Epsilon Theta

Spring Rush 2016

Rush is our way of getting to know potential house members - and their way of getting to know us. Rush starts on Friday 2016-01-29, and lasts until Sunday 2016-02-07. During that time, we encourage all MIT students - including upperclassmen and graduate students - to come to our events and see if ET is a good fit for them. Are you a down-to-earth person with a good sense of humor? Are you a fan of nerd culture (or eager to become one)? Want to become part of a tight-knit, supportive, intellectual community? If so, then you should definitely check us out.


For all events, 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 Great White Van for the event.

Friday, January 29

On-Campus Board Games and Dinner! 17:00-21:00
ALL DAY EVERY DAY! Meet us in 4-145 to play!

Saturday, January 30

Hot Dogs 12:00
What's better than hotdogs outside on a nice summer day? How about hotdogs inside when there might be snow on the ground? Vegan options available.

Puzzle Hunt 13:30
Was Mystery Hunt not enough? We have a (shorter but still awesome) puzzle hunt for you!

Silly Video Games 16:00
Tired of all playing intense video games with all the serious MIT gamers? Try challenging them to a game of Regular Human Basketball or Octodad.

Tacos 17:15
Come to ET and try to fit as many ingredients into your taco without having its contents spill all over our living room! Vegan options available!

Live Action Text-Based Adventure 19:00
You see a yellow house to the WEST. Outside it is a sign with a duck that says "EPSILON THETA". To the EAST is a park. To the WEST is the house's porch.
What do you do?
Go porch

Superhero Movie Night 21:00
Iron Man, Captain America, Avengers, Spiderman.... you name it, we can watch it (while eating tasty superhero snacks)!

Sunday, January 31

Soups and Grilled Cheese12:00
Strawberry Soup! Tomato Soup! Grilled cheese. And some other stuff. Vegan options available. Eat with us!

Build a Thing Out of Stuff 13:30
You have: 5 pipecleaners, a ball of rubber bands, 100 popsicle sticks, a mouse trap, a piece of string, 2 pencils, 4 paperclips, 10 sticks of glue with a hot glue gun, 2 plastic cups, 5 balloons, plus or minus whatever we have in the house. Go!

Games That Shouldn't Be Played That Way 15:30
Ever wanted to play DDR Smash? Battleship Twister? Blindfolded Jenga? Pick-your-own-role Mafia? Invent your own!

Pizza 17:15
Half a pound of cheese, white bread, a glass of tomato sauce, and some salt. Don't worry, our alums will cook it and make it tasty. Vegan options available.

Reverse Turing Test 19:00
Try to differentiate between a computer pretending to be a human and a human pretending to be a computer pretending to be a human!

Snow! 21:00
Snowman! Snow tunnel! Snowball fight! Sledding with glowsticks! More important, hot cocoa, snacks, and warmth inside.

Monday, February 1

Paint! 15:30
Henna, body paint, acrylics, and more! Let your artistic side show. Or donate yourself as a human canvas.

Pasta with All the Sauces 17:15
Alfredo, pesto, and tomato sauce! Also garlic bread, because who doesn't like garlic bread. Vegan options available!

Minions 20:00
Pretest a board game designed by ET alums. Each of two teams of necromancers maneuvers to control mana spires which generate resources that a special "general" player on that team allocates between the necromancers.

League of Legends 21:00
Come play the game that statistically, you've heard about! All levels of play welcome.

Tuesday, February 2

Chess Variants 16:45
Have you ever played chess and thought, this would be better with three chessboards? What about wrap-arounds off the edge of the board? Come play chess while we wait for the van!

Breakfast for Dinner 17:15
Pancakes! Syrup! Bacon! Yum! Vegan options available.

Party Games 19:00
Cards Against Humanity, Quelf, Charades, and more. This party just got started!

Halo 21:00
Come play Halo, the classic shooter! Shoot your friends! Shoot your enemies!

Wednesday, February 3

Braiding 16:45
Have you ever wondered how many braids could fit in your hair? Have you ever thought standard 3-strand braids were just not complicated enough? Have fun while waiting for the van to ET!

Greek Food 17:15
Nom nom nom. If you like food, you are in luck! We don't let people starve. So tasty! As always, vegan options are available.

