Cubans and Cuban-Americans gathered at La Carreta in Miami, Florida on Saturday to celebrate after learning the news that Fidel Castro had passed away late Friday night. Some celebrated the death of the former president of Cuba while others instead celebrated the end of an oppressive era and looked forward to a brighter future for Cuba. Lenny Martinez–The Tech
News

Over 450 faculty sign statement opposing Trump’s cabinet picks

A total of 458 MIT faculty members, as of yesterday afternoon, have signed a statement opposing President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet appointments and reaffirming their dedication to “principles at the core of MIT’s mission.”

News

IAP Intro to Python replaced with new course

One of IAP’s most popular courses, 6.149: Introduction to Programming Using Python, will not be offered this January. It will be replaced by a new course, 6.S080: A Brief Introduction to Programming in Python.

Campus Life

Meditation for mental health

The graduate student who recommended the course assured me it was a “totally different” experience than anything we’d done in the normal weekly classes. I was curious enough to give it a try.

GUEST COLUMN

Threats to science and what MIT can do

Donald Trump will be the first president to completely disregard data and blatantly devalue expert judgment. If the MIT administration wants to justify its decision to engage in its fight against climate change, then this is the opportune moment to do it.

News

IAP registration, Toys for Tickets, food trucks

Pre-registration for IAP and spring 2017 opens today on WebSIS.

Senior Gift boycott gains ground, sparks debate

Update: This article was updated on Dec. 6 to include an additional statement by Chancellor Cindy Barnhart.

UA to sponsor annual holiday tree-lighting event

The Undergraduate Association Events Committee will host the Tech Twinkles ceremony in the lobby of Kresge Auditorium today, kicking off the holiday-themed lighting of trees and living spaces around the MIT campus.

Opinion

Inclusive language in MIT classrooms

Should MIT try to dissuade usage of sexist and colonialist terms in our curriculum? If so, how should they go about this?

Respecting the process, opposing the outcome

Americans voted in a legitimate election Tuesday, and the result was that Donald J. Trump will serve as the 45th president of the United States.

Love still trumps hate

Most of America fears Donald Trump. Exit polls show fifty-eight percent of voters were concerned or scared by the prospect of a Trump presidency. Millions feared Donald Trump, yet voted for him anyway.

Arts

Moana is a delightful new breed of empowering Disney princess movie

A painting sets into motion a disturbing tale of eternal youth

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...

Dutilleux’s 'Tout un monde lointain…' transports its audience to a new world

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...

Sports

Basketball sees success this week

Men’s basketball (3-2) defeated UMass Boston 84-61. Samuel Bockman ’19 led the Engineers with 23 points and 6 assists.

Robertson ’20 on football, faith, and freshman year

MIT Football played two games in the month of November. They earned a win against Curry College 26-21, and took a tough double-overtime 36-35 loss to Nichols College. The Engineers rode on an offensive outburst from running back John Robertson ’20, who ran for a total of 328 yards with...

Robertson ’20 on football, faith, and freshman year

Football RB John Robertson '20 is the November Player of the Month!

Campus Life

On whale tails and Brexit

We were a group of young, forward-thinking individuals who celebrated diversity and learning, discussed enlightening topics over lunch, and had weekly lab meetings to hear presentations on the group’s research.

Lisa Lozano

In the twilight zone