NASA astronaut shares her experience aboard the ISS with local students

NASA Astronaut and former Whitehead Institute Fellow Kathleen “Kate” Rubins met withthe local middle school and high school students Sept. 12 at the Whitehead Institute to share her experience aboard the International Space Station.

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NASA astronaut and former Whitehead Institute Fellow Kate Rubins met with local students at the Whitehead Institute on Sept. 12. Nur Muhammad Shafiullah–The Tech

IBM contributes $240 million for new AI lab

MIT will soon be home to a new artificial intelligence (AI) lab, funded by a $240 million contribution over a 10-year period from IBM.


Irma leaves a trail of destruction across the Caribbean, Southeast

Tranquil local weather will continue across the area as the late summer cool down slowly begins.


Students, faculty respond to DACA rescission with disappointment, outcry

MIT Associate Professors Roger Levy and Tamar Schapiro were arrested at a Sept. 7 protest in Harvard Square denouncing the repeal.


Two shot at annual Cambridge Carnival International Sunday

Gunfire disrupted Sunday’s 25th annual Cambridge Carnival International. The incident took place near 200 Technology Square, about 0.2 miles from the center of campus.

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Masquerade parade participant at 25th Caribbean Carnival, Cambridge which took place between Central Square and Kendall Square on September 10th. Nur Muhammad Shafiullah–The Tech

New minor in polymers and soft matter offered this fall

A new minor in Polymers and Soft Matter (MPSM) will be offered starting this fall in response to “the increasing need for knowledge of chemistry in materials-related fields,” according to Professor Jeremiah Johnson, founder and current advisor of MPSM.  


McCormick in FYRE for the first time, tops in-out rate

Maseeh Hall and Simmons Hall were the most popular picks among the freshmen class this year, while the fewest number of freshmen chose to live in East Campus and Random Hall.


Boston police shut down Phi Delts party during holiday weekend

A party thrown by MIT fraternity Phi Delta Theta during Labor Day Weekend was shut down by Boston Police after detectives discovered underage drinking and overcrowding. The Sunday party, which came during rush week, included a waterfall flowing down the stairwell and spilling onto a marble staircase.


Amherst Alley closing

Due to ongoing New House construction, the west end of Amherst Alley is scheduled to close temporarily from Sept. 18 to Sept. 22. Although pedestrians can still use the street, vehicles including MIT shuttles will have to make a detour to Memorial Drive. The shuttle pick-up locations will be redirected to the corner of Amherst Alley and Fowler Street.

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DormCon meets, UA applications due

DormCon will meet Thursday, September 14 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in New House,. The meeting open to all undergraduates who live in dorms.

science column

A fiery end for Cassini, Saturn’s space orbiter

This Friday, the Cassini orbiter will finish its 20-year-long mission by making a “death dive” into Saturn’s atmosphere.

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One of Cassini's last looks at Saturn and its main rings from a distance. Courtesy of NASA
movie review

We come home again to Los Angeles

The movie is an attempt to tell a relatable, personal story by sugaring up details with a series of unrealistic events.

concert review

Jacob Collier: The art of musical intention

This is a once-in-a-lifetime musician with a profound sense of the strong connection between emotions and music as a communicative vehicle. Every magical moment, spontaneous or planned, is grounded in a deep understanding of music through the lens of emotions.

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Jacob Collier performing at his concert "Imagination Off the Charts."

Registration deadline and Degree Application deadline Friday

Registration deadline for fall classes for all students is Friday, September 8.

MIT will fight for Dreamers in face of DACA repeal

In an op-ed in The Boston Globe, President L. Rafael Reif called the repeal of DACA a “mistake” and called on Congress to protect young immigrants allowed to remain in the country under DACA, called Dreamers.

For some MIT students, Harvey hits home

Harvey ravaged southeastern Texas last week, leaving record-high rainfall in its wake. 288 undergraduate and 187 graduate students at MIT currently have a home address in Texas.


Open letter to President Reif about the events in Charlottesville

Thank you for your August 15 e-mail about the horrific and frightening events in Charlottesville, VA over the weekend. I urge you to go one step further.

The chancellor’s timeline of the Senior House decision

Given the high level of interest in facts surrounding the Senior House decision, I thought it might help to lay out the milestone events of the last year and share my thinking.

Senior House students respond: the chancellor’s allegations are unfounded

The punishment being implemented by the MIT Chancellor and President goes far beyond individual accountability, or the desire to eliminate drug use in the dorm. Allegations of widely tolerated drug use were made by the chancellor, but prior to the investigation, very few students were aware of the events that...

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Documenting the unchartable imagination of Jacob Collier

“Community Legacy” at The List

Hamilton hopes that by the end of the exhibit, the shelves will be full of boxes detailing how individuals will impact their community. So if you find yourself near the List Visual Arts Center this Sunday, add your personal legacy to the wall and become a part in shaping our...

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“Stranger Things” plus clowns gets you “It”


Fall sports start season on a good note

Football, soccer, volleyball, and field hockey prevail.

Austin Filiere ’18, now a Cub, makes history at the MLB draft

We got a chance to catch up with Filiere after his historic night getting drafted in the eighth round (highest among the three drafted ballplayers from MIT) and asked him about his experiences so far and what he is looking forward to.

IM Executive Board introduces Beaver Cup

The Beaver Cup is a points system through which FSILGs, graduate departments, and clubs can score points for participating and winning in different leagues. 

Campus Life
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Nir Shavit

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Dina Katabi

Corporate polish

The other day, a friend of mine put in a good word for me for an amazing internship opportunity. He wrote, “Laura is not corporate polished, but she built a cosmetics manufacturing enterprise with no science background at all. She hustles and makes it happen. If she doesn’t know how...