There are three types of Spanish House memberships available:
Lives in Spanish House and has a set job (cooking, study breaks, cleaning, etc.)
Does not live in Spanish House, but does everything a Full Member would do, including having a set job.
Does not live in Spanish House and does not have a set job. Social members are assigned the either the Half Meal Plan or Social Meal Plan.
The following meal plans are available:
Full Meal Plan
Residents are required to choose this plan. The plan includes dinner each school night and weekly study breaks. Members will be given a plate, cup, and utensils to use for the year. Those who chose this plan are required to have a set job. The cost is the average cost of all the meals each month, which is approximately $70 per month.
Half Meal Plan
This plan is for social members. The plan includes 3 meals per week. Members will be given a plate, cup, and utensils to use for the year. The cost is the half of the average cost of all the meals each month, which is approximately $35 per month.
Social Meal Plan
This plan is for social members and includes one meal per week and study break. The cost is $20 per month.
Payment is due before graduation. The treasurer will hand out bills each month and will send out the final bill during your final semester. He/She will also collect receipts on food. If Spanish House owes you any money the treasurer will give you a check for the balance before graduation or at the end of the semester, if requested. Monthly payments are subject to change depending on the average cost of meals for the month.
If you are not going to make it for dinner on a particular night, you can sign up for a save in advance using Spanish House's Google Calendar. The latest you can make a save is 5:45 p.m that day.
Members of the Full Meal Plan are allowed to bring one guest every other week to a meal.
One of the best things in La Casa is the meal plan. Being away from home really makes you miss the usual home cooked meal. Two people are paired up and become cooking/cleaning partners for the semester, you cook/clean together on the same day each week.
Many people who came to Spanish House did not know how to cook, but everyone soon learns. New residents are paired with a more experienced cooking partner.
Cooking takes anywhere from two to three hours. Dinner is served at 6:15 pm and must be served no later than 6:30 pm. If you know you will not be able to cook, it is your responsibility to find a a replacement to switch with you. Cooking partners are required to put away all of the dishes in the drying rack before preparing the meal.
Dishes may not be bought pre-prepared. The menu must consist of the following dishes:
You are responsible for buying food for each meal you cook. Some cooking partners split the responsibility by having one person do the shopping one week, and the other shops the next time you cook. The most convenient way is to have both partners shop together, in order to help carry the food, but alternate who pays. One way to save money is to check what is leftover from previous dinners before you go shopping.
If you are planning on making something that requires a more than 3 eggs or 2 cups of milk, please buy these items. You are expected to stay within the budget of $75 per dinner, credit will be given up to $90 but anything past that will come out of your own pocket.
Turn in your receipts monthly, if you loose it, turn in the actual credit card statement.
The week you do not cook you will setup and clean for dinner.
It is your duty to setup for dinner and make saves. Be there at least 30 minutes before dinner starts. Make drinks either from the frozen juices or a powdered mix and bring out the meal to the dining area.
Once the food is made you should check on the Google Calendar to see how many saves there are. When making saves, be sure to include each dish, except dessert. Wrap the plates with plastic wrap or foil and write the person's name on it.
Cleaning should take around an hour, this should give you enough time to do the following:
We assign two pairs of partners for study breaks. Their job is to have prepare study break for the house once a week. Study break partners alternate just like cooking partners. Study break is usually on a Wednesday or Thursday night at around 11 p.m.
Every spring, room selection is held to determine room assignments for the following year. Room selection for freshmen takes place in the fall right after the MIT Housing Lottery. Room choice is decided, first by seniority, then by rooming points, and then by lottery. Each class chooses rooms separately, beginning with the seniors. Once rooms are chosen, there will be no shuffling rooms until the next lottery, unless required by MIT Housing Office.
People who live in doubles or triples earn 1 point per roommate, for each semester they live with a roommate. So, someone living in a double for a year gets 2 point total. Someone living in a triple for a year gets 4 points. These points may then be used during any subsequent room selection to gain a higher pick in the lottery for your class.
There is no set rule about where fifth year students pick in the room lottery. A house vote is taken and a decision is made when the situation arises.
The Social Chairs organize events, at least one per semester. They are in are in charge of sending out emails, getting food, setting up the music, and anything else that relates to the events. Athletic Chairs are in charge of Spanish House's IM sporting events. They are required to attend the Athletic Chair meetings and sign up the house for sports. They must ensure there are enough people attending the games so that the House does not get fined.
One of the purposes of Spanish House is for the members to come together and enjoy a meal. Try to aim for an average of 25 people, if you know more people come on certain days, then please accommodate.
Failing to provide each of the dishes listed below will result in a $15 fine per cooking partner.
Combining one or both sides with your entrée is prohibited. Special exceptions must be requested ahead of time and may be granted by the cooking chair.
Cooking any of the items listed below will result in a $15 fine per cooking partner:
No Staples: Applied when a staple is missing from the kitchen for more than two days (after the date it was marked in the list). $5 with $10 increments