Harvard admissions trial in progress
Harvard is defending its admissions practices in a trial that alleges it discriminates against Asian-American applicants. The trial started Oct. 15 and is set to end by mid-November, according to The Crimson, Harvard’s student newspaper.
Kate Trimble appointed Office of Experiential Learning director
One challenge Trimble expects to face is how decentralized experiential learning is at MIT, as it is spread over multiple programs, departments, and clubs; she hopes that the OEL will help students navigate these different offerings.
Barnhart and Nelson plan changes to housing selection process
In an email sent to house presidents, VPSL Suzy Nelson pointed to “negative aspects” of current housing lotteries such as “rejection for some due to house ‘rush’” and asked the presidents to consider how the housing selection process can be used to “affirm MIT’s values on diversity.”
More humidity, clouds, and rain
A low pressure system is pushing a warm front northwards through New England today, evicting the recent cool, dry air mass and replacing it with much warmer, more humid air.
Massachusetts needs an endowment tax
A modest endowment tax on private universities would grant Massachusetts the funding necessary to improve its education and transportation systems without impeding universities' growth.
The importance of theoretical research
A contrary opinion to, "We should do things not because they are hard, but because they are important," from the article, "How (not) to spend one billion dollars." Sometimes, those hard questions are indeed worth exploring.
Grad students suffer from lagging support
While many support networks exist for undergraduates at MIT, resources for grad students are lagging and lacking.
Protecting transgender rights
Every vote counts this year. Vote yes on 3 to make sure all trans-identifying people are guaranteed the right to live with dignity and without the fear of discrimination.
President Reif responds to letter on Saudi Arabia
President Reif will formally respond to students' concerns regarding Saudi Arabia after consulting faculty of MIT's international activities.
Coffee cup yo-yo fencing
Fence with coffee cups as a scholar, barista, CEO, pirate, dog, or even a sentient coffee cup against your coffee-wielding adversaries in this absurd fighting platformer game.
Descending into madness
Following 1924 PI Edward Pierce, Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game makes a brave effort to bring the mystery-horror aesthetic of the tabletop system of the same name to the space of video games, but falls short on implementation.
Corrupt with virtuous seasoning
This production of Measure for Measure, put on by Cheek by Jowl in collaboration with Moscow’s Pushkin Theater, has a hypnotic grace that will keep you transfixed throughout, whether you speak Russian or not (don’t worry, there are English surtitles).
Espionage, cults, explosions, oh my!
Set in the world of the 1970s automobile industry and taking influences from 1970s television, The Low Road has an undeniable charm to it, from the groovy, head-bobbing soundtrack (courtesy of Eric Cheng) to the character design. The witty dialogue between characters also works well in setting a good first impression, leading players to quickly understand the nuanced personalities of every character introduced throughout the game.
‘Hunter Killer:' a thriller? Maybe not
While exciting and engaging during the movie, Hunter Killer has some severe pitfall that make it difficult to defend afterwards. It’s worth a watch with friends, but maybe not a movie ticket.
Three powerful artists collectively RISE above expectations
If you’ve never seen the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s Calderwood Hall before, picture the Colosseum, compact, with red plush seats, hardwood floors, and glass banisters. In the middle, instead of warring gladiators, sits a concert grand piano and the band (The AB’s) awaiting the performers of the night.
The flamboyant, complicated Freddie Mercury takes the stage
The trailer is more brilliant than the film itself, where dramatic snippets against foot-stomping Queen songs promise everything you could ever hope for. This is a film made by and for Queen fans, created with so much love for Freddie Mercury that it disguises the film’s less than stellar foundation.
Inner circle and inner peace
Take pride in your behavior. It is genuinely impressive to bear a difficult circumstance with grace.
Optimizing the human brain
After a prolific residence in MIT's Synthetic Neurobiology Group, which included developing a super-resolution microscope to look at nanoscale resolution of building blocks of brain, Deblina Sarkar is seeking out a new challenge in forming the Nano-Cybernetic Biotrek research group to engineer nanoelectronics for the human brain.