The MIT Folk Dancing Club and Hillel MIT are planning an night filled with Israeli Dancing for Wednesday, August 27th, to take place 32-044, the Stata Center basement. Teaching and beginner dances will start at 8:00 pm, followed by open requests until 11:00 pm+. Kosher snacks will be provided. The event is free for all MIT students. Don’t miss out on the fun! The event begins at 8:00 pm and will end at 11:30 pm. Email email@example.com with any questions. Photo by Embassy Tel Aviv
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August 26, 2014
August 25, 2014
Have you seen the GSC Green Team in snazzy shirts at brunch? Become a member to get your own shirt, work with event organizers to help make more sustainable events, and educate attendees on how to do their part. Other benefits include eating first, meeting new people, and helping promote sustainability across campus! If interested, contact gsc-sustainability@
August 21, 2014
Enjoy a delicious Shabbat dinner with fellow MIT grad students on Friday, August 22nd, at 7:30 pm. RSVP to the event by sending an email to Isaac Oderberg at firstname.lastname@example.org. The dinner will take place in the Sidney-Pacific Multipurpose Room. Photo by Julie.
August 19, 2014
Each month, the GWAMIT mentors answer questions anonymously posed by students on Dear Kate, the GWAMIT Mentoring Committee’s advice blog. Questions are now being accepted for next month’s edition. Submit yours for next month’s edition! If your question is chosen, it will be submitted to a panel of GWAMIT mentors and their replies will be featured in the GWAMIT blog. The namesake of the Dear Kate advice column is Katharine McCormick, a 1904 graduate from MIT. She was also a suffragist and a philanthropist. GWAMIT hopes to continue her legacy and dedication to the advancement of women through this advice column. Photo by Monty.
August 15, 2014
MIT Sangam is inviting the MIT student body to join them in celebrating the Indian Independence Day on Saturday, August 16th, beginning at 11:30 am. Meet the organization at 11:30 am at the Student Center steps for the flag hoisting ceremony. Free lunch and a discussion led by the Association for India’s Development (AID-MIT) will follow afterwards at 12:00 pm at 1-190. If interested, signup for the event and and contact MIT Sangam at email@example.com with any questions. Photo by T. A Joseph.
August 14, 2014
Spend the day outdoors and enjoy the harbor islands with your fellow grad students on a day trip planed by the GSC activities co-chairs. You’ll take ferry rides to George’s Island and Spectacle Island and get to explore the areas. Barbecue and games will be provided, and the event is also opened to families! The day trip will take place on Saturday, August 16th, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Students need to meet at Long Wharf by 9:30 am that morning. Tickets go on sale soon, so sign up to be notified when ticket sale information becomes available. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any concerns or would like more information. Photo by Beverley Goodwin
August 14, 2014
The GSC Funding Board is sponsoring a BBQ in celebration of Ferragosto, a traditional Italian holiday. The BBW will take place on Friday, August 15th, starting at 5:00 pm at the Tang BBQ pits. On Ferragosto, people gather together on the beach, grill food, and play soccer and volleyball on the sand. The Mitaly organization will be recreating that same atmosphere outside of Tang for the evening. Contact email@example.com if you would like more information about the event. Photo by Beniamino Baj.
August 13, 2014
During my last year of grad school I participated in a professional-development workshop on crafting academic book proposals with A Real Editor. As long as we submitted our proposals in advance, she’d read them and offer a critique. We were all very excited—and scared. If she liked our work, we could’ve had an “in” at one of the best presses around; if she didn’t, it could’ve meant a pass from the press for years to come. Continue reading this article on Vitae.
