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Smorgasbord of Activites Will Be At Midway Tonight

By Jean K. Lee
Staff Reporter

Freshmen will have an opportunity to explore over 160 diverse student groups and organizations at the Activities Midway that will take place at Johnson Athletics Center from 6 to 8 p.m. today.

Various groups will have booths set up, presenting video tapes, slide shows, and pictures of the group to interested freshmen. Representa-tives from the groups will be available to answer questions, and some music and dance groups will perform live in Johnson.

Groups will be trying to find freshmen interested in their respective activities, and freshmen will have the chance to sign up for the activities they would like to join or learn more about.

"My hope for the midway is that the incoming students can see the broad array of activities available to them and join as many as humanly possible," said Douglas K. Wyatt '96, president of the Association of Student Activities, who helped coordinate the event.

"New students are the life-blood of student groups, and without them, the groups would cease to exist," Wyatt said.

Among the groups that will perform live are the Ballroom Dance Club, Dance Troupe, Folk Dance Club, Tech Squares, Kappa Alpha Psi, the jijutsu team Hansori, and the marching band, as well as other a capella groups.

Groups will showcase their skills

Several other groups will be showing off their unique activities. Members of the Technique yearbook staff will be taking pictures of freshmen to explain the processes involved in producing a yearbook. The Lecture Series Committee will be giving out popcorn and schedules of its films and other events for the next semester.

The Tech Model Railroad Club has plans to showcase a model railroad, while the Chinese Students Club will demonstrate Chinese calligraphy.

In other areas, computer groups, like the Student Information Processing Board, will demonstrate some of their services on actual Athena workstations.

"The goal is to give freshmen a chance to browse through the student activities," said Jeremy H. Brown G, one of the coordinators of the Activities Midway. The midway makes it easy for freshmen to go in and decide which activities they would like to participate in, he said.

According to Brown, although the midway was "pretty successful" last year, the event was too loud because of the various music groups that performed live or had tapes of themselves playing.

"We had all the stereo' groups in one corner of the auditorium, but it was still hard for people to hold conversations," said Brown. "This year, we've scattered all the musical groups throughout the room to keep the noise level down."

Postering rules changed this year

The policy for student activities' postering during Residence and Orientation Week has been changed this year. Previously, student groups weren't allowed to advertise until after the Activities Midway.

This year, student groups may poster at anytime for all events that are to take place after the Midway. However, the ban that no student activities can hold events between the time the freshmen arrive at MIT until the beginning of the Activities Midway still holds.

The Activities Midway is organized each year by the ASA, which processes requests submitted by individual groups who want to participate and generates a floor plan for the booths.

Wyatt is confident that the event will run smoothly but also hopes that they can "improve upon the few things that could have been better" last year, he said.