MIT Reports to the President 1994-95

Residence and Campus Activities (RCA)


After review of current procedures and issues, a group of staff, faculty, and students have drafted a document, to be implemented in the Fall, which describes, clarifies, and provides guidance on student conflict resolution and discipline procedures.


This year, approximately 60 staff, students, and faculty have been certified through mediation@mit. The number of formal mediations is small but the option of formal mediation for students will continue to be available.


RCA staff dealt with a significant number of disciplinary cases, including damage to property, theft, arson, assault and battery with a deadly weapon. They have also dealt with harassment cases including inappropriate attention, unwanted touching and comments, and harassment via Athena. The sanctions imposed were verbal warnings, restitution for damages, community service, agreement to stop the behavior, and probation. A report to the Faculty was presented in February.


For the first time, undergraduates this year were able to indicate their house preferences and receive their assignments using Athena. Over 90% of the 763 students who participated received one of their top three choices of residence halls.

Crowding of first-year students was not as great a problem this year as in previous years. There were 132 crowds at the beginning of the year, compared with 195 the previous year.

After meetings where UESA, RCA, Housing, the Ashdown Government and several undergraduate students collaborated on the best solution, it was mutually decided to set aside 45 spaces in the basement and on the first floor for members of the Sigma Kappa Sorority.

Faculty and Graduate Residents
Housemasters, Graduate Resident Tutors, and RCA staff have been engaged in a significant effort this year to examine the residence program with the goal of improving the services to and quality of life for our students. Recommendations have been developed in the areas of roles and responsibilities, information flow, and hiring, orientation, training, and evaluation.

Turnover in the Faculty Resident system was especially high this year, with five Houses having openings. At Senior House, Professor Paula Hammond leaves after serving two years and Professor Henry and Mrs. Cynthia Jenkins of Literature will be the new housemasters. At Burton-Conner, Professor William and Mrs. Lynn Porter have served four years and Professor Halston and Dr. Kathy Taylor (formerly Faculty Residents at Random Hall) of the Athletic Department will succeed them. Professor Stephen and Mrs. Judy Lippard are leaving after serving four years in MacGregor House and Professor Munther and Mrs. Jinane Dahleh of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science will be the new housemasters. Professor Halston and Dr. Kathy Taylor are moving from Random Hall to Burton-Conner and Mrs. Nina Davis-Millis of the Office of the Libraries, and Mr. Christopher Millis will be their replacement. Professor Derek Rowell has resigned after serving sixteen years as the housemaster at New House and the new housemasters will be named soon.

Fraternities, Sororities and Independent Living Groups
The Interfraternity Council experienced a significant increase in pledging last fall when 412 new students accepted residence in MIT Independent Living Groups.

Alpha Chi Omega Sorority became the Institute's thirty-fifth Independent Living Group last Fall with the Institute's purchase and renovation of a four story building located at 478 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston.

In April Sigma Nu Fraternity was re-chartered at MIT. Sigma Nu first chartered at MIT in 1925 but withdrew its charter when the chapter became co-ed in 1974.

In February, Sigma Iota Phi was accepted as colony by Alpha Epsilon Phi national sorority. Upon its anticipated chartering in Fall 1996, it will become the Institute's fifth sorority.

House Fellows Program
The House Fellows Program, now in its eighth year, promotes greater interaction and sense of community between students in Institute Houses and MIT faculty members. This past year, over 30 Fellows were associated with five undergraduate and one graduate house and seven Independent Living Groups.

Student Activities

Undergraduate Association (UA)

Graduate Student Council
Academic Project and Policy Committee (APPC) is responsible for the teaching awards, gathering nominations from the graduate student body. This past year, four professors and one Teaching Assistant (TA) were chosen to receive awards. Jointly with the Spring Orientation, the APPC sponsored the "Rights and Responsibilities in the Advisor-Student Relationship."

Activities Committee - 24 events were held by the activities committee this past year ranging from social nights out, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Ballet, to trips such as hiking, skiing, skating, canoeing, white water rafting, apple picking and the Montreal Jazz Festival.

