The percentage of students who successfully applied to return to MIT after having been on leave increased to 98 percent this fall, from a historical average of roughly 70 percent.
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.
More than 250 members of the MIT community filled Morss Hall Thursday to attend Climate Change: Ethics in Action, a forum on ethical responsibility in the context of climate change.
The first flakes of snow fell over Cambridge on Sunday night, marking the unofficial start of the winter season in many people’s minds. It will not get quite cold enough for snow for Boston over Thanksgiving but parts of the midwest and northeast United States have a snowy holiday weekend ahead. In Boston, high winds from the northwest will be replaced by more docile southeastern winds at the end of the week, perhaps abating the bitterness of the dropping temperatures. Over the week, a warm front will push out the current high pressure system sitting over the northeast, bringing rain and cloudy skies.
Thursday’s concert opened to the quaint charms of Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune. The prelude conjured the image of a forest in the natural, rural world and the flutes carried this atmosphere well. The main themes of the clarinet and flute parts were dreamlike and serene, a strange juxtaposition with Zander’s animated conducting during the more invigorating passages.
Quite a bit of thought was put into the libretto and the performance itself — for such a philosophical novel, this adaptation is palatable for audience members who have not read the source material. In the lecture prior to the performance, Liebermann commented that he was particularly cautious while writing because he wanted the opera to be self-sufficient, not even requiring the program notes to understand the story.
The Wiesner Gallery reopened this past Wednesday to the public, featuring over 70 pieces from 18 of the Arts Scholars. The gallery’s organization was spearheaded by curator and manager of MIT Student Arts Programs Sam Magee and student curator and Arts Scholar Carmen Castaños G.
MIT women’s volleyball team capped a dominant season in which it posted a perfect 10-0 record in conference play with a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship victory. This was the fifth time in program history that the Engineers clinched the championship and the first since 2012.
Women’s cross country finished fifth overall at the NCAA division III cross country championship. Megan McCandless ’20 led the Engineers with a 17th place finish out of 280 participants.
MIT’s co-ed sailing team won the Atlantic Coast Championship for the first time in the program’s history. Ty Ingram ’18 skippered for the Engineers’ A fleet with Sameena Shaffeeullah ’19 as his crew, while Trevor Long ’19 skippered for the B fleet with Paige Omura ’17. The regatta spanned the course of two days with a total of 18 races.