediately evacuated.

After spending several hours searching the buildings, it was determined that no explosive devices had been placed in any of the four buildings.

Kim was interviewed Wednesday night at his Harvard dorm. He told the FBI he sent the emails to “five or six Harvard University email addresses” that he picked at random from the university’s web page.

Kim told investigators he was motivated by a desire to avoid a final exam scheduled to be held Monday morning.

He told investigators he was scheduled to take a final exam in Emerson Hall at 9 a.m. According to the criminal complaint, when he heard the fire alarm, he knew his plan had worked.

Kim will have an initial appearance in U.S. District Court on Wednesday.

 

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