Government rests its case in Boston Marathon bombing trial
The prosecution called its final witnesses to describe the bombing victims' injuries in graphic detail, which left several jurors in tears.
UA Judicial Board calls Lil B expenditure 'constitutionally inappropriate'
The Undergraduate Association Judicial Board issued a decision last week which found that UA President Shruti Sharma ’15 had authorized a “constitutionally inappropriate” transaction when she transferred $12,500 to fund Lil B’s November visit to MIT.
1,467 students admitted to Class of 2019
MIT offered admission to 1,467 students out of the 18,306 who applied to be members of the class of 2019, making this year’s admission rate 8.0 percent. This is an increase from last year’s 7.7 percent and marks the first time the rate has gone up since 2003’s admissions cycle, when 16.4 percent of applicants were admitted.
Activist Temple Grandin discusses attitudes toward autism at event
MIT and institutions like it should reject the stigma surrounding autism and recognize it as a difference rather than a detriment, autism activist Temple Grandin told an audience on campus Monday.
An article published last Thursday about the death of Christina Tournant ’18 misstated its authors. The article was written by a group of Tech staff, not just William Navarre and Katherine Nazemi.
T.F.P.: Next House wrapped up in bathroom paper towel debate
After students petitioned against paper towels in bathrooms, Next House is tearing up plans to install dispensers over spring break.
Boston sets new all-time seasonal snowfall record
Big news! As of Sunday night, members of the MIT community can proudly proclaim that they lived through Boston’s snowiest winter on record. Sunday’s snowfall brought the seasonal total to 108.6 inches, beating the previous record of 107.6 set in the winter of 1995-1996. Congratulations!
New cybersecurity initiatives launched
MIT launched three cybersecurity initiatives at the Cybersecurity at MIT event last Thursday.
Lupe Fiasco will headline this year’s SpringFest concert
This year’s SpringFest headliner will be hip hop artist Lupe Fiasco, accompanied by opener Bad Rabbits, a Boston-based funk rock and R&B band.
Young Guru defends record companies in lecture at MIT
Gimel Androus Keaton, the audio engineer, record producer, and DJ better known by his stage name “Young Guru,” delivered a lecture at MIT on Mar. 6 in which he discussed the impact of new technologies on music and other creative industries.
Spring sports arrive at MIT
With the spring sports season underway at MIT, sportscasters nationwide have issued a collective sigh of relief that they will no longer be required to make references to incredible performances by teams dubbed “Engineers.” MIT Football’s historic season this past fall pushed news outlets to their limit, as reporters were forced to address the confusing departure from the social order of athletes and mathletes. The football team’s undefeated regular season and first post-season victory in program history confused even local papers, which traditionally have been more nuanced at handling collegiate sports achievements in the intellectual hotbed of Boston.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
My girlfriend knew Matthew and Christina. I didn’t, but she did. When I told my parents the news, my mom offered advice for taking care of her. “Don’t worry, Mom, I’ve handled this before.”
The role of gender in the MIT Greek system
When freshmen walk onto campus in August, they are met with two tracks for Greek life: fraternities and sororities. While some will happen upon the co-ed options, most will follow paths dictated by their gender. This is at a time when even most of our dorm bathrooms, for example, are co-ed.
On reaching out to one another
Editor’s note: Last Thursday, Professor Davis spoke to his students in 6.835, Intelligent Multimodal User Interfaces. His remarks are transcribed here with permission for the rest of the student body.
A beautiful remake of a classic fairy tale
Evil stepsisters, a pumpkin-turned-carriage, and a lost glass slipper? It’s a fairy tale we all know and love. While watching Disney’s latest film, Cinderella, a warm hug of nostalgia wrapped around me as I recalled my fond memories of the animated version I popped into the VHS player as a child. This live-action film followed the original Disney plot with a couple of twists. Not only is there a beautiful prologue introducing Cinderella as a cheerful child with a perfect family, but there is also some added romantic tension, where Cinderella and the prince encounter each other before the ball. Despite these modifications, the plot was evenly paced, and aside from a few uncomfortably drawn-out romantic stares, the scenes efficiently captured the essence of the classic fairy tale.
Gymnastics club hosts invitational
The MIT Gymnastics Club hosted the Alumni Invitational Gymnastics Meet on Saturday, March 14, at the DuPont Gymnasium at MIT.
Athletes earn All-America honors
MIT’s Cimran Virdi ’16 and Maryann M. Gong ’17 highlighted MIT’s performance at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships this past weekend, earning individual titles in the pole vault and 3,000-meter events, respectively. Both student-athletes collected All-America honors with their first-place performances.
Figure skating ends term with showcase
The MIT Figure Skating club hosted their annual figure skating exhibition this past Saturday, March 14, at the Johnson Athletic Center Ice Arena. This season-ending exhibition event witnessed a number of alumni performing alongside the current MIT figure skating team.
UPCOMING HOME EVENTS
Thursday, March 19
Norbert and me
My home in South Dayton (now Kettering), Ohio, seemed a long way away from the MIT campus in the fall of 1954. Living in the East Campus quadrangle, I was restless and homesick, and having trouble sleeping nights. This situation led me to take a part-time student job as switchboard operator for East Campus on the late night or graveyard shift, as it was called. If I were going to be up all night anyway, I might as well get paid.