Harvard University

  Brown will play football at Harvard Saturday night, but I’m sure the mind games began last Saturday after Harvard’s 41-10 romp at Rhode Island and Brown’s frustrating 20-16 loss at home to Bryant.

Make no mistake about it. Every fall, Harvard gets in the head of the Brown football team, as if some mist floats to College Hill from Harvard Square and billions of H cells infiltrate the brains of Bears. Cells with stats, records, results. Gridiron DNA.

Former Rhode Islander Christine Heenan is set to leave her post as Harvard University's vice president in February to become senior communications adviser with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Heenan started at Harvard in 2008, after establishing and helping run the Clarendon Group communications and government relations firm in Providence. She also worked on Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign in Rhode Island, and as director of community and government relations at Brown University, and as a senior policy analyst on President Clinton's domestic policy staff.

Update 12/18: Federal prosecutors are suing a Harvard student for causing the false alarm Monday, that led to an extensive search for explosives. They allege Eldo Kim sent emails to campus police and Harvard officials threatening that bombs would go off in buildings on Harvard Yard. According to prosecutors, Kim was trying to get out of taking an exam scheduled for Monday.

Even President Obama is talking about rising college tuitions as students return to campus. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay  talks about what this all means for our flagship public university, the University of Rhode Island.

The days are getting shorter, the breezes off our cobalt coastline are cooler. The rhythms of fall return. In our cozy corner of New England, a timeless harbinger of the season is students thronging college campuses.

Harvard University is partnering with the National Football League on a $100 million research project looking into serious health problems among NFL players. The initiative announced in today's Boston Globe will focus on 1,000 retired NFL players to better understand and potentially treat a wide range of physical ailments.