:: Thursday, March 20, 2003 ::
Well, I managed to fall asleep somehow last night. But I awoke to the sound of eager anticipation, for the housing assignments were about to arrive! They were hand delivered at 8:30 a.m., and many people stayed up all night last night with their blocking groups in anticipation. As it turns out, I was put in Leverett House, which is a river house! It's a little farther away from Harvard Yard, but at least it wasn't the Quad! And, it's closer than Dunster, which is where all my other roommates (they were in different blocking groups from mine) were put. So we all went to breakfast in the freshman dining hall, and what a party atmosphere it was! Representatives from each of the houses were there to greet and welcome the new members of each houses for the next year. They handed out t-shirts and signed people up for the house e-mail lists. The Leverett shirt is pretty cool. It is bright yellow and says LEVERETT in the Wonder Bread logo (with its primary colors and bright bubbles).
Then, something great was that my math TF let us out of class early to allow us to participate in the 12:30 anti-war walkout/protest. So we all went outside and congregated in Harvard Yard to show our discontent with the unjustified war on Iraq. I later learned that over 2,000 people showed up and that I had participated in the second largest gathering/protest ever at Harvard. There were many students and professors who took to the microphone and spoke about myriad aspects of the war. My friend and I cheered and clapped at appropriate moments. It was a good feeling to be around people who had similar opinions on the war.
I went into The Crimson for an hour to help with a survey they were doing. I had to call up random people and ask them some survey questions on how they felt about war in Iraq. After this, I came home and began my dreaded chemistry problem set.
This evening, however, my future Leverett House-mates and I went to Leverett to take a tour of the house. It's actually very nice! Part of Leverett is in the old, brick style, and the other part consists of two concrete towers. The towers are horrendously ugly, but after actually looking inside, it's really quite nice. Plus, the views of the river and of downtown Boston are spectacular from the upper levels. We went to various rooms throughout Leverett House, and each room had a host who would tell us a little bit about the dorm. There was also excellent food. I had Indian food, pizza, and tiramisu! Good stuff. Finally, we all gathered in the Leverett dining hall, where we were introduced to the house masters and monkey bread, which is this amazingly delicious buttery-cinnamon baked good that was basically the soft center of a cinnamon roll.
Today has really felt like the last day of school. First off, it's almost spring break, as tomorrow is the last day of school before vacation. Then there was the whole getting out of class to protest. Also, the resolution of finding out where we will be living for the next three years felt like a finale worthy of the end of the year. It's been a bright, event-filled day that comes along once in a lifetime.
:: SL 2:10 PM [+] ::