August 13, 2014
The Graduate Hillel will be sponsoring a dinner and Torah study on Thursday, August 14th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Sidney-Pacific courtyard. Enjoy some grilled food and listen and take part in a discussion with guest speaker, Rabbi Fisher, as he talks about his studies in Israel these past few weeks. For more information about the event email firstname.lastname@example.org. Photo by Michael Maslin
August 12, 2014
The Graduate Association of Mechanical Engineers (GAME) organization will be hosting a BBQ on August 12th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Kresge Pits. Burgers, hot dogs, sodas, chips, and juice will be provided! Join in on the good company and email email@example.com if you would like to learn more about the event. Photo by Luke Jones
August 11, 2014
The MechE and Chemistry departments are hosting a dinner at the Muddy Charles on Monday, August 11th at 5:30 pm. Food and drinks will be available. Summer’s almost over, so take a break from your research, satisfy your hunger, and meet new people after a long day of working in the lab. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. Photo by Frank Hebbert
August 8, 2014
The MIT Singapore Students Society (MITSSS) will be hosting Singapore’s National Day Celebration on Saturday, August 9th, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Singaporean food and drinks will be provided, so spend Saturday evening trying out new ethnic entrees, meeting new people, and celebrating with MITSSS. The event will be located in ‘The Warehouse’ (NW30) in the Colbert Room. Contact email@example.com if you have further questions about the event. Photo by avlxyz
August 7, 2014
An MBA student at MIT Sloan School of Management helped kick-start a bitcoin storm at business schools across the globe. Dan Elitzer, founder and president of the MIT Bitcoin Club, along with sophomore Jeremy Rubin, raised $500,000 for a project to distribute $100 in bitcoin to every undergraduate student at MIT this fall. Plans for the MIT Bitcoin Project involve a range of activities – including working with professors and researchers to study how students use the bitcoin they will receive, as well as spurring academic and entrepreneurial activity within the university in this burgeoning field. Continue reading about Elitzer and bitcoin on BusinessBecause.
August 7, 2014
If you’re interested in learning more about the MIT Water Club and want to meet individuals in the Boston water sector from industry, policy, and academia then celebrate summer by barbecuing with the MIT Water Club. At the event, you can network, meet new friends and colleagues, and enjoy food from the grill in the close proximity to our own Charles River. All are welcome. The event will take place on August 8th from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm and is sponsored by the Graduate Student Council and the MIT Water Club. Photo by Jun Seita.
August 6, 2014
Serenade your friends and sing like a rock star at the Thirsty Ear Pub on Thursday, August 7th! The event will begin at 9:00 pm and a 21+ I.D. and MIT photo ID are required for entry. Karaoke night is free and only open to MIT. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Photo by Ed Schipul
August 1, 2014
Dr. Joseph P. Fisher, a learning specialist at the Office of Disability Support Services at George Washington University, has worked throughout his career helping students with disabilities. One time he was working with a student earning a graduate degree in education. The student told him – in an offhand fashion, during a work session on a writing project – that her special-education professor kept using an acronym unfamiliar to her: “FLK.” When the student asked the professor what “FLKs” were, the professor told her: “Funny Little Kids” – that is, kids with learning or developmental disabilities. “The professor in question was being horrible about disabled children in front of a disabled adult with an invisible disability,” Joseph told me. “Someone was saying this in an instructional setting at the graduate level.” Someone should have known better. Continue reading at Vitae.
July 31, 2014
As recently announced by MIT News, providers of global opportunities for MIT students (GECD, MISTI, and D-Lab) have partnered for a campus-wide international photo contest! Current students, staff and faculty can submit pictures of their MIT-related travel and win Amazon gift cards of $250 value. See the GECD web site for contest details. View submissions at their tumblr and by following the hashtag #etmundus, and email email@example.com with any questions. Photo by Worapol Sittiphaet.
July 30, 2014
On Thursday, July 31st at 5:30 pm, join the GSC Legislative Actions Subcommittee (LASC) outside of 50-220 to discuss political issues concerning MIT graduate students. Learn about going to Washington DC with LASC to advocate on Capitol Hill for MIT graduate students, and contribute to op-ed articles on political issues! This meeting, LASC will also be discussing how negative data affect the scientific community. New members are always welcome and free food will be provided at the meeting. For more information, see the LASC website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
July 28, 2014
When Kelly Heber goes snorkeling in Bali, she’s not exactly vacationing. In a few minutes, she’ll be onboard a nearby boat, asking the captain if he’s seen any comeback in his fish stocks in recent years. She’ll ask how he decides if a coral reef is healthy enough to support daily visits from boatloads of tourists, and if littering and pollution pose threats.
