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Eliot House

As part of our Housing Market series, we'll be posting reviews and rankings for each of Harvard's 12 residential Houses over the next few days. Click here to read more about the series.

Tucked in a quiet corner between Winthrop and Kirkland, Eliot House might at first glance seem small (or perhaps just an extension of the Houses that flank it). Do not be mislead—Eliot offers a wealth of facilities, an exclusive spring formal, and prime real estate on the banks of the Charles River.

Make Yardfest Happen

If your only experience with Yardfest involves being squished at the back of the crowd while trying to get a glimpse of Kid Cudi or Ratatat, it's time to upgrade your status. By joining the Harvard College Concert Commission, you'll have the chance to help plan and execute Yardfest, giving you the opportunity to have personal encounters with Yardfest artists.

Pforzheimer House

As part of our Housing Market series, we'll be posting reviews and rankings for each of Harvard's 12 residential Houses over the next few days. Click here to read more about the series.

Pforzheimer House is in the Quad, but if you can get over its location, it really is one of the best Houses on campus. With its engaged House Masters, strong House life, and spacious rooms, if you get into Pfoho (and have a good pair of walking shoes), you're set up for a great three years.

Get Your Tickets for the Harvard Men's Basketball Game at Yale

Starting tomorrow at noon, the Murr Center will be offering 100 tickets free of charge to Harvard undergraduate students with valid IDs for Harvard men's basketball's one-game playoff against Princeton at Yale this Saturday at 4 pm. After the first 100 tickets, 50 additional undergraduate student tickets will be available for $5 each.

Cookies for a Cause

A vegan searching for dessert has a tough dilemma: that sugar cookie might not seem so sweet if you can't sleep knowing that the butter in it came from a factory farm. Thanks to Natalie C. Padilla '12, not only can you now indulge guilt-free, but you can also help fund an animal rescue group that provides safe homes to abused livestock.

For 10 weeks, Padilla is baking a different variety of vegan cookie each week and selling her animal-friendly sweets at Boloco on Mt. Auburn Street. The proceeds will be donated to The Farm Sanctuary Inc, a charitable organization.

This week, Padilla is selling vegan carrot cake cookies with cream cheese filling (made from soy milk) at Boloco. If you can't wait to make it over to the burrito joint, Padilla shared a recipe with Flyby which you can make on your own.

Quincy House

As part of our Housing Market series, we'll be posting reviews and rankings for each of Harvard's 12 residential Houses over the next few days. Click here to read more about the series.

Nestled between Adams, Leverett, Lowell and DeWolfe, Quincy is centrally located in the middle of the River Houses. Quincy has monumental House spirit, enthusiastic House Masters, a host of fun traditions, and some of the best housing on campus.

Dunster House

As part of our Housing Market series, we'll be posting reviews and rankings for each of Harvard's 12 residential Houses over the next few days. Click here to read more about the series.

Right along the bank of the Charles River, one of Harvard's most beautiful Houses (on the outside, that is) proudly sits for all to see. No, we're not talking about Eliot. We're talking about Dunster, the former home of Al Gore '69, Tommy Lee Jones '69, Norman K. Mailer '43, and Deval L. Patrick '78. With its striking red tower, excellent dining hall, and, yes, walk-through rooms, Dunster boasts one of the strongest house communities on campus.

David Hankins Wants To Be a Millionaire

Another Harvard affiliate is set to try his hand at winning some serious dough on "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire." David Hankins, a pre-med student who graduated from Dartmouth in 2005, will be on the show Tuesday and Wednesday. Tune in to ABC at 12:30 p.m. to see how he does.

Leverett House

As part of our Housing Market series, we'll be posting reviews and rankings for each of Harvard's 12 residential Houses over the next few days. Click here to read more about the series.

The House of the Hare is best described as "accommodating." Although Leverett House has many advantages and disadvantages, the variety of housing options and decent location push this River House into the top two-thirds according to our ranking system.

Currier House

As part of our Housing Market series, we'll be posting reviews and rankings for each of Harvard's 12 residential Houses over the next few days. Click here to read more about the series.

If you're the type of student who enjoys taking a short shuttle ride back from your afternoon activities to your retirement home, then Currier is the House for you. Most residents of Currier House report that they don't mind living in a series of dimly lit concrete towers, because their dining hall allegedly serves the best food on campus. One aspect of Currier House life, however, stands out—most Currierites reside in singles, whether off of hallways or in suites.

Feb. 14 - March 3: The Reaction Was Caused by Dust

Although “suspicious activity,” computer theft, and “loud part[ies]” persist, HUPD hasn’t been particularly busy over the past few weeks. As part of our Securitas series, we’ve combed through recent HUPD log entries and published some of the more colorful entries below.

BY THE NUMBERS

Reports of "suspicious activity": 16

Reports of "vandalism": 6

Total value of stolen laptops: $4,220.00

Total value of stolen Keurig coffee makers: $150.00

Noise complaints: 7

Loud parties: 6

Mather House

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On Saturday nights, flocks of freshmen trek down Dewolfe Street, looking for a good time. Nine times out of ten, they end up at Mather, where music reverberates enticingly in the concrete courtyard. Say what you will about ugly architecture and distance from the Yard, Mather has one great thing going for it: parties, and plenty of them. As for the other aspects of Mather, there aren’t as many positive things to say.

Winthrop House

As part of our Housing Market series, we'll be posting reviews and rankings for each of Harvard's 12 residential Houses over the next few days. Click here to read more about the series.

If you're a freshman, you may have seen Winthrop House when you first toured campus, but it's possible that you haven't passed the House since. Winthrop is easy to miss and is often overshadowed by the more prominent towers of neighboring Eliot, Lowell, and Leverett, but is flying under the radar such a bad thing?

Mahjong, Mochi, Egg Tarts, and Panda Crackers

The sound of laughter and the clatter of mahjong tiles emanated from the Mather House Junior Common Room last night. A small gathering of students made the trek to Mather in order to take part in Mahjong Night, an annual event organized by the Harvard Hong Kong Society (HHKS) and the Harvard Taiwanese Cultural Society (TCS). While most attendees were members of the two groups, the event did draw in some non-members as well.

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