New House suffers third pipe burst
A heating hot water pipe burst in New House earlier this week, resulting in a fire alarm and the evacuation of the building.
Walk and vigil commemorate victims of Paris terror attacks
The French community at MIT led a silent walk for remembrance and solidarity on Wednesday night following the Paris terrorist attacks last week.
Audit: sluggish processing and a ‘hidden deficit’ caused UA crisis
Slow transaction processing and a burgeoning “hidden deficit” caused the UA to overestimate its available funds each fiscal year since 2011, according to an Institute audit that UA President Matthew J. Davis ’16 released to undergraduates Tuesday.
Cold front means rain, cool air to end the week
A cold front passing over the eastern U.S. will bring with it some rain and wind to end the week here in Cambridge and some cold overnight lows through the weekend. While we won’t be getting the chance of snow and Arctic air that will intrude down into the Midwest, we should have a chance to see the thermometer readings drop below freezing for the first time this month. Saturday will be the best day to go outside, with clear skies and quieter winds than the rest of the week.
Institute Double Take
Sunsets in my home state of Florida are usually pretty boring, but here in Cambridge they can be quite spectacular. I walked out of the student center and had to run back in to grab a camera.
Student life fee may increase by $11 over the next three years
The Council of the Undergraduate Association voted Monday night to propose a $4 increase in the student life fee (SLF) for the upcoming fiscal year. The Council also discussed possible additional increases of $4 and $3 in fiscal years 2017 (FY17) and 2018 (FY18) respectively.
An enchanting trip Into the Woods
For their fall production, MIT Musical Theatre Guild’s (MTG) took on Into the Woods, one of Stephen Sondheim’s most treasured musicals. It’s got fairy tale characters, an endless stream of wishes, and a charming sense of humor. The musical follows a childless baker and his wife, and their quest to break a witch’s curse, where they must journey through the mysterious woods to obtain a set of items for the witch. During their adventure through the woods, their paths intertwine with those of the characters from Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, and Rapunzel, and the plot thickens once the characters begin arguing over questions like “What is right?” and “What should I do with this giant in my backyard?”
Gong takes regional title, leading cross country to 4th finish
MIT’s Maryann M. Gong ’17 won the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championship on Saturday and helped the Engineers to a fourth place overall finish. Gong finished with a time of 21:36.3, which was nearly nine seconds faster than the second place finisher.
UPCOMING HOME EVENTS
Thursday, November 19
Squash loses 3 of 4 matches at Navy Round Robin
The MIT squash team, ranked No. 25 in the Dunlop Men’s College Squash Association (CSA) Preseason Poll, went 1-3 this weekend at the Navy Round Robin held at the United States Naval Academy over the weekend.
MIT APPLICATION ESSAYS THAT WORKED ‘I AM SHAMELESS’
This is part of a series of MIT application essays submitted by students who were later admitted to the Institute. The following prompts are from the 2014-15 and 2013-14 admissions seasons. Note that word counts aren’t strictly enforced!