Welcome, Prospectives (and freshmen)!

Simmons Hall is an MIT dormitory that houses 340 awesome undergraduates, 5,538 windows, and an unknown population of velociraptors. It’s a phenomenal place to call home during your time at the Institute, and we can’t wait to show you why.

"In the Sponge" Explained

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A Taste of Simmons

Written with love by Simmons residents:

Stepping through the front entrance, you admire the distinguished architecture and striking design of Simmons Hall. Based on a video tour and what you can find online, Simmons is already an incredible dorm, with thousands of windows, several terraces, a two-story movie theater, a giant ball pit, and dozens of lounges scattered throughout the building. However, Simmons is so much more than its facilities. It is home to an extraordinary group of undergraduates constantly doing exciting things. A dedicated house team takes care of us like no other, and we have an excellent government system, designed for openness and awesomeness.

Moseying down the hallway, you witness the vibrant life in Simmons. Pokemon drawings, physics equations, and maps from Game of Thrones adorn the curvy chalk-able walls. Laughter emanates from a group playing board games in one lounge and a massive 18.02 pset party fills another. You stop by our Housemaster's apartment to grab one of John's oh-so-delicious smoothies, and follow some enthusiastic freshmen to see their latest projects in our EE lab and workshop. Checking out a movie from front desk for later, you build a new tower out of the blocks in our mailbox lounge, and finally settle down in our dining hall to chat with some friendly Sims about life in the Sponge.

In an hour, everyone gets up to go to the house meeting, and your curiosity beckons you to follow. You grab some dessert, meet some new friends, and end up getting involved in Simmons activities. Our bi-weekly house meetings are open to every resident, and any resident can submit a proposal. Your imagination is the only limit – we've organized apple farm trips, boat cruises, Red Sox games, and Valentine's Day dinners. We've bought telescopes, servers, hammocks, speakers, and TVs. We've fostered residents' interests in fitness, cooking, gardening, and circuitry, and we've even considered playgrounds, ziplines, and teleporters (not all proposal pass). Doing cool things has never been easier than at Simmons.

On the MIT campus, all dorms are excellent, but Simmons is particularly open, diverse, and friendly. It's more than a place to live. Remember one thing, if nothing else: know that we call Simmons our home, and we welcome you to join us. We can't wait to see you in the fall!

REX 2014 Event Schedule

Hi 2018s! We have 65 events planned for you over this week. Bring your friends, bring your A-game, and get ready to have a great time!

FPOP Week (Mon 8/18 - Sat 8/23)

7-11pm Meet Sims! From 7PM - 11PM from Monday to Saturday, we'll be hanging out in the Party Room at the end of the 2nd floor. Come get to know your neighbors - fellow froshlings and upperclassmen alike. Location: Party Room

Throughout REX

All the time upon request Dorm Tours Curious about what the inside of this architectural wonder looks like? As long as you're not a peeking tourist, we'll show you! We'll leave from front desk every 30 minutes upon request as long as someone is awake and available. Just click the magic button at front desk.

Saturday, August 23

4-5:30pm Ice Cream!!! Om nom. Nom nom. Yum. Pass the sprinkles. Location: Simmons Dining
4-5:30pm Sword Fights Medieval tournament with foam swords. Rules simple. Fence until 'ARHGHHGH'. Bloody, yes, only finest warriors for Simmons. Or chill and nom ice cream. All OK. GRRRAHHHHRGGG Location: Meet at front desk
4-5pm Chalking Chalking is a Simmons tradition, with chalk-able surfaces all over the entire dorm. Come join us decorate everywhere! Location: Meet at front desk
5-7pm Grill, Fill, and Chill Get some protein after that helzadope sword fight you just had, or join us for the first time to eat delectable burgers (vegetarian options available). Meet us on the super huge and totally functional stairs in front of Simmons. Location: Outside
7-10pm Meet Sims Get some protein after that helzadope sword fight you just had, or join us for the first time to eat delectable burgers (vegetarian options available). Meet us on the super huge and totally functional stairs in front of Simmons. Come get to know your neighbors - fellow froshlings and upperclassmen alike. Location: Party Room
8-10pm Dr. Who Season 8 Opener Come watch it with friends in our giant movie theater! Location: MPR
10pm-4am Sporcle Party Because we all know we want to. Location: MPR
10pm-1am Wub Wub and Wings Play Super Smash Bros, eat some wings, and listen to Dubstep. Sounds like a great night. Location: Party Room

