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MIT invites only seniors back to campus for Fall 2020

There will be a process for non-seniors to “request special consideration for housing” on a case-by-case basis through the Student Housing Assistance Review Process.

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The MIT Police Department has an over 60-year long history, spanning its inception in 1957 to recent discussions of policy changes prompted by the BSA/BGSA petition. Kevin Pho – The Tech
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MIT, Harvard sue U.S. DHS, ICE over modified international student visa guidelines

The lawsuit states that “ICE’s action leaves hundreds of thousands of international students with no educational options within the United States.”

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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.

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Reif sends email about fall decisions, including tuition information

In addition, MIT is “adjusting” the aid budget “to meet families’ increased financial needs. Revised financial aid awards will be made available “likely by mid-August,” according to an FAQ on MIT’s COVID-19 site.

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MIT Medical reopens for in-person visits

Some appointments will be “hybrid,” with a meeting “over video or telephone, followed by a briefer in-person exam and any necessary lab work.”

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Research ramp-up expands to non-laboratory facilities

The Research Ramp-Up Thunder Committee, chaired by MIT Libraries Director Chris Bourg, was formed June 17 to plan the return to non-laboratory on-campus research activities in the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences; Sloan School of Management; School of Architecture and Planning; MIT Libraries; and MIT Museum.

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‘These Two Windows’ successfully lights a match in the rain

Overall the album is very cohesive, with each song having Benjamin’s trademark minimalist vocals and extremely well-written lyrics.

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UA expresses disappointment in MIT’s Fall 2020 decision

The statement writes that the Institute’s fall decision does not match the contents of community feedback in charrettes, surveys, and the Team 2020 website, which “left many with a broad sense of what the fall would like.”

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Fall pre-registration open for continuing students July 20 to Aug. 14

Callahan wrote that the deadline for students to select preferences for CI-H and CI-HW subjects will be July 31, and the deadline to complete fall pre-registration will be Aug. 14.

lab spotlight

Simulating galactic formation

The Caterpillar Project is made to simulate the formation of a large number of Milky Way-like galaxies at a high resolution from a statistical standpoint. The Caterpillar Project aims to understand galaxy formations by using dark-matter-only simulations.

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The Caterpillar Project visualizes galaxies through beautiful simulations. Courtesy of Kaley Brauer
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MIT’s recycling rate in FY 2020 was 36%: here’s how we do better

The general collection method of recyclables on MIT’s campus is single-stream recycling, where all recyclable goods are accepted in the same waste stream, regardless of their material.

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Scientific collaboration in the era of COVID-19

Scientists across MIT and neighboring institutions are coming together to study the pathogenesis of SARS-CoV-2.

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Results of remote learning and teaching surveys released

32% of student respondents “strongly” agreed that they would “rather take a semester off than try to do it via remote learning.” An additional 21% of respondents “somewhat” agreed with this statement.

2021 Class Council petitions for access to campus for all seniors

The petition adds that senior year is “the final opportunity for students to find closure in the relationships they’ve built throughout their time at MIT” and “an important time to foster class unity.” 

UA creates Committee on COVID-19 to advise MIT administration amid pandemic

The committee has gathered undergraduate feedback through a survey released June 21 on grading policy, academics, MIT administrators’ decision-making timeline, residential life, and international student concerns for the upcoming school year. 

Opinion

2021 Class Council requests guaranteed on-campus access for incoming seniors

The MIT senior year experience is grounded in the fulfillment of an MIT education, which extends beyond what a year of virtual schooling can sufficiently provide. As seniors embark on the journey of their final year at MIT, a presence on campus will be essential for their success, and favorable...

Recognizing the privilege of white America

How to solve the problem? We need to punish the guilty, but the solution also will require white Americans transitioning outside their albino comfort zones and deliberately seeking opportunities to socially integrate.

Student evaluation on the progress of the 2015 BSU/BGSA Recommendations

We call upon MIT to establish an Institute-wide body this Fall with the charge to create a long-term strategic plan, including concrete measures to increase the number of Black graduate students. To be effective this strategic plan must be backed by the purse strings of the Institute.

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Not your traditional love story

‘Tigertail’ is a flawed portrait of an immigrant family

While the film attempts to explore the complexities of a family fragmented by cultural and geographic barriers, its unconvincing character development makes the plot seem forced and the protagonist unsympathetic.

A first look at ‘Kami no Tou’

The long wait is over; ‘Tower of God’ finally has an anime, and even if it is not all what I hoped, I am still finding it enjoyable. We are thrown into a world with little explanation, and the sheer novelty and expanse of the Tower compels me to keep...

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Men’s Volleyball coach highlights a season cut short

Sailing seniors appreciate their time on and off the water

“We made a really good effort of spending time together outside of practice at MIT and even now, from all our corners of the world.”

Women’s tennis coach honors her team’s efforts

“Although our season was cut short and we only got to play 5 team matches, I felt that we had already come a long way in being invested in each other and in competing hard for each other.”

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Fighting coronavirus through research

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Engineering nuclear policy

The Holten-Andersen Group’s approach to bio-inspired materials

There is no question that nature is the best engineer. As hard as material scientists try, replicating nature’s intricate processes and networks is a holy grail that often seems nearly unattainable. Instead of attempting to copy nature, some scientists draw inspiration from nature’s mechanisms and apply them to the synthesis...