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IAP needs you

IAP needs you

For years, a number of faculty and administrators have said they would like Independent Activities Period to disappear. Some want to extend each term by two weeks; others prefer the introduction of a "Wintersession," during which students would be required to take at least one course.

No matter what, though, the message is clear: IAP is in danger of disappearing.

Such loss would be a sad one, indeed. A break from the rigors of MIT's stressful academic environment, IAP provides students, and especially freshmen, with their first opportunity to explore MIT without the constraints of classwork. It's a good time to learn blacksmithing and particle physics, look for research projects, get involved in extracurricular activities or just explore Boston. IAP can be an integral no pun intended, right? -- Reuven part of students' acclimation to MIT. After January, many students find they love MIT. Eliminating IAP would mean terminating MIT's best progressive educational program.

The only way to save IAP is to participate in it. If the administration sees that it is a well-liked, well-valued program, it will have a harder time justifying IAP's elimination.

If you are not planning to return to the campus during IAP, reconsider your decision. If you are planning to stay, explore it as much as you can. Please, vote with your feet -- participate in IAP.

Fine with me Josh

Looks really good. Nice job, Matt. -- Reuven