Epsilon Theta

Fall Rush 2018

Rush is our way of getting to know potential house members – and their way of getting to know us. Rush starts on Saturday 2018-09-01, and lasts until Sunday 2018-09-09. During that time, we encourage all MIT students – including freshmen, upperclassmen, and graduate students – to come to our events and see if ET is a good fit for them.

Are you a fun-loving person with a good sense of humor? Are you a fan of nerd culture? Want to become part of a tight-knit, supportive, intellectual community? If so, then you should definitely visit us!


For all events without an on-campus location, meet us in Lobby 7 at the listed times (look for a person holding a bright yellow sign). Unless otherwise specified, we’ll head back to ET in our van for the event.

Saturday, September 1st

Pancakes, French Toast, Fruit
Whether you call it "brunch" or "leakfast", it's a breakfastlike meal eaten at lunchtime. Eating food is scientifically proven to increase your ability to think, enjoy yourself, and make puns, so it's important to eat before the puzzlehunt!

Puzzle Hunt
Puzzles can be anything; you might not know the rules or structure, and it's never the same twice. Grab a pencil and some paper, join a team, and try to be the first to solve our Hunt.

Pasta With All The Sauces
Pesto, marinara, and alfredo pasta, with sides of garlic bread and salad.

Hidden Traitor Games
Lying to your friends, trying to guess who's lying, using game evidence to puzzle out who must be lying... games where a few people secretly work against the rest, including Mafia, Werewolf, Resistance, and a couple we've invented ourselves!

Lightning Talks
Come learn about everything from special relativity to the history of Star Wars to how to tie your shoes faster in five minutes or less! You'll learn something new in a flash. Want to teach us something, too? Go for it!

Please balance the following chemical equation to maximize the product per reactants:
Blueberry + Mango + Strawberry + Banana + Ice --> Deliciousness

Short Anime
Is it too late at night for your attention span? Join us in watching silly 5 minute anime like Hetalia or Inferno Cop.

Sunday, September 2nd

Board Games on Campus
13:30 in 4-153
Card games, speed games, word games, German-style games, cooperative games, secret-traitor games... there's something for everyone! And also snacks. Our board game collection is invading Room 4-153. Join us!

Make Your Own Pizza
Have you never managed to convince pizzerias to make your garlic-pineapple-mushroom combo? Would it be better with pretzels and hershey kisses on top? Make it yourself! Vegan options available.

Box Fort Siege Warfare
Build a fort out of cardboard boxes, then attack the enemy team's fort with foam swords!

Laser Maze
Dodge through our homemade laser security system and rescue the stuffed animals! While you're waiting for your turn, join us for improv games.

Improv Games
Think on your feet with our favorite theater games – or just sit back, relax, and laugh as other people do their best improv to fulfill the constraints.

Eat Healthy! (and Play With Your Food)
Who can build the tallest tower out of carrots and toothpicks? Are bananas structural? How far can you launch a grape using apples? Come play and eat with us.

Monday, September 3rd

Capture the Flag (with Swordfighting)
Don't lag – zig and zag to tag the scallywag whose coefficient of drag has almost allowed them to reach your flag! Also you have a foam sword to tag with and they have a foam sword to parry with.

Live Action Video Games
Ever wanted to become the hero from a video game? Come be the snake from snake, the pong paddle from pong, or the frog from frogger! (No, we will not play frogger in the street.)

Try to fit as many ingredients into your taco as you can.

Minions of Darkness
ET is developing a strategy game where two teams of feuding necromancers battle across multiple boards. Will Vampires allied with Liches defeat Witches allied with Mummies? It might come down to the resources they collect on the board. Come play at the weekly playtest!

Did you know that the game Rockband was invented by MIT alums? Come jam with us (or at least press appropriately colored buttons at appropriate times). Or sing along!

Exponential Salsa
Chip away at our salsa with exponentially growing scores on the Scoville scale.

Tuesday, September 4th

On-Campus Orienteering
13:00 in Room 4-153
In teams of 1-3, race to explore campus, collect tokens, answer questions, and generally show off (or improve) your ability to navigate MIT. Show up to 4-153 any time between 13:00 and 13:30 to start, and we'll keep time. It's like orienteering, but urban.

Mao on Campus
15:00 in Room 4-153
Design a game on the fly, starting with an Uno-like base game, while simultaneously learning others' rules. (We're new player friendly; at the start of the game, all the rules will be public!)

Mac and Cheese
A classic favorite with a side of green beans.

Games that Shouldn't Be Played that Way
Sometimes rules were meant to be broken. What if we played Battleship with humans on a Twister mat? What if we combined Bughouse with Dominion? Jenga with chopsticks?

DDR Smash
*stomp jump stomp* FALCON... PUUUNCH!!! Play the well-known videogame Smash, but with Dance Dance Revolution pads instead of normal controllers.

