Mooseletter – February 26, 2018

From the Office of the Resident Dean – Michael Uy
Dearest Dunster, Happy Women’s Week at Harvard! I’d encourage you to take a break and check out some events — ask Alexa, Kara, and Stephanie for advice! Please remember that the withdraw deadline is next week. I’m happy to talk if you’re debating whether you should descend Pyramid Schemes or add more catalyst to Organic Chemistry. As we’re in the thick of midterms please continue to be cognizant of Harvard’s Honor Code. Know that there are always resources to help you and that if you have any questions or concerns, that you should reach out to your professors, TFs, and resident dean. This week I have scheduled office hours on Tuesday only. I will be presenting at a conference in Kansas City, Wednesday to Friday, but your Academic Coordinator Diana Hovsepian and Senior Tutor Jennifer Hsiao can meet with you and approve party forms or discuss academic concerns. Oh dear me, what an unusually temperate end of February we’ve had! I had to look up if Moose hibernate or not — guess we don’t! *Spring Moose*

Michael’s Office Hours
Tuesday, February 27: 10-12 noon

Please feel free to come by for open office hours between the times that are indicated above. To sign up for an appointment please email Diana at If these times don’t work with your schedule, please email Diana for alternate times. My office is at E303H.

Seniors and Requirements
Seniors, double-check again your course report to make sure that you are enrolled in all of the right classes. We want you to graduate!

Commencement News
Planning to take part in Commencement Activities? November 2017 and March 2018 degree candidates who would like to take part (WALK) in this May’s Commencement activities should contact Diana ( ASAP.

Graduating Seniors
The deadline to complete your degree application is March 26, 2018. (The link is not live yet, you will receive a reminder when it goes live). Visit:, click on the: Apply to Graduate button and follow the instructions.

Tutor On-Call
The tutor on-call from February 26 to March 5, is Stephanie Charles. She resides in Dunster W506 and can be reached at 617-851-8419 in the event of an emergency.

Quote of the week
The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson. – Tom Bodett

Gen Ed Requirements Q&A Session
Tuesday, February 27th, JCR, 7:30 p.m.

Questions about Gen Ed requirements?
Come to the JCR on Tuesday, February 27th to speak to an experienced Gen Ed advisor and have all your questions answered! There will be a very brief overview of the new Program and new Gen Ed requirements, followed by an opportunity for students to ask specific questions.

You can also visit the new Gen Ed weekly drop-in office hours, every Wednesday (1:00-3:00pm) in the Gen Ed office suite (4th Floor of the Smith Center), or ask questions online.

Run Amoc! at Dunster
Friday, March 2
10:30 am-1 pm Workshop, Junior Common Room
1-2 pm Lunch, Small Dining Room

Visit the JCR on Friday, March 2 from 10am – 1pm (or any part in-between) and join the American Modern Opera Company, a group of singers, dancers, musicians and composers as they create new music and art together. Students are welcome to attend and participate in whatever way they choose. Feel free to watch, or join in the fun as part of the performance! Then join the artists in the Small Dining Room from 1-2pm for a small discussion about what it means to collaborate, work through uncertainty, and construct a creative life at Harvard.

From February 23 to March 3, AMOC will be hosting a series of teaching and performance programs as part of their nine-day residency with the Office of the Arts at Harvard. For more information on AMOC and their programs, visit:

Humans of Dunster
Tim Shea – The eGalitarian Griller
Tim Shea (née Timothy) is a Senior living up near the Mount Rushmore of Dunster House, in the mid-West. He is from Providence on the partially landlocked “island” of Rhode; “it gets 3% bigger at low-tide”. Let’s talk about Providence because it doesn’t get talked about enough and I once had an affordably enjoyable gaming experience at the Dave & Buster’s arcade in the Providence Mall. The West End of the city runs solely on a “brunch-based economy”, its arty students slide along the streets on toast shoes spread with avocado dip. Water is scented with the air of youthful pretension and naivety. How hip. Speaking of brunch, what are Tim’s thoughts on the Sunday Dunster sunrise sesh at the grille? “It’s a great community building exercise…maybe not a business one.” What a way to smooth(ie)ly deal with a thorny political question. Tim is grille manager.

