Monthly Archives: March 2013

Have a safe and fun Spring Break!

By virtue of our semester schedule, it seems like you all are off to Spring Break later than your peers at other institutions, but that’s alright… Hopefully it is warmer than Boston by now in other locales around the globe.

We here at the Student Activities Office, along with our friends in Community Development and Substance Abuse , wanted to wish you all a safe, enjoyable, AND relaxing Spring Break!

Here are some resources and tips to remember as you venture forth on your adventures next week:
From our colleagues at Boston College
Make a plan. Think about what actions you need to take in order to have a successful stress-free trip. Write down your goals and make a timeline of deadlines.
Know your limits with alcohol. If you will be drinking during your spring break be sure to consume alcohol in a low-risk way. Avoid drinking games and binge drinking, which can make it difficult to keep track of your alcohol consumption. Never drink and drive and always eat prior to drinking.
Protect your skin. Don’t forget to pack and use sunscreen with spf 15 or higher, especially if you are going to a sunny destination. Prevent yourself from the dangers of skin cancer and premature aging by wearing sunglasses with UV ray protection and protective clothing such as hats and cover-ups.
Have fun. Whether it is reconnecting with family or engaging in fun activities with friends, participate in activities that make you happy and that will reenergize you

This comes from the great folks at the Bacchus Network
• Remember, impairment begins with the first drink. Choose not to drink if you are driving, or be safe with a designated driver.
• Wear your seatbelt. Always. It’s your best protection in a crash.
• Distracted driving is dangerous. Park the car to check mobile devices.
• Respect other peoples’ right, and your own, to choose not to drink.
• Respect state laws and campus policies.
• Stay out of dangerous situations involving alcohol, whether in a car, bar or bedroom.
• If a friend drinks to the point of passing out, alcohol poisoning is a real danger. If you’re concerned, seek medical attention. Better safe than sorry!

And then finally, the CDC has some good Spring Break resources as well.

We look forward to seeing you all when you get back for that final sprint to the end of the year!

–Joel P.

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W20 in the snow – 3/19/13

W20 in the snow - 3/19/13

In hopefully what will be the last snow this academic year, I caught a pic of W20 and The Alchemist in Tuesday’s snow coming in to work.
Hope the weather didn’t bog you down too much yesterday!

–Joel P.

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by | March 20, 2013 · 1:22 pm

Spring Weekend in GIF form

The UA Events Committee is a unique part of the Undergraduate Association here at MIT, sharing a connection with the UA primarily, but also here with the Student Activities Office.  Booking top talent for an enjoyable SpringFest and Fall Festival is the goal of the EventsComm each year, and as we approach SpringFest 2013, we wanted to tell you the story of SpringFest in GIF form.

Please enjoy.

So, we got this guy named Macklemore and his cohort Ryan Lewis for SpringFest 2013…

… and the Events Committee was all like…

…because we hoped MIT students would be like…

And the time for ticket sales came.

…Events Comm waiting for the ticket site to open…

…and then sheer demand and traffic crashed the site…

…yeah, the site crashed…

… and the site came back later in the day, and students were unfortunately still having issues getting in (sorry ya’ll!)…

…but steadily and surely, ticket issues got figured out, and ya’ll were eating up SpringFest tickets…

…and together we are gonna have a great time with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis!…

This will be the scene when Macklemore and Ryan Lewis hit the stage, we think.

 

–Joel P. on behalf of the UA Events Committee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Despite snowstorm, MC^2 forges on!

The Office of Multicultural Programs hosted another successful Multicultural Conference this February, as undergraduate and graduate students from around MIT gathered together at the Endicott House to discuss diversity, inclusion, and meritocracy and how it influences their student experience.  More than 25 students spend Friday and Saturday with their peers and MIT staff to discuss concerns, obstacles, and opportunities surrounding diversity and inclusion for the various communities that make up MIT, even after MC^2 was postponed two weeks due to the major snowstorm that rolled through New England early in February.

