The College Newspaper Round-Up is a weekly look at various stories published in Boston-area student newspapers, plucking out the most interesting pieces that are important to communities across the Commonwealth: the students, the faculty, and the residents of neighborhoods that house them all.

Simmons Speaks on Decision to Accept Transgender Applicants
Simmons’ student newspaper the Simmons Voice spoke with members of the school’s administration about the Nov. 5 announcement that it would be the third women’s college in the United States to have a policy accepting transgender applicants. Haley Costen writes that the policy helps transgender students gain health benefits, access to a health center, dedicated counseling, and user-friendly maps of gender-neutral restrooms. Costen interviewed Sarah Neill, Dean of Student Life and Vice President of Student Affairs who said the decision was “really about focusing on the fluidity of gender and staying tied to our roots, and genders that have been historically marginalized.”

Harvard Student Group Files Suit Against Harvard
The Harvard Climate Justice Coalition, a group of students associated with Divest Harvard but not acting for them, have filed a lawsuit against Harvard alleging that the university hasn’t acted in favor of the public while investing in fossil fuels. According to Meg P. Bernhard and Theodore R. Delwiche of the Harvard Crimson, the 11-page complaint includes language that states the university is in “breach of fiduciary and charitable duties as a public charity and nonprofit corporation.” This comes after a number of incidents and protests to sway the mind of University President Drew G. Faust. The lawsuit identifies the defendants as Harvard Corporation, Harvard Management Company, and Attorney General Coakley, according to the Crimson.

Suffolk Student Aims For Graduate School With Child on the Way
Kate Kelley’s last final is on Dec. 11. Two weeks later, she is expected to give birth to a daughter before starting to decide on which graduate school to apply to for a 12-month master’s program. Kelley’s experience is the focus of Brigette Carreiro’s Suffolk Journal article this week. According to the article, Suffolk’s Off-Campus Housing Office (called OCHO) teams up with the school’s Wellness Center once a month to help students with kids meet and support each other with helpful tips and discussion of experiences. Kelley is gearing up to take her GREs during her 35th week of pregnancy. Carreiro writes that “Women’s ability to pursue an education while becoming a parent is something that Kelley mentioned she strongly endorses,” and that “Kelley said she would encourage other students to continue to take classes while experiencing a pregnancy.”

Harvard Students Respond to Reopening of Museums
Melissa C. Rodman writes in the Harvard Crimson this week about Harvard Art Museums’ reopening and the relationship it will have with undergrads who visit it, learn from it, and help guide others around it. Rodman writes that Harvard hopes that the museums will “push Harvard students to interact with art in a new, educational way.” One of the most interesting things the article points out is that there are now various spaces dedicated to coursework. Pieces can be selected by professors who wish to include them in their courses, and have them displayed in specialized areas for a period of time of their choosing. Students will begin leading public tours of the museum starting in February, Rodman writes.

Emerson Goes Digital With New Major
Emerson has opened a minor in Digital Media & Culture to its students, with the track being available this spring, according to Agatha Kereere of the Berkeley Beacon. The minor will include classes that will teach students about digital perspectives of ever-changing society and the means by which new mediums are already being explored. According to the Beacon, the minor was first mentioned in 2011 and has since been fleshed out.

A Harvard/Yale Preview, From The Yale Side of Things
And if you need a crash course on the Yale-Harvard Football game before tomorrow, here’s a short video from my hometown college newspaper, the Yale Daily News.