Winthrop House

House spirit is synonymous with Winthrop, as they have won the Straus Cup more than any other House in history. If you are varsity athlete, the proximity to both the boathouses and the athletic facilities across the river is a definite plus. Winthrop can claim a few of the most beautiful courtyards on campus, which serve as comfortable nooks for students seeking some fresh air and riverside views. Another favorite place for Winthrop residents to hang out is the dining hall, the divided structure allowing for both social interaction and (semi)focused study. While the rooming situation in Winthrop leaves something …






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House of Jocks

The Definitive Ranking of Harvard’s Houses by Athletics Every year, each one of the Harvard’s houses vie for every freshman’s love and affection through various bouts of smack-talk and over-the-top housing day videos. But what happens when that smack-talk has to stand up to the results on the field, court, or pool? Some houses easily rise to the occasion and best their counterparts in varsity or intramural sporting excursions. Other houses boast amazing gym and wellness facilities that promote athletic excellence amongst all members of the house. This year, the Harvard Independent sports staff decided to analyze every aspect of …






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Pforzheimer House

Pfortunate pfreshmen placed in Pfoho should shed tears of happiness this Housing Day Thursday. These lucky future Class of 2017 quadlings will have truly won the Housing Lottery. Yes, the Quad may seem pfar, and the habit of putting a “pf” in pfront of and in the middle of every single word that normally contains an “f” may be annoying at first, but at the end of the day, every Pfohoser knows that Pfoho is a loving, caring home that you can truly count on pfor three wonderpful years. Students are guaranteed singles or enormous suites sometimes even pfeaturing common …






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Lowell House

Lowell House pride has soared in recent years, and understandably so: Lowellians have a lot to be proud of. For starters, its location as the central-most River house means everyone is your neighbor and anything or anyone is not far away. Everyone is quick to bring up the close proximity of final clubs, but their presence (which should not be bothersome because you shouldn’t be studying on the weekend anyway) is hardly ever a nuisance. The formidable toll of the bells is much louder and of a much less recognizable tune, but they are but yet another reason to be …






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Ways to Not Get Quadded

Start praying now. Imagine you have the power to make your peers cry on the spot. You open the door, try as hard as you can to instill excitement in others, yet only witness tears and cries of desperation. “This can’t be happening!” “No go away!” Now imagine causing this torture to others throughout Housing Day. It is as though you are a demon, a disease-infested beast, whom no one desires to greet. This is what it must feel like to be from the Quad dorms when you tell freshmen that they will be living with you next year. Although …






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Eliot House

Name after a former president of Harvard University, Eliot is one of the seven original houses from 1931. Before Harvard opted to use the lottery system it does today to assign upperclassmen to houses, Eliot was known as a “prep” house for the university’s social elite. Though the housing process is now done, or at least supposed to be, through a random lottery, Eliot remains the only house to have an endowment, allowing it to hold the yearly spring formal, the Eliot Fête. Eliot’s mascot is the highly unusual mastodon. House pride: Eliot residents have great pride for their House, …






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Dunster House

Founded: 1930 Mascot: Henry Dunster Moose (Find him on Facebook). House Masters: IBM Professor of Business Roger Porter and Mrs. Ann Porter Freshmen should know right off the bat that if they get sorted into Dunster this morning, they are not actually getting sorted into Dunster House. Dunster House is a gorgeous neo-Georgian masterpiece whose iconic red bell tower shines on the picture postcards that Harvard Square tourists mail back home. Dunster House has a majestic dining hall paneled in dark wood and hung with golden chandeliers, and a library whose rich oriental carpets and walnut tables are old Harvard …






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Adams House

Adams house has been my house, and my home for the past three years. As a graduating senior (I will start crying right now), I am completely biased and utterly in love with every nook and cranny of the house that has often seen me at my worst, provided me with comfort and in the process has become my home. Adams has the most close-knit house community I have come across in the past three years and to me represents a family away from my actually home. The Adams community has become my biggest support system, my guide, and above …






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Mather House

While I thought getting into Harvard was one of the most prestigious things to ever happen to me, the sheer joy and ecstasy I experienced when I was accepted into Mather House (known to true Matherites as Mather University) was truly forever life changing. While the weak weep because they cannot handle the prospect of having the best housing on campus, my block mates and I rejoiced with MatherBucks, whipped cream, and awesome Mather shades. How could we not, I mean singles for all three years?! A large common room fit for only the best of Bacchanalian affairs if you …






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