One of the most common misconceptions about MIT is that the Institute is all about working hard, finishing problem sets, writing code, curing cancer, and otherwise having no fun at all. I know this is a common misconception not only because of all the prospectives students I’ve talked to about MIT’s supposed lack of fun, but also because I used to think the same thing.
Fortunately for all of us, MIT has a remarkably strong social life and (dare I say it on the MITblogs) party scene. If you’re done with your problem sets for the week (or even if you aren’t…) and are looking for something to do, you virtually guaranteed to find something going on. As has been said before, MIT definitely does know how to party. Just maybe not the same way that anyone else parties.
Of course, not every party at MIT is as strangely awesome as, for example, Fifth East’s Reawakening. Last Saturday, my fraternity, Phi Kappa Sigma, hosted our annual Fall Formal, which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: a chance for the Skullhouse brothers and pledges to invite friends over to our house for a classy dinner, some dancing, and an all-around good time.
Although most of the coordinating for our parties is done by our social chairs, the rest of the house always pitches in to set things up and ensure the party goes smoothly. Because we have four formals each year, we’ve set things up so that each class “works” one of the formals and puts in most of the manpower for actually running things during the party. As per tradition, the sophomores work the Fall Formal, which meant that some of us worked in the kitchen helping our (amazing) house chef, and some of us worked in the dining room being waiters.
I wanted to dress up, so I asked to be a waiter. :) Although most of the guys wore dress shirts and maybe a suit jacket, I felt like trying something a little more original. Here’s what I wore (posing with Emily ’10):
Anyhow, we started off the evening with delicious hors d’oeuvres in our chapter room, ranging from little spinach rolls to cheese and crackers to mini-hot dogs. I didn’t take any photos of the food, so you’ll just have to take my word that (a) it was delicious and (b) I was an excellent waiter and got many compliments on my choice of attire. :)
I did, however, take photos of all the happy couples enjoying the food.
Clark ’12 and Kate ’12.
Mitch ’10 and Lauren ’10.
Yazan ’12 and Viral ’12.
Claire (BU ’12) and Dan ’12.
I convinced Dan to let me steal Claire long enough to take a photo…
…and then I stole Dan from Claire. Because I could.
After the appetizers, we moved into the dining room, where things really began to get busy for me and my fellow waiters. We spent the next hour almost continually bringing up food from the kitchen (in the basement) up to the first floor. Since we were serving a three-course dinner to about thirty people, you can imagine how much running up and down this involved. :)
That said, the dinner was absolutely delicious and went pretty much flawlessly. Things started off with a simple caesar salad appetizer. For the entree, our chef Gerry cooked up a delicious chicken marsala, complete with mashed potatoes and green beans. Finally, dessert was extremely scrumptious cream pie (chocolate, strawberry, or vanilla).
After dinner, we had a dance instructor come and teach everyone how to do a little swing.
I, meanwhile, took advantage of the opportunity to take more photos.
Mitch ’11 and Hilda ’11.
Dan ’09 and Tammy (Wellesley ’08).
Kathleen ’10 and Brent ’10.
Becca ’11 and (my roommate) Cody ’10.
Jackie ’09 and Trip ’09.
Louis ’09 and Michelle (BU ’09).
Finally, after learning how to swing, the party moved back upstairs to engage in a more traditional dance party.
Some our new pledges dance together.
Katie ’12 dances with her date, Ben ’12.
Just another great way to spend a Saturday evening at MIT!