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January Miss Cooperative: Shannon Chapman



January’s Miss Cooperative has been a long-time favorite in the house, winning the coveted title not once, but three times during this school year. Known in the house for her delicious baked goods, beautiful artwork, and encouraging post-it notes, CFA senior Shannon Chapman is perhaps best known for her altruistic, caring spirit. Also the Vice President of the HER House, Shannon has been living in the HER House for four semesters and will be extremely missed when she graduates at the end of this semester!

Describe yourself in three words?

… honest, easy going, and dependable.

What’s a fun fact about you most people don’t know?

I’m a fraternal twin! her

What’s your favorite thing about living in the HER House?

The kitchen becomes a place of conversation- I love learning about everyone’s lives. We are a family!

What does cooperative mean to you? 

Cooperative- generally speaking, it includes a willingness to help others and respect the house and its mission. A cooperative environment is also a supportive one.

What are your future goals? 

I plan to volunteer and work next year. I will also apply to grad schools for art education! It would be amazing to work at a school that incorporates gardening. It is becoming more popular in city schools.

How would you describe the HERlies living in the house? 

The HER ladies are.. incredible. They are all so inspiring, hardworking, and talented.

October Miss Cooperative: Chelsea Lasky


Chelsea Lasky

Last month, our very own residence assistant, Chelsea Lasky, was selected as October’s Miss Cooperative. Chelsea’s strong leadership has been a positive addition to the HER House and we are thankful she’s always around to give us some much needed advice and guidance.

Originally from Erie, Pennsylvania, Chelsea completed her undergrad in Cleveland, Ohio before coming to Boston University to complete her doctorate for Physical Therapy. Read on to learn more about our Miss Cooperative!


Describe yourself in three words?

Positive, Loyal, Driven

What’s a fun fact about you most people don’t know?

I know how to read music and play the violin.

What’s your favorite thing about living in the HER House?

Having 23 sisters who are always willing to give their opinions, share when they
can and just be there to vent to after a long day.

What does cooperative mean to you?

Cooperative means a lot to me: looking out for everything and everyone in the house, going out of my
way to make this a home to always come back to, having fun doing day
to day tasks with your best friends among others.

What are your future goals?

I would love to work as a pediatric physical therapist, and have the opportunity to be on a
interdisciplinary team doing research for better quality of life and
longevity for children suffering lifelong disabilities.

How would you describe the HERlies living in the house?

My little sisters–each eccentric in their own way, and I couldn’t imagine my
time here without any one person. Being a grad student and not knowing
anyone outside my program last year was tough. As soon as I moved into
the house, it was just like having my siblings here. Everyone truly
cares about me and looks out for my well being. Basically, the HERlies
are diverse, and the 24 of us together are more of a force than any
one of us individually.

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

The holidays are a time for family, and here in the HER House, we’re all about celebrating the nutty family we’ve created! All of the HERlies took part in the annual Secret Snowflake tradition, much like the Secret Santa many of us grew up with, that encompasses all religious and spiritual beliefs – we just wanted to show how much we care!

In the spirit of giving and gratefulness, we HERlies try to make Secret Snowflake about showing our love in little ways, with less emphasis on material goods. Inspirational notes written in creative places (fridge whiteboard, anyone?), baked goods left in the kitchen and tiny tokens like Hershey Kisses left on the bed are all common “gifts” given throughout the week. Some of the newer HERlies to the House were pleasantly surprised by the intensity of Secret Snowflake. Most people probably do Secret Snowflake once, giving a single gift at a party where everyone involved is present…

Let me tell you: the HER House is not tame when it comes to Secret Snowflake! At least as early as 7am on Monday morning after Thanksgiving, seasoned HERlies were tiptoeing around the House, taping snowflakes to doors and leaving sweet messages in mailboxes. The pressure was on: HOW CAN I MAKE MY SNOWFLAKE FEEL LOVED AND APPRECIATED?!

It was all in good fun, of course, and the annual holiday party at the end of the week was a wonderful time with amazing food (I bet your residence didn’t make a full turkey), decorations, and a final gift exchange where all of the gift givers were finally revealed!

One of the blessings of living in the HER House is living with family: we eat together, we clean together, we fight and laugh and cry. Most importantly, we support one another through the good times and bad. The holiday party was a lovely reminder of that, and through (many) tears of gratefulness, we expressed to each other just how much we value our place in the beautiful brownstone we call home.

Happy Holidays from our crazy little family to yours!

– Nicole Rapkin (CAS ’16)

Fall House Retreat: Painting and Chit-Chat

Gerrie and Shannon's bowl for the House

Shannon Chapman (CFA 2015) and Geraldine Lai (COM 2014)

As usual, the long-awaited retreat began with a deluxe breakfast prepared by the House E-board. Residents spent the morning enjoying their favorite homemade breakfast foods while making introductions and conversation. When it was time to head out, House Vice President Yadirys Collado (CAS ’14) finally revealed the retreat activity: pottery painting!

Together, we hopped onto the T, making quite a racket all the way to Arlington. From there, we found ourselves walking along a scenic bike path complete with a dog park, pond and lush greenery – the perfect place to take in the fresh autumn air. After arriving at the pottery place, everyone focused on painting their pieces to perfection while making the occasional chit-chat. Two hours later, we headed back toward BU, recommencing the conversation and laughter. By the time we arrived at those black gates of 191 Bay State Rd., we truly felt closer to one another. Here’s looking toward a year filled with friendship, memories, and much more chatter.

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” – Ernest Hemingway

– Geraldine Lai, HER House President, COM 2014

Save the Date! 85th Anniversary Celebration

Join fellow alumnae and current House residents the weekend of Friday, April 4 – Sunday, April 6, 2014 for a celebration of the legacy of the Harriet E. Richards Cooperative House. This celebration will coincide with our Annual Meeting on Sunday, April 6, 2014.

Mark your calendars!

85th Anniversary Celebration

April 4 – 6, 2014

Check the 85th Anniversary Celebration webpage toward the end of 2013 for more details about activities, registration, accommodations and more! We have tentative plans to host events including reunion picnics, networking, campus tours, museum visits and panel discussions.

For the time being, reminisce and get excited by browsing photos from previous Anniversary Celebrations and Alumnae Teas on HERAA’s Facebook page.