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If you haven’t heard of Nathaniel Eaton, Harvard’s first head of school, it’s not because he’s one of the University’s buried treasures. Described by one student as “fitter to have been an officer in the inquisition, or master of an house of correction, than an instructer (sic) of Christian Youth,” Eaton’s disastrous year-and-a-half-long tenure, from 1638 to 1639, ended in a court case in which he was ordered to step down and pay a fine. The school closed down for the subsequent academic year. The affair was such a scandal that in 1940, some students argued that 1640 should be seen as the real founding year of Harvard College. Here are just a few things that made Nathaniel Eaton and his regime, well, shitty.
Dunster House has been under construction since June 2014 and is slated to reopen in September 2015.
Student responses have informed changes such as enlarging shower spaces and adding study niches in residential halls.
Prescott St. between Harvard St. and Broadway is quiet, unassuming. Nestled between the large Barker and Carpenter centers and smaller buildings, the street is half-shaded in the early afternoon.
As scaffolding rises over Dunster’s iconic tower, members of the Dunster House community praised the renovated Inn at Harvard.
Six students will be returning to their rooms in Dunster’s swing housing on Prescott Street Thursday after large amounts of toilet water spilled out onto their bathroom floor just four days earlier, forcing them to relocate to other Harvard housing.
Common space is abundant in the Inn at Harvard, the "headquarters" of Dunster House while its iconic building is being renovated.
The Victorian house will be converted into temporary lodgings for the house masters whose residences are scheduled to undergo renovation during the House Renewal process.
Right behind the Carpenter Center of Visual Arts is 20 Prescott Street. Displaced Dunster residents live here as the University renovates their house.