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MIT Living Options Showcased at Midway

By Jay K. Cameron

STAFF REPORTER

Members of the Class of 2007 gathered yesterday afternoon at Johnson Athletic Center to learn about living options at the Residence Midway.

Minutes after the dormitories, fraternities, sororities, and independent living groups had finished setting up at 3 p.m., Dormitory Council security herded in about 200 eager freshmen waiting at Johnson’s entrance.

Freshmen continued to move through the midway until the event ended at 5 p.m. Interfraternity Council Judicial Committee Chair David B. Gottlieb G estimated that 700 freshmen were in attendance.

“It’s a really good idea” said Carrie Y. Sun ’07. Though she plans to stay in Baker House, she wanted to “check out the sororities” to see what they were like.

The midway “gave me more information about the characteristics” of people in dormitories, said Joseph M. Johnson ’07. “I got a construction hat from Simmons. East Campus [had a] big building.”

Midway back to original format

Following the format of the Class of 2005 Residence Midway, this year’s midway featured the FSILGs and dormitories together in Johnson. Last year, FSILGs were not included in the midway, but instead had their own event in La Sala de Puerto Rico in the Student Center.

There was, however, one major difference from the Class of 2005 midway: this is the second year that freshmen may not move to FSILGs until their sophomore year.

“Johnson is a better facility than La Sala,” Gottlieb said. “There’s more room.”

Each FSILG and dormitory was allotted a 15-by-15 foot marked-off square in which representatives could talk to freshmen, who were directed first to the upper floor and then to the ground floor. FSILG and dormitory booths positioned inside the perimeter of Johnson were intermixed between the two floors.

Dorms show off talents, cartoons

The most eye-catching display on the upper floor of Johnson was the East Campus booth, which featured a fort, flashing lights, maps, camouflage uniforms and netting, and a working fireman’s pole.

“It’s the Shock and Awe Rush,” said Christopher P. Possinger ’05 of East Campus. “We’re interesting people, and we like to build things.”

From the other end of campus, Simmons Hall showed off SpongeBob SquarePants, the popular Nickelodeon cartoon character, at its booth.

“I think the freshmen were very excited about being able to explore these different living places,” said Jennifer O. Ying ’05 of Simmons Hall.

Freshmen also visit fraternities

Nearby, one could hear Nu Delta fraternity disc jockey Daniel Lee ’04 working at his station. “The music was bangin’,” said Ashley T. Richman ’04 of the Panhellenic Association.

Many freshmen were there to check out FSILGs in addition to dormitories.

Colin L. Klick ’07 said, “I liked it a lot because everyone was real friendly. It seemed like they wanted to help you out before they advertised for their fraternity.”

“It’s better than last year,” said J. Brandon Hohm G of Delta Kappa Epsilon. “It’s more open, and last year there weren’t nearly as many freshmen.”