Movies have the Oscars. TV has the Emmys. Now, Housing Day videos have an award all their own: the Housies!
Created by Harvard humor publication Satire V, the first-ever Housie Awards honored the best YouTube videos created for this year's Housing Day. Students voted online for the most innovative video, outstanding editing, best individual performance, and the best musical and non-musical videos.
The Housies honored the people who dedicated their time to creating videos to get freshmen excited about their new Houses. As Quincy's Michael Ardeljan '13 said while accepting the award for best editing, "This was a month-and-a-half-long collaboration. [It was] definitely very arduous—took more than my schoolwork."
Quincy dominated, with two wins for editing and the prize for best non-musical video, but many other Houses also took home the golden vuvuzelas given as awards. Currier garnered the prize for most innovative video; Pforzheimer won best individual performance; and Leverett's production was named best musical video.
A set of Harvard celebrities distributed the awards, including UC President Senan Ebrahim '12 and Vice President Bonnie Cao '12. Each presenter delivered a short monologue about the award (and often about themselves). As each presenter announced the names of the nominees, short clips from the video were shown. The winner of the golden vuvuzela was revealed, Oscars-style, after being drawn dramatically from an envelope.
Thanks to the Housies, the spirit and excitement of Housing Day continued long past the day itself.