WORDS: OLIVIA MORRIS '18
IMAGES: OWEN CHRISTOPH '18
The program house application deadline is rapidly approaching:
Thursday, February 12 at noon.
You may be wondering what program house is really ‘right’ for you but don’t worry -- Owen Christoph and Olivia Morris have you covered. We visited a number of program houses and asked the residents a few questions to provide some insight into what goes down.
Interview with Sasha Sabater (’17)
TYPICAL FRIDAY NIGHT: Eat dinner, but can’t do Usdan on Fridays, because it’s the whackest. Come back, nap, shower, begin pre-gaming, and get v turnt. If its getting poppin’ Dad buys tons of alcohol for everyone. Everyone just comes here, nobody even has to ask.
TYPICAL TUESDAY NIGHT: Post-dinner -- check if Olin is cute, if not, don’t go and watch like five episodes of Pretty Little Liars and go to bed.
IS THE KITCHEN POPPIN'?: Kitchen is mostly like, ‘everyone do their dishes…’. The kitchen is used often, because it's right there, it's not like a shitty dorm.
WHAT'S ALWAYS IN THE FRIDGE?: There are two fridges, the left is organized with actual food, and the right one is designated to just like, drunk people – half empty chasers and half eaten late night food. There’s also usually eggs.
WHAT ALCOHOLIC DRINK WOULD OPEN HOUSE BE?: I always drink vodka. But everyone has their specific drinks. We’ve got cocktails, Bacardi, and beer covered.
IF OPEN HOUSE HAD A DOORMAT WHAT WOULD IT SAY?: Home Sweet, Homo. Something gay related cuz we’re all so gay.
WHAT SONG WOULD BE ON THE OPEN HOUSE PREGAME PLAYLIST?: Something like Beyoncé, but no Top 40.
BEST ROOM TO BE IN IN CASE OF ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE / PREPAREDNESS LEVE OF HOUSE ON SCALE OF 1-10: Probably Ben’s room – his closet is so deep, everyone could hide in there and like be safe. Probably a 7 – Nola has a car, so we could just hop in the whip and be out.
WHAT WOULD BE THE THEME OF AN OPEN HOUSE DINNER PARTY?: Themes are hard for us – we can never all decide on one.
WHAT WOULD BE ON THE TABLE?: Fried rice, and Nola would probably make cookies.
ANY HIDDEN GEMS?: There are no bad rooms. They’re all singles. People mostly hang out in bedrooms rather than common spaces. I have a marble fireplace – it’s locked but like, I show it off like heyyyyy. Also, we have high ceilings!
Interview with two WestCo Presidents, Alex Fabry (’18) and Maya Lockman-Fine (’18)
TYPICAL FRIDAY NIGHT:
Maya: Usually starts with pregames in WestCo, since we’re a pretty chill dorm to be in.
Alex: Non-alcoholic pregames haha— I’m kidding.
M: Depending on the temperature outside we will venture out…eventually. Sometimes there’s stuff in the Café which is super dope and we head there and then usually end up at other concerts or senior houses.
A: Pregames are kind of all over the place, sophomores are like yo freshman come over and freshman are like yo sophomores come over.
M: Except no one actually says that
TYPICAL TUESDAY NIGHT: (But for WestCo let’s talk about Monday nights instead…)
M: MONDAY NIGHT!
A: A pretty unique night for the WestCo residents—I mean truthfully there are some residents who REALLY DON’T TAKE ADVANTAGE OF MONDAY NIGHTS. Monday nights at 10:07 we have Guidance in the Lounge which is a huge thing that defines WestCo. It’s a weekly meeting to have residents come— an excuse to turn Monday into one of the best days of the week.
M: People usually stick around after Guidance to talk to people and then we head back to our rooms to work…or smoke…or whatever people have to do.
WHAT'S ALWAYS IN THE FRIDGE?:
M: What WestCo fridge? Like our fridge?
M and A: You don’t want to use that fridge. No one opens that fridge.
