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University administrators plan to dissuade freshmen from participating in Housing Day Eve 'traditions' by keeping them out of upperclassmen houses and providing alternative activities.
The Housing Portal has opened and closed for 2017’s freshman class, but the friendships (or awkward avoidances) and memories between blocking and linking groups have only just begun. While the portal was seemingly impossible to navigate at some points (s/o to all group leaders for getting it together!), there was one step that proved to be the gift that just kept giving. When trying to link up with another blocking group, freshmen were presented with a list of every, and I mean EVERY, other unlinked blocking group.
We all know them. Every blocking group has them. Maybe you are one of these characters, maybe you lie to yourself and pretend not to be, but here they are—the eight types of people you’ll find in a blocking group.
Even though Flyby has already given the freshmen a list of ideal blockmates, Yard-dwellers (and those foreigners in the Union Dorms) are still pulling their hair out trying to perfect blocking plans. To alleviate the stress, here’s a step-by-step guide on perfecting your blocking group.
I am too old for this. Last week I arrived at a house party only to spend the first 20 minutes putting the finishing touches on my gender studies junior tutorial syllabus. Tonight is squishy, slushy, miserable, the kind of night that will leave the streets shiny, lethal disco floors by morning. It’s 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, I’m trudging alone down Mass Ave on the way to Eliot Street, and I have never more deeply regretted the existence of New England.
It’s 9 p.m. on a Friday night, and Serena and five friends from her freshman entryway are getting ready for the annual freshman formal. Sitting around a second-floor common room with all the lights on and a “HARVARD 2017” banner hanging over the mantle, they’re drinking mango-flavored vodka and Coke from nine-ounce red plastic cups. They estimate that they’ve each had about four shots since returning from the formal dinner in Annenberg, though they’re not sure.
Blocking is quickly approaching for freshmen and friend drama is building to a fever pitch. Fed up of talking about who’s in and who’s out? What if you could build the ultimate blocking group full of FAS superstars? We have compiled a power ranking of the most desirable blockmates from the FAS faculty to help you out! (It would a little bizarre to rank current students, right?)
“The Great Gala,” a Great Gatsby-themed party, was scheduled to last from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Seaport Boston Hotel, but hotel staff chose to end the formal at midnight, said Dean of Freshmen Thomas A. Dingman ’67.
Although Josh stopped coming to us for advice after the last “Advice to Josh” column, we decided to give our freshman friend some tips for how to survive Freshman Formal. Here are some of the questions we (rightly) assumed he would be asking. You’re welcome, Josh!
We may be over halfway through the school year, but you’ve probably still not met one of those mythical Mass Hall unicorns yet. Proving they really do exist, a Mass Hall resident and one of Flyby’s very own Avni Nahar ’17 is here to dispel some myths and reveal some secrets about what life is like when you get to brush your teeth just feet away from the one and only Drew Gilpin Faust.
Take a second to fill out this poll with your nominations of current Harvard first-year students who you think should be selected as the class of 2017's 15 Hottest Freshmen. We want the students who put the hot in hot breakfast in Annenberg.
The graph shows the unequal distribution of high schools in the Harvard Class of 2017. The straight line (above tan shading) is an even distribution. Data is from the Freshman Register.
As the wise and respected social leader on campus, FM was inevitably going to be asked how to be “cool” one of these days. Recently, a first year we’ll call “Josh” (because his real name is Josh) came to us asking how to survive the brutal social life of a male Freshman on campus. Four of FM’s best weighed in to turn Josh’s social woes into social woooooahs.