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This past weekend, the student life at MIT was booming, with several events to cap off another great semester at MIT. Amongst the great events were the MIT Dance Troupe shows and the Senior Ball. The MIT Dance Troupe put on another great set of shows, performing on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday! With a packed show of over 20 dances and over 100 performers, the Dance Troupe wowed audiences on all four nights. After practicing all semester and going through several dress rehearsals, DT put on a show that several called the best Dance Troupe show ever. With more than 10 senior choreographers, Dance Troupe will definitely miss the Class of 2010. Speaking of the Class of ’10, they had their Senior Ball “eXcess” this Saturday. The Ball, which was held at the Boston Sheraton, was the last defining moment for the seniors before they graduate on June 4. Jessica Ho, a senior, says the Ball was, “a great way for me to have fun with my class before I have to leave MIT and step into the real world.” With summer just around the corner and the 2009-2010 academic year coming to close, students at the Institute are buckling down, putting on their thinking caps, and getting ready for finals week next week.

Check out this video of one of the Dance Troupe performances, and good luck to everyone on their final exams and projects!

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A couple weeks ago on April 21, 2010, Bill Gates, Chairman of Microsoft and Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, came to MIT to give a speech about philanthropy. I was lucky enough to have been selected to receive a ticket through an MIT lottery, and the speech definitely did not disappoint. With students, faculty, and Gates Millennium Scholars filling up Kresge Auditorium to watch the one-time world’s richest man, Gates spoke about his efforts to redistribute his wealth amongst organizations he felt would impact the world. Gates spoke a lot about green energy, and praised the students and faculty of MIT for their ground-breaking research in the field of renewable energy. Gates also stressed the importance to give back to the world, something he did when he started the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000. After a short but to the point speech, Gates gave the chance for students and members of the audience to ask him questions regarding everything from Professor Sadoway’s Solid State Chemistry (3.091) class to the impact of his philanthropic efforts on the rising popularity of green energy. I thought the speech was inspiring and humbling, to say the least. Seeing such a popular technology icon speak of the importance of keeping others in mind and not being selfish was a very insightful experience, and it was amazing that MIT allowed him to come and speak in front of us.

For more about the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, check out www.gatesfoundation.org

Also, check out the attached pictures and this video of Bill praising MIT Open Courseware: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfvxfkBVLqQ

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As Campus Preview Weekend comes to a close, the MIT campus goes from being jam-packed with energetic pre-frosh to students refocusing their attention on academics and extracurricular activities. CPW 2010 was full of memorable moments for the thousands of newly admitted MIT students. With everything from speeches and lectures to parties and festivals, the annual Campus Preview Weekend surely did not disappoint. The Class of 2014 got to live with a designated host and tour the campus with the CPW event booklet and an open mind. Hosting a pre-frosh was rewarding for me because I remember the excitement I felt coming to MIT during CPW last year. I can definitely say that CPW was one of the main contributing factors to me coming to the Institute, and I’m sure many of the pre-frosh felt the same way after their time here this past weekend. One of the events I helped put on was a keynote speech by Bob Metcalfe, inventor of the ethernet and founder/CEO of 3Com. Bob, also an MIT alumni (class of ’68), gave a speech to 100+ pre-frosh, parents, and current students in room 6-120 on Friday. However, this was just one of the many amazing events during CPW. For a full list of the events held, check out http://web.mit.edu/admissions/cpw/schedule.html. With CPW gone, the students of MIT are looking forward to the four-day weekend, Monday’s Boston Marathon, and one last breath of fresh air before the home stretch leading up to finals week. Have a great Marathon Weekend!

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About two weeks ago on “Pi Day”, March 14th at 1:59PM (3.14159), the admissions decisions for the class of 2014 came out. With the MIT admissions website buzzing with excitement, the Institute welcomed the future students of MIT with the greatest word a struggling high school senior could see: accepted. One thing that MIT does very well is making their admitted students feel welcome. From sending mailing tubes full of confetti to having MIT students and faculty call the high school seniors during “newly admitted student telethons” MIT provides a comfortable setting for the admit-tees even before they step on campus. With admitted student information sessions all across the country, the class of 2014 got to meet current MIT students who went back home for spring break this past week. One current student, Jay Rajan, a junior, who went to the admitted student get-together in Los Angeles, described the event as “electric.” I remember the excitement I felt when I knew I got into MIT, and it’s great to know hundreds of people all over the nation get to feel the same rush I did. With Campus Preview Weekend (CPW) only a week and a half away, MIT is prepping for a surge of energy from the admitted students. This year, CPW will take place from April 8-11. For more information about CPW and the newly admitted students, check out these websites:

http://www.mitadmissions.org/

http://web.mit.edu/admissions/cpw/

http://www.mymit.info/

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is known for being the premier engineering university in the world, but something that is often overlooked is its fantastic business and management department. Ranked number two in the country, the Sloan School of Management produces some of the best investment bankers, traders, and entrepreneurs in the world. With Course 14 and 15 becoming more and more popular amongst MIT students, many organizations focused on business have been created to feed MIT’s interest in business. One of these organizations, the Sloan Undergraduate Management Association (SUMA), has been an advocate of business for undergrads. Making connections with companies, holding events, and teaching students about the business world has led SUMA to become one of the biggest clubs on campus.

