REX 2013

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 2013. All 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 also see the CPW 2013 schedule.)

Saturday, 8/24
Time Event Description
All day 2"x4" Jenga The best part of scaled-up jenga is the scaled-up destruction when someone loses. Come play 2"x4" Jenga with us anytime! The blocks always live in the courtyard
All day The Time is Now The ECamusement Park: entertaining freshmen since 1923. Come build with us—no experience necessary.
All day Courtyard Construction Come master the skill of Engineerin' in twenny minutes flat. Or, at least, learn how ter use a power drill. No experience required.
Midnight Go away I'm not kidding, get out.
12:00 PM - 11:59 PM Come 'n get it! Do you know the EasT camPUS mating call? burgerburgerburgerburgerburgerburgerburgerburger
1:00 PM - 11:00 PM Hair dyeing Is your hair a color? It could be a different color. WHOA.
2:00 PM - 11:59 PM Accomplishment wall Do you secretly want to tell your new friends about your perfect SAT scores or All-American status, but don't want to seem like a braggart? Come write it on our accomplishment wall, and be eternally (but anonymously) scorned. The wall will be here all week.
2:00 PM - 2:05 PM Socializing with other dorms I saw you: frosh who hasn't left the courtyard since you arrived. There are cool people all over the place here, try taking a few minutes to meet some of them. We promise there will still be burgers and power tools galore when you return.
3:00 PM - 8:00 PM Courtyard Silliness We're still here building things. Maybe. We might be sleeping in our awesome fort instead. Feel free to wake us up. Or join us.
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Dorm Tours Are you lost? You can follow an upperclassman around as they tell you stories of the hallowed halls of East Campus. Leaving every half hour from the courtyard.
4:00 PM - 11:59 PM Painting the RLAD Office We have an RLAD. He likes really nerdy things. Come practice your muralizing skills in his office! Alternatively, your spray-painting skills...
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM Iron Chef Come experience the East Campus meal plan firsthand. ALLEZ CUISINE!
9:30 PM - 11:00 PM Archaeology Help us, Indiana Jones, you're our only hope -- what mysteries lurk within the murky sand of the EC volleyball court? Come join the excavation.
11:59 PM Go away You really shouldn't be here.
Sunday, 8/25
All day Building Awesome Stuff We have a party coming up, and we want the Courtyard to look its finest. Help us paint signs, make lights, hang lights, really whatever. We're not terribly picky...
All day Burgers Movin' on up... to the East side...
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM Prepare for battle! Come help us fill water balloons for the impending water battle tomorrow! Listen to jaded water war veterans talk about how life was better back in the day! Ponder what this means for the future! Sob quietly in a corner! Use those tears to fill up more water balloons!
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM Dorm Tours Leaving every half hour from the courtyard. Our buildings might fall down, so you'd better come check them out before they do!
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Zen gardening Ahh, the peaceful sounds of power tools and the relaxing scent of rushburger incense -- help us turn the sandpit into a garden of tranquility.
4:00 PM - 4:15 PM Tea time with Maseeh We think Maseeh should take us out to tea. After all, we heard their art costs more than our dorm. Let's go to Area Four and see if any new friends show up.
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Get pumped!! The East Side Party starts in an hour and a half! Woooooo! We could probably use a hand or two or two hundred, so come to the EC Courtyard and don't miss the first bass drop.
7:30 PM - 1:00 AM EAST SIDE PARTY Come to the East Side, where the beat of the bass never dies. Take a swing ride, get soaked by the Frosh Wash, and wrestle in substances never before wrestled in. And as you dance in the smoke, the lights, the thumping dreamscape of an unstoppable party, you too will taste the sweet nectar of freedom.
10:00 PM - 1:00 AM East Side Party Missed the opening beats? It's never too late to join us as we dance, ride, wrestle, and scream the night away. Game's on 'til 1 AM.
Monday, 8/26
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Homoerotic Fairy Tales with Fuzzy and Leonid Cinderella was a drag queen. Snow White discriminated against the Queen because of her alternative gender identity. The frog prince... well, you get the idea. Come gather around, eat some snacks, and listen to us tell you our versions of your favorite childhood stories.
1:00 PM - 11:00 PM Hair Dyeing Make sure everyone knows how edgy you are by turning your hair a different color. Let us help, and we can commiserate together about how NO ONE UNDERSTANDS US.
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM Shield making Learn the secret art of defending yourself against water balloons. (Hint: It involves attaching some plywood to your arm with string.) Make sure that you are adequately prepared for the water war while expressing your individuality on a piece of wood.
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM THIS IS WAR Grab your balloons and don your war paint. It is once again time to defend the honor of East Campus. We shall march on West Campus and fight until nothing remains except for the soggy puddle of our victory.
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM East Side Victory Barbecue Come celebrate the conquering of the west! WET VICTORY (with Senior Haus!)
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Dorm tours Step right up, step right up, we've got your murals here we've got your kitchens we've got that sketchy thing in the lounge that will make your parents nervous. Leaving every half an hour from the courtyard.