WHAT DRINK WOULD WESTCO BE?:
A: Franzia as a chaser…
IF WESTCO HAD A DOORMAT WHAT WOULD IT SAY?:
M: Climb in through the window
WHAT SONG WOULD BE ON THE WESTCO PREGAME PLAYLIST?:
A: I don’t know any good pop music, so for me, War on Drugs maybe…
M: Sometimes early 2000s—all different types of music.
BEST ROOM/HALL TO BE IN IN CASE OF ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE?:
M: Up 1.
A: I agree. Up 1—you're attached to Weshop, which is big. We have the tunnel with the windows and what do you do? You board it up. Take the desks from Down 1, throw everyone out, board the place up. You have balconies. You can find weapons to kill the zombies with.
PREPAREDNESS LEVEL OF WESTO ON A SCALE OF 1-10:
M: I think very prepared
M: Yeah, well people have instruments so people can bash zombies with those. We’ve got a lot of sound equipment that is sharp and heavy. We’ve got Weshop. We’ve got the tunnels. I would give us an 8.
WHAT WOULD BE THE THEME OF A WESTCO DINNER PARTY?:
A: A potluck.
M: Where no one brings any food.
DO THE RESIDENTS OF WESTCO ALIGN WITH ITS MISSION STATEMENT?:
M: I think it’s important to note that our mission statement is in the works. So right now it’s about activism and art and promoting the community. People are very artistic and we have a ton of musicians. I think we can definitely be more activist.
A: Activism is a hard thing to just say ‘I want to be an activist.’ I think that people are really involved. But we should vamp up the activism.
M: I think the stereotype of artistic and chill is true and something that’s important to WestCo, along with weird and kind of quirky.
A HIDDEN GEM:
A: We have fucking balconies. You can pee of the balconies.
M: Most of our bathrooms are gender neutral and we have the café, which is a cool thing.
Interview with Erin McGrath (’16)
TYPICAL FRIDAY NIGHT: We spend a ridiculous amount of time in the kitchen. Time passes faster in the kitchen vacuum so probably a typical Friday night starts out with a good three hours in the kitchen. It’s nice living here definitely because everyone really reconvenes at the end of the night. I would say the kitchen is definitely our big spot.
TYPICAL TUESDAY NIGHT: A lot of people are out studying except everyone comes home for the Outing Club meeting on Tuesday so it’s a good thing you chose the day Tuesday. At 10 pm everyone’s home and we’re all doing the Outing Club meeting and that’s really fun. We make brownies every Tuesday, so we just eat brownies and hangout. Everyone talks about their day and sometimes we work in the living room.
WHAT'S ALWAYS IN THE FRIDGE?: Oh my gosh. Well we have the highest fridge per capita ratio on campus. We have three fridges for eleven people. Big on cheese. We are healthy eaters. Everyone is on Coop so we have lots of fruits and veggies in the fridges.
WHAT ALCOHOLIC DRINK WOULD OUT HOUSE BE?
Oh. Dark and Stormy.
IF OUTHOUSE HAD A DOORMAT WHAT WOULD IT BE?:
Have you seen those doormats with the latitude and longitude of the locations? We should get one of those.
WHAT SONG WOULD BE ON THE OUTHOUSE PLAYLIST?
I won’t even bother with a song. Just Beyoncé.
BEST ROOM/HALL TO BE IN IN CASE OF ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE:
Abby’s room. Her room has a secret staircase and also it’s like the tiniest little room and it’s way in the back. The zombie wouldn’t even know to look.
PREPAREDNESS LEVEL ON SCALE OF 1-10:
10 because we have first aid kits, tents, sleeping bags, and backpacks. We also have stoves which I feel like we would have to use during an apocalypse.
WHAT WOULD BE THE THEME OF AN OUT HOUSE DINNER PARTY?:
It might just have to be sweets.
WHAT WOULD BE ON THE TABLE?:
There are master brownie makers in this house, so brownies.
