Yesterday, The Crimson reported on their efforts to verify the rumour of Faust’s nomination. Check the last paragraph.
Faust’s whereabouts proved difficult to pin down: an evening call to her house on Brattle Street revealed that she was in Philadelphia, attending a Board of Trustees meeting at Bryn Mawr. The individual who answered the phone—possibly her husband, Harvard professor Charles Rosenberg—said he did not know when she would return to Cambridge.
Calls to Philadelphia-area hotels did not yield any confirmation of Faust’s location, and Faust’s cell phone was turned off throughout the evening. Her daughter, Jessica Rosenberg, also had her cell phone off and could not be reached at the New Yorker, where she works.
Individuals connected to the University and the search process stayed quiet as well. Several members of the Board of Overseers contacted by phone refused to comment, as did the University’s official spokesman.
Two of the other presidential search finalists—Provost Steven E. Hyman and Law School Dean Elena Kagan—kept a low profile. Hyman, whose Mass. Hall office was dark by 6:15 p.m., declined to come to the door when two Crimson reporters appeared at his house. And Kagan smiled and went into her house when approached by a reporter.
In an apparent coincidence, the Boston Symphony Orchestra is set to play Berlioz’s “Damnation de Faust” on Monday, the day after Faust is expected to be named the University’s 28th president.