Compared to the Cavalier, I liked the busy look of the Harvard News layout. From reading other blogs, some people didn't like the way it looked, but I liked having so many different titles and pictures appear right on the mainscreen to give me a quick glance at what is happening with multiple topics.
I do think that all the articles could have been categorized a little better. Instead of just throwing all the article links together with a subheading here or there. It kind of needs to have a more organized chaos look rather than just chaos.
I think one of my favorite characteristics that can be found on a lot of news sites is when there is a continuous slideshow of pictures with news captions below them at the top of the main page. If I only have a few mintues to browser, these slideshows can provide me with a lot of information in a short amount of time.