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Institute Welcomes Freshmen

‘New Beginnings’ is Orientation Theme

By Laura McGrath Moulton


By three o’clock this afternoon, all 1,025 members of the class of 2004 will be on campus, ready to embark on a week filled with Orientation activities, from residence selection to a talk on love and sex to the famous Egg Drop.

“The theme this year is ‘New Beginnings,’” said Timothy E. Mosehauer, coordinator of freshman programs. As an example of this theme, Mosehauer said that new Dean for Student Life Larry G. Benedict will be present at the welcome dinner and new Dean for Undergraduate Education Robert P. Redwine will speak at Convocation.

Mosehauer offered some advice to freshmen seeking to navigate the wealth of events. “Talk to as many people as you can and get the most out of everything,” he said.

Vest’s speech opens Orientation

After President Charles M. Vest’s Convocation speech in Kresge Auditorium tomorrow morning, freshmen will spend the day meeting with administrators and faculty and checking out alternative programs such as the Integrated Studies Program, the Experimental Study Group, and Concourse.

The wellness fair, called “MIT: It Does a Body Good,” will take place Thursday afternoon. “The wellness fair will be bigger and better this year,” Mosehauer said. Noting that it takes place in the midst of an intense academic orientation, he said the fair would help show “that there’s a lot more to MIT than just classes.”

Friday features a picnic on Killian Court followed by the Core Blitz and the Academic Expo. After dinner in Cambridge and Boston with Orientation leaders, freshmen will attend a evening Residence Midway.

On Saturday morning, all new students will attend a talk on relationship issues called “Sex Matters.” After Killian Kickoff at 12:30 p.m., residence selection and rush will begin. Students will enter the dormitory lottery starting 4:00 p.m. Sunday, with FSILG bids being extended beginning Monday morning.

The following Wednesday afternoon will feature Freshmen Explorations, a series of lectures, workshops, and tours of labs designed to introduce freshmen to “out-of-classroom learning opportunities,” according to a brochure sent to freshmen.

Next Thursday, freshmen can take part in City Days, sponsored by the MIT Public Service Center. Freshmen will spend the day volunteering at local non-profit organizations.

Parents Orientation will occur next Friday and Saturday.

Orientation Center eases arrival

The Orientation Center, located on the second floor of the Stratton Student Center, serves as the welcome center for arriving students as well as the center for orientation information and activities.

“The Orientation Center has been really well decorated and well run,” said Mosehauer.

The situation was relatively quiet at the Orientation Center yesterday afternoon.

“Things are going smoothly,” said Orientation worker Christine Lieu ’01. “I get all kinds of questions, like ‘Where do I eat?’ or ‘Where’s my kid?’, but they’re all clueless freshmen or worried parents-type questions.”

Lieu emphasized that freshmen should seek help if they need it. “If you have any questions, ask,” she said.

Pre-orientation programs, such as the Freshman Leadership Program, mean that many freshmen arrived on campus earlier than usual. Approximately 30 percent had arrived by mid-afternoon yesterday, Lieu said. In addition, all transfer students arrived on campus Tuesday, and all international students arrived Monday.