Community Feedback Session
Monday, May 3, 1999
Committee present: Andy Eisenmann, Bill Hecht, Erin Hester
Threads for report = Task Force Report. An important education role or residential/out of class experience, interaction between faculty and students, educational triad
Process – design competition, review and judging, discussions and report
-RA’s associated with clusters of freshman
-first-year hall – housing some first-year programs, some academic space, using Ashdown House
-First-year selection process
-Office to support entrepreneurial programming
-Some community space for classes
-Opportunities to partner across houses
-Rush during last days of IAP
-Transition and support
-Graduate student housing
- What is our time scale? Some things we might do/work on now (RA’s), others will take longer
- Objectives to current theme houses are philosophical not logistical? References ESG as program where some judgements are made. Suggests that some judgements by others may be good.
- Had great diversity in language house. Were able to make choices and have common trait in language.
- Why can’t theme houses make selections?
- What’s metric for thinking we’re at a local maximum?
- Why do we have to move Rush?
- A later Rush may bring less diversity into a house.
- Cross-fertilization with other students is important. Ashdown does this really well. Is no other grad house like Ashdown?
- Would like MIT to have more off-campus apartments for grad students.
- What was rationale for choosing Ashdown and MacGregor? Why not phase in as existing UG house like Baker?
- Some percent of UG’s want a house like MacGregor.
- Could we make the new UG house the freshman house?
- Would RSSC be willing to pass some nitty-gritty details on to subcommittees or other groups?
- Are we considering other transition support in addition to grad student leaders?
- Do all sophomores have to shuffle?
- Can we preserve characters of houses in this plan?
- Could August be time to look at houses but not Rush? Having later Rush means you’ll just draw from the people you see normally.
- What about timing of IAP Rush – are student athletes able to participate?