Sunday, August 24

8-11am Welcome Breakfast Most important meal of the day, serving it up....Simmons's way! Location: Country Kitchen
9am-12pm Simmons Build Build stuff at Simmons. It'll be a blast! (Help us prepare for the water war, or just build to your heart's content.) Location: Outside
10am-1pm Cooking with Kate Let your culinary side loose! Kate needs some sous-chefs to help her make some awesome food! Location: Country Kitchen
12-2pm Eating with Kate Well, now we have all this food. Come help us eat it! Location: Late Night Cafe
12-5pm Simmons Build Trojan ducks and chariots. While supplies last. (We're entering the war in style; come help us build.) Location: Outside
1-3pm Game Night What's a better time to have game night than in the middle of the day? Come join some upperclassmen for awesome playground games! Location: Dining
3-5pm Frisbee Stretch your legs after a long flight (or a not so long drive) to MIT - and meet some new friends! Location: Meet at front desk
3-5pm Otter Pops Biatches, we have freezepops. Location: Outside
5-6:30pm Grill, Fill, and Chill (with Will!) Same thing (burgers). Same place (the super huge and totally functional stairs). Location: Outside
5-6:30pm Simmons Build There's a lot of times this event shows up. (Come build stuff!) Location: Outside
7:30-9pm Simmons Build Cause we need help when we screw up. (Aren't the wheels supposed to go underneath the chariot?) Location: Outside
7:30-9pm Scavenger Hunt Come enjoy a huge scavenger hunt through a building that makes no logical sense. Location: Private Dining
9pm-3am Board Games Meet some of your new classmates through friendly competition! There will be games and more ice cream sandwiches than you've ever seen before. Play games and chat with your fellow MIT students. Meet us in our Dining Hall. Location: Dining
9pm-3am Ice Cream Sandwiches Om nom nom. Location: Dining

Monday, August 25

8-11am Breakfast Dinner Stayed up all night? It's time to break the fast since we stopped eating ice cream sandwiches at 3AM. Join us for breakfast! (or dinner!) Location: Country Kitchen
12:30-2pm World Famous Housemaster Break Join us for a Simmons tradition. Chat with our residents and Housemasters while enjoying John's famous smoothies and Ellen's world-renowned pancakes. Seriously, you have never had a smoothie this good. Location: Housemaster Suite
2-5:30pm Flag Making With the imminent water war tomorrow, we need to show our Simmons pride! Help us make a beautiful flag to represent our wonderful sponge. Location: Outside
2-5:30pm Shield Painting Along with making our glorious flags, we also need to decorate our shields. Paint some shields with us! Location: Outside
4-5:30pm Boomerang Ultimate Instead of a Frisbee, we have boomerangs. Will it work? We can't quite remember. But don't worry, it'll come back to us. Location: Outside
6:30-8pm Terrace Picnic Simmons has two beautiful terraces that overlook all of west campus. Let's have a picnic up there and enjoy the view! Location: 7th floor Terrace
7-9pm Simmons Build Nothing's better than building an oversized duck. (Quack!) Location: Outside
7:30-9pm Real Talk Talk to Simmons residents about college life! We've chosen a variety of student panelists to answer your questions honestly about the next four years. We're open to anything - so ask away (but don't ask Eli about the sink...) Students only! Location: MPR
10pm-1am Top of the Sponge Raise the roof /on/ the roof of Simmons Hall! Party it up as you break it down with new friends against the backdrop of the MIT campus and Boston skyline. Learn some schmancy swing while you snap up hand-crafted hors d'oeuvres and light up the night with glowsticks, everyone's favorite packaging of [non-toxic] luminescent chemicals. This will truly be the pinnacle of parties. Location: 7th floor Terrace
10pm-4am Sporcle Party Because the typist has not been screamed at enough. Location: MPR

