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Class of 2001 Celebrates Brass Rat

By Katie Jeffreys

It rained Sunday, which didn't surprise anyone on the Class of 2001 Ring Delivery Cruise. The 2001 class events have perpetually been rained on -- so much so that our ring design incorporates several symbols reminiscent of this.

Fortunately the precipitation this weekend amounted to no more than a few drops as people were boarding the boat, and the sky quickly cleared, gracing the boat’s decks with warm sunshine. This was the perfect accompaniment to an afternoon of music, socializing and food. Mike Mills found the event to be a pleasant conclusion to a year at MIT. “[The event] is awesome. It’s a nice day -- we got the rain and the shine. If they could just end school now!” The forecast of rain -- or possibly end of term homework -- scared away many students. Others left after being herded through the line to pick up their rings, before the cruise departed. “To people who left right after they got their rings -- it’s not raining at all,” said Dawn Perlner ’01.

The rings were clearly the focus of the event, and everyone was eager to receive theirs. Seth M. Bisen-Hersh ’01 pointed to one reason to be excited. “Now we can all drop out because we have our class rings.” After receiving their rings, students began to mingle and dance to the music, some selected by the ring committee, and some requested by attendees. Liz Resendes ’01, who danced throughout the cruise, said, “I thought it was funny they played Titanic as the first song, but it’s a beautiful event.”

Many people also took advantage of the event to catch up with acquaintances often forgotten in the busy MIT lifestyle. It was also a chance to meet new people. “I think it's great to see a lot of faces I’ve never seen before,” said Ralph R. Harik ’01. The cruise itself offered a view of Boston not often seen, including the downtown skyline, the many docks, and the airport. Dusty de Quine ’01 was excited about the latter aspect of the scenery. “It was really cool seeing a 737 nearly graze the boat.”

The highlight of the cruise for many people, aside from the rings, was the wide selection of Italian pastries offered. The goodies were on display, but guarded by boat crew, for about an hour before people could begin eating them. Some students and ring committee members were slightly disgruntled by this. While waiting in line for the treats, two hungry sophomores emphasized this. “I want pastries!” said Pei-Lin Hung ’01, which her friend Caroline Hon ’01 echoed “I want pastries too.”

Finally plates and forks were brought out, and Pei-Lin, along with everyone else, was able to satiate her cravings. The scene surrounding the food tables was initially mob-like, and many people found their clothes smudged with pastry. Eventually people dispersed, but throughout the cruise pastries continued to appear on the table, and were enjoyed by the students.

After about three hours on the bay, the boat returned to the dock and everyone was bussed back to campus. It was a well planned event which was made even better by beautiful weather and cheerful students.