Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

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The Dean of Students Office and Facilities Management, as well as most administrative offices at the Law School and the University, will be closed today for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

If you contact the Dean of Students Office or Facilities Management, we will get back to you tomorrow, Tuesday, January 19, 2010.

For emergency facilities or maintenance issues, you can still call Facilities Management at 617.495.5521 and dial 0 to be connected to the Operations Center (which is staffed today).

For lockouts, you should seek out your R.A. first. If you cannot find your R.A., you should call HUPD at 617.495.1215 and the Law School Security Guard will be dispatched to let you in.

If you have any other serious issues or concerns, you should call HUPD at 617.495.1212. They can help with a myriad of issues or connect you to the appropriate resources. They can also contact members of the Dean of Students Office or the Facilities Management Office if necessary.

Congrats Shaw Hall!

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Congrats to Shaw Hall, winner of the Green Living Electricity Competition! All together, dorms reduced energy by 1-5%!

The residents of Shaw took first place in the “Reduce Your Juice” energy-use reduction competition this year.  To achieve this great honor, Shaw-onians performed simple but significant environmental feats such as turning off unused lights, unplugging power cords, and setting power saving modes on their computers.  For their efforts, residents will receive a celebratory dinner – in addition to eternal fame, of course.

Holmes and Ames, which made significant reductions in the final week, tied for a close second place.

All of the dorms reduced their energy use by 1-5% over the course of the 4-week-long competition.  This might seem like small potatoes,but if the savings from the one month electricity competition were to be extended throughout the entire year, this would amount to around 1 MTCDE (metric tons carbon dioxide equivalents), which is roughly 100 gallons of gasoline.

From the  HLS Green Living blog.

Thanksgiving Info

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I know the Thanksgiving Break is bittersweet. With it comes some much needed rest, but exams are around the corner as well. I am writing to pass along some important info, both about leaving the residence halls during this brief break as well as info for those who will still be around.

IF YOU ARE LEAVING FOR BREAK…

SECURITY
Please shut all windows tightly (including storm windows in Hastings) and close blinds or curtains. Since few others are around, it is especially important to ensure windows and doors are locked. Remember to make sure all of your belongings are securely stored and avoid leaving valuables in your room. If you have any difficulty locking your window or storm window, contact Facilities Management at 617.495.5521.

GREEN LIVING & SUSTAINABILITY
Please take a few minutes to ensure that your room won’t be using energy unnecessarily:
–Check that windows and storm windows (if present) are tightly closed.
–Check that heating units and vents are unobstructed by books, clothing, furniture, etc.
–Turn off electronics and shut off power strips.
–Unplug large appliances not in power strips (TVs, DVD players, etc).
–Turn out lights.
–HLS Apartments – set thermostats back to 64°F, which will greatly reduce building energy waste.

Thank you for your help with our holiday energy conservation efforts, and have a great break!

STILL LOOKING FOR A RIDE TO THE AIRPORT?
Harvard Student Agencies is offering a Logan Airport Shuttle on Wed., Nov. 25. For additional details check out http://www.harvardstudentagencies.com/shop/hsa_shuttles.aspx.

IF YOU ARE STAYING ON CAMPUS DURING BREAK…

RESIDENT ASSISTANTS
Many of your Resident Assistants will be away during break; however, a few will be on campus should you need anything: Alan Cliff (acliff@jd11, Ames), Anne Siders (asiders@jd10, Dane), James Nortey (jnortey@jd11, North), and Maggie Morgan (mmorgan@jd11, Shaw). As always if you have any issues or concerns that cannot wait, you can contact the Harvard University Police Department at 617.495.1212. They can help with a myriad of issues or connect you to the appropriate resources. They can also contact members of the Dean of Students Office or the Facilities Management Office if necessary.

THANKSGIVING DINNER – Order by Tues., Nov. 24 at 5pm (TODAY)
If you are looking for the traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all of the fixings, you can order a reheatable turkey dinner with stuffing, potatoes, green beans and cranberry relish for $8.95 from Restaurant Associates. Just email housing@law.harvard.edu, then you will need to pay with cash at the café register when you pick up your meal on Wed., Nov. 25, 11am-12pm.

EVENTS DURING THE BREAK
Fri., Nov. 27 5pm-7pm – Wii/Board Game Study Break with BBQ from Red Bones at the North Lounge
Sat., Nov. 28 11am – homemade breakfast in the Dane 2 kitchen. Email asiders@law to RSVP.

Thank your R.A.s for their hard work making these events happen for you over the break!

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES CLOSED
The University is closed for the Thanksgiving Break from Thurs., Nov. 26 through Sun., Nov. 29. All HLS administrative offices will be closed including the Dean of Students Office, Hark Dining Services, Facilities Management, Hemenway Gymnasium, the Residential Mail Center, and the UHS Law School Clinic. Other offices may have limited services:

-Hark – While food service will not be available, the Hark will be open for studying from 8am-10pm on Thurs., Nov. 26 through Sat., Nov 28 and until 2am on Sun., Nov. 29.

-Langdell – The library will be closed from Thurs., Nov. 26 until Sat, Nov. 28, but will open for normal Sunday hours. For the full schedule, go to http://www.law.harvard.edu/library/about/hours/hours.pdf.

-Additional Study Space – Hauser classrooms 101 and 102 will be open 8am-10pm from Thurs., Nov. 26 until Sat, Nov. 28.

-UHS – While the Law School Clinic in the basement of Pound will be closed from Thurs., Nov. 26 until Sun., Nov. 29, should you need health care during the break, After Hours & Urgent Care (617.495.5711) is open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day and can be found on the 5th Floor of Holyoke Center at 75 Mt. Auburn Street. (Enter at basement level between Dunster & Holyoke.)

MAINTANENCE
Please note that the Facilities Management Office will be closed. For any facilities or maintenance issues, you can still call their number at 617.495.5521 and dial 0 to be connected to the Operations Center (which will be open throughout the break).

LOCKOUTS
If you get locked out, you should call HUPD at 617.495.1215 and the Law School Security Guard will be dispatched to let you in.

From the Dean of Students Office and Facilities Management, we hope you have a restful and relaxing break!

Welcome!

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This blog is intended to share information and tips about the multitude of housing options available to HLS students as well as the application process, deadlines and the room/apartment selection process. We’ll also highlight the residence life experience in on-campus housing. We hope to eventually have current residents and Resident Assistants share their stories of life in the HLS residence halls. Most of all, we want to make this blog useful for you! We welcome your comments and suggestions, just email housing (at) law.harvard.edu.

As always, you can find a lot of information on the pages of the HLS Housing website:

On-Campus Housing – 469 residence halls rooms in Gropius, Hastings, and North and 13 units in the HLS Apartments, all in close proximity to HLS.

HRES University Housing – nearly 2,500 units of University-owned and operated apartments throughout Cambridge for all Harvard graduate students as well as faculty and staff.

Off-Campus Housing – apartments in the private rental market.

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