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Institute Welcomes Graduates

GSC Offers Variety of Trips and Information

By Kevin R. Lang

STAFF REPORTER

As helpful as residential rush can be for incoming freshmen, new graduate students have little need for fraternity parties and dorm barbeques. Instead, the Graduate Student Council offers a full schedule of orientation activities for new grad students.

Since Tuesday, the GSC has sponsored campus tours that focus on locations important to grad students, including the major laboratories on campus. The GSC also operates an orientation booth in Lobby 10 each day from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., featuring GSC newsletters, flyers, maps, and other information. In addition, students can sign up for several GSC-sponsored orientation events.

Unlike undergraduate orientation, the GSC program does not include any housing matters, since incoming grad students arrange housing over the summer. Rather, GSC orientation focuses on “grad student life and what they can do around town,” said GSC Orienation Co-Chair Eric Carreno G.

Carreno was pleased with the program’s success thus far. “The turnout has been great,” he said. “We expect a pretty high attendance at most of our events.”

Of the approximately 1800 new graduate students, Carreno expects around 1000 to participate in orientation.

Many of the GSC-sponsored events, including a library social, welcome luncheon, and events at the Muddy Charles and Thirsty Ear Pubs, are free to new graduate students. Today’s main event, the Camera Safari, is designed to help new students explore Boston.

Many students take advantage of the free events, especially those who are new to MIT, Boston, or both, Carreno said.

First-year graduate student Joseph Bullard G stopped at the information booth yesterday, picking up literature and taking care of first-term details. “Everybody’s been real helpful,” he said.

Main orientation events today

Today marks the peak of the GSC orientation activities, with the Family Picnic, a welcome address by Chairman of the Corporation Alexander V. D’Arbeloff ’49, and the Camera Safari. This is the second year for the Safari.

Upcoming events will be subsidized by the GSC to reduce costs to $10 per student. A Boston Duck Tour on Friday is already sold out, Carreno said, and this weekend will feature a hiking trip, a harbor cruise, and a Red Sox game, each for $10.

New events this year include the library reception, the Duck Tour, and a joint GSC/Sloan barbeque. The Sloan School of Management has its own orientation, Carreno said, but the GSC hoped to introduce students from outside the School to Sloan students.

Services fair draws crowd

In addition to the Lobby 10 information booth, the GSC invited local merchants and businesses to a fair in Lobby 13 yesterday. Jostens promoted the new graduate student ring, The Coop offered lanyards to new members, and local banks invited students to open accounts, among other booths.

GSC orientation began Tuesday and continues through the weekend. A full schedule is available at <http://web.mit.edu/gsc/www/Committees/OC/oc.html>.