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Orientation Opens with Games

By Karen Robinson
ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

The class of 2003 enjoyed their first activities this evening with opening games in Kresge Auditorium and a freshman barbeque on the grassy areas around Kresge and the Student Center.

As they got to know one another, freshmen displayed increasing enthusiasm about their classmates. Katie Tuppan ’03 said it was overwhelming to meet all the freshmen at once, and that she is “so excited to be going to school with [the class of 2003].”

For the first event of the evening, orientation leaders led game-show-style activities in Kresge Auditorium. Tuppan was amused by signup sheets for the event, which asked, “do you like to be a star?” without explaining that these people would later be called upon to participate in the games such as “Freshman Feud,” “The Price is Right,” and “What would you do for a Klondike Bar?”

Dave Jackson ’03 described the games as energetic and exciting. “I won a Klondike Bar.”

Barbeque on the lawn

When the festivities in Kresge ended, freshmen streamed out to the oval, which was lined by 109 energetic group leaders. Groups assembled, sat on the grass, and got to know one another. They then decided on group names and made a group collage, amid discussions with their orientation leaders.

Groups then trickled over to the lawn next to Johnson to get their hamburgers and sat in circles eating and further getting acquainted.

After dinner, students listened to music on the Student Center steps, with some dancing. They later proceeded to Kresge Auditorium for a showing of Waterboy in Kresge Auditorium.

Orientation leaders enthusiastic

Orientation leaders are enthusiastic about the class of 2003. Orientation group leader Janaki T. Wickrema ’02 said they seemed “open and sociable.”

Group leader Brad M. McCoy ’02 noticed that they are more informed than he expected, and had been assertive about asking upperclassmen for information. He also said that they are more enthusiastic than he expected.

Laurie Ward, from the Academic Resource Center, described the freshmen, in turn, as being “very excited during the kickoff” -- they all “went wild” when they heard the initial “Welcome, MIT Class of 2003!”

Freshmen also excited

Shawn Frayme ’03 said that orientation is nothing like what he expected; he was surprised by the type of students he was meeting. “I know some people who are stereotypical,” he said, “but these people are pretty normal.”

Daniel Turek ’03 said that orientation so far has been an “outstanding experience,” but that he’d met more stereotypical MIT students since coming on campus, in contrast to the Freshman Leadership Program he attended.

Connie Marek ’03 is excited about orientation and about meeting everyone -- “everyone has an open mind,” she said.

Isaac Dansy ’03 said orientation is what he expected, and that also he’s looking forward to rush next week.

Robert Ko ’03 has spent his time thus far getting to know the campus -- which he says is nicer than many he’s seen -- and is trying to get to know everything that’s going on.

Other freshmen spent much of today getting to know other freshmen and exploring Boston.

Kai-yuh Hsiao contributed to the reporting of this story.