March 8, 2001 Minutes
Kate Baxter , Larry Benedict, Phil Bernard, Laura Capone, Becca Grochow, Vikash Gilja, Rick Gresh, Tim Mosehauer, Bonnie Murphy, Julie Norman, Katie O'Dair, and Jeff Roberts
1. Summer Residence Lottery/Assignments
- Meeting with room assignment chairs on March 18
- Benedict asked Roberts to define what methods would the student room assignment chairs find to be best in 2002 for making summer assignments.
- Summer lottery to be run on the web this summer to test similar lottery to 2002, based, this summer, on student rank of temporary lottery options.
2. "Orientation Lottery"
- Clarification: As stated in the Bacow report, there will be an Orientation "correction" lottery. If students don't like where they are placed, they can reenter the lottery. Group decided to use the term "Orientation Lottery" instead of "Correction Lottery."
- Proposed: students can enter the orientation lottery and have 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th choices. If they dont like any of them, they can enter the lottery again and they'll get no worse than the 4th choice
- Bacow report discusses not wanting a student's first experience with MIT to be rejection. An issue was raised with application-based systems - "I applied and was rejected."
3. FSILG Recruitment
- IFC 2002: The earliest official FSILG recruitment can begin is October; student report had been working to suggest September. Students were asked to hold off recruitment until after the 5th week, due to "flags."
- LGC 2002: Just completed a Spring Recruitment of McCormick. Will be evaluating program and beginning process of clarifying needs/goals for ILG recruitment in 2002.
- Panhellenic 2002: Planning group has been making progress. Have evaluated other schools. Looking at holding recruitment in late-IAP, early Spring term.
- IFC is organizing a spring recruitment for 2001 (early April), with a focus on visibility and promotion of the concept of Spring Recruitment.
4. Orientation planning for 2002
- Norman is meeting with International Student Office about their orientation.
- Timing of Parents' Orientation is an issue. One possibility is to time it during student exams.
- Norman and Liz Young are meeting with science core instructors about advance standing exams during 2002 orientation.
- Planning for 2002 orientation is in draft form. Progress is being made towards preparing for 2001.
- Brief brainstorm of topics that could/should be incorporated into orientation: sex, violence, date rape, MIT academic behavior and consequences, i.e., cheating, plagiarism.
5. I Campus project:
- Gilja informed the committee the target date for content to be finalized is April 15th
- Group is working to ensure maximum participation, particularly by residence halls, to enable increased accuracy of 2001 summer lottery pilot.
- First-year mailing information needs to be ready to be mailed by May 4.
6. Communication and Participation
- Benedict asked are there enough people? Is everyone included?
- Group decided to add a Housemaster.
7. Other Issues?
- Gresh reported on Residence Based Advising in McCormick; a few other living groups are interested in offering the program for 2001.
- Norman - What will steady state for freshmen advising in the future?
- Brief discussion of helping theme houses prepare; there will be a meeting at New House that staff have been invited to attend.
- Each 2002 planning subgroup should bring draft report to next RSIT meeting. Full report of progress to be given to Bacow by late April.
Meeting was adjourned.
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