DO THE RESIDENTS OF UT HOUSE ALIGN WITH ITS MISSION STATEMENT?:
Members of the house are expected to lead two or three outings a semester so everyone’s doing them or at least trying to get them off the ground. And, I would say Outing Club members are very aligned and that’s how a lot of the selection works—who has been really involved in the club and who will keep it going.
A HIDDEN GEM:
The attic. It’s magical. It has a little window with light that comes in. It’s just a great hangout spot. There is a foosball table and a little room with a bed. If you wanted to live up there forever you could.
Interview with Rachel Day (’16)
TYPICAL FRIDAY NIGHT: There is usually a concert going on. Maybe there will be an off-campus band with on-campus bands opening or it will be a line up of on-campus bands. I often call up The Murdertones and Phatrabbit to play here. People are hanging out, a lot of people have friends over, the concert goes on, and hopefully goes off without a hitch and psafe is okay with capacity. Shoutout to Val for being a great psafe officer. And then we close up, the show ends, some people’s friends will be hanging around and its pretty lovely and nice.
TYPICAL TUESDAY NIGHT: Usually Art House members are running in and out. I think that’s the one unifying factor of Art House is that everyone is really busy with a bunch of different things. Like Jess Wolinsky will storm in and storm out, talking the entire time. Maybe there will be a few people making dinner, but mostly it’s a lot of running around.
WHAT'S ALWAYS IN THE FRIDGE? Rotting spinach, maybe. And eggs, eggs are always there. Jess’ ice cream in the freezer.
WHAT ALCOHOLIC DRINK WOULD ART HOUSE BE?: Pony Plus.
BEST ROOM/HALL TO BE IN IN CASE OF ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE: The upstairs library, because it has multiple entrances and it is secluded. You can escape to the closet pretty quickly.
PREPAREDNESS LEVEL OF ART HOUSE ON SCALE OF 1-10: Pretty low. I don’t think we would do that great if there were a Zombie Apocalypse. My roommate and I, Ethan, would be fine. But I don’t know about the people in the dungeon, which is the space where most other people live. Yeah, doesn’t look good for us.
WHAT WOULD BE ON THE TABLE OF AN ART HOUSE DINNER PARTY?: Some big vegetarian dishes that have rice and beans and onions. Garlic bread. Pasta. And for dessert, Half-baked Ben and Jerry’s.
DO THE RESIDENTS OF ART HOUSE ALIGN WITH ITS MISSION STATEMENT? Well this year we have no Studio Art majors, which is weird because last year there two. Last year was the first year, and two studio art majors started it--that was automatically an inherent part of the house’s culture. That has been retained to some extent but a lot of people have applied to the house, myself included, with a different interpretation of what art is. Our mission statement talks explicitly about visual art, which is still present. For example, Tess Altman holds Crafts Night here on Wednesdays. But, when I applied to Art house, I described my prominent art form as putting on events and trying to build community. I think that’s more of who applies here, people who have alternative versions or definitions of what art means besides just visual.
A HIDDEN GEM: Passion. Ugh. Well she is really falling apart now. But she was a sculpture that Genna DeGroot made of like a person. She’s really eerie. She’s in the lounge and I knew she was there but every time I’d walk by, I’d have to double take. She was always somewhere else and nobody knows who was moving her around but she was always in different positions. Now she’s kind of gotten beaten up. I think also, the nook that we have. We are trying to turn that into a breakfast nook.
Interview with Nikku Chatha (’16)
TYPICAL FRIDAY NIGHT: Usually I’ve found from 6-9, nothing really happens, so, I like to do, believe it or not, homework until about 9, because I figure nobody else wants to hang out until around then. And then there are usually a lot of people in the kitchen hanging out and cooking, especially on weekend nights. Around 9 o’clock people start to pregame – not usually in my room, but in the singles… It’s pretty hard to get people to come to Buddhist House, so then we usually go somewhere else.
