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The first snow of the year blankets campus, Friday. Farin Tavacoli–The Tech
News

MIT charged, along with other universities, in federal lawsuit for illegally limiting student financial aid awards

The suit, filed Jan. 9, claims that the defendant universities used a shared methodology to calculate applicants’ financial aid, which resulted in price-fixing and unfairly limited financial aid.

in short

Pre-registration, boosters, MLK Jr. Day

Jan. 13 at 5 p.m. is the final deadline for continuing students to pre-register for the spring and the deadline for continuing students to select preferences for spring CI-H/CI-HW subjects.

guest column

Now is the time for MIT to divest from the fossil fuel industry

There’s no better time to act than now. As the world races to minimize the catastrophic damage that will be inescapable to future generations if nothing is done, MIT must use every tool at its disposal to aid in the fight against climate change.

critic's notebook

My rude awakening: “Minor Feelings”

The Asian-American experience is unique. Caught between two cultures, we learn to tightrope walk the boundary between the normal, white-defined, outside world and the traditional world our parents or grandparents still carry.

News

640 positive tests reported by MIT Medical in past seven days

MIT’s positivity rate is lower than the Cambridge 14-day average of 6.37% and the Massachusetts 7-day average of 21.61%, but the rate of positive cases has increased significantly from the fall semester, where the highest 7-day positivity rate was 0.28%.

weather

Cold wave sweeps over the southeast

The weather this weekend will be crisp but sunny – perfect for a walk outside to clear the winter blues. Just make sure you bundle up, and maybe keep your mask up to protect your cheeks from the biting cold.

guest column

Empowering ourselves to be better researchers through unionization

Teachers unionize to reduce class sizes so they can focus on providing the best education possible to their students. Nurses unionize to fight understaffing so they can give their patients quality care. We’re unionizing so we can focus on conducting world-class research.

vivian’s reflections

What P/NR taught me

Besides encouraging me to adopt a healthier mindset when it comes to academics, P/NR has taught me to embrace a lifestyle that has a balance of work and fun.

News

Majority of MIT graduates sign union authorization cards, GSU authors letter to Reif

The MIT Graduate Student Union (GSU) submitted a letter to President L. Rafael Reif, “announcing that an overwhelming majority of MIT’s 5,000 graduate employees” “signed union authorization cards” on Dec. 13. 

MIT requires boosters, updates isolation policies and IAP plans in response to rise in positive cases and Omicron variant

In response to a local and global rise in COVID-19 cases and the spread of the Omicron variant, MIT is requiring all eligible community members to receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster by Jan. 14 to access MIT buildings. MIT has also updated its isolation and quarantine practices, event policies, and...

MIT Class of 2026’s early admissions rate at record low 4.7%

MIT offered early admission to 697 students to the Class of 2026 out of 14,781 applicants, for an acceptance rate of 4.7%. MIT Admissions Assistant Director Chris Peterson SM ’13 announced the statistics in an MIT Admissions blog post on Dec. 18.

Opinion

Fighting (against MIT) for math

Like many in California, I am battling my local school board and the state Board of Education to maintain high quality standards in math, to keep calculus available to high school students, and to negate the idea that right answers and showing your work in math are examples of “white...

International student workers deserve fair treatment

During this crisis and in the months since, we’ve spoken to many fellow international student workers who believe that MIT’s policies often do not reflect or respond to our needs and that forming a graduate student worker union at MIT is the best way we can compel the Institute to...

The MIT GSU and UE will bring a history of social justice to the future of MIT

In the wake of the resounding endorsement of the MIT Graduate Student Union (GSU) by MIT’s Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA), the MIT GSU wants to highlight our prioritization of one of the most-voiced graduate worker demands at MIT: a material, institutional commitment to racial and social justice.

Campus Life

Taiwan, I miss you

My nostalgia for Taiwan made me wonder why I missed Taiwan so dearly even though I have no family there.

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Learning