Mooseletter – December 9, 2013

From the Office of the Resident Dean
Carlos E. Díaz Rosillo

Reading Period is Here!
As you know, reading period can be a stressful time. Take my recommendation to heart and get perspective on this period. You are meant to study during this time, review information, and finish papers and other writing commitments, all of which add up to a lot of work. But please remember to take care of yourself, both physically and emotionally. If you are feeling unnaturally stressed and want to talk to someone, please know that I will be around for emotional support. There are also many University resources—from peer counseling groups to tutors to UHS and the Bureau of Study Counsel—who can help you to deal with the stresses of the time or even longer-term issues.
And of course, take a moment to step outside and enjoy life, even in the midst of your busy work lives.

Final Exams
Double-check your exam schedule, which is available on line at the registrar’s web page at, so that you don’t miss an exam. It’s not true that you can miss an exam with no questions asked! If you are likely to be late to an exam, go anyway. If you miss an exam, you should talk to me ASAP.

Professors may grant extensions for papers (at their discretion) up until the end of exam period, so it is important that you finish your written assignments by this time. After that date, ONLY the Administrative Board may grant extensions of time for undergraduates to complete course work. This rule also applies to students who are cross-registered in courses elsewhere.

Illness During Exams
If illness prevents you from taking one of your exams on schedule, you may ask the Administrative Board for permission to take a makeup exam in the spring. To do this, you must be seen by a UHS physician or nurse practitioner within the 24-hour period before the exam. In addition, in some cases the Registrar’s staff can administer examinations to students who have been admitted to Stillman Infirmary and who feel ready to take their exam within the 24-hour period following the scheduled time. If you are ill as an exam approaches, call me to talk through the best course of action.

Remember that no private or suite parties are allowed during reading or exam period. The tutors will be enforcing this policy. Thanks for your cooperation in making Dunster a studious space!

Study Spaces
THE DUNSTER HOUSE LIBRARY will have extended hours during reading and exam periods. The hours will be as follows:

Sunday – Friday: noon – 2 a.m.
Saturday: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Please note that during reading and exam periods, the JCR and SDR will be available 24 hours a day for studying!

Monday, 12/9: 10-noon, open hours
Tuesday, 12/10: 9-noon, open hours
Wednesday, 12/11: 6-7 pm, by appointment
Friday, 12/13: 1-2 pm, by appointment
If you have an appointment or want to chat, stop by Diana’s office first (J-35), so that if I am with a student or on the phone I may have a heads-up about you being there. Thanks! Other appointments by arrangement: Call 5-2263 or e-mail

The tutor on-call for the week of December 9 to December 16 is Bryan Kate, who in case of emergency is reachable at home in Dewolfe 10-54 and by phone at 617-493-5053.

TUTOR OFFICE HOURS (All meetings will take place in the Dining Hall)

Karin Jentoft – Pre-Career Mondays, 1:30-3:30 pm

Kenneth Skinner – Chemistry/Biology Mondays, 6-7 pm

David Fenning – Engineering, Physics, & Public Service Mondays, 7:30-9:30 pm

Margaret Roberts – Government & Public Service Mondays, 7:30-9:30 pm

Seth Herbst – Music & English Mondays, 8-9 pm

Jeff Stout – History & Science Mondays, 8:30-9:30 pm

Bekah Stout – Music & Literature Mondays, 8:30-9:30 pm

Hiro Yoshie – History Mondays, 8-10 pm

Avik Chatterjee – Medicine, Public Health Mondays, 9-11 pm

Mazen Elfakhani – Sociology Tuesdays, 7-9 pm

Marina Nunez – Spanish Table Tuesdays & Weds. 7-8 pm

Odeviz Soto – Religion & Sophomore Advising Wednesdays, 8-9 pm

Ricardo Pérez Truglia – Economics Thursdays, 8-9 pm

Adam Braskich – Pre-Law Sundays, 3-5 pm

Jing Li – Economics
Office hours by appointment; please email Jing at

Bryan Kate – Computer Science
Office hours by appointment; please email Bryan at

Katharine Parodi – Wellness & SASH
Office hours by appointment; please contact Katie at

Erica Brown Soto – Wellness, Languages & Literature
Office hours by appointment; please contact Erica at

Greg Leya – Medicine
Office hours by appointment; please contact Greg at

(You can also view this on our website at:

December 12, Thursday, through December 20, Friday
See the Registrar’s website,, for exam times and locations for fall term courses.

December 21, Saturday

Upperclass students must vacate the Houses by 5 pm.
Students not continuing in residence for spring term 2014 must leave their rooms by noon.
Students transferring from one House to another must move on this day after noon.

December 21, 2013, Saturday, through January 1, 2014, Wednesday
Winter recess.

January 2, Thursday, through January 21, Tuesday
Winter break.

January 17, Friday
All Houses and Dorms open at 9 am for the spring term.

January 20, Monday
University Holiday: Martin Luther King Day.

Spring Term
For specific times and locations, refer to

January 22, Wednesday
Online registration opens at the Registrar’s website.

January 26, Sunday
Last day for all undergraduates to register online.

January 27, Monday
Spring term begins. First meeting of spring term classes.

Any study card filed after this date requires the instructor’s signature for every course listed.

January 31, Friday
Completed study cards are due for all students between 9 am and 5 pm.
Upperclassmen and new transfer students turn in study cards at the Houses.

January 31, Friday
Last day upon which undergraduates may register late for the spring term in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Last day upon which undergraduates may cancel their registration for the spring term without payment of tuition.
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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!