News

A, B, C, D/NE, F/NE grading system to be implemented in fall

PE/NE grading can be applied to “any subject including those used to fulfill” GIRs, “minor,” and “departmental requirements.” The decision to grade a class under PE/NE “must be made by drop date,” Danheiser wrote.

News

Administrators hold town hall to discuss recent Fall 2020 decisions

Barnhart said that she was “confident” that even “if conditions do not get better,” the plan to invite all first years, sophomores, and juniors on-campus in the spring can “remain intact.”

News

Fall on-campus undergraduate housing form opens

The form asks students to indicate their housing intentions for the fall, their residence hall and rooming preferences, and their preferred move-in date and time. 

News

FLI students drive revisions to Fall 2020 financial aid

FLI leaders Eleane Lema ‘21 and Tanner Bonner ‘22 wrote in an email to The Tech that the original distribution of the grant “directly excluded low-income students” because only students with an EFC greater than $5,000 were eligible to receive the full grant.

News

Task Force 2021 and Beyond discusses its goals and organization during forum

Ironside said that the task force’s goal is to develop a “blueprint for a better and stronger” post-COVID-19 MIT “through broad community engagement and thorough analysis.” Reif added that the task force does not “wait for the future to happen to us” but instead hopes to “create the future we want for us.”

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Students built a replica of the MIT campus on Minecraft. Ben Kettle–The Tech
News

UA-led BLM fundraiser matches over $25,000 in donations to five organizations

As of press time, the UA has received receipts from 138 donations, totaling $27,000, from students, alumni, staff, and faculty.

News

SAT/ACT requirement suspended for 2020–2021 admissions cycle

Schmill wrote that the decision to waive the testing requirements came after the College Board and ACT announced disruptions to their testing. Additionally, the admissions office considered the potential health consequences of taking the exams during the COVID-19 pandemic.

News

Incoming first years, sophomores, juniors may request on-campus housing through SHARP

The website writes that students will be sent an email with a link to the application July 17, and the SHARP team plans to release decisions by the end of next week. Students whose applications are rejected may submit an appeal.

wenbo’s walks

The strangest game of duck, duck, goose

If the world were a stage, and if I were to be attacked by a goose on this hypothetical stage, I care not for who the players are. I do however know for a fact that my temporary exit would be akin to “Exit, pursued by a bear.”

album review

The Chicks discover liberation in divorce

‘Gaslighter’ feels lived through with its consistently strong and moving vocals and instrumentals.

album review

‘These Two Windows’ successfully lights a match in the rain

Overall the album is very cohesive, with each song having Benjamin’s trademark minimalist vocals and extremely well-written lyrics.

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This giraffe feels special. Why? Because of his frog friends, of course! Wenbo Wu–The Tech
movie review

‘Feel the Beat’ didn’t suck

The Hallmark-esque romcom industry consistently churns out the same storylines dressed up in different costumes. Netflix’s Feel the Beat is no exception to this classic formula.

album review

‘folklore’: a melodic anthology of quarantine musings

‘folklore’ is the third in a string of albums of drastically different aesthetics, following revenge-fueled ‘Reputation’ and bubblegum-pop ‘Lover.’

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Sierra McCormick stars as Fay in Andrew Patterson’s first feature, ‘The Vast of Night.’ Courtesy of Amazon Studios
movie review

There’s somethin’ in the sky!

‘The Vast of Night’ is an ambitious and relevant sci-fi tale focusing on ignored voices of the 1950s, with the flavor of radio plays and ‘Twilight Zone’ episodes that could just as well be a spine-chilling rumor heard through the short grapevines of middle-America.

guest column

Our strategic plan for the strategic plan

We are demanding reforms to graduate admissions and faculty hiring procedures; concrete department- and Institute-level support for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives; transparency and accountability for bad actors; and material support for all graduate students at MIT, including the social sciences which are an important source of anti-oppressive research.

quarantine theater

‘Looking for Alaska,’ a sweet fantasy that transcends the adaptation

‘Looking for Alaska’ follows bookish teen Miles “Pudge” Halter as he transfers from Miami to a boarding school in Alabama in order to find, in the words of French poet François Rabelais, his “Great Perhaps.”

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Am I Welcome? (1/5) Tianyuan "Margaret" Zheng '23
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Am I Welcome? (3/5) Tianyuan "Margaret" Zheng '23
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Am I Welcome? (2/5) Tianyuan "Margaret" Zheng '23
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Am I Welcome? (5/5) Tianyuan "Margaret" Zheng '23
News

ICE and DHS agree to rescind July 6 directive on international students

Burroughs said that the rescission of the guidelines “moots” the temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction motion requested in MIT and Harvard’s lawsuit and will “preclude the enforcement” of the July 6 directive and its FAQ “on a nationwide basis.”

MIT graduate students, Barnhart, and Waitz file declarations in lawsuit against DHS and ICE

Waitz wrote that since the July 6 ICE directive, “ISO has fielded hundreds of calls and emails from students” with concerns over their visa status, the state of their home country, class participation, financial loss, or “deferral or foregoing their academic programs.”

UA and GSC join amicus brief filed in DHS, ICE lawsuit

The brief writes that international students have “contributed immeasurably to the advancement of American higher education and to the American economy,” whose “participation has become an integral part of the American educational experience.”

Opinion

Use technology to allow students back on campus

I strongly recommend that MIT use its intellectual and financial resources to implement technological approaches that will allow a phased return of undergraduates to campus over the next few months.

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MIT’s recycling rate in FY 2020 was 36%: here’s how we do better

2021 Class Council requests guaranteed on-campus access for incoming seniors

The MIT senior year experience is grounded in the fulfillment of an MIT education, which extends beyond what a year of virtual schooling can sufficiently provide. As seniors embark on the journey of their final year at MIT, a presence on campus will be essential for their success, and favorable...

Arts

The Chicks discover liberation in divorce

‘Gaslighter’ feels lived through with its consistently strong and moving vocals and instrumentals.

‘folklore’: a melodic anthology of quarantine musings

‘folklore’ is the third in a string of albums of drastically different aesthetics, following revenge-fueled ‘Reputation’ and bubblegum-pop ‘Lover.’

‘Looking for Alaska,’ a sweet fantasy that transcends the adaptation

‘Looking for Alaska’ follows bookish teen Miles “Pudge” Halter as he transfers from Miami to a boarding school in Alabama in order to find, in the words of French poet François Rabelais, his “Great Perhaps.”

Sports
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Men’s Volleyball coach highlights a season cut short

Sailing seniors appreciate their time on and off the water

“We made a really good effort of spending time together outside of practice at MIT and even now, from all our corners of the world.”

Women’s tennis coach honors her team’s efforts

“Although our season was cut short and we only got to play 5 team matches, I felt that we had already come a long way in being invested in each other and in competing hard for each other.”