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Admissions, Students Plan Campus Preview Weekend

By Pey-Hua Hwang


The third Campus Preview Weekend designed to include all admitted students will occur this year from April 4 to April 8.

The goal of the preview weekend is for “students who come to have a great time” and “feel thoroughly welcomed,” said Associate Director of Admissions Zaragoza A. Guerra III.

The various restrictions that were proposed for last year’s prospective freshmen have been curtailed this year. After the controversy over last year’s proposed use of purple wristbands to mark prospective freshmen, there will be no such restrictions placed on this year’s pre-frosh, Guerra said. However, they will be given an MIT souvenir lanyard, which they can wear if they so choose.

In late March, the number of prospective freshmen who will be hosted in each of the residence halls and fraternities, sororities, and independent living groups should be clearer.

Interfraternity Council President Rory P. Pheiffer ’02 commented that prospective freshmen were generally spread equally across the greek system. “I like to keep the mentality that we’re trying to rush MIT and not the houses,” he said. “I’d say we’re selling the [housing] system.”

When asked about his goals for CPW, Pheiffer said, “First I would like to get the 49-person assembly limit raised,” referring to a restriction placed on the number of people gathered at a social event by the Cambridge License Commission.

In 1999, 486 prospective freshmen were hosted in dormitories. Last year, the residence halls hosted 488 prospective freshmen. The rest of the prospective freshmen were hosted in FSILGs.

Originally, CPW was designed only for women and minorities because of the low yield on the number of women and minorities accepted. The policy was changed in 1999, however, and yields for all freshmen admitted, as well as the targeted women and minorities, have increased.

CPW will feature welcome dance

Campus Preview Weekend’s first large event will be on Thursday, April 5, when prospective freshmen will attend a large welcoming ceremony held in Johnson Athletic Center. Speakers at the event will include Dean of Admissions Marilee Jones and Chancellor Lawrence S. Bacow ’72.

A student panel composed of 10 students selected from the pool of 500 to 600 CPW volunteers will also address the prospective freshmen. Representing a variety of majors, extra-curricular activities, and living groups, these students will answer any questions posed by the prospective freshmen.

In the true spirit of CPW, “students will get to know other students, and get to know the campus,” said Dormitory Council President Jeffrey C. Roberts ’02.

The welcome ceremony will be followed by a dance held in La Sala de Puerto Rico, and the rest of the student center will be converted to a display case for various other activities. The change of the dance’s location from Rockwell Cage last year to the Student Center this year was made so that there could be other activities planned at the same time to engage prospective freshmen who don’t feel like dancing.

Friday night has been reserved for student-planned activities. The details surrounding these activities will be solidified around late March, Guerra said.

Also, Saturday’s massive barbeque, a tradition which started last year, will also continue. “Yes, there will be ‘Fire in the Alley,’” Roberts said.

This massive transformation of MIT’s campus from its usual facade of academia into a rollicking social atmosphere is coordinated by the admissions office, with the help of the financial aid office, house managers, campus police, and hundreds of CPW student volunteers.

Students help with everything from running registration, airport pickups, and tours of campus and UROPs, to hosting students. The Alumni Association also conducts a program for parents and brings in alumni ambassadors to talk to the students.