As a PhD student in the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning working in the Science Impact Collaborative, Heber performs her environmental policy fieldwork in rural villages in Indonesia that are fringed by vibrant coral reefs. These reefs suffered during the period from the 1950s to the 1990s, when fishermen commonly exploded cyanide bombs in the water to kill and harvest all the fish in an area at once. Still in recovery, these “post-blast” coral reefs now attract thousands of tourists a year, generating the main source of income for village communities.
Learn more about Heber’s fieldwork on the Oceans at MIT website.
July 25, 2014
Enjoy a scrumptious, finger-licking good BBQ on Saturday, July 26th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Eastgate Courtyard. You bring the meat, and they’ll provide the heat. Sides and drinks will be provided by the Eastgate Community Association. Photo by xeeliz
July 25, 2014
Join MIT’s Ballroom Dance Team for their 2nd Annual Live Music Social on Saturday, July 26th from 7:00 pm to midnight in the Walker Memorial building. Beginner Waltz and Swing lessons will start at 7:00 pm, and the band will begin playing for social dancing at 8:00 pm. Presale tickets are available online and cost $5 for MIT students, $10 for MIT affiliates, and $15 for the general public. Tickets will also be available at the door for an additional $5. Contact email@example.com with any questions.
July 24, 2014
On Saturday, July 26th, MIT’s Bangladeshi Students’ Association (BSA) will be hosting their annual Iftar and pre-Eid celebration in the basement lounge of Westgate. The organization will provide a wide variety of pre-cooked, unique, spicy, and colorful Bangladeshi food for MIT students to try. The event begins at 8:00 pm and ends at 9:30 pm. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to learn more about the event. Photo by vipez
July 24, 2014
On Saturday, July 26th at 4:00 pm, come to the Eastgate Courtyard (E-55) for a water party open to MIT families and kids. This fun afternoon party will have a lot of water activities, so come with clothes that can get wet and a bit dirty! If it rains, the event will be postponed to Sunday, July 27th or Saturday, August 2nd. For more details contact email@example.com. Photo by Reggie Alvey.
July 22, 2014
Interested in mentoring first year international graduate students? Give them an opportunity for cultural exchange and to learn more about Cambridge, Boston, and the MIT culture. Mentees and mentors will be matched up based on national/regional origins, mutual interests, and similar considerations. The deadline to register as a mentor is Friday, July 25th, and the sign-up link and more about the program can be found online. Should you decide to participate in the program, you have to be in e-mail contact with your mentee throughout August. During Fall Orientation, the new student will have the opportunity to meet his/her mentor at the Mentorship Mixer and International Dance Festival. Direct any further questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 22, 2014
The MIT Folk Dancing Club and Hillel MIT are planning an night filled with Israeli Dancing for Wednesday, July 23rd, to take place at the Student Center in room 491. Teaching and beginner dances will start at 8:00 pm, followed by open requests until 11:00 pm+. Kosher snacks will be provided. The event is free for all MIT students, but there is a suggested donation of $1. Don’t miss out on the fun! The event begins at 8:00 pm and will end at 11:30 pm. Email email@example.com with any questions. Photo by U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv
July 21, 2014
Come hang out with your fellow MIT LGBTQ graduate students and allies on Tuesday, July 22nd at Tasty Burger in Harvard Square. Delicious burgers, chicken sandwiches, and hotdogs are subsidized, so your dinner will be cheap! A group will be leaving Lobby 7 at 6:45 pm, or you can meet everyone at Tasty Burger at 7:30 pm. Don’t forget your ID and MIT student ID! RSVP online if you’re attending, although you can show up without RSVPing, and contact rainbowofficers@mit.
