Siegel: MIT students have become more outspoken
Alan Siegel, chief of Mental Health and Counseling since 2002, is retiring at the end of this year. His tenure is marked by an increased focus on serving undergraduates, with the percentage of students visiting mental health rising from 12 percent to 24 percent, according to Siegel. Today, students make up 90 percent of all visitors to MH&C — up from 20 percent in 2002.
Fossil Free MIT ends sit-in after agreement
An agreement with Vice President for Research Maria T. Zuber officially ended Fossil Free MIT’s 116-day sit-in outside President Reif’s office 1 p.m. Tuesday.
Community reflection meant to help students pause, connect
A community reflection held in Lobby 13 Wednesday afternoon featured drinks, cookies, therapy dogs, and an art project.
Women feel less prepared for Course 6, report finds
A report based on results from the EECS Undergraduate Experience Survey revealed that women feel less prepared and are less confident than men in their ability to succeed in Course 6.
The self-fulfilling prophecy of polarization
In a 1944 radio address to the American people, FDR said, “Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves — and the only way they could do that is by not voting at all.”
Art of the Internet scam
While waiting for the train back to Boston last Thanksgiving, I was approached by a fellow traveler with a tragic story. He had lost his wallet through a recently-discovered hole in his pocket. Now he was stranded in the station with nothing. Would I be able to spare anything? Sure, no problem. I had $5. I would be glad to help out. Sitting on the train a few minutes later, I was kicking myself. Why did I fall for such an obvious scam? How could I have been so gullible? Weeks later, at an art exhibit, I found some answers. In the MIT List Center’s most recent installation, “I Must First Apologize…,” Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige pick apart the art of the online scam. Through a presentation of video and collected text, the duo examines the construction of fake online identities.
The Boston Ballet presents Onegin
Ever since the Boston Ballet first brought this John Cranko classic to the U.S., Onegin has been a fan favorite. It is one of the most moving pieces in the classical ballet repertoire, telling the story of the naïve Tatiana Larina who falls in love with the brooding Eugene Onegin. But the older Onegin finds her childish infatuation tiresome, and spurns her — only to have the tables turn when he comes to his senses years later.
Hannibal Buress performs stand-up comedy at MIT
Stand-up comic Hannibal Buress performed to a sold-out Kresge Auditorium on Friday night, in a comedy set ranging from commentary on the previous night’s Republican debate to a solid five minutes of gibberish rap. The show was sponsored by the De Florez Fund for Humor, and tickets were distributed by lottery to members of the MIT community.
The life of Kanye West
Kanye West is a visionary, a jackass, a gifted musician, and an awful fashion designer. And after an admission of being $53 million in debt, irrational Twitter behavior, a leaked SNL backstage rant, and multiple tracklist and title changes, he has finally released a working version of his seventh studio album titled The Life of Pablo.
Men’s basketball comes up short in a see-saw battle against Babson
In a game that saw 11 lead changes and seven ties, No. 3 seeded-MIT put up a fight against No. 1 seed Babson College in the championship game of the 2016 New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men’s basketball tournament. The Beavers managed to pull away late in the second half, however, and claimed the championship with an 81-69 victory. Junior Joey Flannery was named the tournament MVP and scored 24 points to lead Babson. Justin Pedley ’16 led MIT with 23 points.
Arinze Okeke on long jumping and what it takes to win
Arinze C. Okeke ’18 won individual golds in the triple and long jumps at the recently-concluded New England Division III Indoor Championships and is in line to represent MIT at the NCAA Division III national meet. Okeke has taken major strides since entering the track scene in his high school days. Now he has set his sight on a first-place finish at the national meet.
SUCCing it up
Allow me to describe a moment of distilled fear. Imagine Simmons Hall Auditorium: MIT students line the seats, crammed shoulder to shoulder. Audience members spill from plush red rows onto the stairs. Every pair of eyes is fixed on a lone figure onstage. A spotlight chains her in place. As initial applause dies down, she begins to speak into the microphone in her hand — and in that moment, more than anything in the world, she wants the audience to laugh.
Editor’s Note: Portraits of Resilience is a photography and narrative series by Prof. Daniel Jackson. Each installment consists of a portrait and a story, told in the subject’s own words, of how they found resilience and meaning in their life.