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.
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!
CPW 2014 Event Schedule
We enjoyed seeing so many of you at our CPW events. We hope you had a great time-- we sure did!
|Whenever someone's awake||Grand Tour||Get a tour of our home -- admire the boston skyline from our terraces, explore our porosity-inspired lounges, see representative student rooms, and hear tales about rubber ducks and velociraptors! Guides will leave every fifteen minutes, whenever we're awake. Stop by desk to request a tour.|
Thursday, April 10
|2pm-4pm||Sports and Otter Pops||Stretch your legs after a long flight (or a not so long drive) to MIT - and meet some new friends! Also, we have freezepops. A 1000 of them. One THOUSAND. Location: Briggs Field|
|2:30pm-3:30pm||Pie Face||COME EAT PIE SANS HANDS.|
|4pm-6pm||Stars and Stripes||Or whatever else you wanna stencil on some free t-shirts while you make 3D stars!|
|5pm-7pm||Grill, Fill, Chill||Get some protein after that helzadope game of frisbee you just played, or join us for the first time to eat delectable burgers and hot dogs (veg* options available). Meet us on the super huge and totally functional stairs in front of Simmons.|
|6:30-8:30pm||Inverse Curling||Who needs curling rocks when we have frozen blocks of ice? And who needs an ice rink when we have the first floor of Simmons? Sweep your team to victory with the best Swiffer has to offer and enjoy a fun study break with the residents of the Sponge.|
|10pm-1am||Wub Wub and Wings||Play Super Smash Bros, eat some wings, and chill out to some dubstep. Sounds like a great night. Meet in our Party Room|
|11:59pm-2am||Sporcle Party||Because we all know we want to. (Sporcle is an awesome quiz website with random quizzes about everything. If you like Academic Bowl, Science Bowl, pop culture, trivia, or anything really, come play Sporcle with us!). Location: MPR|
Friday, April 11
|8am-10am||Pancake breakfast||Pulled your first MIT all nighter? 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: Late night cafe.|
|12pm-3pm||GIANT STUFF||EVERYTHING is bigger in Sims. Giant BALL PITS. Giant JENGA. Giant ORIGAMI. Giant TWISTER. Giant FOOD. Famangomadan. Location: First floor|
|3pm-5pm||Ice Cream and Sword Fights||Medieval tournament with foam swords. The rules? Fence until 'ARHGHHGH.' Bloody, yes. Only finest warriors will appease Grand Duke Duck. Or chill and nom ice cream. All OK. GRRRAHHHHRGGG. Location: Late night cafe|
|5pm-7pm||Grill, Fill, Chill (Still!)||Have time to kill? Want to meet Will? You know the drill. Join us to eat delectable burgers (veg* options available). Meet us on the super huge and totally functional stairs in front of Simmons!|
|9pm-3am||Board Games and Ice Cream Sandwiches||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.|
Saturday, April 12
|8am-11am||Rainbow Pancakes!||Pulled your first MIT all nighter? Come fuel up for an exciting day the right way: with a scrumptious assortment of pancakes! Make them your own with rainbow-colored batter! (part of this balanced breakfast)|
|12pm-2pm||Make your own Pizza Bagel!||Come make your own pizza with delectable toppings. You can make your pizza (cake?) and eat it, too! Location: Country Kitchen|
|2pm-4:30pm||SIMFEST||THE ULTIMATE SIMMONS EXPERIENCE! Come participate in our festival of mini-events run by the many Simmons communities.|
|4:30pm-6pm||Real Talk||Talk to Simmons residents about college life! We've chosen a variety of student panelists to answer your questions about the next four years. We're open to anything - so ask away (but don't ask Eli about the sink...) Prefrosh only!|
|4:30pm-6pm||[Parent] Real Talk||Talk to Simmons residents and house team about life at MIT! Parents can learn more about the unique housing experience Simmons offers.|
|8pm-9pm||World Famous Study Break||Join us for a Simmons tradition, enjoying our housemasters' famous smoothies and world-renowned pancakes. Seriously, you have never had a smoothie this good.|
|9pm-1am||Simmons 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: Simmons Dining|
|10pm-1am||Top of (la Esponja) the Sponge||Tired of repetitive EDM parties? Shake it up and keep it classy at the fiery, salsa-themed festival, Top of la Esponja (the Sponge). Dance the night away on the scenic 7th floor terrace or simply chill with friends while you dine on appropriately-themed comestibles (that's right, real food!). Can't dance? No problem! We'll have [attractive] salsa instructors to teach you the steps. This is where the real party is at. Baker isn't shit!|
Sunday, April 13
|8am-11am||Farewell Breakfast||Until next year, prefrosh. Draw enough rainbow pancakes here to last you till then. Location: Country Kitchen|