Mooseletter – September 17, 2018

From the Office of the Resident Dean – Michael Uy
Hello Dunster! Now that you are all settled in your class, I would recommend please DOUBLE and TRIPLE check your Crimson Cart to make sure you are taking the right classes! Math21B is different from Applied Math 21B! You will save yourself (and me) a big headache to verify that your classes are correct. You should also make sure that you are planning out the end of your semester with the finals schedule. Map those exams in your calendar now! Monday 9/24 is the last day to add or drop a course without a fee. After 9/24, you have until 10/9 (Fifth Monday, which is a Tuesday) to add/drop for $10. Also, did you know that you can take up to one-third of your courses pass-fail? As long as they are not Gen Eds, certain concentration requirements, or foreign language, then you could experience the freedoms that pass-fail offers! I’m happy to discuss if you have specific questions. If I still haven’t met you, please say hello! Please eat well, wash your hands, and be considerate and lovely neighbors. I hear that this is the first week of IMs! *Roll moose*

Use the Drop and Swap buttons to make changes during add/drop. Please remember that you need to get instructor permission for the course you would like to add, and then swap it with the course you would like to drop. Visit the Knowledge Center for full edit, drop, and swap instructions at my.harvard.

Changing Letter-Graded or Pass/Fail Status of Courses
A course may be changed from letter-graded to Pass/Fail (with the instructor’s approval), or changed from Pass/Fail to letter-graded until the fifth Monday of the term. After that day, no changes in the grading status of any course can be made. There is no fee for changing the grading status in a course.

Visit the Knowledge Center for full edit, drop, and swap instructions.

Attention Dunster Seniors
If you are out of sync, please come see me so we can make sure that you are on track and are fulfilling all your requirements to graduate!

Advice: Remember to think about balancing your course load this semester. If you are signed up for 5 classes, and this has become a little unmanageable, it will only grow more so with time. So, drop it! If you are enjoying a class and putting a lot of time into it, but signed up to take it pass-fail, you might think about changing it to a graded course; courses cannot be graded retroactively, if you signed up for it as a pass-fail course. If you have any questions, please come by to see me.

Senior Requirements, Student Records
Seniors, please stop by to see me if you would like to confirm that you are on track or just to chat!

Noise and Parties
School has begun, so it is important that we respect each other’s space and need for quiet time to study. Please remember that although blasting music and being loud is never a good idea for your neighbors, official quiet hours begin at 11:00 pm during the week and at 2:00 am on weekends. Parties must be registered with the House Office, after receiving approval from your entry-way tutor. Party Registration forms, which are located in the House Office and on the Dunster website, are due by 4 pm the Thursday before the party (for weekend parties) at the House Office. If the office has not received the form by that time, we’ll have to reschedule the party for another week. Thanks!

Michael’s Office Hours
Tuesday, 9/18: 10-12 noon
Wednesday, 9/19: 2-4 pm
Friday, 9/21: 2-4 pm

Please feel free to come for open office hours during the times that are indicated above. If you wish to schedule an appointment, or to arrange an alternate time, please email Diana at My office is at E303H.

Tutor On-Call
The tutor on-call from September 17 to September 24 is Cara Weisman. She resides in Dunster W316 and can be reached at 617-851-8419 in the event of an emergency.

Gen Ed Tabling at Dunster
Confused about Gen Ed? Unsure of which Gen Ed requirements apply to you? Baffled by your Academic Advising Report? Come to Community Night on Thursday, September 20, 6-6:45 pm to have your questions answered by a representative from the Gen Ed office.

Unable to come to Community Night? Gen Ed has office hours 1-3pm every Wednesday on the 4th floor of the Smith Campus Center.

Humans of Dunster
Featuring – Erica Holmes
Motherflipping Starboard
Keep Away from Cheese Board
Almost Married a Lord

Erica Holmes is a senior living in the Club Cáve of Dunster, in the discotheque dormer aesthetic of the fifth floor. When she’s not leading the Radcliffe Crew as a Motherflippin’ Starboard on the tides of the Charles, she can be heard turning out accents in the dhall or spotted in a stellar cameo in the final episode of a much beloved British detective series, Lewis (my mum’s absolute fave). To watch the crucial scene of her featured episode, it’s Series 7, Ep. 6 on ITVHub. Just remember to tune in to Part 2. Erica told her entire school that she featured in Part 1, which was false info. Her friends missed the live auditions round of X-Factor because Erica told them to tune into the wrong episode of my mum’s favourite detective programme. Might have been slightly awks at assembly the next morning. And not the good aux (cheers Catherine Joyce and her nuanced exercise playlists).

