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Changes in MOYA, Dinners Give R/O A Different Look

By David D. Hsu
News Editor

This year, Residence and Orientation Week will have a slightly new look to it. In response to recent criticism, both Thursday Night Dinners and Project Move Off Your Assumptions have undergone changes.

Last year, upperclassmen involved in Thursday Night Dinners hurried from Kresge Oval to collect freshmen before the end of MOYA, their traditional cue ["Overzealous Crowd Mars Frosh Dinners" August 25, 1995] for the start of the Dinners. Campus Police had to be called in to contain the crowd.

In response, the Interfraternity Council, the Dormitory Council, and the Association of Student Activities met to arrange a better format for the dinners, said Institute R/O Publicity and Personnel Manager Erica R. Fuchs '99.

"The administration feels that if Thursday Night Dinners does not work this year, something else will have to replace them in subsequent years," Fuchs said.

Tonight, Thursday Night Dinner groups will meet the freshmen in Johnson Athletic Center rather than outside, Fuchs said.

Upperclassmen will be allowed into Johnson between 5:00 and 5:45 p.m., Fuchs said.

Groups who want to go take freshmen out for Thursday Night Dinners but have not pre-registered must arrive at Johnson between 5 and 5:30 p.m. to register.

After MOYAends, the freshmen will enter Johnson through its four entrances, Fuchs said. Pathways will be made for the freshmen to enter Johnson without being hounded by upperclassmen.

Once all the freshman enter Johnson, an announcement will be made that groups can leave and the upperclassmen can start to get freshmen, Fuchs said.

To prevent the mob scene that occurred last year, Dormcon and IFC Judcomm members, 12 administrators, and Campus Police will be there to help control the event, Fuchs said.

"We're really looking for the upperclassmen's cooperation so we can continue this important event," Fuchs said.

Tech Trek finale added to MOYA

In the past, upperclassmen had commented that as freshmen they did not enjoy MOYAthat much, Fuchs said.

In response, the MOYAcommittee - Fuchs, Teresa Huang '97, Nina A. Irani '97, John H. Kang '99, Sachiyo Minegishi '99, and Director of Physical Education Gordon V. Kelly - discussed changes in the program with administration, Fuchs said.

The result is that MOYA has been merged with "a great new finale," Fuchs said.

Some of the old MOYA activities will still be included this year, but MOYA will lead up to the finale, called Tech Trek, Fuchs said.

The details of Tech Trek are being kept a secret, even from the MOYAleaders, Fuchs said. The MOYA leaders will find out at the same time as the freshmen and will actually work alongside their groups. "We want the MOYAleaders to have as much fun as the freshmen," she said.

"If I could be anything other than R/O publicity and personnel manager, I would be a MOYAleader," Fuchs said. "It's an incredible program this year."

Prizes will also be awarded, Fuchs said.

Although rumors have circulated that Tech Trek will be a scavenger hunt, Fuchs said it was not.

Measures made to avoiding blatant rushing

Since many MOYAleaders and Thursday Night Dinner groups are composed of IFC members, there have been concerns that upperclassmen blatantly rush freshmen, in violation of rush rules that prohibit rushing before Friday's Killian Kick-Off, the event that launches rush.

Several measures are in place to avoid any rushing.

MOYA leaders have to sign a contract that explicitly states that they will not allow any blatant rushing, said IFC Judcomm Chair Christopher G. Rodarte '97. The contract also summarizes IFC rush rules and made it clear that no rushing before Friday evening will be tolerated.

In addition, each MOYA group will usually have two leaders from different living groups, Rodarte said. In this manner, MOYAleaders will be able to enforce rules themselves.

"We're trying to bring to the MOYA leaders a sense of pride in representing MIT as a whole," Fuchs said. "Our program gives them a foundation in group facilitation to prepare them for being the first upperclass leaders the freshmen meet."

For Thursday Night Dinners, the IFC has limited the number of members per group that can go to the event, Rodarte said. Sororities are limited to 30 members each, while other independent living groups are limited to 15. Student identification cards will be checked at the door.

In the event that someone witnesses a rush violation, reports are filed with Rodarte or a Judcomm investigator, Rodarte said. Each FSILG has an assigned investigator who also will be in contact with the FSILG's rush chair. The investigator records information about the violation for hearings to be held after rush.