Admissions plans Campus PreviewBy Brian Hou
Campus Preview, an orientation program for women students admitted to the Class of '89, will take place April 8-10. It will provide workshops, tours of facilities, and a question-and-answer session, according to Marilee Jones, assistant director of admissions.
"The purpose of this event is to expose admitted women to the MIT community and to give them a feeling of what it is like to be at MIT," Jones said. She has been organizing the event with Lora Silverman '85, an intern in the Admissions Office.
The program will showcase athletic facilities, UROP opportunities and the Space Systems Laboratory. Several workshops will be repeated throughout the day so the women can attend most of them, Jones continued.
In addition, a question-and-answer session will enable the women to ask students about life at MIT.
This program is similar to last year's Women's Weekend, a program which was very successful, Jones said. Of the 165 women who attended the event last year, 123 enrolled.
Jones said the only problem last year was that MIT held the event on a weekend. Some women complained that they were unable to attend classes to get a real feel for MIT. "Therefore, this year we decided to have it on weekdays," she said.
"We will encourage the participants to attend classes with their hosts, especially freshmen classes," she added.
The highlight of Campus Preview will be a free showing of "Splash," followed by an ice cream orgy Tuesday night in Room 10-250, Jones said. The Class of 1988 will sponsor the ice cream orgy because "they can provide the best description of how they adjust to MIT in their first year," she explained.
One hundred eighty women students have expressed interest in hosting the visitors, she said.
Students can also help by serving ice cream, providing transportation from Logan Airport to campus, volunteering in the question-and-answer session, and talking to the women, Jones said.
Jones encourages male students to participate. "Although this is a women's event, men are involved in every phase of planning and helping except hosting the participants," she said.