July 17, 2014
If you find science or engineering intriguing and would like to teach and inspire other people then check out eMIT, a student group for science outreach. You can learn more about eMIT at their next meeting on July 17th at 6:00 pm. There will be free food and good company. RSVP if you would like to attend their upcoming meeting. The location is still to be determined. Photo by Martin Cron
July 17, 2014
All MIT graduate students are invited to take a break from research to chill out over some delicious barbecue food and a movie with some friends on Saturday, July 19th. The event will take place on the Tang lawns and BBQ pits with food from 6:30 – 8:00 pm and the movie starting around 8:15 pm. If weather is bad, the rain location is the Tang 24th floor lounge. Please bring your own utensils to go green and contact tang-government@mit.
Photo by Håkan Dahlström.
July 16, 2014
Sip chardonnay, enjoy the company of other MIT graduate students, and get a look at the breathtaking artwork at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on Friday, July 18, from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Art historians will be available at the museum to answer students’ questions that evening. Tickets are $10 (single) or $18 (with a guest) and include the price of one drink ticket. Remember to purchase your ticket online, and send additional questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Photo by Maitri
July 15, 2014
What should you do if a close friend offhandedly says a misogynistic comment like “when women smile when they say no, they’re really just saying ‘try harder’” or “women falsely accuse men of rape all the time”? And how do you navigate the conversation to avoid being negatively branded as an overzealous feminist? The latest edition of the GWAMIT Mentoring advice column, Dear Kate, addresses the nationwide debate on misogyny, male privilege, and feminism.
Kelley Adams at the Violence Prevention and Response office at MIT Medical, rather than the usual mentor/volunteer Kates, responds to these concerns in a two-part column. Part I discusses the idea of “rape culture,” and how feminism historically has — and likely will continue to have — negative connotations. Part II suggests multiple strategies for responding to misogynistic comments such as asking where that belief came from or cultivating empathy. Even though violence and beliefs that foster it are prevalent throughout our society and culture, every individual has the ability to change this by starting discussions and getting more people to think critically.
July 15, 2014
On Tuesday, July 15th, take part in some contra dancing with live folk music by Autumn Rose Lester (fidde) and Max Newman (guitar, banjo, mandolin). Contra dancing is a high-energy dance, directed by caller and accompanied by exciting live folk music. It’s easy to learn, beginners are welcome, and no partner is necessary. The event will take place from 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm in lobby 13 and is open to the public. The event is free for all MIT students, but a $3 donation is suggested at the door. Contact the MIT Folk Dance Club at email@example.com if you would like more information. Photo by Joanna
July 11, 2014
On Saturday, July 12th, from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm, the List Visual Arts Center (E15 Upper Atrium) will be open to the public for free. Enjoy a day of artmaking and exploration. You’ll even be able to create your own deconstructed self-portrait collage to take home. See how contemporary artists explore identity in the 9 Artists exhibition and go on a family-friendly tour of the exhibition at 2:00 pm. No registration is required. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions regarding the event.
July 11, 2014
MIT Sangam and the Graduate Students Council have organized an Indian Barbecue to take place on Saturday, July 12th. There will be paneers, chicken kebabs, burgers, and hot dogs! The event will begin at 6:00 pm at the Kresge BBQ Pits. Email email@example.com if you would like more information. Photo by Jun Seita
July 10, 2014
On Friday, July 11th, MIT’s Egyptian Club will be hosting their annual Iftar at 8 PM at W20-208! Join in on a night filled with fun, live music, great company, and free Egyptian food and dessert! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Photo by vipez
July 9, 2014
The MIT Federal Credit Union has recently created a blog to help students with their future financing and banking investments. Learn how to improve your credit score or learn how to start your own nest egg! Follow the new blog to stay updated on tips, hints, and lessons to improve your financing knowledge. Photo by Alan Cleaver
July 9, 2014
The Cambridge Community Art Center will be hosting a fundraiser led by an MIT art instructor on Thursday, July 10th starting at 6:00 pm. The event will take place on the lawn of E15, and art supplies, drinks (21+), and refreshments will be provided for the evening. Make sure to sign up if interested and contact email@example.com if you have any questions. Photo by Diamond Farah
July 8, 2014
FREE wings and veggies will be provided to MIT graduate students between 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Muddy Charles Pub in building 50 on July 9th and every Wednesday until May 27th, 2016! Don’t miss out! Photo by jeffreyw
July 3, 2014
If you like to draw, design, or create things, then this is your opportunity to represent MIT to incoming graduate students! The 2014 Orientation Logo Contest is now accepting submissions. Submit a logo that features elements distinctive to MIT, such as the letters MIT, the MIT Dome, or Tim the Beaver. Your entry should also feature the year 2014 and be restricted to 2 or 3 colors. If your entry is chosen, you will receive a $250 prize and the pleasure of seeing your logo across the MIT campus this Fall. The second and third best entries will receive a $25 prize. Email all submissions to the Orientation Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org by Saturday, July 7. For more details, see the competition website.
