With Rowdy Return to Dorm Storming, Students Celebrate First In-Person Housing Day in Two Years | News

More Zoom reveals, more virtual welcomes. This housing day, for the first time in two years, Harvard freshmen discovered their future home in a storm of dorms.

On the second anniversary of the day Harvard sent students packing due to the Covid-19 outbreak, members of the upper class dressed in household gear shouted carols, waved posters and stormed freshman dormitories. Housing Day is an annual tradition in which freshmen are assigned to one of Harvard’s 12 upperclass houses or the Dudley Co-Op in groups of up to eight students, known as blocking groups. .

The Dean of Students’ office previously announced a modified version of the pandemic-era tradition, in which upperclassmen storm freshman hallways in groups of three for up to five minutes. . Yet many students have adopted pre-pandemic methods, ignoring restrictions and raiding freshman dorms en masse without masks.

“I thought it would be a little disappointing, but it was really fun,” said Jennifer Xiong ’25, who was placed in Lowell House.

In the week leading up to Housing Day, house committees released widely viewed music videos showing house amenities and dissenting from other houses. On Wednesday night, freshmen took part in River Run, a forbidden ritual in which students take doses of alcohol in each of the nine river houses in an ill-fated attempt to avoid being assigned to live in the distant Radcliffe Quadrangle.

Throughout the day, freshmen – even those who were “quadruplets” – expressed their excitement about their new homes, donning household items, sharing photos on social media and attending events. of the House.

Jeffrey Fang ’25, who flaunted his house pride with a new Currier House baseball cap and shirt, said he had hoped to get a house in the Quad, although some of his neighborhood mates were less satisfied.

“There’s a better chance of getting unique, better food. And just peace and quiet,” Fang said.

Some posters for the Quad Houses and Mather House carried the phrase “more sex”, in reference to their abundance of simple dormitories.

Early Thursday morning, Kirkland House students arrived first at University Hall, where they draped a house flag over the statue of John Harvard and hoisted another over the building.

Students attending the storm festivities in the dorms spotted Currier’s mascot, known as Woody the Tree, brawling with Eliot House’s elephant mascot in a fight between the houses.

When asked what he thought of his new home, Mahdi A. Hamad ’25 shouted “Quincy! Q house! Let’s go!” and said it was her second choice behind only Adams House.

Savannah S. Cooksey ’25 said Housing Day and the Storm in the Dorms was “pretty fun,” although she was “uncertain at first” about being assigned to Currier.

“We had seen Currier outside our window where we were, and we looked at each other and were like, ‘Damn, that won’t be us, that won’t be us,'” Cooksey said. “And then we heard ‘Boom boom boom boom’, and we were like, ‘Dang it’.”

Taylor Fang ’25 said she feared she had a higher chance of being ‘quadrupled’ due to the unusually large size of the Class of 2025, but felt ‘really lucky’ to be placed in Adams.

Adams House students dressed up on the first day of in-person accommodation in two years.
Adams House students dressed up on the first day of in-person accommodation in two years. By Julian J. Giordano

“I heard the 300 extra freshmen were all quadrupled,” she said. “It might just be a rumor, but it made me feel even more like, ‘Wow, I’m really lucky to have a home that I love.'”

After receiving their housing assignments, freshmen had a chance to talk to upperclassmen, grab some loot, and learn more about their home on the driveway to Annenberg Hall, where the students had set up tables.

Audrey Gunawan ’25 said the Housing Day festivities “lived up to everything that [she] expected.”

“I can say it’s really exciting for a lot of people, and especially for the upper classes, who haven’t had a chance to have a real in-person housing day yet,” Gunawan said. “I’ve met a bunch of people who, it turns out, are in my house.”

“I’m ready to step out of court,” she added.

—Editor Vivi E. Lu can be reached at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @vivielu_.

—Editor Leah J. Teichholtz can be reached at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @LeahTeichholtz.

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