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University through fresh eyes

Clayton Myers '06 in kendo
Kendo Club member Clayton Myers ’06 (above) is dressed to impress at the Freshman Activities Fair. (Jon Chase/Harvard News Office)

As hundreds of first year students strode, ambled, or tiptoed through their new crimson and green and only slightly intimidating surroundings during Freshman Week, there were events aplenty to help them adjust. For instance, there was the venerable Freshman Barbecue, which took place on the lawn between Sever Hall and the Fogg Museum – in attendance, honored guest President Lawrence H. Summers.

The president also took part in a voter drive at Loker Commons sponsored by the KSG’s Institute of Politics to encourage freshmen to register to vote.

Ruth and President Summers, Annika
At the Freshman Barbecue, President Lawrence H. Summers has his picture shot with first-year student Annika Giesbrecht. The photographer is Summers’ daughter Ruth. (Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard News Office)
Freshmen with President Summers at
Summers (above left) chats with first-years Riya Sen (left, in sweatshirt), Emily McCoy (second from left), and others. (Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard News Office)
Albert Yeh
Albert Yeh ’07 (left) waits in line to register to vote at Loker Commons. (Jon Chase/Harvard News Office)

And there was the colorful, engaging, overpopulated Freshmen Activities Fair, where first-years were persuaded, cajoled, and enticed to join groups ranging from Kendo Club to chorus to a cappella to athletic activities.