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Professor Squire Booker provides the address to the candidates at the 2019 MIT Hooding Ceremony at Killian Court June 6. Nathan Liang–The Tech

Insurance waivers to be processed by Gallagher Student Health, possibly fewer students will be able to waive extended plan

Waiver requests will also need to be submitted by Aug. 15. This is earlier than previous years, when the deadline was typically around Aug. 31. 


Interim ICEO Alyce Johnson reflects on her time at MIT

“I always felt like I belonged. That’s a very enriching feeling.”


Auntie says farewell

Auntie invites would-be advice-givers to hang up their own shingle next year and start giving advice. To ready the path for the next generation, she will offer some reflections on the principles by which she has written this column.


Reif emphasizes the value of immigrants in light of U.S. government actions against Chinese researchers and scientists

Vice President of Research Maria Zuber emphasized that improving security relies on identifying processes and organizational structures that need to be enhanced, rather than targeting any particular ethnic group. 


Michael Bloomberg speaks at Commencement

In his speech, Bloomberg announced the launch of Beyond Carbon, a climate action initiative, by Bloomberg Philanthropies, his charitable foundation.


Upper-level students can no longer ‘rank or pick’ new students to live in their communities

“We feel very strongly” about eliminating mutual selection as it is currently “operationalized” from here onwards, Nelson said.


Provost announces broadened search for ICEO, new associate provost position

The associate provost will work with other administrators to “ensure equitable practices during the faculty hiring, promotion, tenure, and review processes.”


Next House required to implement opt-out for first-year squatting despite house vote against it

Next House President Jessica Tang ’20 said discussions with Barnhart and Nelson led Next Exec to think that they could “vote on whether an opt-out option was to be implemented at all.”


Committee to plan for new varsity weight room in the fall, gymnastics facility will stay as is in meantime

The committee will be formed by early August, charged by early September, and conclude their work by the end of the fall semester.


6-9 Masters of Engineering approved

The 6-9 MEng. program consists of 66 units of coursework, an additional four graduate classes in EECS and BCS, two mathematics classes, and a 24-unit thesis.

science feature

The languages of science and faith

You don’t use the Bible to learn about any quantitative theory, England explained, “because that’s not the language that it’s speaking.” However, it understands scientific reasoning, and it’s interested in the human experience, and how we as ordinary people understand what is alive and not alive.


ISO responds to work authorization delays affecting international students’ internships

“In the coming year, we will continue our efforts to encourage departments to put in place professional development and experiential learning requirements,” David Elwell, associate dean and director of the ISO, wrote.

Work authorization delays interfere with international students’ summer internships

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires that students apply for OPT no more than 90 days before their projected start dates. In past years, this has typically been enough time for applications to be approved, but this year, processing times appear to be stretching towards four to...

UROP summer payroll, summer session classes

UROP summer payroll opened June 3 — remember to submit timesheets weekly!


Alumnus on silence around Senior House

Now that a year has gone by, it is time for the administration to report on how the students who were thrown out of their “home” have adjusted to their changed life at the Institute.

Alumnus on Sheryl Sandberg’s 2018 commencement speech

The MIT community should think critically about Facebook’s hypocrisies and misdeeds, even as we heed Sandberg’s imperative to “do all the good we can, knowing that what we build will be used by people — and people are capable of great beauty and great cruelty.”

Issues with MIT’s sexual harassment initiative

Without transparent and open applications for joining the working groups, and without the full release of working group recommendations, each of us is less able to evaluate and define the best actions we should take to improve the MIT community.

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Head of the Charles Regatta 2018

MIT Cricket runners up in American College Cricket Northeast Championship 2018

MIT Cricket recovered from a crushing loss against Northeastern in the first league game but missed out narrowly in the final to finish as runners-up in the American College Cricket North East Championship held Oct. 6 and 7 in Queens, NY.

MIT Cricket beats UMass Lowell by six wickets in thrilling last ball encounter

In a game that had its fair share of twists and turns, MIT emerged victorious thanks to an excellent all-around bowling performance and a half-century by Vaikkunth Mugunthan G.

Campus Life

Sometimes in lectures, instead of learning, I am freaking out

Unlike my classmates, I could not focus on the lecture. I was instead intensely focused on an urgent optimization problem: If I wait until the end of the lecture, will it bleed through my pants?

Plague and despair

There are lots of ways to be a student here. It seems unlikely all of them would make you miserable.

What to expect when you’re expecting… to come to MIT

The opportunity to really follow your passions without too much to lose — that is a tremendous privilege, a freedom that few human beings in history have had. Do not waste it by following along with what everyone else wants just because everyone else wants it.

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How mathematicians study wave equations

Molding medicine with materials

The Anderson Lab designs original materials to deliver biological therapies for various disease models.

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.