When Chris LeRoy ’11 got a talking-to from his coach, he listened.“Coach Murphy talked to me in the off-season about becoming a tougher, nastier player on the field, and I applied that as much as I could,” said the center offensive lineman. “The difference between this year and last year is the intensity in which I approach football.”Now LeRoy, who has played football since age 8, is experiencing his first year as a starter with the Crimson. He saw no action on the field as a freshman, but worked his way up, appearing in three games as a sophomore, and nine as a junior.And as a senior, LeRoy’s hard work paid off just in time.“I made a conscious effort to give 110 percent effort. Working hard has always come naturally to me,” the 6-foot-3, 290-pound LeRoy said.Tim Murphy, Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football, said LeRoy “has developed into an All-Ivy caliber player.”In the spring, the government concentrator was awarded the Matt Birk Most Improved Offensive Line Award. LeRoy stuck around Harvard over the summer, too, working out and training for the season.“Throughout the preseason, this being my last year, I’ve tried to embrace every opportunity, and tried to be a leader,” he said. “I just really wanted to make my last season a memorable one.”“I come from a football family,” said LeRoy, who grew up in Portland, Maine. His father, a former teacher at Deering High School, played college ball for the University of Maine and was also an assistant football coach for LeRoy, who played during high school. LeRoy’s mother was a swimmer for the University of Maine, and his sister rows for Boston University.“I love the intensity and camaraderie of football,” said LeRoy. “I think it’s a very unique sport in that one person cannot win a game for you. With basketball, if you have a great player, he can take care of things. But in football, you need everybody to do their job correctly in order to be successful.”After football, LeRoy is looking forward to returning to another love: the piano.“Between football and school, my playing has gone way down,” he said.LeRoy began piano lessons when he was 7. “My mom is a big music person,” he revealed. “She really encouraged my sister and myself to get involved with singing and piano.”Football, singing, piano . . . what else? “I also love to dance.”With graduation looming, LeRoy plans to pursue a job in business or law, eventually enrolling in law school.But until then, it’s football all the time, and being a powerhouse isn’t easy. There’s schoolwork and practice to balance, not to mention sleep — and thousands and thousands of calories. For breakfast, LeRoy typically eats “two omelets, another pile of scrambled eggs, home fries, banana, orange juice, yogurt, fruit salad …”Harvard House masters refer to LeRoy and his teammates as “the wall of flesh.”But for LeRoy, it’s all worth it.“When you’re on the field, nothing else really matters.”The Crimson go up against Princeton University on Oct. 23. For a complete schedule, visit GoCrimson.
The annual Keenan Revue will be held this weekend at Stepan Center, and senior producer Brian Ward said this year’s lineup is better and more hilarious than ever. Ward, who organized the Revue alongside senior director Tyler Gregory, said Keenan Hall’s trademark show is “truly the No. 1 event on campus.” To avoid any past censorship issues from resurfacing, Gregory said they worked with the Office of Student Affairs to collaborate beforehand. “We have made extra efforts this year to make sure we will not have problems,” Gregory said. “We met with Amy Geist, the assistant director of the Office of Student Affairs, and went over all the content to make sure it is appropriate.” The theme of this year’s show is “Much Revue About Nothing,” a reference to the Shakespeare play “Much Ado About Nothing,” Ward said. “The actual Shakespeare play is all about issues coming to light,” Ward said. “We are doing the same thing with Notre Dame and bringing issues on campus to light in a funny way.” The show is staffed completely by Keenan residents and has been in the works since October, according to Ward. Auditions took place at the beginning of the semester for the lineup of comedy skits and various musical acts that Ward described as similar to Saturday Night Live. Typically, the three performances draw about 4,500 audience members in total. “The audition process took place all on one Saturday,” Ward said. “We auditioned all the skits, and then had review meeting and picked 25 for the actual show.” In addition, Ward and Gregory issued a constitution to all participants that provided guidelines on the appropriate level of humor and also held a panel that reviewed all the skits’ content specifically to ensure it was appropriate. Ward and Gregory said the content might surprise some audience members but won’t disappoint anyone. “People are expecting there to be a lot of Manti jokes, but that is not something we focused on this year,” Ward said. “We actually included a lot of self-defacing humor, so we are able to poke fun at other things. We also have a ton of talented musicians in the show.” Ward said the show takes thousands of dollars to put on because professional lighting technicians and stage crew are hired to work the performances. Keenan alumni donate money to run the show every year. “Everyone should come out and see the greatest show on campus,” Ward said. “We sold out our tickets in 45 minutes, but if anyone wants to go and does not have a ticket, stop by at show time and we may have an extra for you.”