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Freshmen Arrive on Campus

By Josh Hartmann

and Reuven M. Lerner

News Editor

Nearly one-third of the over 1,200 expected new students, including a large number from the South and West Coast, arrived on campus yesterday for the first day of new student registration. The remainder are expected today.

At 4 p.m. today, President Charles M. Vest and Undergraduate Association President Shally Bansal '93 will address new students at the President's Welcome Convocation at Kresge Auditorium. The convocation will mark the formal beginning of Residence/Orientation Week, which lasts through next Friday.

Afterward, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., will be Project MOYA (Move Off Your Assumptions), in which upperclassmen will lead small groups of freshmen in activities on Kresge Oval. The activities, now in their second year, are meant to introduce students to their peers and help them realize the importance of working with others.

According to workers at the R/O Center, 363 of 1,210 new students registered by 7:30 p.m. yesterday. All but 10 of the 58 new transfer students had arrived. International students, as well as those trying out for sports teams and in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps, arrived earlier this week.

As the students entered the R/O Center in La Sala del Puerto Rico, their names were entered into the Clearinghouse database, allowing R/O Center workers to track their movements during R/O Week. Clearinghouse operations were suspended for a short while yesterday morning, when a power outage blacked out the campus shortly after 10 a.m. [See related story, page 1.]

Tomorrow, students will begin their day with the Freshman Essay Evaluation, a test designed to determine test their writing skill. Freshmen who pass the test, or who received a "5" on the Advanced Placement examination in Language/Composition, will be exempt from taking a Phase I writing subject.

While the essay has been offered for a number of years, this is the first time that freshmen are being told that it is mandatory. The administration has not said what will happen to students who do not take the test, but in previous years, students who neither took the examination nor the AP test were simply required to take a Phase I writing subject.

Also mandatory this year is the Math Diagnostic Test, which will be offered starting at 1 p.m. tomorrow. Only those students who pass this test, or who pass an Advanced Standing examination in Calculus I or II (18.01 or 18.02) will be allowed to take calculus. When the test was first offered last year, it was meant to be used as a guide for advisors, rather than a standard against which students will be measured.