A look inside: Adams House

first_img Dressing up You’re the one that I want Elyse Traverse ’11 (front) belts a ditty from “Grease.” Va-va-voom Pink is the color for Collin Rees ’12. Tying one on Co-Master of Adams House Sean Palfrey (in wig) fixes the tie and collar of Annie Douglas ’12. 5 o’clock shadow Candice Smith ’11 with Luke Sperduto ’11 (background) perform “Skater Boy” by Avril Lavigne. Five staff photographers will offer close-ups of the interests, activities, and personalities inside five Harvard Houses in installments over the course of the academic year.As Drag Night reaches full swing in the Adams House dining hall, female students dressed as “greasers” and male students dressed as “pink ladies” belt out the song “You’re the One That I Want” from the musical “Grease.” Amid a fortress of soda bottles and pizza boxes, the golden locks of Adams House co-Master Sean Palfrey bounce up and down as he rocks with laughter.Judith Palfrey, also co-Master and dressed as the baseball player “Shoeless Joe,” explains the event’s origins: “The first Drag Night arose over 20 years ago in response to safety issues for gay and lesbian students at Harvard. It’s important to understand the differences and enjoy the diversity of people. That’s what Adams House stands for, particularly the strengths that each person brings to the community. Also, this is just pure fun and silly!”Wearing a pink cashmere sweater, black wig, and chiffon skirt, Collin Rees ’12 said, “Drag Night reaches back to the roots of Adams House, back to when it was seen as the artsy House … It’s a chance to do something really fun with the Adams House community.” When it’s over … Sam Houston ’11 cleans up the chaos. So beautiful Sam Novey ’11 (from left), Kellie O’Toole ’11, and Justin Butler ’11 make for frisky lords and lasses. Funky chicken! Adams House Masters Sean and Judith Palfrey exhibit some serious moves. Kris Snibbe/Staff Photographer Rather odd Who knew drag could be so regal? Under the austere art of Adams House, its resident men are dolled up like women. Bieber fever! The Adams House tutors line up for a performance of a Justin Bieber classic. Hide the hair Gender-bending for Adams House Drag Night, Elyse Traverse ’11 (left) gets a little hair help from Adams House tutor Sarah Downer. Vice versa House Masters Sean and Judith Palfrey switch roles for a night. Conga! Men? Women? Who cares? Let’s conga!last_img

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