EAsT camPUS

REX 2019

REX (short for "Residence Exploration") is a special and exciting tradition at MIT. With all of the dorms putting on tons of events highlighting their unique cultures and traditions, REX is a great time to explore all of the many opportunities that the MIT dormitory system has to offer, and for incoming students to find a place to call home.

At East Campus, we have tons of projects and events going on all the time. Stop by the courtyard to see all the exciting events and projects going on, grab a burger (we have veggie burgers too!), dye your hair, take a tour, and relax.

Here's our schedule for REX 2019. Most events take place in the EC Courtyard (between buildings 62 and 64) or in Talbot lounge (a big room on one side of the courtyard in building 62).

You can import the list of events to your calendar.

Tuesday 08/20
TimeEventDescriptionLocation
all dayGrill, Chill, and BuildCome enjoy a burger, some construction, and friendship out in the trainyard of East Campus.Courtyard
Wednesday 08/21
TimeEventDescriptionLocation
all dayGrill, Chill, and BuildEnjoy a delicious burger while we teach you how to use power tools and help us build things! Featuring a ferris wheel, giant fort, train, friendship, and more!Courtyard
Thursday 08/22
TimeEventDescriptionLocation
all dayGrill, Chill, and BuildWhat could be better than burgers, construction, and friendship? We have it all!Courtyard
2-5PMMonster EnergyPower up with free Monster Energy to give you the strength for helping build our construction projects!Courtyard
Friday 08/23
TimeEventDescriptionLocation
all dayGrill, Chill, and BuildCome to the East Campus trainyard for some grilling, construction (no experience required!), and friendsssss!Courtyard
Saturday 08/24
TimeEventDescriptionLocation
all dayGrill, Chill, and BuildHey there! Come join us out in the trainyard of East Campus! Come enjoy a burger, some construction, and a nice chitchat.Courtyard
12-3PMHair DyingExercise your freedom of expression by dying your hair ALL OF THE COLORS.Courtyard
4-5PMPower Tool SeminarCrash course on power tool use and safety! People of any experience levels (or lack of) are all welcome! Safety glasses/PPE provided. tentative. just come to the courtyard and see what's up.Courtyard
8-9:30PMAsian Style Shaved IceShaved ice with asian style toppings (lychee, jelly, condensed milk, red bean, etc)Talbot
11-11:11PMwe're not hereWhere’s “here” <thinking emoji>?Courtyard
Sunday 08/25
TimeEventDescriptionLocation
all dayGrill and ChillBurgers and friends ALL DAYCourtyard
10AM-5PMEC Dorm TourDo people live here? Find a friendly tour guide in Talbot for an East Campus dorm tour! Leaves approximately every half hourTalbot
12-1PMParents BrunchTalk to East Campus residents about what we love about our home! Come with questions!Talbot
12-4PMGrill, Chill, and Buildpower tools! ladders! safety! no experience required, burgers providedCourtyard
12-3PMHair DyingHair is temporary, bleach is permanent, instagam likes are forever.Courtyard
3-4PMMozzarella Stick Stretching Contest We stretch mozzarella sticks to see if anyone can beat the record of 42 inchesTalbot
4-4:01PMhuman hamster ballUnfortunately CANCELLED. :-(Courtyard
4-5PMPower Tool SeminarCrash course on power tool use and safety! People of any experience levels (or lack of) are all welcome! Safety glasses/PPE provided. tentative. just come to the courtyard and see what's up.Courtyard
5-6PMhere, queer, and (not) ready to disappeara discussion of queerness and other identities, and how they relate to who and where you live. handling developing your queer identity while being an MIT student. being queer and { POC, low-income, immigrant } etc and understanding identity as an intersection. resources in EC and elsewhere around campus for queer folk. and plenty of queer people to talk to also!Talbot
8PM-1AMEast Side PartyCome to the TRAINSSS East Side Party, where the beat of the bass never dies. Ride a ferris wheel, get space trained, and wrestle in substances never before wrestled in. And as you dance in the smoke, the interactive lights display, the thumping dreamscape of an unstoppable party, you too will taste the sweet nectar of freedom.Courtyard
Monday 08/26
TimeEventDescriptionLocation
all dayGrill and ChillBurgers and friends ALL DAYCourtyard
10AM-5PMEC Dorm TourWarning: Wild student-humans in their natural habitat - Do not feed! Find a friendly tour guide in Talbot for an East Campus dorm tour! Leaves approximately every half hour.Talbot
12-2PMCrate StackingCome see how many upside-down plastic milk crates you can stack and then stand on the top. Don't lose your balance! Featuring free Yerba Mate drinks so that you can be fully caffeinated high up in the air.Courtyard
