As Hurricane Gloria slammed into the East Coast yesterday, taking at least three lives and causing millions of dollars in damages, Harvard students drank beer, blasted music and cavorted in the gusting winds.
Despite--or perhaps because of--the blustering winds and the advice of Dean of the College L. Fred Jewett '57 to stay inside, touch football games sprang up all around the College. And at the River, even the Metropolitan Police had a hard time controlling a spontaneous party on the muddy banks. (See story, page 3.)
Oh, You 'Shmen
With U2 blaring out a second-story suite, freshmen lined up on the front steps of Weid Hall to cheer on the wind--"Go! Go! Go!"--as it snapped a half-dozen trees. Freshmen Adam Green and Daniel A. H. McGiffin even rigged up a windskateboard, using a towel as a sail to propel them across the Yard's debrisspattered walkways.
Associate Dean of Freshmen W.C. Burriss Young '55 and Harvard Police herded the freshmen back near the buildings and away from the trees.
Several yardlings enjoying the wind and driving rain said they had never been in a hurricane and wanted to experience the event to the fullest. "There's nothing better to do than to play lacrosse in a hurricane," said Wigglesworth Hall resident Meredith C. Lazo '89.
Students in Canaday Hall did follow instructions to put heavy tape on their windows in case they shattered, but more than a few seized the opportunity to offer commentary on the occasion: one window bore the legend "Gloria we luv ya." The back of one Weld North window sported the message "YIKES."
The Happy Evacuation
Down at Leverett House, officials ordered the 300 residents of the two towers to evacuate to McKinlock Hall about 11 a.m.
Leverett resident Kim Little '87 brought her sleeping bag and teddy bear, Paul Bear Bryant. "If we're going to have a hurricane, we might as well have a good time," Little explained.
And have a good time they did. Students set up a VCR in the McKinlock dining hall and presented showings of "The Killing Fields," a Rush concert, "48 Hours," and "Mistress of the Apes."
Said Kevin Wattles '86, "Leverett is the place to be when the hurricane hits." Added Tony Borsa '88, "Partying will pick up in the next couple of hours in direct proportion to the hurricane. When the hurricane hits, we party the hardest."
Leverett House Master John P. Dowling was not amused. "This is a house that could very well be lost. We're worried that the slate from the roofs of Old Leverett will fly off--and they can be lethal projectiles."
Students were also evacuated from the 18-story Mather House tower beginning at about noon. Senior Tutor Terry Shaller said that although windows there are made of shatter-resistant safety glass, students were told to tape them up as a precautionary measure.