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Downpour Forces Project Moya, Barbecue Inside


Agnes Borszeki
Yesterday's rain caused R/O events to take place indoors.

By Douglas E.Heimburger
Associate News Editor

Thursday's rain, ranging from a fine mist to a torrential downpour, had limited effects on the first day of Residence and Orientation Week, according to Elizabeth I. Cogliano, coordinator of student programs in the Office of the Dean of Students and Undergraduate Education and director of R/O.

"We thought it would effect freshman checking in because of late and cancelled flights," Cogliano said. However, only about 50 freshman had failed to check in by 4 p.m.. at the R/OCenter. This number is "right on target," she said.

Project Move Off Your Assumptions, normally held on Briggs Field moved inside the athletic buildings because of the rain.

MOYA groups met in the lobby of Kresge Auditorium instead of in the Kresge Oval, prompting some crowding in the area.

Because of the possibility of rain, the R/O interns and coordinators developed contingency plans over the previous few days. "They've been working all night to make sure MOYAhappens," said Wesley T. Chan '00, R/OCommittee logistics manager.

All in all, "everything's gone really well,"Cogliano said.

Because of the move, the hamburgers used for the freshman picnic after MOYA had to be cooked in the Student Center instead of grilled at the barbecue pits, said Elizabeth Emery, food services director for Aramark.

MITcatering was limited by the MOYAevents in the Johnson Athletic Center. "We only had 15 minutes to set up the tables,"Emery said.

Rain dampens In the City

Later in the evening, upperclassmen waiting for freshmen to exit Kresge for the beginning of In the City were drenched by a downpour, marring the start of the new dinner format.

Initially, upperclassmen recruiting freshmen would have been prohibited from the Student Center as well as other areas around Kresge Oval until 7:20 pm. When groups began arriving at 6:30pm, however, they were allowed into the Student Center because of the rain, Cogliano said.

Upperclassmen were concerned about the effects of the rain on the event. "We're worried about crossing the bridge" to Boston,said Raeghan M. Byrne '99. Still, "I think [the freshmen] will be adventurers and go out."

Those waiting dealt with the situation in various ways. "A cool dormmate of ours left us a plastic tarp," said Christa R. Ansbergs '98. "Getting over here was a lot of fun."

Inside Kresge, freshmen cheered when they were told that "there are a whole bunch of upperclassmen waiting for you in the rain" by Tom S. Lee '98, program manager for R/O.

"It was wet and cold,"said Boris Zbarsky '01, after venturing outside to find a group of upperclassmen.

Kick-Off may move to Johnson

In the event of rain tomorrow, most events planned for Killian Court will be moved into the Johnson Athletic Center, Cogliano said.

Killian Kick-Off, the event that launches rush, would be moved into Johnson in the event of rain. However, "it has to be really bad weather"to force a change in venues, Cogliano said.

"If it's pouring rain, you can't have the electrical equipment" for the sound system, forcing the change in venue, she said.

In the event that Killian Kick-Off is held in Johnson, members of ILGs will be allowed to place their signs in the facility at a time to be determined by the R/Ocommittee, Cogliano said.

"It's too many people to have in Johnson" if upperclassmen who attend the Kick-Off when it is in Killian were allowed into the building.

Other events, such as the freshman picture, would also occur in Johnson in the event of rain.

R/O Survival Sessions, traditionally held in classrooms across campus, will be held in the athletic facilities in the event of rain, Cogliano said, because it takes too long for groups to move from Johnson to the classrooms and back.

At that point, "they'll go back into Johnson and it'll be just like Killian [Kick-Off], only inside,"Cogliano said.

Because the Kick-Off is restricted to members of independent living groups, the R/O committee does not anticipate fire code or space problems in the ice rink. "Johnson holds 2,500 people, and that's just on the floor," Cogliano said.

Members of FSILGs will be allowed inside of Johnson at 5 p.m. Members of language houses, who are normally allocated a corner of Killian Court, will enter Johnson just before rush begins, said Neal H. Dorow, associate dean for residence and campus activities and adviser to FSILGs. "We don't have an accommodation for them in Johnson" beyond that, he said.

If the event is held in Johnson, it will be the first time Killian Kick-Off had been rained out since 1985, when inclement weather forced the event indoors.