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Student Board Sponsors New IAP Activities

While most people are still reeling from the shock of being in classes again, one group of students is looking ahead to our next big break.

The Independent Activities student board, nearly one-and-a-half years old, has represented students' interests with regard to IAP, and promoted the "cause" of IAP among students (in other words, tried to make everyone realize what a fun and funky time it could be).

This year, there are a number of new projects under way to improve the IAP experience for students as well as the rest of the MIT community. One of the board's missions is to send representatives to meetings with Institute committees and department IAP coordinators - not the most exciting job, but to keep the spirit of IAP from morphing into "MIT's third semester," they have to lobby for more not-for-credit activities and classes and fewer credit and required classes.

Apart from communicating with the administrators of IAP, the board tries to get the student body involved in a number of different ways. For instance, for people whose fingers like to do the surfing, the board has set up the IAP preview on the World Wide Web. Soon people will be able to pre-register for activities just by logging in.

But if they feel more active, students will have a chance to see what is being offered and pre-register at the student board's IAP expo. Before the winter break, Lobby 10 will showcase many of the upcoming activities. And if students have questions about IAP, like how to start and run their own activities, living group representatives recruited by the board will be available in-house to address concerns, hand out and collect forms (one-stop shopping), and direct students to other helpful resources. In addition, the representatives will be collecting information on how people enjoy their IAPs to pass on to the student board.

The board itself is expanding and seeking new members to help with this year's projects and carry on when current members begin to graduate. All undergrads and grads who are interested should contact, or Undergraduate Academic Affairs Program Director Marshall Hughes (

Noemi L. Giszpenc '98

and the other members of the IAP student board