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Freshmen in Senior House: Pilot 2021

The Pilot 2021 program will include cooking kits for $2,500 a year, in-house exercise classes, and  “career exploration” programming.

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Why Pilot 2021 is everyone’s problem

When I visited MIT during CPW, I was confused by the students’ usage of the word “culture,” especially with respect to dorms. To me, a dorm was nothing more than a residence, a space where there were twin size beds your feet would hang off the end of, where you wore slippers in the showers. I especially did not understand places like East Campus and Senior House, where there were murals and dyed hair and loud music blaring in the courtyard. These people all seemed to be trying too hard to be scary and weird (and it worked, I was pretty scared), and I had simply wanted to live somewhere clean and mildly friendly. Whatever this “culture” thing entailed, I did not want to be a part of it. I ended up living in Next for all four years of MIT; I lived there because it seemed clean and mildly friendly.

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A hack appeared on Kresge lawn Thursday in response to the removal of current residents from Senior House and Pilot 2021. Daniel Gonzalez
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Administration decides to resettle Senior House residents, citing “unhealthy behavior” during last year’s turnaround period

Senior House will be mostly depopulated, and will instead house students in Pilot 2021, a new program for freshmen focused on “academics, personal development, and wellbeing.” Current residents will need to go through a “selective” application process in order to live in the dorm next year.

letter to the editor

Senior Haus needs to change

I can’t sit back and continue to let East Side students and alumni speak on our behalf. While still respecting the privacy of Senior Haus, I will speak only for myself, a current Class of 2019 Senior Haus resident.

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Student leaders respond to Pilot 2021

Last week, Chancellor Barnhart told The Tech that “MIT students” would be housed in Senior House this Fall, but could make no guarantees beyond this vague statement. Below this article on The Tech homepage was a story about the large decline in senior gift donations this academic year, fueled by student frustrations over a lack of transparency and student input in recent student life decisions at the Institute. With the revelation of this newest closed-door decision, it seems clear that MIT has yet to abandon this trend of limited student engagement that may further exacerbate the course of declining donation rates.

reporter’s notebook

Students protest Senior House ‘depopulation,’ new freshman program

Students protested MIT’s decision to “depopulate Senior House” Friday. The protest started with a sign-making session in Lobby 7, followed by a march to the chancellor’s office where various protesters spoke.

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Editor’s Note

Last Monday morning, The Tech published our last planned issue for the month. When the decisions surrounding removing current Senior House residents from E2 and initiating the Pilot 2021 in the building were announced later that afternoon, we began to plan a special issue so that we could print about...

Students, alums respond to Senior House depopulation and Pilot 2021

Current students and community members respond

Tim Cook speaks at MIT Commencement

Over 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students received their degrees at MIT commencement June 9.  

Opinion

Give us a chance

Dear Senior House residents,

Pilot 2021 is is a move in favor of student freedom, not against it

My name is Mike Short (’05, PhD ’10), and I'm an assistant professor in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering. I'm one of relatively few to have both lived at Senior House and joined the faculty or staff at MIT, and I'm the faculty member serving on the Academic...

Trump’s Executive Orders should not be called a “Muslim ban”

I appreciate and respect the reporting and perspectives that have been published during this semester in The Tech in response to or in connection with President Trump’s travel and immigration executive orders. However, some crucial facts and opinions have been missing which the MIT community deserves to know about, especially...

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Making the world a better place, one startup at a time

Food, Feuds, and Fame in Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent

Tenaglia and Bourdain manage to create a cohesive character piece that takes a personal and honest look into the life story of a culinary icon.

DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar

The inconsistencies in the songwriting along with weaker concepts prevent DAMN. from being the great album it was expected to be.

Sports

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. 

Special Spring-round Sports Blitz

Men's Baseball (21-14-1) made their fourth appearance in five years at the NEWMAC Championship but fell in back-to-back games to Babson College. Three were named to the 2017 Academic All-America Division III Baseball Team, including Austin Filiere '18, who extended his on-base streak to 64 games, a NEWMAC record. 

Engineers perform well as season nears its end

Men’s Baseball (20-11-1) won three out of four games last week. They advanced to the NEWMAC Championship series that will be held this weekend.

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...