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Senior Week Activities Give 'Chance to Relax'

By Sarah Y. Keightley
News Editor

A free party at Jillians pool hall, comedians in Lobdell Court, a boat cruise in the Boston Harbor - these activities and many more will give seniors a chance to enjoy their last few weeks at MIT.

This year's Senior Week will get underway on May 30 and run through Commencement.

These activities give the Class of 1995 a "chance to relax and enjoy the fact that Boston is a really nice place," according to Michael R. Capalbo '95, a Senior Week committee co-chair.

Seniors also get a chance to hang out with their friends and meet other people in their class. "With all of the emphasis on schoolwork, it's easy to forget what a great student body we have," Capalbo said.

All of the events are free except the boat cruise and the day trip to Marina Bay, said Chitra Viswanathan '95, a Senior Week organizer. To attend these events, seniors need to pick up tickets by today from the Senior Week table in the Student Center.

Senior Week's first event is "Games and Karaoke Night" on May 30 in the Student Center, Viswanathan said. The next day there is a "Sports Day Outing" at Marina Bay. There will be a DJ, a meal, and sports, including basketball and volleyball, Viswanathan said.

Capalbo hopes that interest in this particular activity will pick up. "A lot of people think it's just a sports day," but it is also a day trip to Marina Bay, he said. Marina Bay is beautiful and it will be like an "all-day party," he said.

Pool hall, pub night

Thursday night there is a gathering at Jillians pool hall, and Friday there is a pub night at Jake Ivory's. "We're going to try to hand out food and drink coupons" at Jake Ivory's, Viswanathan said. That afternoon there will also be music and food on the Student Center steps.

The week continues with club night at Avalon on Saturday."I think that will be a really popular event," Viswanathan said.

Sunday there will be a brunch in the Student Center and a movie night. The committee is still picking out the movies, and might choose a nostalgic movie from the '80s, Viswanathan said. Monday night there is a boat cruise in the Boston Harbor; Tuesday night is comedy night.

The Senior Week Committee has been planning the events since February, Viswanathan said. The committee is "only allowed to budget $20,000" for Senior Week activities, she said.

The money comes from the Provost's Office, the Alumni Office, and money from the Class of 1995 donut stand.

For a few days before Friday's Commencement ceremonies, there are daily events which are catered to graduates and their parents. All of these cost money.

Most of the parents' week events are more traditional, Capalbo said. These include a pancake breakfast, trolley tours, a cocktail party, and a night at the Boston Pops.