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Orientation Begins For Parents This Weekend Orientation for Parents Will Start on Weekend

By Jennifer Chung
Associate News Editor

A wide variety of activities have been planned to both entertain and inform parents as they reunite with their children to help ease the transition to MIT life.

The annual Parents Orientation begins tomorrow with several simultaneous events being offered. The Athletic Department, Medical Center, CampusPolice, Student Services Center, and Office of Minority Education are all sponsoring open houses.

Events throughout the weekend include dining hall and campus tours, a President's Reception and Continental Breakfast, a Sunday Brunch and Cruise, and an event called Parenting 101.

The MITMuseum will host a presentation on Hacks at MITon Friday night, as well as having an open house on Saturday night.

Vest will receive parents

The centerpiece of Parent's Orientation, the President's Reception, is expected to draw large crowds.

Catering has been arranged for the continental breakfast that accompanies the reception at the President's House with expectations that 1,800 people will attend, according to managers from Aramark.

"Very large numbers"of administrators have been invited to meet parents during the traditional continental breakfast held in Walker Memorial as part of the President's Reception, said Margaret R. Bates, dean for student life. Freshman advisers, administrators, graduate residence tutors, housemasters, and approximately ten to twelve additional groups - including the Campus Police, financial aid office, and Parent's Association - will also have tables at the event, Bates said.

Saturday's President's Reception is actually split into two parts. Along with the breakfast in Walker, a receiving line to meet President Charles M. Vest will begin at the President's House. Student music groups will provide entertainment while parents wait to meet Vest.

This event, like all of the other Parents Orientation events, is open to freshmen as well. "Freshmen are welcome to attend [thePresident's Reception] with their parents," Bates said.

Orientation Center will be open

Although the Orientation Center will be closed tonight with the conclusion of Orientation at "Presenting the Class of 2002 - Part 2", members of the Orientation committee will still be on the third floor of the Student Center from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday to greet parents and distribute schedules of events, according to Amy W. Cai '01, coordinator of Parents Orientation.

Except for running several tours which will take place on Sunday, "we only put out the schedule," Cai said. Additionally, members of the Orientation Committee will be around to help out at the weekend's events.

Cai gave a "rough guess"that about 300 to 500 parents would be in attendance from Friday through Sunday to learn more aboutMIT and help their children move in.

IFC talks about frat life

Neal H. Dorow, adviser to fraternities, sororities and independent living groups, the presidents of the Panhellenic Association and the Interfraternity Council, and representatives of off-campus living groups will conduct a panel called Greek 101on Saturday afternoon.

At the event, panelists will "try and explain a little bit about life in a fraternity or sorority,"Dorow said, as well as answer questions parents may have.

With regards to alcohol and fraternities, Dorow said that "if [parents] have concerns about their son or daughter and alcohol, they should talk to them. If their son or daughter chooses to drink alcohol, we hope that they will do so responsibly. We'll do the best we can."

Simultaneously occurring with the panel will be an event called Mi Casa Es Su Casa for parents of students who will be residing on-campus. Parents will be able to visit their child's specific dormitory to meet housemasters, GRTs, and officers of the house.