A little snow wasn’t going to put a damper on Harvard’s annual Housing Day festivities, as hundreds of students took to the Yard outside University Hall Thursday morning. Dressed in everything from tie-dyed shirts and moose antlers to fish hats, they made the most of the moment despite the winter weather.
Housing Day, traditionally the last Thursday before spring break, is when freshmen, who reside in the dorms ringing the Yard, find out which of 12 undergraduate Houses they’ll live in as upperclassmen. This year’s event dovetailed with the last vestiges of a major nor’easter, which brought a day of rain and a night of snow.
“There’s so much spirit here, so much energy,” said Pforzheimer resident Julius Wade ’20, one of several students dressed in full-body polar bear costumes to represent his House’s mascot. “Pforzheimer is in our element here in the snow; it’s great.”
In between lobbing snowballs and good-hearted barbs at each other, the House groups managed to unite around a giant sing-along to The Killers’ “Mr. Brightside,” prompted by Danoff Dean of Harvard College Rakesh Khurana, who propped up a loudspeaker in his window in University Hall.
The noise from the Yard could be heard beyond the gates, and several passersby paused to watch the cheering, costumed students. Meanwhile, representatives from each House went into University Hall to get the letters to deliver to the freshmen, officially informing them of their assignments.
“Some of the freshmen might be a little frightened to see us,” given the odd costumes and loud noisemakers, Wade said. “But I think they will learn to love us.”