Orientation Committee - The fall orientation expanded the number of events from the previous year of 10 to 18. These events ranged from getting familiar with the campus, information booths, walking tours, MIT fair and individual orientations coordinated with departments, picnic for 1100 incoming students as well as seminars such as, "Can We Talk," GL001- Introduction to Grad Life, and New Faculty and TA Workshop.

Housing and Community Affairs Committee (HCA)

Harassment Advocacy Resource Group (HARG)
HARG continued and increased its level of activity, bringing its student video into a number of workshops connected with academic departments and with living groups. This volunteer student group was honored for its efforts this past year with a Stewart Award.

Asian Student Caucus
The Asian Student Caucus continued its work to identify issues relevant to the Asian-American community, to build unity among this community, and to build coalitions with other student groups of color. The Asian Student Caucus received a Stewart Award for its work.

MIT Public Service Center
CityDays: A Two-Way Street
CityDays, our partnership with the Cambridge Public Schools, began in September when 450 Cambridge children came to MIT to participate in the CityDays Festival. Activities ranging from lab tours to sports and crafts were run by 550 MIT student volunteers, while another 150 MIT students went into Cambridge and served at local agencies and public schools.

Another component of CityDays, LINKS extends throughout the school year with the goal of improving the quality of science education in the Cambridge Public Schools. Each volunteer spends from one to three hours/week at one of ten Cambridge elementary schools. This year, the program had a record high of 212 volunteers with 15 ILG's and 8 Residence Halls participating by the spring semester.

Thirty PSC Fellowships of $1,200 each were awarded over IAP this year. Nineteen of the fellows were responsible for working with a science teacher in one of the elementary schools, while the other eleven worked with the Coordinator of Educational Technology in various schools.

In May, the third annual MIT/Cambridge Science Expo was organized by 150 MIT student volunteers. It attracted 110 fifth through eighth graders from twelve Cambridge schools who came to exhibit their science projects, participate in hands-on experiments, and tour Institute labs.

Also in May, 40 MIT undergraduates gathered for a day of service on behalf of the Cambridge Community Center co-sponsored by the PSC, Sigma Chi, the Race Relations Committee, and the Timberland Company. The MIT students performed clean-up and fix-up projects and worked with groups of children from the Center's after school programs.

This summer, seven fellowships of $4,800 have been awarded to students who will work a minimum of 480 hours. Four fellows will work with the Cambridge public schools and three fellows will work at Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House, Cambridge Community Services, and Just A Start, Inc.

Other programs
KEYs is a student run program which holds one-day and three-day science and technology workshops with MIT students and 11-13 yr. old girls. KEYs is dedicated to empowering adolescent girls by promoting self-confidence, increasing their self-esteem, and unveiling opportunities for potential career paths.

Pan Hellenic, in conjunction with the PSC's Giving Tree program, solicited donations of over 1,200 gifts from students, faculty, and administrators from MIT this holiday season and gave them to 15 local agencies and shelters.

The PSC and the CityDays program received a $100,000 grant from the Germeshausen Foundation to be used over the next three years for IAP and summer fellowships; the Lord Foundation granted $30,000 for the same purpose. The PSC shares in a grant awarded to the Cambridge Public School Science Department by the National Science Foundation, and $9,400 will be allotted to the PSC to support the LINKS program for the next three years. Approximately $10,000 has also been donated to the Priscilla King Gray Endowment over the past year.

Talbot House
Talbot House was enjoyed by 361 non-MIT students, 464 MIT students, and 51 children; a total of 876 visitors. Changes made this year included offering catering as optional rather than required.

The Safety Office visited Talbot House and is pursuing installation of a sprinkler system with the cost covered by the Institute. Fire safety was updated with the assistance of the local fire marshal.

Staff Changes
This year marked the addition of the Public Service Center, with Emily Sandberg as Program Director and Tracy Purinton as Senior Office Assistant, to the Residence and Campus Activities section. Other staff additions included Phillip Bernard as Staff Associate for Residence Programs, Maria Raposo as Administrative Assistant to the GSC, and Pamela Myers and Marianne Cook as Senior Office Assistants.

Margaret A. Jablonski
Neal H. Dorow
Susan D. Allen
Andrew M. Eisenmann
Phillip M. Bernard
Mary Ni
Eleanor P. Crawford
Emily B. Sandberg

MIT Reports to the President 1994-95