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City Days to Join R/O '92 Activities

By Joey Marquez
News Editor

Beginning this fall, freshmen will participate in "City Days," a three-day program of activities designed to get MIT students acquainted with their new home as quickly as possible.

The event will replace Freshman Book Night in the Residence/Orientation Week schedule.

City Days will also bring about 500 Cambridge elementary school students to MIT for a tour and several other events, according Felix A. Guzman '93, one of the project's student founders.

City Days planners hope a speaker will kick off the activity on Sunday night, Sept. 6, according to Virginia M. Sorenson, coordinator of the Public Service Center. If the Institute cannot find an appropriate speaker, she said, the Undergraduate Association will provide the Class of 1996 with some festivity.

Students will spend the next day exploring Boston and Cambridge, with various living groups organizing activities. Activities may include a restaurant tour, a walking tour through Boston, and a trivia contest.

On the final day, fourth through sixth graders from several Cambridge elementary schools will visit MIT in an effort to interest them in math and science. "Several labs are interested in participating, and the MIT Museum is interested as well," Sorenson said. Students might also have the chance to see robotics demonstrations and a small version of the Introduction to Design (2.70) Contest.

Cambridge students' performance ironic

This project can "show kids about what college is all about and what the future holds," Guzman said. He explained the irony that Cambridge elementary school students have the lowest standard achievement scores in Massachusetts while both MIT and Harvard are just up the street. MIT students will serve one-hour rotations as guides for the Cambridge students.

Each living group will be responsible for sponsoring a fun activity, according to Sorenson. City Days organizers hope to see one-third of each living group participate in its activity. Sorenson said that if the event is successful, living groups will hopefully adopt a school or grade. "If MIT students aren't interested, it won't happen," she said.

Guzman said the city of Cambridge supports the project, but that it depends on MIT students to succeed.