July 3, 2014
Celebrate the United States’ birthday with your fellow graduate students by eating some savory BBQ on the Ashdown House Courtyards on Friday, July 4th, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm! There will be hot dogs, burgers, vegetarian options, and desserts. The Declaration of Independence will be recited and trivia with prizes will follow after. Email email@example.com with any questions regarding the event. Photo by PaulD
July 2, 2014
Joseph Azzarelli, president of the MIT student group Science Policy Initiative (SPI), describes “science for policy” and “policy for science” as separate but interrelated. By educating its members and advocating for science funding, he says, SPI is “connecting the dots between science and policy.” Scientific research informs government policy on a range of issues, from health care to climate change; lawmakers influence scientific progress through budgets and regulations. How many MIT students understand this relationship — or their potential role in it? Continue reading this article at MIT News. Photo by Len Reubenstein. Team members of the Science Policy Initiative include (from left): Arthur Yip, Erhardt Graeff, Dillon Gardner, Joseph Azzarelli, Yuly Fuentes-Medel, and Samuel Brinton.
July 2, 2014
Graduate Community Fellows are a cadre of graduate students who work on projects and assignments that enhance graduate community in unique ways. Each Fellow reports to a staff member in the ODGE or in a partner organization, and focuses on a specific project. Fellows meet monthly to coordinate efforts, and to pool their observations and reflections. They have the opportunity to advise the Dean about the needs of the graduate student community, and serve as an important conduit for informing the Dean and staff about the graduate student experience. Open positions currently include:
- Addir Fellows — MIT Interfaith Dialogue
- Graduate Accomplishments: Writer
- Graduate orientation
- Grad Catalyst
- Language Conversation Exchange
- Media for CR@MIT
- Resources for Easing Friction and Stress (REFS)
- Violence Prevention & Response
July 2, 2014
The pilot program for subsidized backup childcare has recently been approved for recurring funding. Don’t forget you must preregister your child once each year to take advantage of this service, subsidized at only $5 per hour. If you are currently taking summer term courses you can preregister now. If you are not enrolled in summer term courses, you can preregister your child once you have registered for the fall term. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Photo by Greens MPs
July 1, 2014
When was the last time you had a good laugh? On Tuesday, June 10th, the Thirsty Ear Executive Committee (TEEC) will have an MIT Comedy Night featuring headliner Tim Mclntire from the Boston Comedy Festival. The show starts at 8:00 pm and will be hosted by Andrew Durso, Ethan Marsh, Alingon Mitra, Scott Oddo, Christa Weiss, and Jeffrey Wiles. Snacks and soda will be provided by the TEEC. This event will take place at the Thirsty Ear Pub, Ashdown House (NW35) and a 21+ government ID and MIT ID are required to view the performances. Contact the TEEC at email@example.com with any questions. Photo by TheeErin
June 30, 2014
The MIT Canadian Club will be hosting a celebratory BBQ for Canada’s 147th birthday on Tuesday, July 1st, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Sidney Pacific Courtyard. The BBQ will also include Canadian treats and a costume contest so make sure to sport some red and white at the event! Prizes will be given out to the best designed costumes. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org. Photo by Phalinn Ooi
June 28, 2014
All graduate students are invited to the Ashdown June Brunch on Sunday, June 29th from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm in the Hulsizer room of Ashdown House. They will have pancakes, chocolate croissants, sausages, scrambled eggs, yogurt & granola, home fries, and fruits, so come to enjoy some great food and the summer weather! Please bring your own plates and utensils to reduce waste and receive an extra food item as incentive. If you want to help out or have any questions, contact ashdown-brunch@mit.
