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The $24 million dollar renovations nearing completion at Baker have disrupted the dorm’s rush this year. Baker has set up a tent near Kresge to function as a rush headquarters until the dorm opens. “All of the vents that go in the Daily Confusion will be run from the tent,” said Saumil J. Gandhi ’02.
The Baker rush chairs do not even have access to the dorm until Monday, according to Arian Shahdadi ’02.
Baker itself is well known for its “unique architectural structure which inspires grad students from all over the world,” said Darrel M. Drake ’00, another Baker rush chair referring to the dorm’s famous architect, Aalvar Aalto.
Baker is organized into singles through quads. Freshmen are likely to be housed in triples or quads. The remainder of Baker’s “facilities are decent,” Drake said.
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Bexley Hall, located near the Student Center, is well known for its practice of anti-rush. The dorm actively encourages freshmen to live elsewhere and did not participate in this survey. This year, the dorm has hung rotting fish in front of its entrance to keep away potential new residents.
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“Burton-Conner has a nice family atmosphere,” according to Rush Chair Christopher D. Salthouse ’00. Weekly floor meetings and frequent dorm events help create a close community, he said.
The west campus dorm is divided into nine floors and each floor is subdivided into suites. Freshmen typically live in triples. “We have a kitchen in each suite which makes us popular with people that like to cook,” Salthouse said.
Burton-Conner’s housebill is $1,800.
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Even people who don’t think they can be happy at East Campus can find a way to be happy, said Jennifer A. Frank ’00, rush chair for the dorm. “We try our best to accommodate.”
The largest dorm and conveniently situated near major classrooms, East Campus is divided into ten distinct halls in two parallels. Events during the school year, however, are dorm-wide. Sometimes a hall will throw a party as a hall, said Frank, but the entire dorm will be invited. Parties are thrown “as frequently as we can afford to.”
Although it is possible that freshmen can get singles, the rooms freshmen get “all depend on how rush goes,” Frank said. Once freshmen are assigned to East Campus, they engage in a “hall rush” and meet residents and other freshmen. Then “we set them loose to look at everything.”
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MacGregor can be “as social as you want to make it,” according to MacGregor rush chairs Jaime E. Devereaux ’02 and Allison M. Johnson ’02. Residents have “privacy but lots of opportunity for social interaction,” they said.
MacGregor is divided into nine entries which are further divided into suites. Each suite is equipped with a kitchen and a refrigerator.
MacGregor convenience is located on the ground floor of MacGregor and features a “little of everything,” including a wide variety of food they said.
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McCormick Hall is MIT’s only all female dormitory (although some floors of Random Hall are populated entirely by women).
Rhonda A. Salzman ’00, McCormick’s rush chair, said that the west campus dorm is “one of the cleanest and most beautiful dorms on campus.”
She also noted that McCormick is near the center of campus, less than five minutes away from the Student Center, Johnson Athletic Center and main campus.
The house sponsors study breaks “which range from scrumptious multicultural meals to bountiful Saturday brunches,” she said. Other social events include semi-formals, outlet shopping trips, ski trips, hiking trips and theater trips. The dorm also competes in intramural sports and various community service projects such as volunteering at local Cambridge schools and clothing drives.
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New House, one of MIT’s newest dorms and one of only two with air conditioning, is located towards the end of west campus.
The dorm houses 300 people in six houses connected by a hallway. Several of the houses are dedicated to independent language houses which leads to a “very diversified” residence with “so many different cultures,” said New House Rush Chair Anne Tsai.
The dorm is a 10 minute trip to campus or five “if you run,” Tsai said. Residents live in singles and doubles which are occasionally crowded into triples. The lack of elevators in New is notable -- they were traded, by a vote of residents, for air conditioning when the dorm was constructed, Tsai said.
She described the dorm as “laid back” and “in the middle” in terms of the amount of socializing which takes place.
Chocolate City houses 28 predominately minority men in New House. Resident Jonathan S. White ’00 said that the house was originally founded to “promote black culture.”
Chocolate City is part of New House but rushes independently. The house is holding a meeting on Sunday where freshmen will learn about the house and “what they can offer and gain from the house.” Rush is a mutual selection process -- freshmen interested in Chocolate City select the house in the residence lottery and brothers then choose from among those freshmen. Seven or eight freshmen will join Chocolate City this year.