Speaking of politics, Tim is really engaged with local causes (see the wholesome photo of him at the HUDs strike). As keeper of grille keys and sender of dog-meme emails (“meemails” anyone? Anyone?) he dreams of a day when the grille fryers form a cooperative and become equal owners in the business. “What about your power?” I asked. “A good organizer organizes themselves out of a job” he replied, quick as a cold iPhone loses charge. Great craic.

Tim’s grandparents are Irish, and he spent his Junior spring in Dublin. Important questions first: he says he’s a “fan” of Guinness, but he prefers some American craft beers. This sets us up wonderfully for the first game of the Humans of Dunster series: What beats a Guinness? Timothy’s recommendation is golden, or should I say grey. The Greysail brewery in Rhode Island does a stunning double IPA called Captain’s Daughter that is good to try. Tim knows this because he worked at a bar last summer and when they ran out of “Captain”, people would get up and leave. Just walk out. On his first shift working alone, Tim broke up a massive bar brawl that “involved pool sticks and dogs”. I bet that wasn’t in the West End.

“How did Tim break it up?” you may ask. Welcome to our next game, “Tim and the Bar Fight: brains or bureaucracy?” If you have an answer, come to Sunday grille brunch and tell him yourself, you lazy devils.

Upcoming Workshops and Discussions at the BSC
5 Linden Street, Cambridge, MA
Time Management
Thursday, March 1, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Identify your priorities, learn how to plan and manage your time more effectively, and develop strategies for dealing with challenges. Register at

Friday, March 2, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Explore factors related to our procrastination habits/patterns. Consider practical and attitudinal approaches we might try when we find ourselves resisting or avoiding our academic work. To register, email

Important Dates
March 1, Thursday
Applications for degree credit for study out of residence for the fall term are due at the Office of International Education.
March 5, Monday
Last day upon which students may withdraw from a spring term course. Last day upon which students may withdraw from a year-long course. A notation of WD will be permanently recorded on the transcript. After this date students are responsible for all courses in which they are enrolled.

March 10, Saturday, through March 18, Sunday
Spring recess.
March 26, Monday
Final degree applications for May 2018 Degree Candidates due.

Last day to change concentration without Administrative Board approval for May 2018 and November 2018 Degree Candidates.

Last day upon which May 2018 and November 2018 degree candidates may submit an approved foreign language citation study plan to the Office of the Registrar.

Advanced Standing-eligible students planning to graduate after six or seven terms in May 2019 or November 2019, or to begin a fourth year AM program in fall term 2018, must file the Advanced Standing Activation Form by this date.

Last day upon which May 2018 and November 2018 Degree Candidates may submit an approved petition for a secondary field to the Office of the Registrar.
March 26, Monday
Students leaving the College by this date are charged one half of tuition and the Student Services Fee. After this date, students will be charged three quarters of those costs.

April 1, Sunday
Applications for degree credit for study out of residence for the summer are due at the Office of International Education.

April 11, Wednesday
Declaration of Concentration due for out-of-phase members of the Class of 2020.

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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About hovsep

Hi everyone, my name is Diana Hovsepian and I am the academic coordinator in Dunster House. I have been working here since 2009: helping with your academic questions and issues, managing student records, organizing and helping with House events and Commencement. 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. I also serve as a sophomore academic adviser in the House. Every Monday, I publish the Mooseletter in the dining hall and in your inboxes with news from our offices, which include academic deadlines, upcoming House events, and information from the Registrar’s office. If you find that you have any questions about academics, need to get in contact with the Resident Dean or just want to chat, please email me or stop by my office at E303A! When I am not in Dunster, I am spending time with my husband, our children, and our Boston Terrier in Bedford, MA. I love traveling, reading, watching movies, and I am always on the lookout for recommendations if you have any. Let’s have another great year in Dunster!