In more recent times, Erica has become somewhat of a cultivator, a curator. She tends to her large collection of canonized literary classic squeezed into tiny books, shuffling their order to give mini Austen, wee Hardy and dinky Shakespeare their time in the limelight. She also tends to her three pet goats, Logan, Havok and Bolt, gifted to her on her 16th birthday. In the digital world she maintains and continues to develop a veritable bangers-and-mash playlist, called “all time favs”. Tagline: “guaranteed underrated bangers from artists including Paolo Nutini, Duffy (Brit Awards Queen) and The Kooks”. Sold.

Speaking of queens and brits, Erica is a delightful proponent of toasted tea-cakes, OG scones, Robinson’s orange squash, digestives and a wonderful sense of humour. Her own wit is often as dry as the client’s champagne she ill-advisedly stuck her finger into when waitressing at her mother’s business event. In fairness, it helps the bubbles go down. She is the master of elevating anecdotes to heights of banter that leave coattails for us all to cling onto. She is as she likes her Pimm’s served: chilled, full of eclectic cultural cross-over potential yet still fundamentally British, goes well with anything. Just don’t ask her to eat cheese.

Dunster IM’s
Gevin Reynolds: Meese, it is an absolute privilege to continue leading IMs for my senior year. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a senior studying Neurobiology and am from Atlanta. I honestly don’t know what my Harvard experience would have been like without IMs, and I don’t know what Dunster would be like without IMs! Whether it’s flag football in the fall, squash in the winter, or softball in the spring, there is a sport for you! Along with Anne Marie, my #1 goal for this year is to make sure that we have Meese show up to represent our great house at every single event. I’m excited for a fun and dominant year!

Anne Marie Crinnion: Hi guys! I’m a junior studying psychology. I’m super excited to be one of your IM reps this year. While tennis and basketball have a special place in my heart, I’m happy to chat with you about any/all sports. I’m a morning person so you can find me around the house at breakfast and outside of Dunster you can find me at the MAC teaching spin classes. I’m super excited to lead Dunster to a strong IM finish and I really encourage everyone to come out and try at least one sport this season. Looking forward to getting to know all of you – feel free to stop me and say hi anytime!

IM’s Schedule for the Week of 9/17
Monday 9/17- Soccer vs. Pfoho- 8:15 pm (Cumnock)
Tuesday 9/18- Flag Football vs. Adams- 7:00 pm (Stadium)
Tuesday 9/18- Volleyball A vs. Leverett- 9:00 pm (MAC)
Thursday 9/20- Ultimate Frisbee vs. Kirkland- 8:00 pm (Stadium)
Thursday 9/20- Volleyball B vs. Eliot- 9:00 pm (MAC)
Sunday 9/23- Tennis vs. Adams- matches scheduled individually

Job Opportunities at the Bureau of Study Counsel
Student Posterer Wanted:
Are you looking for a low-key job to make a few extra dollars this semester? The BSC is looking for a posterer to start hanging flyers for BSC events ASAP. Flexible hours, approximately 3 a week. (Sometimes a little more.) Pay: $13/hour. Please email Lori Groscost at for more information.

RC Assistant Wanted
The Bureau of Study Counsel is hiring course assistants for the Harvard Course in Reading and Study Strategies taking place over five days, September 24-28. The work hours are 7:30 to 10:00 am, Monday through Friday, with classes meeting 8:00 to 9:30 am.
Daily responsibilities include preparing, distributing, and filing course readings and handouts; setting up the classroom space and organizing course materials in the storage space; welcoming participants etc. The pay is $14/hour, For more info please visit: Please direct inquiries to Amy Lee at

Academic Calendar
September 17, Monday
Makeup Examinations for 2017-2018 begin.

September 24, Monday
Last day upon which undergraduates may drop or add any course without a fee.

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 5, Monday
Deadline for students in the fall term to notify the College they are not returning to the College housing
for the spring term without financial penalty.

Deadline to submit a spring term Inter-House Transfer Application.

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.

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!