Getting ready for MC^2

Getting ready for MC^2

Breaking the ice.

Breaking the ice.

Learning about teamwork and communication

Learning about teamwork and communication

Arriving Friday night, the evening was spent getting to know one another, making initial connections, and starting to make those bonds across dorm and organization lines that would sustain individuals and the group into the next day.  Ice was broken, and experiences shared, reflected upon, and valued.  Friday was spent getting to know each other and getting comfortable in opening up around each other, so true opinions could be voiced and action taken.

Workshop activities.

Workshop activities.

Presentation time.

Presentation time.

Be an Ally.

Be an Ally.

Saturday started with a keynote speech by Dean Stuart Schmill from MIT Admissions,  followed by students discussing topics ranging from micro aggressions to how media represents culture, religion and socioeconomic status, and how all of these various aspects of our identities intersect with each other.  Delving deep into the MIT experience was the key to Saturday, as students engaged in topics that they encountered daily back at the Institute, but may not have time to discuss openly in the hustle and bustle of academic life here at MIT.

We hope that MC^2 was of value to the students who attended this year, offering a chance to take a breather, look at what was going on around them and around MIT, and reflecting on what diversity and inclusion means to them.  If you are interested in getting involved in efforts happening here on campus, please contact the Director of the Office of Multicultural Programs, La-Tarri Canty (lcanty@mit.edu).  Opportunities include involvement with PEACE, a new student organization committed to bringing students together to discuss issues like diversity and inclusion, and serving on the MC^2 2014 Planning Committee.

Thank you everyone for a great MC^2!

Thank you everyone for a great MC^2!

We hope to see you all at MC^2 2014, and thank you to everyone who came to MC^2 2013!

–Joel P.

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Add LeaderShape to your MIT Bucket List

In mid-January, 65 MIT students and 14 MIT staff and faculty made the trek to Sharon, MA (close to Patriots stadium – so close in fact, you might hear the roar of the crowd during game days) to spend six days with each other to talk about leadership. SIX DAYS? Leadership? In the middle of nowhere, MA? Why?

I will tell you why; as my third time of being a LeaderShape facilitator, I cannot think of a better way for MIT students to spend time engaged in dialogue and activity  around this topic of leadership and vision-creation. If we are to be the global innovators and entrepreneurs of the future, we must engage ourselves in honest and open discussion in what it means to be a leader in 2013. And all the possibilities that come from within us to tackle that very task. LeaderShape, a nationally recognized program where thousands of college students participate in annually all over the country (www.leadershape.org), focus on the core elements of the program: integrity, leadership, personal leadership development and vision creation. When approaching problem-solving for issues big and small, LeaderShape reminds us to have a “healthy disregard for the impossible” and truly consider to imagine a world that we would like to live in. What would we create? What would we want to eradicate? Whom would we want to empower? Or whom would we want to educate? And why is that important to us?

MIT Leadershape 2013

MIT Leadershape 2013

The possiblities are endless for students at LeaderShape to consider; which is why the program is so popular among our community. Conversations on leadership and changing the world go beyond the 8AM – 10PM scheduled conference times; in MIT fashion, these discussions with 65 of your peers can carry on into the wee morning hours of the spacious conference center; a conference center that holds many different cozy “pockets” of seating areas, complete with fire places and late night snacks. For six days, you leave the world of MIT, and enter into a completely different realm of possiblity and growth. You not only discover who you are as a person, but also discover that you are in fact a leader, you just did not realize your potential yet. We all have that spark of change within us ready to get out onto paper and tell our friends about – and LeaderShape is the place to do just that. To form lasting, strong bonds and relationships, to have fun, to have laugh, to grow. We welcome you to join us next IAP – applications will be available in November 2013 and open to all undergraduate students!

For more information on dates on the program as well as applicantion information, visit http://studentlife.mit.edu/sao/leadership/leadershape.

–Leah

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