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Smorgasbord of Student Groups Will Entertain at Midway Tonight

By Zareena Hussain
Associate News Editor

Now that freshmen have for the most part decided where they will live during their time at MIT, the time has come to look at the available activities which can help make that time more interesting.

Tonight, from 6-8 p.m., the Activities Midway will be held on the first floor of Johnson Athletics Center. There, freshmen will have the opportunity to sample many of the student groups at the Institute.

"The purpose of the Midway is to give incoming freshmen an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the wide variety of student activities at MIT," said Association of Student Activities President, Russell S. Light '98. "After the [chaos] of residence selection, the Activities Midway gives freshman a chance to slowdown and focus on something other than where they want to live," Light said.

About 160 student groups will be represented at the midway said ASAmember and Activities Midway Coordinator, Edwin A. Karat G.

Many student groups have activities to both entertain and entice freshmen.

The Lecture Series Committee, which shows movies on the weekends to students at a reduced price, will be on hand to show movie previews and serve free popcorn as freshman enter the midway, said Kevin R. Lynch '96 an LSCmember who will be present at the midway.

Staffers for Technique, MIT's yearbook, will demonstrate how to use large format cameras, said Yi-Chuan E. Huang '99, a staffer with Technique.

The pictures will be taken using polaroid film so freshman can see the results while they are at the midway, Huang said.

"[Being on Technique] is a lot of fun and you learn a lot about photography. Working in Technique helped me learn faster as opposed to just taking classes," Huang said.

Various dance and music groups will also perform on a rotating basis in Demonstration Area B, Karat said.

In addition, many campus publications and computer groups will be on hand to give computer demonstrations, Karat said.

The Assassins' Guild however is unlikely to give any demonstrations of their Friday night game of patrol.

"It would be a poor choice for the Assassins' Guild to be firing their guns while they are back to back with the CPs," Karat, also a member of the Assassins' Guild, said. "They'll have to wait until after the midway is over to fire their guns," Karat said.

In addition, MIT student cable, which was unable to reserve a spot at the midway, will advertise their organization by having a roving reporter broadcast live from the event, Karat said.

The MITpress bookstore will be selling books at the midway, MITFood Services will be serving pasta, and the Alumni Association will be distributing calling cards for free phone calls home in the lobby of Johnson.

The Student Art Association will display various works of art by students. Ceramics, photographs, drawings and paintings will be showcased. Students and faculty will be on hand to answer any questions said Edward McCluney, director of the Student Art Association.

"The Student Art Association is a venue for students to express themselves in a very free way and explore the arts and their aesthetic selves in a conformable setting," said Eto S. Otitigbe '99, a member of the association.

While many of the spaces at the midway have already been reserved by various groups there is still a slight chance for groups to get a booth by showing up early, Karat said.

Student groups should arrive at 5 p.m. for setup, Karat said. At 5:50, any remaining free spots will be given out on a first come, first serve basis, Karat said.