Wednesday, September 5th

Chess Variants
Tired of always winning/losing/playing the same moves in your chess games? Increase your chess variance with chess variants! Try Windy Chess (pieces move one space towards the a-file after moving), Bughouse (multiple chess boards), and more!

Indian Food
Dal, channa masala, aloo gobhi, vegetable korma, chicken tikka masala, naan, and rice.

Fermi Questions
Estimate stuff to within an order of magnitude, for sufficiently ridiculous values of "stuff". A past question: if you melted down the statue of liberty and used all the copper for making pennies, how many statue of liberty foam hats could you buy at the tourist gift shop using those pennies?

Magic: the Gathering
Gather with us to learn this magical trading card game! Try out one of our dozens of decks, or draft your own. ET has a collection of over 10,000 MTG cards to play with, so you're sure to find something exciting.

Blind Taste Test
Come taste our window blinds!
Or alternatively, can you taste the difference between Coke and Pepsi? Hershey's and Dove chocolate? Different types of apples? Test your taste buds while munching on tasty snacks.

Thursday, September 6th

Word Games
Join us for word games like Boggle, Codenames, or Bananagrams, as we wait for our van in Lobby 7.

Italian Food
Chicken parmesan, cheese ravioli, penne marinara, and vegetables.

Prisoners Dilemmas
Cooperate with others, and you'll all do better; defect, and you'll personally gain. Make simulated decisions on Prisoner's Dilemma variants to earn pennies. Can you find a way to ensure that incentives favor cooperating?

Estimate the Impact
Governments and charities across the world have spent a lot of money trying to help people. Some of these interventions are amazingly effective, while others are a waste of money or downright negative. Most humans are bad at guessing which is which; can you do better? After making estimations, we'll discuss why and how we can be more effective.

Friday, September 7th

Number Puzzles
Sudoku, Kenken, Kakuro, Futoshiki, Nurikabe, Slitherlink, Dominosa, Nonogram, Shikaku... solve your favorite number/logic puzzles, and try some new ones. Or hang out and talk as we wait for our van in Lobby 7.

Make Your Own Sushi
Become a master sushi chef! Or make a sushi burrito, or just eat sushi ingredients off your plate with a fork, I guess...

Modular Origami
Fold squares of paper into a pattern (module) that we can join together to make a big beautiful shape. We'll have extra origami paper if you just want to play around, too.

Blanket Fort
Come build an EPIC BLANKET FORT!

Gooey marshmallowy chocolatety goodness!

Sleepover! (and Sleepover Games)
We just built a blanket fort, and now we can sleep in it. Or more likely, stay up playing truth or dare, playing anonymous questions, and having late-night life discussions.

Saturday, September 8th

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
Sandwiches and soup for lunch, with a side of silly conversations.

Duck Duck Mafia
Like party mafia, except to vote for an execution, we play duck duck goose.

Live Action Tower Defense
The towers and the attackers are people. The weapons are nerf guns, foam swords, and rubber ducks.

Baked Potato Bar
Load up on cheese, bacon, sour cream, herbs, and more. We'll also have grilled chicken and broccoli.

Telephone Pictionary Charades
Act out a drawing based on acting based on a drawing... can you guess the original message after all these layers of indirection?

ET Sing-Along
Come belt along to your favorite Linkin Park song, or Les Mis song, or Disney song, or any other favorite song you might have! The point here isn't sounding good, it's having fun; all skill levels are welcome!

We have lots of ingredients; you help us decide what to make out of them. Or just show up afterward and eat the result.

Trading Games
You're not sure how valuable your cards are, and neither are your opponents. Use partial information to make deals and make a profit (in game chips).

Sunday, September 9th

Board Games on Campus
13:30 in 4-153
We have about a hundred games in our (Bug)house, and whatever Code Names you've Settled on for your favorite board games, probably someone in our Dominion agrees. Play old favorites or let us Tichu new ones! Our board game collection is invading Room 4-153. Join us!

Make Your Own Ramen/Miso
Add your favorite toppings to ramen or miso broth.

Silly Video Games
Join us for some games that don't take themselves seriously, but are still lots of fun!

Reverse Turing Test
Try to differentiate between a computer pretending to be a human and a human pretending to be a computer pretending to be a human.

Getting to ET

The best way to get to our house is to meet one of us at Lobby 7 to catch our van (we’ll be holding ducks and signs). Check the detailed schedule for the van time.

You can also get to our house on the Cambridge West/Brookline Saferide. You’ll recognize us as the yellow house located right across the street from a park about 15 minutes into the route. The Saferide runs from 6PM to 2AM (3AM on Friday/Saturday). On campus, you can catch the Saferide at the turnaround behind the student center.

You can also email us to get a ride over: et-www@mit.edu. We're happy to pick you up anywhere! (Unless you happen to be in Kansas or Neverland or something.)