At least 7455 MIT community members received a flu vaccination at Tuesday’s day-long clinic run by MIT Medical.
“You don’t have to be a raving genius to win a Nobel,” newly-minted Nobel laureate Rainer Weiss told a crowd of proud faculty and awed students during his celebratory lunch last Tuesday. Not that winning a Nobel should be everyone’s goal in life, Weiss was quick to add: one should always do what’s most important to them. And Weiss SB ’55, PhD ’62, a professor of physics emeritus, has certainly practiced what he preached.
Despite public outcry and accusations of unlawful detainment, ICE is keeping MIT custodian Francisco Rodriguez behind bars as he awaits court ruling that will decide whether he will be deported back to El Salvador, from which he fled in 2006 due to gang violence.
Dubbed “threads,” this new course structure aims to provide an alternative to the existing format of majors, minors, and concentrations.
The Healthy Minds Study (HMS) survey, administered to students in 2015, linked each participant’s responses to their dorm. The survey included questions about illegal drug use and mental health. However, survey participants were not informed that their residence information would be linked to their responses.
Students accuse administration of collective punishment — but numbers don't matter, Barnhart says, if “the end result is that students living in Senior House wouldn't have a good experience.”
The decision to turn Senior House into a graduate dormitory, announced last Friday by Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart PhD ’88 to the Senior House community, has been met with condemnation from vocal MIT community members.
Approximately 40 people checked in at the rally in support of Francisco Rodriguez, who has worked at MIT for the past five years.
Senior House ranks high for underrepresented minorities, similar to New House in family income, new data show
The Provost’s office recently released data detailing student demographics by residence hall including race, ethnicity, gender (data from the registrar); family income (data from student financial services), and sexual orientation (data from a question in the enrolled students survey which had a 58 percent response rate).
Several New House houses were offered the chance to move into Senior House last week – including iHouse, Desmond, and La Casa.
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.
Current students and community members respond
As of May 23, approximately 62 percent of the class of 2017 has donated to this year’s Senior Gift Campaign. This is a significant drop from last year’s 88 percent participation rate and a deviation from the steady increase the campaign has experienced since 2005.
Nicholas Paggi '15 was a software engineer at Ab Initio at the time of his death. While at MIT, he was a resident of Bexley Hall and Senior House, and a member of the MIT sailing team.
In an email shared with The Tech, the UA Judicial Review Board determined that the former Election Commission chair, Scott Perry ’19, acted with “gross negligence” in fulfilling the duties required of him by the Election Code.
Randall and Hughes provide leave and return data and address the issue of miscommunication; student faces poverty while on medical leave.
Bernie Sanders, the junior senator of Vermont and Democratic nominee for the 2016 presidential election, spoke at a sold-out Kresge Auditorium Friday, telling a receptive audience that “the future of this country is a progressive, not conservative vision” and asserting that “despair is not an option” in the face of the Trump presidency.
Priorities for the design of the new dorm to be built on Vassar St. include a 450-bed capacity, a summer 2020 opening date, presence of a dining hall, a 450-bed capacity, and infrastructural sustainability.
Researchers maintained that the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s Feb. 15 decision giving the Broad Institute the go-ahead on editing eukaryotic genomes with CRISPR had little impact on their research.
The second hearing for Angel De La Cruz, an MIT senior arrested last month for unlicensed possession of firearms in his dorm room, has been rescheduled to Mar. 13, according to his lawyer, Kristin Weberg. The hearing was originally to take place Feb. 13. De La Cruz is currently being held in custody without bail.
It’s been an event-filled year at the Institute, and it promises to be no less so in the coming year as we gaze ahead toward changes in dorms new and old, continuing talk on various aspects of student life and health, and more MIT-led initiatives as the Institute swells its influence across Cambridge and the rest of the world.
New House renovations are expected to be complete in time for full occupancy for fall 2018, according Jennifer Hapgood-White, associate director of housing assignments, in an email sent to New House residents and residence hall house teams Jan. 5.
MIT will continue to ban the use of marijuana on campus or at institute-sponsored events, despite the passage of the Massachusetts Marijuana Legalization Initiative last week.
MIT Campus Police and the Title IX Office are investigating an incident in which a phrase invoking the Holocaust was found written on a whiteboard in Baker House.
More than 340 MIT faculty members, as of yesterday afternoon, have signed a statement opposing President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet appointments and reaffirming their dedication to “principles at the core of MIT’s mission.”
Around 300 students gathered Nov. 21 on Killian Court for a rally to demonstrate solidarity with MIT’s values and with marginalized groups on campus.
U.S. presidents may come and go, but MIT will always be a place where people “work together to make a better world,” President L. Rafael Reif wrote in an email to the MIT community yesterday night.
A survey created to assess declining enrollment in Course 6-1 (Electrical Engineering) has been repurposed into an undergraduate-wide survey regarding students’ perceptions of academic majors.
A team from the Media Lab recently debuted an artificial intelligence project called The Nightmare Machine in time for Halloween. The project involves training a deep learning algorithm to generate scary depictions of buildings and human visages.
The Birth of a Nation depicts the story of Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a Bible-educated slave who comes to believe that he is a messenger of God, destined to lead his fellow slaves in a rebellion for freedom.
Spearheading efforts to combat climate change on MIT’s campus and worldwide, the Office of the Vice President for Research and other departments are enacting components of the Plan for Action on Climate Change released last October and revised in March.
The Cursed Child is well worth the trip to your local Muggle Flourish and Blott’s, but don’t be surprised if you don’t get what you expect. The new play is not quite a stand-alone sequel, but it's not truly the eighth book of the series either, despite being advertised as such.
The Division of Student Life (DSL) is in the process of launching its DSLx Life Learning initiative, which aims to teach MIT students “soft skills,” according to the website.
The French community at MIT led a silent walk for remembrance and solidarity on Wednesday night following the Paris terrorist attacks last week.
By the time the class of 2022 arrives on campus, MIT.nano will be open to both the MIT community and the public at large, according to the latest construction updates.
It might be exaggeration on my part to say that I’m wholly illiterate, but compared to the ever-expanding language of computers, my programming experience pretty much equates to knowing the alphabet. Two Saturdays ago, equipped with a somewhat functioning knowledge of command prompt and for loops, I entered the cavernous hub of ingenuity that is HackMIT.