Finally, some nice weather. Out come the dresses, out comes the fun...out come the balls. It's time for us Harvard kids to get down as only the most prestigious can: house formals. FlyBy has your guide to the balls.
We start with a handful of nice balls. Nothing spectacular, but these balls are certainly worth fooling around with if you get the chance. With this many balls, no one's going to get the shaft.
Monday, May 4th
The grouping of balls on Monday form a nice three-piece set—they're going to be tough to juggle.
Winthrop hosts their annual Arbella Ball in Gore Courtyard, which should be nice, especially if the weather is warm. Sometimes it's the hot and sweaty balls that are the most fun. Ladies, we all know things can get a little hairy if you date sweats through his tuxedo, but if you just let it all hang out, there'll be nothing to worry about.
Cabot and Pfoho host a joint formal in Moors Terrace (FlyBy hasn’t been to the Quad since freshman year, but we assume that’s in the Quad, too). We support a good ball pairing.
Currier shows them all up, though: THEY'RE ON A BOAT! The mermaid would definitely like to get on this ball.
More balls of all shapes and sizes after the jump.
Tuesday, May 5th
The HoCo chairs keep a fairly tight grip on these balls—it's tough to get in, especially if it's your first time.
Kirkland hosts their standard incestuous spring bash in the House courtyard. We hear they only like to have a ball with each other.
Adams hosts in the only place they would ever want to—Adams. There will be some outdoor space allowing this ball to get a little ventilation.
Now we're approaching the finest set of balls. These two balls are so revered that other houses risk eternal shame if they dare show their stuff on the same night as these awe-inspiring behemoths. FlyBy's mouth waters just thinking about them.
Wednesday, May 6th
Nary a house dares pit their formal against Eliot’s Fête. Unfortunately, tight security means that unless you can find a date in Eliot, you will not get a chance to experience the sights, smells and tastes of this majestic ball.
Thursday, May 7th
The always classy Bacchanalia of Lowell House comes Thursday. FlyBy heard a disturbing rumor that there will be no living statues this year. The flaccid endowment has even touched the balls, it seems. We all lose.
Back to normal-sized balls for the last couple of nights. At this point, people are starting to zone in on papers and finals—balls, however, can still be fun, even if not given one's undivided attention.
Friday, May 8th
Friday brings us two small balls that probably no one wants to see.
Remember Leverett ALMOST holding an awesome formal? Yeah, well, we are talking about Leverett here. Maybe next year. Or the year after that…This recession has really busted what could've been a good ball. Casablanca will be the theme.
Dunster is hosting in their courtyard this night as well. The theme of this year's formal is Beltane, which appears to be some Gaelic festival. It precipitated this disclaimer from the Dunster HoCo yesterday:
I just wanted to clarify HoCo's official position on the Beltane formal. Officially, HoCo can in no way support or condone any gratuitous or unsafe sexual practices, nor can we officially condemn them. Regardless of our own personal sexual ideologies/moralities, University discrimination policies (rightfully) prevent us from making normative statements regarding sexuality. It should be made clear that all Dunster residents, fertile or infertile, are welcome at Beltane.
Don't get too excited.
Saturday, May 9th
Mather Formal in Mather Courtyard. Should be a loud, schweaty affair. Some Mather headbands will give this ball a different flavor.
Sunday, May 10th
And last but not least, Quincy’s formal. There's no beating the location of this ball, as it's held at The Estate in Boston. However, our guess is that this ball is most likely to have some type of infectious disease...Paris loves to frequent this place.