pika is a coed cooperative community of creative students living in an awesome house.
We pride ourselves in our diversity, welcoming atmosphere, nightly home-made dinners (which you're invited to eat for free any time!), and our penchant for building exciting contraptions, practical and silly.
We are an egalitarian society that believes that everyone can work together to build a vibrant, unique, and self-sufficient community.
Come by the house any time and someone will be around to give a house tour including the roof deck, the firepole, the chickens, the treehouse, and much more to explore.
Every night we have dinner at 7:00, and anyone from the MIT undergraduate community is welcome to come.
Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
All food served during rush will include substantive vegetarian and vegan options.
pika is part of the Independent Living Group system.
Saturday, August 31st:
12p - 1p Kresge Kickoff @ Kresge
Find us at Kresge Oval and share our fresh fruit and homemade cookies. Then head to pika for smoothies on our roofdeck.
1:30p-4:00p Roof Deck Smoothies
Throw some stuff in our bicycle blender and use your own pedal power to make a delicious smoothie!
4:30p Frisbee @ On Campus
Meet us at pika at 4:00pm or find us at a field on campus (call 719-330-1188 for location). Then come back to pika for dinner.
7p Indian Dinner
Sumptuous subcontinental spices.
8p - 12a Cafe pika
After dinner, pika will be transformed into a bohemian cafe experience.
8p Brewing Up a Storm
How many ways can you make a cup of coffee? Experiment with different coffee and espresso methods such as pour-over, aeropress, and moka pot.
Yeast, yeast, yeast!
8p Tea Blending
Earl Grey. Jasmine Green. Oolong. Yerba Mate. Moroccan Mint. What makes a tea blend unique? Remake an old favorite or create your own signature blend with us, then relax and enjoy fine conversation as you sip away at your concoction.
9:30p Literary Mixtape
"If it's true that as I'm talking to you bones are moving in your inner ears, I'm physically touching you with my voice." (Etheridge Knight)
Fill our air with words! Give us five minutes of your favorite book, share your favorite poem, or come listen to others' picks.
11p Open Mic and Singalong
Join our choir of heavenly hippies. Read to us, sing to us, tell us jokes! C'mon, we know you're talented.
Sunday, September 1st:
2:30p Solar Telescope
You can see sunspots!
4:30p Pirate War with tEp @ Sailing Pavilion
An epic pirate waarr has arraged on forr yeaarrs and yeaarrs between pika and tEp - be tharr on the Chaarrles and help us defend MIT's lands against the perpetratarrs from the Boston side! Meet us at pika at 4:00pm or at the MIT sailing pavillion at 4:30pm. ARRGH!!!!!!
5:30p Sushi Making
Sea-treats sheathed in rice. / Rice wrapped in gleaming green grace. / Roll sushi with us.
7p Sushi Dinner
Taste the fruits of your labor (or somebody else's). There will be a variety of sushi, some perhaps substantially more exotic than others.
8p Spinning Staff / Poi Making
You've seen East Campus do it, now make one of your own under the sage guidance of our resident experts.
9p Spoon Carving
It is an art and a science.
11p Roofdeck Anime
Relax on the roofdeck, watch some anime, and count the few stars whose radiation makes it through the Boston light pollution.
Monday, September 2nd:
9:30a Morning Dérive
Wander the streets in a peculiarly philosophical French manner.
1p Mural Painting
It's not vandalism if we say it isn't.
1:30p Tie Dyeing
Dye your tie! Or, like, your shirt, or something. That works too.
2p Henna and Hair Dyeing
Dye yourself! Make your hair any color of the rainbow--or all of them.
6p - late pika Hackathon
Electric Scooters. Wooden Spoons. NERF turrets. Linux Hackery. Robot Arms. Quadcopters. Come see what pikans have been up to, and learn a thing or two on your own! There will be plenty to do and eat all night!
6p Zombie Bicycles!!
What can you accomplish with tools and parts?
7p Linux Until We Die
Come set up a fileserver with your friendly* neighborhood pikan Linux Haxx0rs. *Only when caffeinated.
8p Tech Showcase
Electric Scooters. Wooden Spoons. NERF turrets. Linux Hackery. Robot Arms. Quadcopters. Come see what pikans have been up to, and learn a thing or two on your own!
9p Python-Arduino Interfacing
Learn how to automate anything!!
Did somebody say... Meemoo?
10p MaKey MaKey
Make bizarre and inventive interfaces!
Tuesday, September 3rd:
2p Iron Chef pika
Garlic. Butter. Cumin. Kale?!? Split into teams, run to the grocery store (budget is on us!) and cook your team to VICTORY! (and prizes, of course)
2p Dinosaur Eggs!
5p Shoeblade: The Noble Sport
Celebrate pikan heritage in a tournament like no other: Shoeblade and Forkapple. Match yourself against our top athletes before they head to the 2014 Olympics!
6p Contact on the Roof
If you like words, games, or the roof, you are certain to be satisfied by the awesome experience you will have on September 3rd around 6:00pm.
7p Polish Dinner
The best Polish food we have ever served!
9p Learn the Spinning Arts
Learn the ancient art of staff/poi spinning from our resident experts. Learn to use what you made on Sunday, or borrow gear from us.
Wednesday, September 4th:
7p Orange Foods Dinner
Taste (the best part of) the rainbow.
Thursday, September 5th:
7p Italian Dinner
Tomato & basil & garlic & parm, just like Nonna makes it.
Friday, September 6th:
7p Homemade Pizza Dinner
Chicago style or New York style? No, pika style!
7:30p Avenue Q
The Musical Theater Guild will impart valuable life lessons, like what the Internet's for (spoiler: it's for porn). Walk from pika at 7:15pm or meet us at Kresge at 7:45pm.
11p pika on WMBR
Ever wanted to be on the radio? Meet at pika at 11:00 or find us outside Walker at 11:45pm.
Saturday, September 7th:
4:30p Rock Climbing
Climb on MIT's wall with pikans. Meet at pika at 4:00pm or in front of Walker Memorial at 4:30pm.
7:00p pika Dinner
Find out why pika is most famous for its awesome meal plan. Come meet pikans over a delicious, home-cooked meal.
11p Playground Saga (With Froyo)
Embark on a treacherous quest to the best frozen yogurt place in the world and test yourself against Cambridge's most geometrically implausible playground.
Women's Independent Living Group
status: tentatively complete
*Note: come one, come all! both guys and girls are welcome to come to our events!
Saturday, August 31st: