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Aside from the classic prank: “I’m not rooming with you next year”—our roommates were totally kidding about that one—there have been more pranksters throughout H-Y-P history. We warn you: these Ivy Leaguers set a low bar.
"Nothing is ever impossible; shoot for the moon because even if you miss, you will land on the shuttle."
Cabot House students rush into Thayer Hall to deliver housing assignments on Housing Day.
Cabot House students show off their pride on the morning of Housing Day before delivering housing assignments to freshmen.
Eliot House students celebrate outside their House before storming the Yard on the morning of Housing Day.
Eliot House students tie on their spirit gear before storming the Yard on the morning of Housing Day.
An Eliot House student prepares to storm the Yard on the morning of Housing Day.
I awoke at 6 a.m. on March 13 to the hiss of my radiator and the loud, excited chatter of my blockmates in the hallway. It was Housing Day morning, my first as an upperclassman in Cabot House. I debated with myself whether to get up at all, anticipating the faces of freshmen—ranging from (hopefully) indifferent to (probably) teary-eyed—whose fates I would soon deliver.
The ice crunches beneath my feet as I follow my roommates out into the middle of Eliot courtyard. It’s surprisingly bright out for 6:30 a.m., and some combination of adrenaline and the traditional Housing Day mimosa I consumed in one of the party suites robs the frigid wind of its sting. We stand with our backs to each other and shout at the surrounding walls. “Good morning Eliot! It’s Housing Day! It’s Housing Day! Get up, get up, get up!” We stand still for a moment, watching as lights start to pop on in the windows that line the courtyard. Eliot is waking up.
It’s spring break, but you know you miss the excitement of Housing Day. And in spite of the Kirkland Controversy, the Battle of the Beyoncé’s, the Battle of the “Adele Dazeems,” and the face-off between what the Moose says and what the Tree says, Harvard’s twelve houses got creative with their housing day videos this year. If The 2014 Housing Market or the Roving Reporter: Which is the Best House? did not give freshmen a full glimpse of which house is best, here’s a Housing Day videos ranking:
Upperclassmen storm Harvard Yard on Thursday morning to start off Housing Day festivities. The Class of 2017 received their housing assignments from their future housemates and visited their Houses during the evening to participate in festivities organized by the Houses.
Adams House Master Sean Palfrey '67 celebrates Housing Day. Upperclassmen stormed Harvard Yard on Thursday morning to start off Housing Day festivities. The Class of 2017 received their housing assignments from their future housemates and visited their Houses during the evening to participate in festivities organized by the Houses.