Mooseletter – April 23, 2018

From the Office of the Resident Dean, Michael Uy

Dearest Dunster, Well this is it — the last three days of the Spring Semester. Congratulations to you (and to me!) for making it. I really enjoyed the Goat Roast, and it was nice to see everyone’s smiling faces in the warm sunshine. A big thank you to HoCo, HUDS, and the House staff for all of your incredible work — and mad, mad props to Tim Kang for tending to the goat from 5am! If you didn’t join us for Red Tie Dinner last week, then be sure to join next year — I’ll wager that you’ll have a blast. As we enter reading period, please be kind to your neighbors — remember that there are no parties allowed during reading period or finals (of course, apart from Dunster Spring Formal). Quadruple check your exam schedules and locations NOW. They are sometimes not in the same place as where the class was taught. For students who are still going through a hard time and processing recent events, know that you aren’t forgotten, and that my office is a place where you can come and I will listen. Good effort and good luck to everyone as we finish strong together.

Michael’s Office Hours
Tuesday, April 24: 10-12 noon
Thursday, April 26: 2-4 pm
Friday, April 27: 2-4 pm
Please feel free drop by for office hours between the times that are indicated above. If these times don’t work and you need alternate times, or to schedule an appointment, please email Diana at My office is at E303H.

Tutor On-Call
The tutor on-call from April 23-30, is Rahima Bensaid. She resides in Dunster E-414 and can be reached at 617-851-8419 in the event of an emergency.

Common Space use during Reading/Exam Period
As is the case each semester, the common rooms will remain open 24/7 during the reading and exam periods, with the exception of the music practice rooms, for which term-time hours will continue to apply. The common rooms are intended to be used as quiet study areas during this time, and will therefore not be available for course or student organization related reservations beginning on Thursday. Best of luck with your upcoming papers and exams!

Quote of the Week
Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted. ~David Bly

HOCO Spring Formal
Thursday, April 26h

10pm-2am, Dunster Courtyard
Ticket Sales in the Dining Hall
$20 can be purchased by cash or through venmo

Sunday: 5-8pm
Tuesday: 6-8pm
Wednesday: 6-8pm
Thursday: 12-2pm
Thursday: 5-8pm

Featuring a live band and DJ, hors d’oeuvres, and drinks (including Moose-jitos, “The Pomeroy”, and more) Alcohol 21+ (of course!)

Humans of Dunster
James Palmer (4 and a half years old, roasts me several times)

And here, ladies and gentlemen, we have our first resident from that place that sounds like the answer to the question; “what was it dat Kevin Costner danced with?” Clue: it wasn’t DeRabbit.

James Palmer crouches on the chair next to me during our teatime interview and shuffles about, exuding a restless energy that flicks between an ambition to monopolize “the thinker’s superhero” market and an incisive angle of deduction that leads me to find my missing glasses: “check your backpack.” Footnote: I wish I’d heard James’ advice before I ordered a new pair at an opticians in Harvard Square, as I am now, as the Scots say, proverbially “skinto” when it comes to the Gringotts vault of my depleted student account.

Away from the jaded and off to the hills of youthful exuberance. James is not only an astute problem-solver when it comes to mysteries of the optical variety, but also in his work as a burgeoning inventor. He has already created a cutting-edge little number called “The Car Track”, patent pending. Apparently “one sends cars, one sends the ball”. More importantly, he found the base ingredients for the concoction in the free pile at Home Depot. “Free pile?” I hear you ask. I know. It’s like when you collect all of those lengthy receipts (that resemble the Burglar’s Agreement the dwarves hand to Bilbo) at CVS and you have to stuff them in your wallet and you lug around rolls upon rolls of receipt paper to finally claim that free tube of toothpaste with that purchase of oreos, but without any of the hassle of actually doing any of that. If you catch my drift? James would understand. He gets my trains of thought, just like he led me to my glasses. I can see more clearly now (goodbye “Ole’ Blind”).

