Liu, Gomez on communication, diversity, and how to make UA leadership more fun
With elections for Undergraduate Association (UA) president and vice president ongoing, The Tech sat down with candidates Sophia Liu ’17 and Daysi N. Gomez ’18 to talk about their experience in student government, the challenges they’ve faced, the issues they think are most important, and their plans for the future of the UA. Liu currently serves as vice president of the UA. The pair is running unopposed.
Faculty votes to consider new mathematical economics major
MIT faculty voted to consider a new Mathematical Economics major, designated as 14-2, Wednesday. They will vote to approve the major in April.
Legal clinics have served over 75 students since opening
The Entrepreneurship and Intellectual Property law clinic, one of two legal clinics announced last September, has served “over 75 MIT students,” Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart PhD ’88 said.
Two low pressure systems will lead to chilly weekend weather
Two low pressure systems will be passing through the area between today and the beginning of next week, bringing some cold air and a couple of chances for precipitation over the weekend. The first system is moving eastward from its current position over the Great Lakes and is likely to arrive on Friday, bringing a chance for rain on Friday afternoon and evening, and temperatures below freezing overnight.
MIT admits 1,485 to class of 2020
MIT offered admission to 1,485 out of 19,020 applicants for the class of 2020 for an admissions rate of 7.8 percent. The rate decreased from last year’s 8.0 percent, and has been steadily declining since 2003 with the exception of last year when it went up by 0.3 percentage points.
The Republican Party created Donald Trump
The political developments in the Republican Party this election cycle have defied even radical projections. A bombastic real-estate mogul has dominated the primary contest by tapping into a deep disillusionment among the Republican primary electorate that few political analysts fully understood. Mr. Trump has thrived by scathingly criticizing his rivals and offering vague and facile solutions to the portion of America that has felt disenfranchised by social and political change in this country.
Julia Holter’s exquisite live performance
After the captivating live rendition of “Goddess Eyes I,” Julia Holter smiled to the audience and remarked that the only thing she could see that night in the background of Allston’s dimly-lit Great Scott was the live stream of former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders’ Democratic presidential debate on TV. The audience immediately burst into laughter.
Much Ado About Nothing: hormones and humor run rampant in Messina gaming lounge
Taking a theatrical journey to Messina, the traditional setting of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, was exactly what I needed by the end of this past week. It turned out to be a rather unexpected kind of Messina — a gaming lounge rather than a small Italian town. But hey, “all the world’s a stage,” and the Shakespeare Ensemble does a fantastic job of adapting one of the Bard’s most beloved comedies to ours.
The Tech speaks to Sacha Baron Cohen about The Brothers Grimsby
“I gotta say one thing: fuck Harvard!” This was the first thing Sacha Baron Cohen said when he walked on stage at the screening of his new movie, The Brothers Grimsby.
Guy Maddin: smaller than life
The room is bubbling with conversation and an easygoing vibe as I walk into 56-114, where Comparative Media Studies regularly hosts its Thursday evening Colloquium. Students get shuffled to the front by CMS’s own William Uricchio, who exclaims that “it’s going to be a conversation.” The seats end up filling up to the back anyway, and with some unruly air conditioning, we’re all getting a bit cozy before the conversation starts. Later we’ll find out that “cozy” is often what director Guy Maddin strives for in his film practice, so perhaps it’s just as well.
The Brothers Grimsby stumbles in its attempt to mix action and comedy
If you’ve ever seen a Sacha Baron Cohen movie, you should have an idea of what to expect when you walk into a theater to see his newest film, The Brothers Grimsby. The comedian and actor is known for pushing the boundaries of good taste with his work, and this is no exception. To describe some of the movie’s cruder jokes as obscene would be an understatement, and in fact, when I went to a screening in February, Baron Cohen said that it had only been a week since the film had been edited down enough to not be given an NC-17 rating by the Motion Picture Association of America.
Sailing finished second at the Arctic Circle Team Race, finishing with a 15-4 tally.
Men’s track and field finishes with six All-America honors at NCAA championships
Men’s track and field tied for 16th place overall with 12 points at the 2016 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championship meet held at Grinnell College.
Curling clinches bronze at collegiate nationals
The MIT curling team clinched bronze at the Curling Collegiate National Championship held at Chaska, MN from March 11 to 13. The Engineers comprehensively outplayed Nebraska, ending with a score of 12-4 to secure their second third-place finish in as many years at the nationals.
Women’s track and field finishes fifth at NCAA indoor championship
Women’s track and field placed fifth overall with 27 points at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championship — the second straight season and third time in program history that the Cardinal and Gray have earned top-five honors.
Behind the scenes at Flour
You could get all the education you could possibly imagine — a B.S., an M.S., an M.D. or even a Ph.D — and it wouldn’t prepare you for working in the food industry. One task isn’t necessarily more difficult than the other, but a majority of the skills required for one simply don’t carry over to the other. At least, that’s what I’ve found throughout my experiences working at the Flour Bakery and Cafe these past few months.
Editor’s Note: Portraits of Resilience is a photography and narrative series by Prof. Daniel Jackson. Each installment consists of a portrait and a story, told in the subject’s own words, of how they found resilience and meaning in their life.