Tuesday, August 26

8-11am Getting out of Bed is Hard But it's much easier with a delicious breakfast! Come eat more breakfast! Location: Country Kitchen
9-11:30am Simmons Build Preparing for war! We'll need help and luck. (BYO dramatic music.) Location: Outside
12:30-2pm Pizza Bagels Come enjoy some free lunch by making your own bagel pizza with delectable toppings. You should probably eat said pizza bagels as well. Location: Country Kitchen
12:30-5pm Simmons Build Last minute preparations, time to fix everything. (Quick, where's the duct tape?) Location: Outside
1:30-3:30pm CTF Join us for the legendary game of Capture the Flag inside the legendary building where floors don't connect and stairwells skip floors. It's never been easier to get lost. Location: Meet at front desk
3-4pm Stars and Stripes Or whatever else you wanna stencil on some free t-shirts while you make 3D stars! Location: Outside
5-5:15pm Simmons Build Ok time to shine, let's win this thing! (Wonder if anyone noticed this was a poem.) Location: Outside
5:15-6pm Water War ACTUAL WATER WAR Location: TBA
6-7pm The Consolation Dinner In the rare case that we lose the water war, at least we have plenty of food to drown away our sorrows! Location: Outside
7-9pm SIMFEST THE ULTIMATE SIMMONS EXPERIENCE! Come participate in our festival of mini-events run by the many Simmons communities. Location: EVERYWHERE
9pm-2am Puzzle Hunt A puzzle hunt made by MIT students for MIT students. Drop in at any time and solve a few puzzles, or try to solve the meta first. Location: Dining
9:30-10:30pm Disney Singalong Be our Guest and Let it Go! Be Prepared to sing your heart out and you might just go from Zero to Hero. Location: MPR
11pm-1am Lip Sync Battles It's like American Idol but you don't even have to sing. Come be a rockstar and compete for awesome prizes. Location: MPR

Wednesday, August 27

8-10am Mystery Breakfast You have to be a detective to figure out what we're having for breakfast this morning, but you don't have to be a detective to eat it! Location: Country Kitchen
10:30am-12:30pm GIANT STUFF EVERYTHING is bigger in Simmons. Giant BALL PITS. Giant JENGA. Giant ORIGAMI. Giant TWISTER. Famangomadan. Location: 1st floor
12-1:45pm Salad Party Had a few too many carbs so far this rex? Come enjoy some delicious salad and vegetables over at Simmons! We'll have a crazy topping bar! Location: Late Night
5-7pm Event Re-Runs Did you have way too much fun at Simmons REX? Come revisit some of the great events we've had! We'll just be messing around until In-House Rush begins. Location: 1st floor
7pm-12am IN HOUSE RUSH Showing frosh how awesome each part of the building is Location: Dining

Thursday, August 28

8-11am Pancake Breakfast Stayed up all night? Come fuel up for an exciting day the right way: with a scrumptious assortment of pancakes! Make them your own with rainbow-colored batter! Location: Country Kitchen
All day MOVE DAY Helping frosh move. Email simmons-frosh-chairs@mit.edu if you want to help. Location: EVERYWHERE
1-2pm free-food@mit We served a lot of food this week, and we have a lot left over! Enjoy this potluck of every meal event we've had this week. Location: Dining
7-8pm Throwing water balloons Yes, we see you. All you lazy guys who came back early but did nothing. We are coming... Location: Behind you...