Rock Band and DDR 19:00
Ready to rock? Or maybe you are just a back up dancer. Either way, check out the house's mad skills.

Code Golfing 21:00
Learn the tricks to make your programs ridiculously, unreadably short. Then try to beat others!

Not Coffee 21:00
Exhausted from all of your classes? Need a break? Join us for one of our weekly study breaks! An ET tradition! Tasty food will be provided!

Thursday, February 4

Card Games 16:45
Card games are great! Come play with us while we wait for our van to ET.

Dinner 17:15
Wow, there sure is a lot of food around here. Wow, there sure was a lot of food around here. Vegan options available.

ET Singalong 19:00
Come sing with us! Talent not required; far more important are enthusiasm and lack of lack of shame. Bring song ideas!

Win My Dollar 21:00
Theorizing about the Prisoner's Dilemma (and variants) is one thing. When there are coins on the line...

Friday, February 5

Telephone Variations 16:45
Multilingual telephone. Pictionary telephone. Twister telephone. Invent-your-own telephone! Come play while we wait for our van to ET.

Dumplings! 17:15
Ohhh! More alums! Come eat them! I mean, meet them! They are cool! They are like actives, but with jobs.Vegan options available.

Upcycling 19:00
Use old career fair t-shirts to make something useful!!

Blanket Fort 21:00
SO MANY BLANKETS!!! Turn our living room into an epic fort!

S'mores 21:00
Gooey, chocolatey, wonderful goodness!

Saturday, February 6

Lunch 12:00
Food is love. Food is life.

Smash 13:30
Come play Smash, the classic brawler! Brawl your friends! Brawl your enemies!

Improv Games 15:30
Imagine everything that could go wrong does. We like to pretend it does for fun! Come play press conference or powerpoint karaoke with us! Trust us. It's fun.

Dinner 17:15
Hungry? Here at ET, we have tasty homecooked meals! Come over and find out what our cook Karen made for us! Vegan options available.

Laser Maze 19:00
The clock is ticking. The enemy is everywhere, arcing through the darkness with glowing red eyes. Will you be the savior of the stuffed animals?

Fermi Questions 21:00
How much would it cost you to stack pennies all the way from the bottom of the Mariana trench to sea level? How many staples are used annually in Massachusetts? We don't know, but hopefully we're off by less than a factor of 100...

Nachos 21:00
See how many tasty things you can put on a pile of chips!

Sunday, February 7

Lunch 12:00
Need I say more?

Medieval Sunday 13:30
En garde! Let's see how your chainmail holds up against my boffer! Fight to the death! (Safely) In a land of cars and iPhones, it is great to get lost in the good old days of knights and plagues.

Medieval Sunday 15:30
Have you survived this long? Continue to spend your hours in history.

Dinner 17:15
An alum dinner! Eat the food prepared, not the alums. Vegan options available.

Bake-a-Thon 19:00
What can we do with two hours, a bunch of baking stuff, and the entire ET kitchen? Come help us find out (and eat the resulting food)!

One Night Ultimate Werewolf/Resistance 21:00
Tired of regular Mafia? Come play this new twist to an old classic. Save your town from being overrun by Werewolves!

Getting to ET During Rush

The best way to get to our house is to meet one of us at Lobby 7 to catch our Great White Van (we’ll be holding yellow signs). Make sure to 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 by the yellow house located right across the street from a park about 15 minutes into the route. Saferide runs from 6:00pm to 2:00am on Sunday through Wednesday, and from 6:00pm to 3:00am on Thursday through Saturday. On campus, you can catch Saferide at the turnaround behind the student center.

You can also call us to get a ride over. Call the house at (617) 734-9211 from any campus phone. We will be happy to come get you no matter where you may be! (Unless you happen to be in Kansas or Neverland or something.)


We extend invitations, known as "bids," to join Epsilon Theta throughout the rush period. When you accept a bid, you have joined our tight-knit community. If our way of life appeals to you, you can come spend time with our members, ask lots of questions, and get a good feel for how our house works.

Our semester-long Pledge Program serves as a lively introduction to ET and MIT, and involves everything from a puzzle-solving adventure through the city of Boston to organizing our annual Halloween Party. Pledges have full house privileges and can hold elected positions at ET. It’s probably obvious, but we don’t haze either.