EAPS department annual Carlson Lecture canceled over speaker Dorian Abbot’s comments on DEI

EAPS Department Head Robert van der Hilst canceled the department’s annual John Carlson Lecture due to controversy surrounding the invited speaker, Professor Dorian Abbot of the University of Chicago, and his views on DEI efforts within academia.

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Chancellor welcome, half-term finals, flu vaccines

A welcome celebration for Chancellor Melissa Nobles will take place at North Corridor from 4 p.m.–5 p.m. Oct. 14.


Class of 2023 Ring Delivery held Oct. 10 at Moakley Courthouse

Kwame Connell ’23 said in an interview with The Tech that the event was “a lot of fun” and served as “a good marker” of the halfway point of his time at MIT.


MIT economist awarded Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences

Angrist’s work deals with interpreting the data from these natural experiments. The Prize citation emphasizes the influence of a 1994 paper that Angrist and Imbens co-wrote.

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Members Naomi Lutz ’22 and Maggie Shutts ’22 of 2.009’s yellow team attempt to traverse a pool on Killian Court Friday. Ben Kettle–The Tech
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Members of the Class of 2023 danced and mingled at their first in-person class event. Maxwell Yun–The Tech
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An ice sculpture of the Class of 2023 ring was displayed at the center of the second floor of the courthouse. Maxwell Yun–The Tech
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Brass rats sit in boxes, awaiting their new owners, at Ring Delivery. Maxwell Yun–The Tech
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Members of the Class of 2024 Ring Committee help check in guests at Class of 2023 Ring Delivery. Maxwell Yun–The Tech
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A live band provided entertainment throughout the night for the delayed Ring Delivery event. Maxwell Yun–The Tech
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Ring Delivery for the Class of 2023 took place Oct. 10 at the John Joseph Moakley US Courthouse.

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An ice sculpture of the Class of 2023’s Brass Rat is displayed at Ring Delivery last Sunday. Maxwell Yun–The Tech
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MIT’s African and Caribbean Dance group, Sakata Afrique, teaches students a dance during the African Student Association’s annual retreat. Amina Abdalla

Summer weather persists in the heat of midterms

It’s a great time to soak up some last rays before some cooler systems move into New England, and to enjoy the seasonal contrast between the warm summers and freezing winters here in Cambridge. 

letter to the editor

Some concerns about unionization from a graduate student

The prospects of unionizing are unclear, and the trade-offs to this point have been poorly defined by the GSU. This is not a free lunch, and, indeed, it is uncertain whether any manna is forthcoming.

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Here’s a sign

We often get into the mindset that if we can theoretically handle a certain academic load, then we should. After all, that is what got us through most of school before college.

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We only get to experience MIT for the first time once, and I hope I enjoy it. Gloria Lin–The Tech
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a trivial doodlecomic: self administered covid testing Raphi Kang–The Tech
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PNR tssk tssk: Given the due dates of my assignments, the ratio of time I waste versus work is still a statically indeterminate problem. Alina Sarmiento–The Tech
guest column

Crossing the line

I want to instead focus on what I see as the more serious problem at hand that gives place for racist acts of this kind to manifest: borders.


MIT Graduate Student Union holds launch rally Sept. 27

The GSU also currently includes over 250 union representatives, comprising graduate students from department across MIT.

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MIT’s Women’s club Ultimate Frisbee team, Smite, defends against Bates College’s Cold Front in the Hammertime tournament Sunday. The teams will continue to compete in the sectional tournament this weekend in Vermont. Ben Kettle–The Tech
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Doing something

In the moment, and even now on occasion, I told myself that nothing felt enjoyable during COVID.

mit essays that worked

‘Although I only hear sounds, the rich dialogue and background noise make this other world feel real’

A new adventure begins every time I play This American Life, a popular radio program.


2021 MIT Police security and fire safety report released

The total number of criminal offenses reported on campus, in non campus locations, and on public property adjacent to MIT fell from 89 in 2018 to 54 in 2019 and to 17 in 2020

MIT and Amazon launch Science Hub collaboration

The Science Hub aims to “support research, education, and outreach efforts in areas of mutual interest,” according to the Schwarzman College of Computing (SCC) website.

Add date, Ring Delivery, Indigenous Peoples Day

Oct. 11 is Indigenous Peoples Day. No classes will take place.


The bikes are blue — and I am too

Bluebikes, if you are reading this, let me suggest a partial solution for you. Use the gig economy.

The issue with preaching kindness: a response to Institute-wide communications

We need to go beyond “deliberat[ing] how we treat each other” and internalize the urgency of our responsibility to address the foundational issues that allow incidents such as this to occur.

MIT Divest releases Climate Conscious Pledges

Despite taking these important steps, MIT has once again refused to include divestment or any other explicit action against fossil fuel companies in the CAP.

Campus Life

The day after

Do I deserve the happiness that I have? I don’t know, but I want to.


I think we often take the convenience of the internet for granted. There is nothing convenient about sprinting from Building 2 to Building 56 in 10 minutes.

What is culture (at MIT)?

Each dorm is fiercely proud of its culture, down to each individual hall, wing, floor, or house.