Picnic held indoors for first time in 16 yearsFriday's inclement weather forced the Freshman Picnic indoors for the first time in at least 16 years, according to Win Treese '86, Residence/Orientation (R/O) Week co-coordinator.
"The location [of the Freshman Picnic] was not a factor ... if it is the case that Rush is going a bit slow," said InterFraternity Conference (IFC) Chairman Tinley Andersen '86.
President Paul E. Gray '54 introduced Julia C. McLellan, recently retired senior associate director of admissions, who echoed former Director of Admissions Peter H. Richardson's '48 traditional advice to "phone home ... and look both ways before crossing Massachusetts Avenue."
McLellan also advised the Class of 1989 to "learn to communicate ... have confidence in who you are and why you're [at MIT] ... and care about each other."
Director of Admissions Michael C. Behnke briefly addressed the freshmen advising them to take advantage of the continuing services provided at MIT by both the Admissions and other support service offices.
Dean for Student Affairs Shirley M. McBay spoke to the freshmen of "MIT's unique approach for orienting students" and the "opportunity to get to know classmates and other students" during R/O week.
She advised the class to "keep in mind [that] any decision is yours" concerning overloading on coursework or violating "state laws and Institute regulations on alcohol."
She also previewed an administration initiative to encourage lectures and forums at the Institute, beginning with a discussion of apartheid to be held in early November. McBay concluded by encouraging the freshmen to stay in touch with their homes as parents of freshmen were "naturally concerned."
Suzanne Horine '86 and Treese, R/O co-coordinators, gave the Class of 1989 last-<>
minute advice for a successful R/O Week. Bryan Moser '87, Undergraduate Association (UA) President, urged the freshmen to be aware of and become involved in campus, local, national and global issues. Mary Tai '87, UA Vice President, spoke of some of the concerns of women at MIT, especially freshman women.
Dormitory Council Chairman Anthony Scotti '86 and IFC Chairman Andersen were the final speakers at the Freshman Picnic. After their brief speeches and Andersen's logistical rearranging, the Rush began.
in Kresge Auditorium
Kresge Auditorium hosted a new President's Welcome Convocation Friday afternoon before Pre-Picnic Discussion Sessions and the Freshman Picnic. Associate Provost S. Jay Keyser welcomed the Class of 1989 and introduced President Paul E. Gray '54.
"Your undergraduate studies are a foundation for a lifetime of involvement in education," said Gray. He added the Class of 1989's "impact on society and the world will be tremendous."
Gray finally observed that "MIT and MIT people have an orientation to achievement," but reassured the freshmen that "success [would] come naturally for almost everyone" in the class.
Provost John M. Deutch '61 stressed the "many different dimensions of the educational experience at MIT" in his speech to the freshmen. "Most importantly," Deutch charged, "take advantage of the people" at MIT.
Keyser addressed the Class of 1989 as he paralleled the didgeridoo, an Austrailian aboriginal musical instrument, to the class's "next four years at MIT." He characterized aboriginal technology as passive: it utilized the "land without destroying it or hurting it."
Keyser concluded the Convocation by urging the freshmen to solve "problems because they exist," not just because they were "interesting."