Let’s talk superheroes. If James could invent his own heroic persona, he would be Flash: “that one’s not taken”. I’m not sure what the patent situation with that is, but judging by James’s ability to out-race other Dunsterites in the carpeted corridors of DeWolfe 10 (coupled with what I would assume is a cutting instinct in the politics of the deal, lest we forget his Home Depot discovery), he may well obtain some ownership of the name. Great to have on your corner whilst the game is afoot and on the (slightly blurry) search for eyewear, just don’t challenge him jokingly to a race. He will beat you. Austin Sechrest has found this out.

PS – James plans to invent an ice-cream machine that runs perfectly, and doesn’t explode vanilla ice cream intermittently at you after it’s been left unused for 15 minutes or more. Happened to a friend.

PPS –He thinks Santa is just a glorified deliveryman: “the elves are the ones who do all the work”. Santa needs to remember the terms of his working claus.

Fall 2018 Housing Cancellation Form due May 14
• If you plan to cancel your fall housing for any reason, including study abroad, moving to the Dudley Co-op, moving off-campus, or taking a leave of absence, you will need to submit a housing cancellation form for the fall 2018 semester via the Housing Portal.
• It is always the student’s responsibility to cancel his or her housing. Receiving approval for a voluntary leave or study abroad program does not automatically cancel your housing.
• Be sure to also complete the Returning Student Application via the housing portal by the appropriate OSL deadline for the semester you plan to return. This form allows us the guarantee you college housing when you return to campus, and I would hate for you to end up on the housing waitlist!
• The deadline to cancel your housing without financial penalty is Friday, May 14. Click here to see the fees that apply beginning May 15.

Fall 2018 Inter-House Transfer Application (Round II) due May 14
• Fall 2018 IHT II applications can be found on the Housing Portal
• The College allows current sophomores and juniors to apply as individuals or groups of 2
• If you are granted an Inter-House Transfer after submitting an application, you are required by the College to transfer to your new House.
• Applying for an Inter-House transfer does not guarantee you will be accepted to your desired House(s)
• Detailed information about the application process can be found on the OSL website, here.
• The deadline to submit an IHT II application is Friday, May 14.
• IHT II decisions are released in the late summer.

Important Dates
April 25, Wednesday
Last day of spring term classes.

April 26, Thursday
Students leaving the College by this date are charged three quarters of tuition, and the Student Services Fee. After this date, students will be charged the full amount of those costs.

Last day in the spring term upon which undergraduates will ordinarily be granted a leave of absence from the College.

Students leaving the College after this date are charged full housing/room fees.

April 26, Thursday, through May 2, Wednesday

May 3, Thursday, through May 12, Saturday
See the Registrar’s website for exam times and locations for spring term courses

May 11, Friday
Deadline to submit a fall term Inter-House Transfer Application (Round 2).

Deadline to submit a Housing Contract Cancellation form for the fall term without financial penalty.

May 13, Sunday
Non-graduates must vacate their rooms by noon.

May 24, Thursday
Harvard University Commencement.

May 25, Friday
Graduating seniors must vacate their rooms by 5 pm.

May 28, Monday
University holiday: Memorial Day
Please email submissions to Diana at by Thursday at 5:00 pm for Monday publication

Diana G. Hovsepian
Dunster House Academic Coordinator
Harvard College
945 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Welcome back to Dunster! I have been the administrative assistant to the Dean since 2009: managing student records, answering your academic questions, and coordinating Commencement and other House events. I also am here to aid you in coordinating your medical school application process and getting your recommendations in order, so please visit me if you have any questions. Every Monday, I publish the Mooseletter in the dining hall and in your inboxes with news from our offices, which includes academic deadlines, upcoming House events, and information you will find useful. If you find that you have any questions about academics, need to get in contact with the Dean or just want to chat, please stop by! When I am not in Dunster, I am spending time with my family and two Boston Terriers in Bedford, MA. I also love reading, traveling, watching movies, and I am always on the lookout for recommendations if you have any! Let's have another great year in Dunster!