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Some Events Added, Replaced For Freshman Orientation 1999

by Naveen Sunkavally

Like the orientation before it, Orientation 1999 will continue the trend of making rush a less hectic experience and broadening student involvement in the community.

One of the new additions this year is MIT’s Real World, a series of activities ranging from pickup sports, massages, and meetings with experts on health and finances and housing. MIT’s Real World takes place Thursday from 1 to 5 p.m.

The welcome dinner, where freshmen can meet faculty, has been moved this year from Wednesday to Thursday. The move gives students more time to relax Wednesday night in activities such as a barbeque and the Adam Sandler movie Waterboy.

In past orientations, freshman took part in dinners Thursday night hosted by living group members. Last year, Thursday night dinners were removed from orientation. This year the dinners will return, to be held by orientation group leaders on Friday night. The Interfraternity Council will monitor them closely for rush violations, said Dakus S. Gunn ’01, orientation personnel coordinator.

Another new activity for this year’s orientation is a dance for MIT and Wellesley freshman on Sunday, Sept. 4. The event is sponsored by the Academic Resource Center, Residential Life and Student Life Programs, Campus Activities Complex, and the Office of Campus Dining, said Elizabeth Young Cogliano, director of orientation.

This year’s orientation also includes the traditional spate of well-attended activities, including Friday’s Core Blitz from 1-2 p.m. and Academic Expo from 2-3:30 p.m. The freshmen picture will occur Saturday at noon, to be followed by Killian kickoff, which marks the beginning of rush.

International students arrive

While the majority of the freshman population arrives today, international students, which represent eight percent of the incoming class, arrived Monday, kicking off orientation.

Julie D. Gesch ’01, orientation program coordinator, said international orientation thus far has been a success; 95 students attended the welcome breakfast on Monday, up from last year’s 65, she said.

Later Monday, international students had the opportunity to meet faculty at a reception, and on Tuesday, they could participate in a duck tour and attend an IFC sponsored ice-cream mixer.