June 27, 2014
MIT Sangam has arranged a kayaking expedition with Charles River Canoe & Kayak scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 28th, starting at 11:00 am. The ticket price is $7 per person and only 40 spots are available. If interested, sign up online. Once you have registered for a spot, MIT Sangam will send you the link to purchase the ticket. Any questions regarding the weekend kayaking social or MIT Sangam can be emailed to email@example.com. Photo by Paolo Lottini
June 26, 2014
Enjoy a scrumptious, mouthwatering Shabbat dinner with your fellow MIT graduate students on Friday, June 27th from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm! The Grad Hillel Shabbat dinner will take place in the Sidney-Pacific Multipurpose Room. Remember to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, June 23rd if you’re interested in attending the dinner. Photo by julie
June 26, 2014
The Bangladeshi Students’ Association will have a night of fun on Friday, June 27th, at Tang Hall. Enjoy delicious Bangladeshi food, play board games with your friends, and fly a kite in the breezy summer air. Kites will be avaliable for use, but you are free to bring your own! For more information email email@example.com. Photo by poissantfamily
June 24, 2014
Do you like Blue Ribbon BBQ? Would you like to eat free food and meet new people? On Tuesday, June 24th, the MIT Snowriders club will be hosting a BBQ that will take place at Kresge BBQ pit #1 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The organization will also be electing the club’s new board for next year. If you’re interested in getting involved in the club or want to meet members of the Snowriders club, mark your calendars for Tuesday afternoon and take your appetites! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to learn more.
June 20, 2014
Trivia and food? To promote their culture, China Crossroads will be hosting a session in which a series of interesting videos are shown. After each video, trivia questions and discussions will be brought up. Chinese Dimsum will also be provided. If interested, show up to Tang Hall’s 24th Floor Lounge on Sunday, June 22nd, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm! If you would like to learn more, email Chinacrossroads_exec@MIT.edu. Photo by Pockafwye
June 20, 2014
On Saturday, June 21st, learn International Cha-Cha in a beginner-friendly Dance Camp! The camp will be taught by guest instructor Yulia Bobovick from Dance Fever Studio in four 45-minute sessions in Lobby 13, and the entire MIT community is welcome. If interested, find more information and register online at the MIT Ballroom Dance Club website, or contact email@example.com with any questions. Photo by Ailura.
June 19, 2014
Summer is finally approaching and to celebrate the beginning of the sunny season, the Graduate Student Council (GSC) Funding Board will be hosting an event on Friday, June 20th, at 6:30 pm where you can decorate and personalize your flip-flops! Bring your flip-flops, old or new, and the GSC will provide some yummy ice cream and fruits. Be prepared to learn techniques to make your flip-flops the talk of the town! The event will be held at the Westgate BBQ area (rain location: lounge). Be sure to sign up! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Photo by Chewy Chua
June 17, 2014
Join the MIT Outing Club (MITOC) for their June Circus, a weekend of hiking and climbing trips based out of MITOC’s Camelot cabin in Groton, New Hampshire. Everyone is welcome to join the community, meet fellow lovers of the outdoors, and explore the White Mountains of New Hampshire. You can find more information about the trip and sign up at the MITOC website, and the Circus will be over the weekend of June 21st-June 22nd. If interested, check out the page soon because trips can fill up quickly! Contact email@example.com with any questions.
