Going abroad from MIT
When Jenny Shen ’13 studied abroad in Paris, she engaged in impromptu debates for hours on a lawn in front of the Louvre. “We watched the sun set over the Champs Elysees over a bottle of wine,” she said.
Behind the suspension of the MIT Delta Upsilon fraternity
When MIT’s Technology Chapter of the Delta Upsilon fraternity was suspended this past April, there was no clear indication of the cause to outsiders. Other than the vague “inappropriate behavior” mentioned in a press release, neither Delta Upsilon International nor MIT explained why they were shutting down the chapter for two years.
A struggle within MIT’s IT department over its future
The sweeping transformation that is currently underway at MIT’s Information Systems and Technology office is one that is unprecedented in its scope and backlash from employees. Many students and faculty are familiar with IS&T, which maintains services ranging from email accounts to Athena clusters across campus — technologies that underlie everyone’s time at MIT. Fewer people, however, are aware of the changes that have redefined the organization over the past year.
Olympians of MIT
Many international students participated in olympiads in high school. What about these competitions allows these students to discover MIT, apply to MIT, and then be accepted to MIT?
MIT chef talks food, family, and feeding students
Brian Dagnall, Director of Culinary Operations for MIT Dining: "I love food, so everyday I wake up, I roll out of bed, and I’m doing what I love."
MIT Concourse team restores Kendall T Station’s musical installation
Concourse team restores and maintains the Kendall Band, continuing the work of the Kendall Band Preservation Society and preserving the magic of Paul Matisse's installation for Kendall Station visitors.
Miss Universe alumna, MIT prefrosh
Shanaelle Petty was crowned 2017 Miss Universe Croatia last April, and made it into the top 16 at the Miss Universe 2017 pageant. She will enter MIT this fall as part of the class of 2022.
Francisco Rodriguez-Guardado: One immigrant’s story
Francisco Rodriguez-Guardado, MIT custodian facing possible deportation, speaks about the life he left in El Salvador and the life he built here in the U.S.
A freshman who does it all
Welcome to our new weekly feature on a random MIT student! To start off this exciting new series we delve deeper into the life of a freshman who does it all: Nathan Liang.
From Twitter’s Jomny to MIT‘s Jonny
Happiness, grief, love, life, and death are all subjects people have grappled with over the ages. Imagine how overwhelming such concepts would be for an alien visiting Earth, tasked with the job of observing humans. Such is the premise of Jomny Sun’s graphic novel everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too. Sun’s alien, together with a ghost, an uncertain owl, a lonely tree, and a host of other characters, explore topics from imposter syndrome to community to the creation of art, issues that Jomny — or rather, Jonny — has good reason to think deeply about.
Fiddles and F-theory
Meet Yu-Chien, a physics graduate student at MIT.
Devoted to Disney
Meet Therese Mills, a freshman who loves Disney, fencing, and math.
Court battle against MIT for excessive Supplemental 401(k) Plan fees continues
Two years ago, suits were filed against MIT and other universities about excessive retirement plan fees.
Dreamers face uncertain futures despite temporary protection
Dreamers Ian Bouche ’21, Jose Gomez ’17, Johan Villanueva ’20, and Avital Vainberg ’21 discuss their experiences as DACA students.
Guess who’s coming for dinner?
Now that a coyote has come to MIT, learn how to deal with coyotes in your neighborhood.
A venture capitalist of many talents
Myra Ahmad is a junior who loves her community in McCormick and in the Muslim Students’ Association.
Districts and Data
Justin Solomon, Principal Investigator of the Geometric Data Processing Group at MIT, is a prominent member of the Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group (MGGG), a cohort of Boston-based computer scientists and mathematicians that are leveraging modern computing power to study the problem of fairness in redistricting with a level of quantitative rigor that has not been possible until recently.
The MIT Corporation, explained
Understanding the Corporation — its membership, function, and potential conflicts of interest.
MIT considering renaming Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day
Two years after Cambridge renamed Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day, students and faculty critical of celebrating Columbus due to his treatment of Native Americans discuss the future of the holiday at MIT.
Machines and medicine
Ranging from diagnostics solutions to making unbiased algorithms, MIT researchers across campus are working to provide new technologies and insights into the future of AI in healthcare.
Reflecting on MIT’s third annual Title IX report
Taking a look at MIT's latest released Title IX Annual Report in relation to past reports and those of peer institutions.
MIT’s budgetary process
MIT’s budgetary process involves allocating over $3.6 billion in revenue and requires carefully balancing priorities; influencing factors range from new equipment to student financial aid.
Evolution of the first-year academic experience
This year, freshmen can designate up to three Science, Mathematics, and Engineering (SME) General Institute Requirements to be graded on a Pass/No Record basis after their first term. In light of this experiment, it is timely to reflect on the history of the first year academic experience at MIT.
Direct images of black hole taken for the first time
Harvard and MIT researchers reveal first direct images of supermassive black hole.
Students play open-source Dance Dance Revolution emulator in Rebecca’s Café
The new machine, a state-of-the-art StepManiaX that retails for over $7000, is now free for anyone to use during Rebecca’s Café business hours and available to MIT cardholders 24/7.
This is your brain on cannabis
Charles Broderick SM’19, MEng ‘20 has made a $9M gift to MIT and Harvard Medical School to support basic science research into the effects of cannabis on the brain.
The MIT Police Department, explained
The MIT Police Department (MITPD) has moved to the center of campus conversations following nationwide protests about police brutality against Black communities.