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Baking Quest forth to the county of Talbot, in the land of East Campus, where you will find a mysterious cave some call the Talbot Kitchen. What magical pendants and cursed treasures lay within? Well, we don't know either. But fight valiantly through cups of cream, chocolate, and flour, then bravely face the oven of sweltering heat, and you may or may not get some awesome homemade scones and a great adventure.
5:30 PM - midnight More burgers The body is ready.
6:30 PM - 11:00 PM Trader Jack's One jack, two jacks, the EC meal plan, and a very shack-ey shack.
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Tea and cookies What goes best with tea? Scones, of course! But what's even better? Scones plus friendship bracelets and coloring! Come enjoy a taste of childhood and a cup of tea with us in Talbot Lounge and unleash your hungry creativity.
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Scavenger HUNT Scavenger HUNT: search, explore and DODGE in EAsT camPUS
8:00 PM - 8:30 PM Field trip to the Hyatt We bet some of you haven't even seen the west side yet. We're taking you all the way to the Hyatt. Problem solved.
8:30 PM - 8:45 PM Sevlev That was a long walk...we need a pit stop. Byo$
10:00 PM - 1:00 AM Skyline East Campus: now with 100% more jocks and strippers! #thesocialdorm
11:59 PM Go away If I see you in the courtyard, I will come after you with a hammer.
Tuesday, 8/27
Midnight - Noon Courtyard shenanigans Today's activity:bird watching. We've got some sweet owls. Circle of life, man.
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Frisbee games You can't play with our balls until November, so try our Frisbees instead!
12:30 PM - 8:00 PM Grillgrillgrill More burgers than your body has room for! Will you be the next Josh Bails?!
12:30 PM - 11:59 PM Shenanigans v.2 You thought we were done, but GIRs can't keep us down. Get comatose with burger.
1:00 PM - 8:00 PM Hair dyin' The man can't keep us down.
1:00 PM - 8:00 PM Dorm tours Meeting every half-hour. Look for the sign in the courtyard! Our building is like a museum: old and filled with art. It doesn't smell like a museum, though.
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Coffee and Chocolate with Fuzzy and Leonid If you haven’t figured this out by now, we’re a classy pair of guys. And there’s nothing as classy as a nice cup of coffee and an exquisite bar of chocolate. Come join us on a sapid journey, as we show you everything from a Box of Joe and a Hershey’s to cold-brewed local beans and a bar of Guittard.
2:00 PM HOUSING LOTTERY CLOSING IN 12 HOURS We're here for you, bro. Let it all out.
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Sand castle contest The nth Annual East Campus Sandcastle Competition! Now with 100% more sandcastles.
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Dorm tours East Campus is full of Back In The Day.TM We have so much history it hurts. Come discover East Campus with us. Tours: meeting every half-hour. Look for the sign in the courtyard.
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM East Campus meal plan Also known as Communities Who Care.TM We've cooked dinner for you, and it's not Rushburgers! Come hang out in the fort with us, and we'll try to answer your deep, existential questions (or, you know, ones about Internet speeds and where to grocery shop. Those are okay too.) Hint, hint: this is also a good time to actually get to know those people you might be sharing a hallway with for the next several years.
7:00 PM - 7:30 PM Wall destruction The Accomplishment Wall reaches its triumphant conclusion! Help us celebrate with sledgehammers and (immensely satisfying) destruction.
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM There will be burgers Like, obviously. Where have you been?
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM Fashion advice with Fuzzy and Leonid Everybody crazy 'bout a sharp dressed man (or woman!). Ever wondered what the difference between a sport coat and a blazer is? No? That's fine, we also have tips on how to use duct tape to fix literally every wardrobe malfunction, if that’s more up your alley. Come enjoy some snacks while our resident fashion experts educate you. All levels of fashion sense are welcome.
9:00 PM - 10:00 PM Fashion show Now that you have so much knowledge about fashion, come put it to the test in the East Campus fashion show. We have a awesome array of clothing and accessories that will let you fit right in with real East Campus Residents. The best part is you get to keep anything you put on!
10:00 PM - 11:00 PM Iron Chef Make friends! Make food! But don’t make your friends into food. That would be rude.
Wednesday, 8/28
2:00 AM HOUSING LOTTERY CLOSES Choose wisely, young grasshopper.
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Sand art Sand + spray paint + you = AWESOME.
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM Dye yo' hair We've been dyeing your hair for days, and we'll keep dyeing it now. It will be a whole semester until your parents find out!
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Shits and giggles You decided you want to live with us, yay! Or maybe you decided you want to live somewhere else, and you just want to hang out. Either way, we'll be in the courtyard, you should be too.
Thursday, 8/29
12:00 PM - 12:05 PM Antiquing Learn about MIT's 1% for the Arts program! We'll begin in the Courtyard and voyage to the Stata loading dock, from which many of the' most expensive pieces of art originate.
Noon - Midnight Courtyard deconstruction You just poured your heart and soul into building an amazing fort. Come get jaded as you realize all things are temporary, including your beautiful fort home.
11:58 PM - 11:59 PM Event #69 Come celebrate East Campus's great victory: our 69th rush event! More spirited celebrations will commence in November.