June 12, 2014
MIT Sangam will be screening “Bombay Talkies,” a movie consisting of four short films which show how Indian cinema has evolved over the years. The movie is known for including one of the first mainstream films to take on the taboo of homosexuality in present-day India. “Bombay Talkies” was also created as a tribute to the centennial anniversary of Indian cinema. The film will play on Friday, June 13, in 6-120 at 7:00 pm and a short discussion will follow after the showing. Take your appetites, invite some friends, and spend Friday night watching a movie with good company! For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org. Photo by mlanghans
June 9, 2014
Get ready for a night of laughter and fun! On Tuesday, June 10th, the Thirsty Ear Executive Committee (TEEC) will have an MIT Comedy Night featuring Dan Boulger, known for his acting on the television series “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” The show starts at 8:30 pm and will be hosted by Rob Crean, Ryan Donahue, Scott McLaughlin, Arty P, Ted Pettingell, and Guitler Raphael. Snacks and soda will be provided by the TEEC. This event will take place at the Thirsty Ear Pub, Ashdown House (NW35) and a 21+ government ID and MIT ID are required to view the performances. Contact the TEEC at email@example.com with any questions.
June 6, 2014
Saturday, June 7th, MIT’s Chinese Scholars and Students Association (CSSA) will be hosting a social and game night at the Ashdown House Hulsizer Room from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm. Come and eat some scrumptious Chinese food and Zongzi (rice dumplings) and learn more about the Dragon Boat Festival. The CSSA will also be providing lessons on making your very own Zongzi! Game night will start at 8:00 pm and multiple board games will be available for you to play! If interested, register online or email firstname.lastname@example.org with further questions. Photo by Stephen Rees.
June 5, 2014
We’ll Get It Right is a romantic musical comedy produced by a few members of MIT’s class of 1954 that has been reproduced for the summer of 2014 in honor of its 60th anniversary! Follow the story of Claire, an undergraduate music major at Harvard dating Harvard’s football team quarterback, and Joe, an undergraduate engineering student at MIT, as the two begin to fall for one another even through the rivalry between the two schools. Who will Claire chose? Does true love win? Attend the musical and find out! One showing will take place on Saturday, June 7th, at 3 pm at Kresge Little Theater; it’s free but tickets are required and will available at the door. The second showing will take place on Monday, June 9th, at 7:30 pm at Kresge Little Theater; it’s free and open to the public with no tickets required.
June 4, 2014
This past April, the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education (ODGE) invited graduate students to nominate MIT professors who go above and beyond to make an impact on the lives of graduate students through a new Committed to Caring campaign (C2C). We asked for stories about faculty members who, check in about a student’s well-being, who share their own struggles, who create a supportive and positive working environment and who provide outstanding mentorship. The response was moving. Nearly 90 nominations came in for 40 faculty members, and the descriptions of support for graduate students made us even more proud to be part of the MIT community.
To honor these wonderful expressions of caring, we will profile two faculty members each month in an ongoing celebration. The first two honorees have just been posted on the ODGE web site and on posters across campus:
John Belcher, Physics
Supporting mental health
Kay Tye, Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Building an inclusive culture
Our hope with this campaign is that we are able to come closer to the vision President Reif articulated at commencement one year ago, “that the family members of MIT become known for the way we treat each other: famous for sympathy, humility, decency, respect and kindness.” The nomination process remains open so that we may continue to receive these impactful stories from graduate students. Over the course of this campaign, we would love to highlight and acknowledge the many faces of caring at MIT!
June 3, 2014
Have you ever wanted to learn how to paint, draw, or create ceramics or learn more about photography and printmaking? This summer the Student Art Association (SAA) will be hosting 2.5 hour weekly art classes for 8 weeks taught by professional instructors for a low cost! Classes begin on June 9th and will take place in the Stratton Student Center. If you’re interested in releasing your inner creativity and/or learning more about art please email email@example.com to register.
May 29, 2014
Summer is coming, and that means it’s time to get out and row with a great team on a great river! Join the MIT Rowing Club and practice from 6:00am to 8:00am starting Monday, June 9th, 2014 on the Charles River. The club is open to all MIT community members at all skill levels. There is even a program for complete beginners. Coxswains are highly encouraged to join! The club offers full coach-supervised training for novice coxes throughout the year. Find out more on the website and get on the club’s mailing list (low volume) here. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
May 12, 2014
The new MIT Chile Club has provided a great way for Chileans at MIT to meet one another during its first year of operation. But, according to outgoing president Augusto Ruiz-Tagle, MBA ’14, its purpose extends far beyond the social. One of the reasons he and several other graduate students formed the club in February 2013 was to create an enduring network to benefit their homeland and business activities there. Ruiz-Tagle is confident that the club is well on its way to achieving that goal.
