John Harvard Becomes Halo Master Chief

The statue of John Harvard in Harvard Yard is a frequent target of pranks, and recently it became a target once again. Students from MIT transformed John into the character "Master Chief" from the video game Halo 3. The MIT Tech explains:
The back of the helmet, which is worn by the protagonist of the game, Master Chief, was labeled with “Master Chief in Training.” The statue was decorated with an assault rifle (bullet count of 2E), as well as a Beaver emblem on the right shoulder.
I think the new look suits him.

The statue bears the inscription "John Harvard, Founder, 1638," and is thus known as the "statue of three lies" because a) the statue does not actually depict John Harvard because the statue maker had no images of Harvard to work from. The guy in the chair is actually a nineteenth-century Harvard student. 2) John Harvard did not found Harvard. It was merely renamed after him after he gave the school a lot of money. 3) The school was founded in 1636, not 1638.


Posted on Mon Oct 01, 2007


God bless Master Chief! tongue laugh
Posted by Nameless  in  London, marshmellow land  on  Mon Oct 01, 2007  at  12:44 PM
Rightly deserves the tradition of pranks it has recieved, given its bogus status revealed in the historical faults that you mention.
Posted by Mr.Peabody  on  Sun Oct 07, 2007  at  04:11 PM
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