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Core Blitz and Expo Introduce Academics

By May K. Tse
Associate News Editor

Two mandatory academic events for the freshmen will take place today, starting with the Core Blitz at 10:45 a.m. in Kresge Auditorium, followed by the Academic Expo at 12:30 p.m. in Johnson Athletics Center.

The Core Blitz will feature brief presentations from professors from various departments, regarding different classes freshmen can take to fulfill their science core requirements.

"Iwill be talking to the freshmen about the calculus options and the various choices they have to make," said James R. Munkres, professor of mathematics.

The other speakers include Professor of Physics Alan H. Guth '68, Professor of Chemistry Robert J. Silbey, Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering David K. Roylance, and Professor of Biology Harvey F. Lodish. Professor of Music and Theater Arts Peter Child will also give a presentation regarding the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences requirement.

"Alot of freshmen still have wrong ideas in the difference between core subjects. One person was insistent on thinking there are some honors' classes; they are just different ways of thinking. If they don't show up [at the Core Blitz], they'll be the ones suffering,"said Stallion E. Yang '99, academic Residence and Orientation Week co-chair.

"This is planned by students, for students,"said Associate Dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs Bonnie J. Walters. "It's focused to help freshmen make wise choices."

"The Core Blitz is meant to be kept to a minimum: what they need to know and think about as they plan their schedules for fall,"Walters said.

"I think the reason for the Core Blitz is to encourage freshmen to come by the Academic Expo later. You can't answer questions in a 10-minute talk, but you can provide a framework for questions; I'm breaking the ice for the Academic Expo," Munkres said.

Specifics addressed at Expo

"The Academic Expo is a place where the students can get their questions answered in more detail,"Walters said.

"The Core Blitz is intended for basic questions, the Academic Expo is for more specific questions. It's also a chance for them to pick up information about their future majors,"Walters said.

"Each department booth might also have [Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program]information, for people who are interested,"said Academic R/OCo-chair Matthew L. McGann '00.

Besides featuring booths from each department, the Academic Expo will also include representatives from the various freshman alternative programs, the Biomedical Engineering Minor Office, Pre-law and Pre-medical Advising, the Wellesley-MIT Exchange Program, the MITLibraries, and the UROPOffice, McGann said.

"Ithink people should pop in, take half an hour of their time and get some information. It gives them a good idea of what's going on, and lets them get acquainted with the subjects,"McGann said.

"We would encourage freshmen to go to the Academic Expo; lots of times freshmen have lots of questions, and the Core Blitz only features the science core plus humanities,"Walters said.

"It's important that freshmen go to the Academic Expo - it's one of the triple A's: activities, athletics, and academics,"Yang said.