“We created this community and this network of relationships to last when you go back to Chile,” he said.
Continue reading on the MIT Sloan website.
May 12, 2014
The MIT Strong team, comprised of students, faculty, staff, and alumni, ran in the Boston Marathon on April 21 in honor of Officer Sean Collier. To support and cheer on the team, the Office of the Dean of Graduate Education provided a space for community members to leave messages for the runners. These messages, ranging from personal thank-yous to words of inspiration, represented the unity of MIT’s campus in encouraging the team and commemorating the life and legacy of Officer Sean Collier. Learn more about MIT Strong. Read more
May 6, 2014
“A community self-portrait” is a photography project exploring the personal adventures of being an MIT spouse or partner. Individual portraits along with personal stories will navigate you through social expectations, cultural differences, and astonishing personalities. This photography project will be on display at the MIT Wiesner Student Art Gallery in the Student Center (2nd Floor) from Wednesday, May 7th to Monday, June 30th, 2014. More of Christelle’s work can be seen on her photography blog, unenotedeblue.wordpress.com. An opening reception will occur on Thursday, May 8th, 2014 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. Learn more about MIT spouses&partners here.
April 30, 2014
The MIT Community Service Fund gives grants to support the public service initiatives of MIT faculty, staff, students, and retirees. Apply by Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 for the spring cycle! More information is available on the website. photo by Alex Chan
April 25, 2014
April 25, 2014
Come to the ballroom dance competition all day on Saturday and Sunday, April 26th – 27th in Rockwell Cage, featuring a ballroom showcase by professional world champions on Saturday night at 9:30 PM. There is no spectator fee for the general competition. There is a fee of $5 for the Ballroom Showcase. For more information, visit the MIT Ballroom website.
April 24, 2014
April 21, 2014
Activities around the Boston Marathon have long been a tradition for MIT students. This year’s marathon has profound significance for the City of Boston, and the Boston Police have shared some tips for anyone who will be at or near the race on Monday. In particular, be alert and aware of your surroundings. “If you see something, say something.” All public drinking, open containers and intoxication will not be tolerated. Congregating on rooftops, fire escapes and porches is prohibited. Text “Boston” to 69050 to report suspicious activity and call 9-1-1 in an emergency. Be aware of security around the race, street closures, and other precautions. As you enjoy the Marathon festivities, please show your pride in Boston and MIT by being good neighbors. Photo by Vitor Pamplona.
April 16, 2014
Join the MIT Grand Junction Planning Advisory Committee, and have an impact on the future of MIT Campus Planning! The first meeting in on Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm in the Aruba Conference room inside MIT Building NE49. Email your resume and a short statement to email@example.com by Thursday, April 17th, 2014. MIT has agreed to conduct a study of the feasibility of allowing a regional bicycle and pedestrian path on the property it owns along the Grand Junction railroad track, focused on the land from Main Street to W59. The City of Cambridge has been interested in this for some time, but MIT has had a number of unanswered questions about the compatibility and safety of such a pathway in this location. MIT is hoping that this study can provide a shared understanding of the nature of the opportunity and the associated challenges. MIT plans to have faculty and student representation, along with Cambridge residents and officials, on a small advisory group to respond to the study as it is performed by a consultant yet to be selected. There will be approximately six meetings of the advisory group, starting with a review of the consultant RFP, proposal review, and then providing reaction to study progress and the draft report. The final report is to be submitted to the Cambridge City Council no later than September 2014. Have an impact on the future of MIT!
April 11, 2014
Take part in the MIT Kids Clothing and Toy Exchange on Monday, April 14th, 2014, from 9:30am to 1:00pm in the Student Center, Room 491. The exchange will include kids clothing, outerwear, shoes, toys, and books for children ages 0 to 5. Items will be organized by gender and size so particular items can be found easily. You do not need to bring clothes to participate! Drop off will commence for the first hour and a half. Pick up begins at 11:00am. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.