TYPICAL TUESDAY NIGHT: I’ll cook dinner at around 7 o’clock. Then go to work for my evening shift at the library, and then hanging out in the common room if I don’t have work, or doing work in my room and to be in bed early.
WHAT'S ALWAYS IN THE FRIDGE?: Probably a pot of rice on the rice cooker, and in my case, eggs and potatoes… Usually there are like some mushrooms lying around.
WHAT ALCOHOLIC DRINK WOULD BUDDHIST HOUSE BE?: Green tea. Jokes aside, probably Guinness Extra Stout
IF BUDDHIST HOUSE HAD A DOORMAT WHAT WOULD IT SAY?: Enjoy your breath.
WHAT SONG WOULD BE ON THE BUHO PREGAME PLAYLIST?: A song by Mac DeMarco, Chambers of Reflection.
BEST ROOM TO BE IN IN CASE OF ZOMBIA APOCALYPSE / PREPAREDNESS LEVEL ON SCALE OF 1-10: Attic or… the meditation room is probably too exposed… or maybe one of the upstairs bathrooms. We would fight the zombies with compassion, so I am generally calling that a 3.
WHAT WOULD BE THE THEME OF A BUDDHIST HOUSE DINNER PARTY?: Once a week we have a communal dinner… It’s not so much a dinner party. Once a week on usually like a Sunday night, one or two of us sign up to cook – it has to be a vegetarian meal so that all of us can eat it. We all sit around the long table in the common room downstairs, typically say a short grace, and say rose, bud, thorn. And, if there are announcements or events people want to propose, this is the time to do it.
HOW MANY PEOPLE SHOW UP FOR THAT?: 2/3 to 3/4.
WHAT WOULD BE ON THE TABLE?: Lentils.
DO PEOPLE HAVE TO HAVE A CONNECTION TO BUDDHISM TO BE IN THE HOUSE?: We’ve actually had the conversation before in the house… We’ve been wondering if we can really call ourselves Buddhist House if the majority of people are not practicing Buddhists… is that appropriative of a really old, important culture? That being said – there are enough of us that meditate at times. Two girls teach yoga, and people use the meditation room for martial arts and stuff. So no – I’d say we aren’t super aligned. Four years ago, there used to be a 7am meditation every morning, because two students had done a gap year in Japan and lived in a monastery. We’ve at least slipped from our communal Buddhist practice.
HIDDEN GEM: The library.
ANYTHING ELSE?: I love living here. I think a big part of its charm is being at a remove from the center of campus. This remove means that we develop a pretty close community here in our corner.
Interview with David Whitney (‘16)
WHAT'S ALWAYS IN THE FRIDGE?: Molochnaya Strana, Russian style condensed milk.
WHAT ALCOHOLIC DRINK WOULD RUSSIAN HOUSE BE?: A Moscow Mule
IF RUSSIAN HOUSE HAD A DOORMAT WHAT WOULD IT SAY?: Welcome to the Russian Cult (name of our fb group)
WHAT SONG WOULD BE ON THE RUSSIAN HOUSE PREGAME PLAYLIST?: "Russian guy singing"
BEST ROOM TO BE IN IN CASE OF ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE / PREPAREDNESS LEVEL ON SCALE OF 1-10: Third floor attic, although the locked door up there has a sign that reads "$500 Fine for Door Damage" and you know Reslife isn't letting that go regardless of zombie attacks. 8.5. Can't be worse than Stalingrad.
WHAT WOULD BE THE THEME OF A RUSSIAN HOUSE DINNER PARTY?: Furs and Lingerie
WHAT WOULD BE ON THE TABLE?: A samovar and handle of Stolichnaya.
DO THE RESIDENTS OF RUSSIAN HOUSE ALIGN WITH ITS MISSION STATEMENT?: Impressively well actually, the majority of our residents are either Russian, Ukrainian or at least of Eastern European descent. We're also majority RUSS/REES majors and minors, and everybody seems to share an interest in Russian literature. Look no further than a lit class on Tolstoy or Nabokov for Ruho residents.