News

MIT shares summer policies and testing, campus access, and travel protocols

Requirements for mask wearing, social distancing, and routine testing will remain, with “the potential for reduced frequency toward the end of summer,” the email reads.

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Task Force 2021 and Beyond enters next phase, begins refining and planning to implement first phase proposals

The second phase of the task force will be carried out via 16 Refinement and Implementation Committees (RICs), which will each develop specific proposals and define implementation plans for the proposals.

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MIT hosts COVID-19 vaccine webinar with Harvard and Ragon Institute

Stuopis said that “from a public health perspective,” MIT “strongly encourages every member of our community to get vaccinated when they’re available,” and emphasized that “the best vaccine is the first vaccine you can get.”

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Provost forms Ad Hoc Committee on Arts, Culture, and DEI, charged by Reif

The committee will fulfill its charge by submitting recommendations to Schmidt by December 2021. Schmidt is “optimistic” that the committee’s work will “imagine new possibilities for artistic and cultural contributions to racial equity at MIT.”

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Cherry blossoms bloom at the entrance of Walker Memorial as spring arrives in Cambridge. Shinjini Ghosh–The Tech
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Welcome prefrosh! Alina Sarmiento–The Tech
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MIT suspends SAT/ACT requirement for 2021–22 admissions cycle

First-year applicants applying in fall of 2021 and transfer applicants applying in either fall of 2021 or spring of 2022 will not be required to submit their scores for either test. 

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Spring constant, here to stay!

When the weather picks up, we hope your spirits do as well! Make sure to take some time to enjoy the beautiful weather outside and to go on some adventures this weekend!

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CP*, long weekend, ring premiere

CP* is taking place April 15–18.

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Towards a substantive and meaningful DEI strategic action plan

We ask, where do senior leadership see themselves in this plan, other than taking credit for its creation? And will that plan materially improve the lives of those at MIT whom this plan was supposed to serve?

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Finding a happy medium between the deep, dark truth and a glass-half-full perspective is a difficult task, indeed. Phoebe Lee–The Tech
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The balance between optimism and realism

If I’ve learned anything from my classes at MIT, it’s that nothing is objective.

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Failure is not an option. Farin Tavacoli–The Tech
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Ardent salmon tales

The thing about the salmon is that all it cares about is finding its home.

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MIT must bear the same burdens it is placing on its students

What are undergraduates, who normally rely on MIT’s summer housing to stay here and e.g. engage in UROPs, supposed to do in one of the most expensive cities in the world, a month and a half before the start of the summer?

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PNR: Supplement. Procrast-- I mean, Penrose tiling Alina Sarmiento–The Tech
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Addressing academic inequity at MIT through grade transparency

Allowing students to know where they stand in their classes, where they may be going wrong, and how they can improve their performance is crucial to their learning process.

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Breaking point

In the past year, it has become even more difficult to perform regularly in classes, due to the pandemic and the stress and grief surrounding the horrifying racial injustices we have seen against the Black and Asian communities.

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How are you doing? Actually? Courtesy of Salma Islam
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What would make things better? Courtesy of Salma Islam
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Share something that has been bringing you joy lately. Courtesy of Salma Islam
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Blurred vision

In reflection of MIT’s 160th birthday approaching this Saturday, I have been pondering what has become of the school founded by a slaveholder in 1861. Thus, I have been pondering this plan.

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Wow, it’s actually nice out!

Try to close your computer and put away your psets for a few hours this weekend to enjoy the (likely fleeting) beautiful spring weather. 

MIT shares draft of five-year strategic DEI plan, focuses on underrepresented community members

Schmidt emphasized that the plan is a set of explicit actions for the Institute. The DEI team hopes that the plan can be considered as “an encouraging step that can help make your local efforts more lasting and effective.”

MIT to host joint webinar on vaccines with Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital

Reif wrote that topics covered in the webinar will include why “viruses pose such a threat to humanity,” how “vaccines are designed,” what new viral variants “mean in terms of ending the pandemic,” and what “we can do now to prevent future pandemics.”

Opinion

African-American fiction

In the United States, de jure (and subsequent de facto) prohibition of teaching both reading and writing to its enslaved population (called ‘Black’) was both ubiquitous and fatally enforced. This inhumane (and racist) practice resulted in many unwritten stories and silenced voices of the enslaved African population.

The cloak of racism

Just because it takes critical thinking to use language which adequately reaches for the truth, does not mean we should give up or sacrifice the right words for a sound bite or quick answer.

Petition for opt-in commencement ceremony is exclusive and misguided

There are students in the Class of 2021 who are unable to fly themselves or their families into Boston, whether because of international travel restrictions, financial circumstances, or being at high risk for COVID-19.

Arts

AJR’s ‘OK Orchestra’ is more than just okay

When AJR put out this album, they remarked that while it might not explicitly talk about the COVID-19 pandemic, the songs on it are certainly a product of its time.

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A moving undercover thriller based on true events

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What it takes to love

Campus Life
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Thing one, thing two, and...

Cicadas used to live in my neighborhood

I remember that bad days fall like autumn leaves in magnificent waves of color as life learns to begin anew.

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Trans bodies in politics