75% of undergrads drank underage, The Tech's survey on alcohol and drug use finds

A majority of MIT students have never smoked tobacco or marijuana, but drink alcohol on a monthly or weekly basis. Most feel confident in their ability to care for someone who they believe has had too much to drink; in the 12 months prior to taking The Tech’s alcohol and drug survey, 45 percent of respondents had encountered at least one person they thought was in physical danger as a result of alcohol poisoning. Respondents from Senior House, fraternities, and off-campus living groups were more likely than other students to have tried marijuana in the year before the survey was administered.  

The Tech conducted a survey about drug use in spring 2014. Results are available online now. Based on photo by John Phelan

Behind the data: how we analyzed the alcohol and drug survey

In 2014, The Tech sent a survey to undergraduates about their use of alcohol and restricted substances. The story behind this survey is in three acts: administering the survey, analyzing the data, and publishing the results. This article aims to shed some light on the analysis, to ensure adequate transparency and reproducibility. Finally, we want to guarantee to all survey participants that their anonymity has been respected.


To view survey results, click on the image.



Some student concerns as Senior House turnaround commences

Senior House’s turnaround that Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart PhD ’88 announced over the summer is well underway with committees tackling substantive issues, but the turnaround has not been a completely smooth process.


The role of third parties in the 2016 election

In the brawl of the general election campaign, a less apparent spectacle has been playing out on the margins – third party candidates have experienced a huge surge of support.

A MISTI summer

Biofuels and karaoke

Working and living in Brazil was an experience like none other. I learned so much about chemical engineering, biofuels, Brazil, and myself.


A centennial tribute to four jazz greats

Jazz is defined by its malleability. Every arranger brings his own style to well-worn standards, and Danilo Pérez is no different. The Panamanian pianist brought a distinctively Latin style to some respected standards from four jazz greats: Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Mongo Santamaria, and Ella Fitzgerald. He's collected a set of world-class musicians to realize his artistic goals, spawning Jazz 100, a celebration of the centennial birthdays of the four legends.

Performers at the Jazz 100 concert presented by the Celebrity Series of Boston. Robert Torres

Summer weather can’t last forever: windy and rainy days ahead

This week has had quite the juxtaposition of autumn leaves with temperatures up to 80°F (27°C). Hope you all got your Instagram pictures taken because these temperatures won’t be sticking around much longer! In fact, seven years ago this week, Boston had already had its first snowfall of the season....

MIT Campaign for a Better World reaches $2.9 billion

The MIT Campaign for a Better World has raised $2.9 billion of its $5 billion goal since the campaign officially launched May 6.

Energy researchers seek new directions after Alcator C-mod decommissioned

After 23 years of service, Alcator C-mod, MIT’s nuclear fusion reactor, was decommissioned on Sept. 30, 2016.


UNESCO validates religious discrimination in Jerusalem

UNESCO drafted a resolution that is entirely antithetical to its proclaimed purpose and ventures into the absurd for a group that claims to be intellectual, freedom-oriented, and peaceful.

Students must shape the future of MIT’s campus

According to MIT 2030, “Between 1998 and 2010, MIT renovated 875,000 gross square feet (gsf) of existing buildings and completed over 2.6 million gsf of new construction.” To put that number into perspective, the area of a football field is less than 58,000 square feet.

The socioeconomic status of transgender people in India

Growing up in India, we often came across “Hijras,” people who we understood were somehow labeled as different.


Love and murder adds up to a night of laughter

Art, sport, or DanceSport?

Is dancing performance art or competitive sport? That is the question put before the International Olympics Committee (IOC), as it considers to allow competitive ballroom dancing in the Olympic games. To help the IOC make its mind, the World Dancesport Federation (WDSF) brought some of its best dancers from around...

Batman is back, and he knows how to do your taxes


Women’s tennis remains invincible through adversity

The Engineers have started the 2016-17 season with an 8-0 record after sweeps of Emerson, Springfield, Mt. Holyoke, Clark, and Wheaton, and cozy defeats of Wellesley, Babson, and Smith.

Sports Blitz

Women’s soccer (13-4) put 7 past Smith in a 7-2 rout. Chessa Hoekstra ’20 scored twice for the Engineers.

Sports Blitz

Women’s soccer (12-4) came from behind to defeat Wellesley 2-1. Allie Werner ’20 scored the matchwinner, her first goal as an Engineer, with fewerthan seven minutes to play in regulation after Montana Reilly ’20 had equalized just after halftime.

Campus Life

In through the back door

Listen to her

She was lying to me. She was telling me that everything was fine, but her body was saying something else. She was forcing herself to be brave, to fake the courage we are all supposed to have.

A different kind of success

Living with athletes.