What a busy time last semester was for the Phoenix Group! On top of the sleepless nights psetting, countless extracurriculars, and constant studying for the next exam, we have all been working feverishly for the upcoming move to Maseeh Hall in the fall.
This morning, construction workers for the new Maseeh Hall (W1) joined Institute Chaplain Robert Randolph in the W11 Main Dining Room for coffee, light breakfast, and a pat on the back for all their hard work.
Over the course of this semester and through the summer, we will post regular updates--generally every one to two weeks--about the progress towards opening Maseeh Hall. Updates will include notes about the physical construction of the building. More important, they will keep the campus informed about the social, cultural, and other aspects of organizing Maseeh Hall and its residents ready as a community.
When Maseeh Hall’s dining facility opens in fall 2011, every scrap of food will be composted, thanks to a pulper-extractor machine that turns food waste into a dry pulp; cooking oil will be reused as biodiesel in campus vehicles, thanks to a pump that simplifies the conversion process; and the electricity bill will be lower, thanks to energy-saving equipment.
The Residential Life Programs office has begun the process of recruiting and selecting Graduate Resident Tutors (GRTs) for MIT's undergraduate residential communities for the 2011-2012 academic year. GRTs play an integral role in the lives of MIT’s undergraduates and have the opportunity to make a positive impact on the MIT community as a whole.
On Thursday, Oct. 14, the Phoenix Group — an incubator community for Maseeh Hall — joined Dean for Student Life Chris Colombo and Housemaster Jack Carroll for a behind-the-scenes look at the construction underway at Fariborz Maseeh Hall (formerly known as W1 and Ashdown House).