During the term brothers of Chocolate City are involved in service work on and off campus and socially across campus.
French house is one of the language houses in New House. It occupies the forth and fifth floors of one of New House’s towers and houses about 24 men and women. French House operates as an independent living group and runs its own residence selection process.
Yvonne L. Lai ’01, rush chair for French House, said that residents come “from all sorts of backgrounds and from all over the world.” Residents enjoy “watching movies, going out, singing random songs, and just being silly in our comfortable and homelike rooms, hallways, and lounges,” she said.
Dinner is a focus of French House. A housebill of $400 in addition to dormitory rent includes six meals per week. Residents improve their language skills by speaking French at dinner, house meetings, and during French Marathons, week-long contests where residents speak only French.
Freshmen can expect to live in a single or double. Anyone interested in living at French House should attend an informational brunch Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.
German House, known as Deutsches Haus to its residents, is another of New House’s language houses and occupies two floors of the dorm.
According to German House rush chair Angela J. Yu ’00 the house is a “social, close-knit, relaxed, sometimes-German-speaking living group.” Residents cook and dine together six evenings out of seven.
Residents pay a house bill in addition to a New House bill and house tax. The housebill includes shared meals and “fridge signouts.”
DH’s floors of New House are organized by suites. Freshmen can expect to live in singles.
Russian House is a co-ed language house of about 20 people located in New House.
Yevgeniya A. Nusinovich ’01, rush chair for Russian House, said that the house is “truly an international language house, with members from different parts of Europe, Asia, and the United States.”
An interest in Russian culture unites house members, he said. Knowledge of the Russian language is not necessary, however. Like other language houses, members of Russian house often dine together.
There is no additional fee for living in Russian House beyond the New House housebill.
Freshmen in Russian House should expect to live in singles or perhaps doubles.
Spanish House is a coed, independent language house occupying two floors of New House. Freshmen are chosen to live at Spanish House by a lottery of those who express interest in the house.
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Jay R. Mitchell ’01, Next House rush chair, describes MIT’s newest and westmost dorm as “kinda like a sorority, a fraternity, and a methadone clinic all rolled into one.” The dorm is known officially as 500 Memorial Drive, but is most commonly referred to as Next House.
Mitchell says that Next has “the kind of diversity that allows an alcoholic Puerto Rican to live down the hall from a Southern Baptist who enjoys singing Disney theme songs in the shower.” Next’s vision, according to Mitchell, is “to create a place on campus where people can develop actual social skills, while allowing them to retain their individual identities.”
The dorm is divided into eight distinct halls, according to Mitchell. Freshmen will expect to live, he says, in, “alas, triples.” The housebill at Next is $1,901 per term.
Other Next features include a “dining hall featuring Aramark’s infamous cuisine,” Mitchell said. The dorm is also “the closest to Wellesley (next to Tang),” he added.
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Being the smallest dorm helps Random to better form “a community,” said Matthew S. Cain ’02, rush chair for Random. Residents of the dorm, located north of MIT’s campus on Massachusetts Avenue are able to recognize one another by sight, he said.
The hall is divided into eight floors in two sections of the building. Each floor houses 14 residents. Four floors of Random are all male, two house only women, and two are co-ed. Residents live in singles and uncrowded doubles.
Cain said that the location of Random is an advantage. It’s nice to “turn your back on campus and walk away” sometimes. The dorm is still convenient to campus, however, and is closer to lobby 7 than Next House or New House.
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Senior House is a coed dormitory housing about 150 people located on the east side of campus. Senior House is organized into singles and doubles, some of which are located in suites. Nine suites are scattered throughout the dorm.
Rush Chair Madhulika Jain ’00 said that “different areas of the haus suit different people, but they aren’t rigidly divided.”
Senior House tries “to maintain an atmosphere of tolerance and functional anarchy. This applies to food choices, music, personal habits, sexual preferences and anything else you can think of,” he said.
About half of the freshmen entering Senior House will live in singles. Senior House is the closest dorm to the Medical Center, the Kendall MBTA station and President Charles M. Vest’s residence. The dorm’s housebill is $1,890 per term.