Residence Selection 2002 Details Still UndeterminedBy Brian Loux
ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR
A preliminary schedule for Orientation 2002, the first Orientation without FSILG rush in decades, features only five days of programming, four fewer than usual, followed by a three day “dead week.”
The Residence Selection Implementation Team (RSIT) is expected to release a tentative time table for the residence selection process around November 15.
The exact schedules for the days of Orientation are far from worked out, though a rough outline is available online. The Orientation office has provided a preliminary schedule for crucial academic events, such as placement tests and meetings with academic advisors. “The schedule and outline for living group activities is still up in the air ... the committee has not discussed that aspect much,” said Matthew S. Cain ’02, Dormitory Council president and a member of the RSIT.
Members of the RSIT have to work with the constraints of a shorter time span than previous years, since Orientation will begin four days later than usual this year, and has a schedule that overlaps with the international and transfer student orientation programs.
“The [RSIT] is focused on Orientation only inasmuch as it relates to residence selection,” Cain said.
Tentative plan has three-day rush
The plan so far schedules most of the living group activities during the evenings of Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday during orientation week. “Monday [August 26] is for the most part a full orientation day, finishing with the welcome dinner,” Cain said. “After [the dinner] we will have something akin to the Residence Midway.”
The mornings and possibly the afternoons of the two following days would see more orientation activities. “The days’ activities will probably be themed, such as activities focusing on rape awareness and diversity awareness each day,” said Elizabeth C. Young, Assistant Dean of New Student Programs.
The evenings will then be open for living groups to coordinate rush events. Off campus living groups as well as dormitories will be able to participate. “The Interfraternity Council will be able to host events for freshmen who have already made their decisions as to where they wish to live on campus and are entertaining idea of off-campus life later,” Cain said.
Decisions on housing and dorm rush have not been heavily discussed by the RSIT as of yet. “Things like convocation and welcome activities have pretty much fixed dates, and things like topics and speakers are mildly well set,” Cain said. “Unless we come up with a compelling reason to change our plans, this is what it will be.”
The goal for RSIT is to draft an residential orientation schedule by November 15, and proceed to edit it if necessary. “By then, we want [to have] a time table for a residence selection process, and part of that is Orientation,” Cain said. “Still, there is time to receive input and get others involved in the decision making.”
Summer programs, such as the pre-orientation programs and Interphase, will not be affected by the changes to the orientation schedule. “In fact, this will be the first year in which Project Interphase and the International Student programs will not come into conflict with each other,” said Young.
The current draft of the Orientation schedule is available at <http://web.mit.edu/dormcon/www/RSIT/DRAFT-RO-Schedule.html>.
IFC involved in planning
The RSIT has received much input from the Interfraternity Council during development to make certain their interests and efforts are not stunted by new policy. Initially, the IFC’s student representative was Andres Sawicki ’02, who was joined by FSILG advisers Kathleen Baxter and David N. Rogers.
“I think next year will go very well,” Sawicki said. “We did a good job coordinating with other groups like Dormcon and the faculty. I think that cooperation will lead to successful recruitment.”
Sawicki has been succeeded by the IFC’s new recruitment chair, Joshua S. Yardley ’04.
The RSIT also received input from the Panhellenic Association, currently still part of the IFC.
Other aspects of Orientation 2002 will be tackled by a student committee that will organize the events in the coming spring and summer.