Frosh get tied up in R/O
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By Reuven M. Lerner
Over one thousand new students gathered last night for the first event of Residence/Orientation Week, a gathering in Kresge Theater, where they were greeted by President Charles M. Vest and Undergraduate Association President Stacey E. McGeever '93.
Vest welcomed the the 1060 freshmen and 65 transfer students, saying that they were admitted "because we believe that you have the intellectual capacity, energy, imagination and personal will to succeed and to prosper and to contribute to this institution." [Transcripts of both speeches appear on page 9.]
Check-in runs smoothly
Over half of the new students had checked in by Wednesday night, making for the smoothest check-in that many R/O workers could remember.
The process was also aided
by spreading check-in over the course of five days, rather than only two, as had been done in the past. R/O Center Co-Chairman Scott A. McDermott '94 explained that "the R/O Center opened on Saturday, for international and transfer students." In the past, he said, the R/O Center opened on Wednesday, making it necessary for such students to check in long after they had arrived.
Those who did not make themselves known to the R/O Center were never entered in the Clearinghouse database, which keeps track of new students, making
it next to impossible to contact them, he added.
"Many of them decided that it was not an important thing to do," he added.
McDermott said that there had been very few problems with check-in overall. The greatest difficulty that he had encountered so far, he said, involved problems with housing about six freshmen. McDermott said the students were given housing almost immediately, from a pool of spare temporary assignments that the Dean's office uses for these sorts of cases.
Immediately following the convocation, students took part in Move Off Your Assumptions, a set of activities known more informally as "Project MOYA."
Over 100 faculty, staff and upperclassmen were trained during the last few weeks to lead small groups of new students in a series of activities designed to increase interaction between the students.
Freshmen were nearly unanimous in their praise for Project MOYA. Amber N. Dudley, a freshman from Kansas, said that the R/O committee had "kept us hopping" with a large number of things to do, and called Project MOYA "a lot of fun."
She explained that MOYA was designed to get freshmen "to work with our groups, getting us to know students in our class," and said the program had certainly accomplished its goals. "I got to know a lot of freshmen," she added.
Cotton Seed '95 said that MOYA was "interesting, but not what I expected of MIT. That's not to say it was bad, though."
David H. Spielvogel '95 from Honolulu, HI, said that "I felt kind of lost, even after the freshman barbeque. This was our first interaction."
New Jersey native Kerry A. James '95 said that it was "really nice" not having "to hit the books" immediately upon arriving at MIT.