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R/O Tours Introduce Frosh to Boston Sites

Gabor Csyani -- The Tech
Harvard Square, the flamboyant center of Cambridge life, is one of the areas freshman explored during the R/O.

By Zareena Hussain
Associate News Editor

In between examining various living options during Residence and Orientation Week, freshmen have also had the opportunity, within their hectic schedules, to go out and explore parts of Boston.

The R/OCommittee has sponsored many tours to occupy the time of freshmen and help them explore the city which surrounds them.

"It's been good, it's been flowing well,"said Van L. Chu '99, a member of the R/O Committee for tours and events.

"The purpose of the tours is to allow freshmen to get to know the city and surrounding areas and to meet other freshmen and upperclassmen. It also gives freshmen who aren't rushing something fun and interesting to do," said Valerie L. Pires '00, also a member of the R/O Committee for tours and events.

Students went on a tour of Boston's Back Bay and visited the many stores, art galleries, and cafes on Newbury and Boylston Streets. Freshmen were also able to go shopping in Faneuil Hall and the adjacent Quincy Market. In addition, they got a behind-the-scenes tour of Fenway Park while learning about Red Sox history.

Many students attended the infamous Boston Duck Tour in which students explored Boston by both land and water on a historic World War II amphibious vehicle. Students also visited the New England Aquarium.

As R/O winds down, freshmen still have the opportunity to join many other jaunts into the Boston area. In the next few days, students will be able to visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Boston Harbor Islands, the Arnold Arboretum, the North End, and the Museum of Science.

Activities subsidized by MIT

Those who missed the chance to explore Boston during R/O, still have many opportunities in the year ahead, some of which are subsidized by the Council of the Arts at MIT.

One program the council sponsors is free tickets for students to concerts given by the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall. During the BSO's season from September to May, students can get tickets for Thursday concerts at 8 p.m., Friday concerts at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday open rehearsals at 7:30 p.m., and Thursday open rehearsals at 10:30 a.m.

One caveat is that tickets may be obtained on the day of the concert only. Tickets may be obtained at the ticket booth upon presentation of a valid MITID. One person may get a limit of two tickets with two valid IDs. If there are less then 100 tickets available on the day of the performance, tickets will not be offered. Students can call the student information line for ticket availability at 638-9478.

The Council of the Arts also underwrites MIT's membership at the Museum of Fine Arts, said Susan R. Cohen, director of the Council of the Arts at MIT. Students can get free admission by presenting a valid MITID, Cohen said.

Students can also get into the Museum of Science free of charge with presentation of their valid MITID.