What makes the Class of 2017 unique is “their talent, energy, creativity, optimism, diversity, and passion,” wrote Dean of Admissions Stu Schmill ’86 in an email to The Tech. Last week, the Office of Admissions released a more detailed profile of the 1,116 members of the new freshman class.
It is well known that different departments at MIT prefer different methods of evaluating students. For some, this is an important factor when choosing classes, or even a major. The Tech looked into how many finals are required in each of MIT’s courses. The data in this article do not take GIRs or HASS classes into account, assume a student follows prerequisites and does not take Advanced Standing Exams, and classes can be scheduled accordingly.
Five undergraduate residences (Baker House, Maseeh Hall, McCormick Hall, Next House, Simmons Hall) and two graduate residences (Tang Hall and Westgate Apartments) received enhanced security systems, video monitoring, and access systems this summer.
Random Hall residents will be getting some noisy neighbors later this month as construction begins at 300 Massachusetts Avenue, right next to the dormitory.
PARIS — In the wake of a fiery train crash this summer in northern Spain that killed 79 people, investigators, survivors and passengers are demanding to know why the rail line entrusted the train’s safety with a sole driver who had publicly boasted about past speeding and was talking on a mobile phone seconds before the derailment.
NEW DELHI — India deployed thousands of police officers and army troops to a region in the north of the country on Monday after weekend confrontations between Hindus and Muslims caused the death of at least 30 people and grave injuries of many more, according to the police.
ROME — Pope Francis already has distinguished himself from his predecessor with a more down-to-earth style. Now, he is both unnerving the Vatican and delighting the faithful by picking up the telephone and spontaneously calling people, earning the nickname “the Cold Call Pope.”
WASHINGTON — When Secretary of State John Kerry dangled for the first time on Monday actions that President Bashar Assad of Syria could take to avoid a military strike, it seemed an acknowledgment that Congress, America’s allies, and the Russians were all looking for an off-ramp for what a week ago seemed like inevitably military action against Syria.
From our first day of kindergarten in the United States, we are expected to recite daily those 31 words which solemnly declare our fidelity to the nation we call home: “I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
At MIT, we pride ourselves on our various environmental and energy initiatives, from campus design to course offerings to groundbreaking research in numerous fields. Our greatest strength as an institution is our position as a world leader in science and technology. In the past, research from MIT has led to advances in green technologies, such as the development of ultracapacitors and novel liquid batteries for energy storage. Our values, as expressed in our research targets, have produced great strides in our society’s transition to more sustainable behaviors.
It’s not easy being MIT students. In addition to carpal tunnel, eye strain, and weight gain from too much free food, we must deal with back pain from sitting hunched over a desk for long hours. Fortunately, there’s a solution for that last problem: a standing desk.
Events Sept. 10 – Sept. 16 Tuesday (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) Employer Resume Critiques with 30+ companies, hosted by the Global Education and Career Development Center (sign-ups on CareerBridge) — 12-172 Wednesday (8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.) Israeli Dancing with kosher snacks provided, hosted by the MISTI MIT-Israel Program, Folk Dance Club, and MIT Hillel — Sala de Puerto Rico (4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.) Starr Forum — Syria: A Just War? with speakers Barry Posen, Jeanne Guillemin, Augustus Richard Norton, and John Tirman — E15-070 (Bartos theater) Thursday (12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.) MISTI Open House, sponsored by the Center for International Studies and MISTI — E40-496 (6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.) MIT Undergraduate Biochemistry Association General Body Meeting, with free dinner — W20-201 Friday (7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.) LSC shows Fast & Furious 6, tickets for $4 in Lobby 16 — 26-100 (10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.) McKinsey Business Analyst Coffee Chats, sponsored by Sloan Business Club (sign-up necessary) — Area Four Saturday (1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.) The Ig Informal Lectures at MIT by 2013 Ig Nobel Prize winners, sponsored by The MIT Press Bookstore and The Annals of Improbable Research — 26-100 Sunday (6:45 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.) Film on the Green @ MIT - Les Chansons d’Amour, sponsored by the Center for International Studies, FL&L, and French Consulate of Boston — Kresge Oval Monday (5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.) Wall Street and the Housing Bubble with speaker Wei Xiong (Princeton), sponsored by the Applied Theory Workshop (joint MIT/Harvard) — Harvard Littauer M15 Send your campus events to firstname.lastname@example.org.