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Daniel Banks ’17 colors an intricately designed elephant at the Relaxation Study Break hosted by the Asian American and Pacific Islanders Community as part of Mental Health Awareness Week in Dunster House. With elephant and Pokemon coloring sheets, family board games, healthy snacks from CVS, and Christmas music, attendees were encouraged to relax and destress from midterms.
The changes come after students and tutors spoke out last year about Dunster’s lack of residential tutors who identify as bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender, or queer, prompting top College administrators to look into their concerns.
Parijat Lal ’17 does his work in a Dunster House common room on Wednesday afternoon. Many undergraduates are critical of the hallway common rooms featured in recent house renovations.
Students from Quincy and Dunster houses compete at Cumnock Field for the Straus Cup. The fall intramural season runs through November and includes tennis, ultimate frisbee, and flag football.
The former Dunster resident tutor was widely regarded as an ally to BGLTQ students in the House but was not asked back to the position last spring.
The Dunster House gate stands in front of the newly renovated house in the beginning of September.
Avik Chatterjee ’02, a former BGLTS, race relations, and pre-med tutor in Dunster House and now a tutor in Currier, poses before attending the Dunster Senior Dinner in May 2015.
The consensus among students is that the renovation has improved the physical look of and even their attitudes toward Dunster, the first full House to undergo construction as part of Harvard’s more than $1 billion House renewal project.
Gregory Davis, a tutor in Dunster House, introduces himself as students look on at the Tower Relighting on Tuesday evening.
The Dunster House Tower is relit at the House's Tower Relighting ceremony on Tuesday. According to House Master Roger B. Porter, the tower has not been lit for the past fifteen months due to renewal.
Dunster House resident tutors Jordan and Katie Anderson introduce themselves at the Tower Relighting on Tuesday evening.
Students look on as Dunster House staff introduce themselves at the House's Tower Relighting on Tuesday.