In the swing of things
With her head tilted back in laughter mimicking the penguin mascot of Quincy House, Emma Lipshultz ’15 and her family members found humor in hauling boxes, bags, and one giant beanbag into Lipshultz’s newfound home: Ridgley Hall.
During the renovation of Old Quincy House, three swing spaces in Harvard Square have become residential extensions of the Quincy community: Ridgley Hall, Hampden Hall, and Fairfax Hall.
Scott Yim ’13, House Committee co-chair, explained the dynamic of this new living situation: “While living spaces are temporarily separated, our sense of community is as strong as it has always been. Our House Committee has an incredible amount of support from our Housemasters and tutors.”
Mia Tankersley ’14 could barely contain her joy: “My roomies and I are in love with Hampden! I was the first to move in, and nearly fell over when I saw the enormous kitchen, glossy hardwood floors, and freshly painted moldings. It definitely took us a couple of weeks to believe that we get to live here.”
“Swing housing is working very well,” said Quincy House Co-Master Deb Gehrke. “The students — mostly sophomores — love their apartments and we love seeing them when they come to New Quincy for meals and to study in the dining hall. The Quincy sophomores are a dynamic group and they’re establishing a clear presence in House life. … Quincy students are being fantastic in taking the process in stride.”
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