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Pace of the Institute

Relaxes for Summer

By Anna K. Benefiel

Living in the Boston area over the summer gives an MIT student the opportunity to work three UROPs simultaneously, spend hours in a dimly lit Athena cluster, and experience first-hand Massachusetts’ agonizing heat and humidity in a dorm room without air-conditioning

In case you were beginning to worry that this summer was going to be insufferably awful, think again. A veritable plethora of fun events and activities take place in and around Boston over the summer; some are even conveniently located right on campus.

Many of MIT’s athletic facilities, libraries, and student activities are open and active over the summer, while performances of all types occur every weekend in Boston.

For summer PE listings, take a look at <>, or for the library’s schedule, try <>.

To mention just a few of the over 300 MIT student groups that are active during the summer, the MIT Outing Club, the Undergraduate Association, Technique, The Tech, the Society for Creative Anachronism, the Assassin’s Guild and the Lecture Series Committee all have several summer activities. Check individual student activity homepages for specific information about summer events.

summer-fun announces events

To find out what’s going on on campus, you can also subscribe yourself to mailing lists announcing summer happenings.

Richard J. Barbalace ’97 writes in an email advertising the mailing list, “summer-fun is ‘For announcing and planning fun things to do’ during the summer” where “‘fun things’ includes just about anything that involves not being logged in. It’s also for meeting and hanging out with cool people who are also not logged in.”

Barbalace, an MIT affiliate who founded the list in 1994, “never expecting it to grow beyond 20 or 30 people.” Via the list he has organized events such as museum trips. As of this morning, the list had more than 280 members, but the number of subscribers typically fluctuates at this time of year as people hear about the list or realize they won’t be around for the summer and remove themselves, he said.

Free entertainment abounds in public arenas such as Boston Common, right at the Park Street T-stop on the Green line, and the Hatch Memorial Shell on the Esplanade.

For a listing of Boston area events, look at the Boston Globe’s calendar online at at <> or try WBCN’s concert announcement webpage, accessible via <>.

The Boston Phoenix and the Cambridge Chronicle also have comprehensive listings of summer events.

Of course, there are always the options of spending your extra time over the summer reading, calling your family and friends, or even doing absolutely nothing. Sometimes having nothing to do can be refreshing, given the non-stop frenzy of activity that will resume when the class of 2003 arrives for Orientation in August.