Campus & Community

Costume Catwalk

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Harvard Rituals

It’s a Harvard tradition for a group of freshmen to be named to the First-Year Social Committee (FYSC). The FYSC plans special events throughout the year. This fall, the group hosted the annual Costume Catwalk Oct. 30. Described as an opportunity for freshmen to “schmooze with Dean Dingman,” the event elicited comments as varied as the costumes. It “was one of the most interesting experiences I have had at Harvard so far,” said Chris Goldstein ’13, dressed as a monster from “Where the Wild Things Are.”

“My friends and I dressed up as the Village People, and we prepared our costumes from secondhand clothing, things we had lying around our dorm rooms, and what our parents could bring,” said Village People policeman Patrick Wicker ’13.

Dean of Freshmen Thomas Dingman, who came dressed as the Mad Hatter, got into the spirit of the event, saying, “Congratulations go to the First-Year Social Committee for giving all of us a chance to be kids again … and to see some serious strutting.”