MIT Presidential Task Force
on Student Life and Learning

Report of the MIT InterFraternity Council
Committee on R/O Proposals

Fall 1997

Section I: Orientation

Part A: Increasing the Effectiveness and Scope of Orientation

Our current Orientation process is plagued with problems which arise from its blended "R" and "O" format. By changing the structure, improving the programming, and increasing the duration of Freshmen Orientation, students will obtain a more positive and more accurate introduction to MIT.

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Part B: Promoting the Sense of the MIT Community

FSILG members are very much a part of the larger campus community. Recent studies have shown that FSILG members, when compared to dorm residents, are just as much involved in the MIT communityif not morethrough their participation on athletic teams, student clubs and associations, and other campus activities.

This proposal aims to further encourage the MIT community spirit, generate more excitement, and elicit more enthusiasm within the freshmen class during Orientation.

A longer term proposal the Institute should consider is to:

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Part C: Greater Student-Faculty Interaction

Meaningful student-faculty interaction requires year-round commitment from both sides. Specific proposals to increase the level of faculty involvement during Orientation include:

A vast majority of FSILGs organize faculty dinners through out the year to which, members of the MIT faculty are personally invited. The faculty attendance at these functions, however, is quite low. If the members of the faculty matched the efforts of the students, better student-faculty relations would already exist. To further encourage on-going student-faculty interaction, we propose the following:

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