The Department of Residential Life opened the doors to Maseeh Hall this month to give the student community a sneak peek at MIT’s newest undergraduate dormitory.
The building, which is the final months of construction and renovation, is slated to join the residential system in fall 2011. The Feb. 12 open house offered prospective residents guided tours, as well as the chance to meet the housemasters, to talk to student members of the Phoenix Group, and to learn more about the community forming in advance of the opening.
More than 100 students turned out for the tours. After checking in at a welcome station in the McCormick dining hall — where students could get a snack along with their required safety goggles and construction helmuts — groups of 12 to 15 participants walked through Maseeh. Stops included the lobby, the new Howard Dining Hall, some common areas and student rooms on the residential floors.
At the day’s start, Dean for Student Life Chris Colombo and Senior Associate Dean for Residential Life Henry Humphreys gave a preview tour through the building to senior Vrajesh Modi, the Undergraduate Association (UA) president; senior Christina Johnson, the DormCon president; and sophomore Alex Lai, the UA secretary and Next House president.
“I think the tour was a great success. Many students came out of the building looking and sounding very excited about moving into Maseeh,” said Carolina Roque, the president of the Phoenix Group. “Overall, the students I talked to were very impressed with the building.”
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