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Activities, Athletics Woo Freshmen at Midways

By Zareena Hussain
News Editor

The Activities Midway and Athletics Gateway both entertained and informed incoming freshmen last night.

According to event officials, both events were successful.

"So far, I would say it's excellent," said Brian T. Sniffen, an Activities Midway organizer.

"I think we are really happy with it," said Roger Crosley, director of sports information, who was on hand at the Athletics Gateway.

For the first time, both events were held concurrently. The midway was held in Johnson Athletic Center and the gateway was held in Rockwell Cage.

Many activities fill Johnson

A myriad of student groups were on hand to recruit freshmen, ranging from student government to scuba diving.

The student-run radio station WMBR was on hand, interviewing freshmen and midway participants while broadcasting live on the air.

It's "so everyone can have their second of fame," said Marianna Parker '00, a member of WMBR.

The MITscuba club displayed one of the original helmets used for scuba diving. The mark V helmet on display dated to 1941

The aerial robotics team showcased an autonomous helicopter designed to fly over a simulated disaster area and search for survivors, said Paul Ermenko '01.

The Society for Creative Anachronism featured medieval instruments, armor, games, and food at their booth at the midway. Outside, medieval knights dueled in the twilight.

Various dancing groups on campus showcased their talents in open areas located at two corners of Johnson as well.

The Undergraduate Association gave away free shirts for students who signed up to serve on UAcommittees. However, the level of interest in the student government was not limited to those wanting free clothing.

"We definitely have more than 120 people signed up,"said UAPresident Paul T. Oppold '99.

Many freshmen enjoyed the event. "It's fun," said Judy Chen '02, "I didn't know what to expect."

However, most were just curious about the various activities on campus. Stefanie Chiou '02 said she came "just to see what was around."

"We just came here to see what we can do in our spare time," said Robert Chang '02, "if we have it."

The midway went without any serious glitches. "We haven't had any destructive groups," Sniffen said.

"I haven't seen a single freshman leave unhappy," he said.

Sports showcased in Rockwell

"The [gateway] provides people an opportunity to try something they've never done before," said MIT Pistol coach John Holland.

However, for many sports on hand at the Athletics Gateway, recruiting had already begun in full force before the start of the school year.

"We [recruit] during the year when they are in high school," said head baseball coach MacDaniel D. Singleton.

The midway "gives them an extra opportunity to sign up," Singleton. However, only up to four of the 28 people on the baseball team are likely to be recruited after coming to MIT.

"A sport like crew, pistol or rifle relies heavily on on-campus recruiting," Crosley said.

For more established sports, most of the recruiting is done over the summer before and into the senior year in high school, Crosley said.

"Over the past few years, we've become more sophisticated in the recruiting of student athletes," Crosley said.