Mooseletter – October 1, 2018

From the Office of the Resident Dean – Michael Uy
Dearest meese, I hope you all enjoyed the sunny weekend that we had! I love the crisp air in the warm sunshine — take advantage of it while you can! As you know, Tuesday October 9th is the deadline for adding and dropping a course and changing from a letter grade to pass fail. (It is called Fifth Monday but because of Indigenous People’s Day, this year it falls on a Tuesday.) I know that many of you are in the thick of midterms, problem sets, and papers — we believe in you and know that you are trying your best! If you need a little bit of down time from your studies, why don’t you come participate in a Dunster IM sport? join us for courtyard s’mores on Thursday? check out our House website? Did you also know that we have a website curated by our master of the web, Jon Palmer? You can find all of the specialty groups, Grille photos and information, and bios about your favorite tutors, resident and non-resident. Chocolate goes to whoever can tell me: 1) which tutor comes from the “Highground” in the Midwest, 2) which two tutors are world-class violinists, 3) at least three tutors trying to catch Pikachu, 4) at least four new tutors to the house this year and something about them, OR 5) any five interesting facts that you didn’t know before (I’ll be the judge of “interesting”). I’ll literally walk around with chocolate this week and you can stop me to tell me. Use it as fuel for IMs. *Moooo-se*

Michael’s Office Hours
Tuesday, October 2: 10-12noon
Thursday, October 4: 2-4pm

Please feel free to drop by during open office hours. If you wish to make an appointment to see me, please email Diana at My office is at E303H.

The Harvard College Honor Code
Members of the Harvard College community commit themselves to producing academic work of integrity – that is, work that adheres to the scholarly and intellectual standards of accurate attribution of sources, appropriate collection and use of data, and transparent acknowledgement of the contribution of others to their ideas, discoveries, interpretations, and conclusions. Cheating on exams or problem sets, plagiarizing or misrepresenting the ideas or language of someone else as one’s own, falsifying data, or any other instance of academic dishonesty violates the standards of our community, as well as the standards of the wider world of learning and affairs.

Tutor On-Call
Gregory Davis is the tutor on-call from October 1-8. He resides in DeWolfe 10-65 and can be reached at 617-851-8419 in case of an emergency.

S’Mores in the Courtyard
Thursday, October 4,
8:30-9:30 pm

IM Schedule for the Week of 10/1
Week of 10/1
Monday 10/1- Soccer vs. Cabot- 8:15 pm (Cumnock)
Tuesday 10/2- Flag Football vs. Leverett- 7:00 pm (Stadium)
Tuesday 10/2- Volleyball A vs. Lowell- 9:00 pm (MAC)
Thursday 10/4- Ultimate Frisbee vs. Cabot- 9:00 pm (Stadium)
Sunday 10/7- Tennis vs. Winthrop- matches scheduled individually

Humans of Dunster
Alvin Fordjour
The Rendell Swinger

Alvin Fordjour is a funky sophomore, a dapper snapper chap from the elevated fourth floor of Dunster west-side. If Dunster were a multi-level nightclub (imagine), he would be strutting about and moonwalking across the glittery pantheon of Michael Jackson Floor. He’s a massive MJ fan, especially the walking basslines and massive sounds of Smooth Criminal and Billie Jean. Speaking of Billie Jean, she’ll be called upon by him for approximately 45 seconds in the Expressions Company piece when he leads a whole group of dancers along to his choreography for the first time. Picture the scene. A chunky four-beat count-in whilst all the dancers freeze on the stage, building the buzz. Then the walking bassline, up there with the best three of all time (along with Eurythmics and Stevie Wonder, open to debate). Everyone starts to hip thrust, the crowd loses its mind. A girl screams hysterically and chucks her Harvard ID in the air, losing it in the frenzied melée. That’s a $25 addition to her school bill, but she doesn’t…even…care. Then Alvin changes the game, fusing Afrobeat-inspired moves with the OG MJ struts and spins. This is going to be happening on December 1st. Put it in your diaries folks.

When he’s not fronting up as a GDL (Genuine Dance Legend) on the floors of Lowell lecture hall, Alvin likes to read mysteries and psychological thrillers in the music rooms of Dunster basement. His fave author is Ruth Rendell, a prolific English author who always published hardbacks of such heft you could cook them on the Dunster grill-top for twenty minutes and the middle pages still wouldn’t even be warm. A well-read dancer, Alvin also knows his mind when it comes to food. “I hate vegetables” he proclaims suddenly as we talk over lunch. What form would he most like to take his veggies in? We all know dancers and readers and dapper chaps need greens. “I’d take lettuce cut up in fried rice”, he responds. You’ve got to respect that.