12-3PMHair DyingWhat better way to appreciate the spirit of individualism and self-reliance than to get your hair dyed in ALL OF THE COLORS because you can and why notCourtyard
1-2PMYerba Mate TimeStop by for free Yerba Mate drinks so that you can be caffeinated for crate stacking!Courtyard
1-2PMGays and CatsChill talk with pussies (maybe queers too)Talbot
2-4PMhow many chugs could a choo choo chug if a choo choo could chug chugnerding out over various train and transit-themed books, movies, events, meme pages, and more. definitely not converting people to course 11. also includes a heated debate over how many chugs go before the "choo choo". 4? 3? 12? we shall see.Talbot
5-6PMFruit and popsiclesLet's eat some fruit so we don't get scurvy! Let's have some popsicles too.Couryard
6-9PMPainting Murals on Stickmenchill, paint, and talk with residents of first west1W
7-8PMArguably (In)Correct Medleysmake really silly mashups of music, play some weird board game variants, and eat some questionable medleys of food (turmeric ice cream, Rocky road on lasagna, spinach in a taco shell)Talbot
7:30-8:30PMRIOTDo you refuse on principle to make peace with 'The Man'? Participate in EAsT camPUS's history of harmless yet unbounded angst by making impromptu speeches and picket signs in protest of the lack of grass in the EC Courtyard, the undeserved reputation of satanist cults, and the fluctuating price of eggs. Additional riot topics will be audience's choice. *Everyone is welcome to attend this warm EC introduction to the land of freedom of speech, creativity, and <redacted>.Courtyard
8-9PMNude PortraitureA very wholesome celebration of art and the human form. We provide paper, charcoal, and models; attendees draw the models. (Pre/frosh allowed to model if they are >= 18 years old with verbal consent.)Game Room (Walcott Basement)
9-11PMBoardgame nightBoardgame night served with snacksGame Room
9:30-10:30PMWHEN WILL YOU LEARNJust a long looping vine of the zoomed in Thomas the Tank Engine face yelling “WHEN WILL YOU LEARN THAT YOUR ACTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES."Talbot
11-11:11PMwhere did we go?Come join us in not-being-here.Courtyard
Tuesday 08/27
TimeEventDescriptionLocation
all dayGrill and ChillBurgers and friends ALL DAYCourtyard
10AM-5PMEC Dorm TourThe real question is, what’re THOSE? Find a friendly tour guide in Talbot for an East Campus dorm tour! Leaves approximately every half hour.Talbot
11:30AM-1PMSatisfaction FloatCome have a satisfying time floating around with us.Courtyard
12-3PMHair DyingWe've been coloring hair so long that our hands have literally turned into rainbows. Please advise.Courtyard
1-5PMRope SwingRopes and a swing!!! Will be going all afternoon.Courtyard
2:30-4PMCruft SmashingFrosh smash cruft (old computer parts) with a sledgehammer in the courtyard.Courtyard
3-4PMonly connectA British puzzle game show about finding connections between seemingly unrelated things.Talbot
5-6PMTrader JacksCome barter for some yummy Trader Joe's snacks from your local Trader Jack! Free in exchange for an answer to a completely normal, noninvasive question.Talbot
6:30-7:15PMWater Wars MarchCome help us prepare for our imminent battle against West Campus! Come EARLY to help out before we march at 7pm. Remember: East Campus ALWAYS wins the water war.Courtyard
7:30-8:30PMFluffy TownCome make a fun blanket fort on EC 3rd East (Tetazoo)! Will start right after the troops come home from the water war.Talbot (to meet)
8-9:30PMsmol desk concertOpen mic on the EC fortCourtyard
9:30-11PMCoffee and CigarettesA screening of the 2003 comedy short film collected Coffee and Cigarettes, per EC's 4w hall tradition. Event will take place on EC 4th West.41W Blacklight Lounge
10PM-12AMPinkiesPinkies is the classic EC "diner." Come eat food with friends.Talbot
Wednesday 08/28
TimeEventDescriptionLocation
10-11AMYoga on the FortWear loose, comfortable clothing, and bring a yoga mat if you own one.Fort
11AM-3PMProp-Making WorkshopCome learn about the Spinning Arts club and make your own fire props! We'll be there through the early afternoon. Stop on by!Talbot
12-4PMGrill and ChillBurgers and friendsCourtyard
12-3PMHair DyingIf you're worried about what your parents will think, natural colors such as leaf green, sky blue, and grape purple also available.Courtyard
3:30-5PMinflatoLearn how to make nylon inflatablesTalbot
4:30-5:30PMHealthy Snacks and friendsCome talk to the native EAsT camPUSers, meet other prefrosh, and eat healthy snacks like fruits and vegetables.Courtyard (on fort)
5-6PMTea Time with Willy TCool off with refreshing iced tea and smooth jams while meeting other tea lovers!Talbot
5:30-6:30PMadopt a suc-cute-lentcome say aloe and p(r)ick a baby succulent to make your new room unbe-leaf-ably plant-tastic!Courtyard (on fort)