Here’s my Alvin-inspired playlist: Edwin Birdsong, “Rapper Dapper Snapper”, Michael Jackson, “Smooth Criminal”, Riton & Kah-Lo, “Rinse & Repeat”, Brian Bennett, “Wexford’s Theme (from “The Ruth Rendell Mysteries”)”, Alvin & The Chipmunks, “Funkytown”.
Shamone, indeed

Harvard-Yale Ticket Distribution Info
Don’t miss the Harvard-Yale game on Saturday, November 17, 12 pm in Fenway Park!

Tickets to the Harvard-Yale Game can be picked up Monday, October 1, through Thursday, October 18, at the Harvard Athletics Ticket Office, located on the first floor of the Murr Center at 65 North Harvard Street. Tickets can also be claimed at the Harvard Box Office at the Smith Center on Thursday, October 11 from 10 am – 8 pm, and on Friday, October 12 from 10 am – 5 pm.

Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so claim your ticket as early as possible! Remember that you are required to present you HUID when claiming your ticket, and that tickets must be claimed in-person. Fenway Park will be enforcing seating assignments at The Game, so be sure to claim your ticket along with anyone whom you would like to sit near. For ADA seating or other accommodations, please call the Ticket Office at 617-495-2211. For more information regarding ticket requirements and game details, visit Additional details regarding transportation will be provided by the College later in the term.

HUDS Extending Lunch Hours (11:30 am – 2:15 pm)
Effective immediately the House dining halls will now begin serving lunch at 11:30 am and will remain open until the usual closing time of 2:15 pm. The grill option will not be available until noon. The FlyBy, located on the lower level of Memorial Hall will continue to open for lunch at 11:15 am

ALI Student Ambassador Applications
Connect with some of the world’s most accomplished leaders on a personal level. Learn about their work to tackle some of the world’s most pressing problems. Apply to be a 2019 ALI Student Ambassador. A description of the role can be found here. Applications can be submitted at

Academic Calendar
October 1, Monday
Applications for degree credit for study out of residence for the spring term are due at the Office of International Education.

October 8, Monday
University holiday: Columbus Day (Federal), Indigenous Peoples’ Day (City of Cambridge).

October 9, Tuesday
Because of the University holiday, the Fifth Monday deadline will be Tuesday, October 9.

No full-semester, year-long, or Fall 1 course may be dropped from or added to a student’s record after this date.

No course may be changed from letter-graded to Pass/Fail or from Pass/Fail to letter-graded status for the fall term after this date.

October 9, Tuesday
Students leaving the College by this date are charged one quarter of tuition and the Student Services Fee. After this date, students will be charged one half of those costs. See the chart under Financial Information for details of room and board charges.

October 19, Friday
Deadline for applying for spring housing if you were not living in student housing during the fall term. The Returning Student Housing Application can be found here.

October 22, Monday

Last day upon which students may withdraw from a fall term 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.

October 29, 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. See the chart under Financial Information for details of room and board charges.

November 2, Friday through November 3, Saturday
First-Year Family Weekend.

November 8, Thursday
Declaration of Concentration due for class of 2021.

November 12, Monday
University holiday: Veterans’ Day (observed for staff). Classes will be held on a regular Monday Schedule.

November 16, Friday
Final degree applications for March 2019 Degree Candidates due.

Last day to change concentration for March 2019 Degree Candidates without Administrative Board approval.

Last day upon which March 2019 Degree Candidates may submit an approved foreign language citation study plan to the Office of the Registrar.

Last day upon which March 2019 Degree Candidates may submit an approved petition for a secondary field to the Office of the Registrar.

Advanced Standing-eligible students planning to graduate after six or seven terms in March 2019, or to begin a fourth year AM program in spring term 2019, must file an Advanced Standing Activation Form by this date.

November 21, Wednesday, through November 25, Sunday
Thanksgiving recess.

December 5, Wednesday
Last day of fall term classes.

December 6, 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 fall 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.

December 6, Thursday, through December 11, Tuesday

December 12, Wednesday, through December 20, Thursday
See the Registrar’s website for exam times and locations for fall term courses.
Please email submissions to Diana at by Thursday, 5:00 pm for Monday publication.

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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!