On Tuesday, March 9, SUMA held an event called “Tools of the Street: Valuing a Company.” “Tools of the Street” is one of SUMA’s themes for their events, where members and guests can learn about tools and strategies used on Wall Street and in finance companies. The event was headed by Kyle Atkins, a senior at MIT with years of finance experience who is also a matriculating full-time analyst for J.P. Morgan. Kyle talked about his experiences at different firms as an intern and gave the audience a glimpse into his life as a business professional. It was an exceptional opportunity to learn from an experienced and qualified individual who was still a student at MIT. SUMA plans to do more during the semester, including Excel/Powerpoint workshops, guest speaker speeches, and more Tools of the Street seminars. With the economy faltering, who better than MIT students to come to the rescue?

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Chinese New Year at MIT!

by larrypang on February 23, 2010

in Student Life

MIT welcomed the year of the tiger last Sunday with several celebrations throughout campus. MIT has always been exceptional at providing the entire student body with opportunities to learn about the many cultures present on campus. This past Sunday’s event, the Chinese Students Club’s annual Chinese New Year Banquet, was no exception. With hundreds of people of all ages and ethnicities coming from different parts of Boston, the Chinese New Year Banquet was not only a didactic experience, but it was also tons of fun. Although the actual Chinese New Year was on February 14, hundreds showed up to celebrate this past Sunday, the 21st, in Walker Memorial with plenty of food and entertainment. The menu consisted of 20+ Chinese dishes, along with bubble tea and Chinese desserts. With performances including traditional fan dances, Chinese yo-yo tricks, Chinese dragon dances, and many more, the event didn’t have one dull moment. Highlighting the night was a performance by Far East Movement, a hip-hop group based out of Los Angeles, who recently signed a deal with Interscope Records. Their performance was definitely a crowd pleaser, and it was amazing to see such a talented group of guys rock the stage in our very own Walker Memorial building. Overall, it was a fantastically well-put-together event and a great way to spend a Sunday night. Hope you enjoy the pictures!

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Need a Job?

by larrypang on February 10, 2010

in Student Life

It’s a known fact that most students that graduate from MIT jump right into respectable careers, and for good reason! A one-of-a-kind education, opportunities to conduct research in world class labs, and several other reasons make MIT a breeding pool for career-ready individuals. When students are ready to branch out in search of a job or internship, we need to look no further than our own campus. This past weekend, a career fair was held specializing in jobs in Europe. The fair was held in the Johnson Athletic Center from January 30- February 1, with hundreds of MIT students and several companies including TomTom International, Deutsche Consulting, and the French Embassy in attendance. The fair was spread through three days, with the first day consisting of company presentations, and the next two days consisting of first and second round interviews. The European Career Fair was only one of the many career fairs that MIT puts on every year. Other fairs include the MIT Tech Fair, the Impact Career Expo, and the MIT Career Fair, the largest of the fairs, held in January. Throughout the year, students are given opportunities to meet representatives from major companies such as Google, Microsoft, Apple, Jane Street, and many more. Albert Kao, a sophomore, says, “career fairs are a great way for me to get in contact with actual companies and get ready for my future career.” The 2010 MIT Career Fair will be held in September, both current MIT students and alumni are welcome.

For more information, check out http://career-fair.mit.edu/index.php

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With IAP almost coming to a close and second semester just around the corner, the time has come for students to meet with their advisers and decide what classes to take next semester! However, many students are going above and beyond and signing up for Undergraduate Research Opportunity Programs, or UROPs. UROPs give MIT students a chance to create and perform their own experiments under an actual MIT professor. While some UROPs are paid, some are for credits, and some are just for experience and fun, many students signed up for UROPs over IAP and are continuing them throughout second semester.

See the short video celebrating UROP's 40th anniversay.

See the short video celebrating UROP's 40th anniversay.

Some of the most popular UROPs are in biology, chemistry, media lab, and management science. Ramkumar Venkateswaran, a freshman, took on a Course 7 (biology) UROP over IAP along with a multi-variable calculus course. He says it has been one of the most rewarding experiences of his life. “Even though I’m not sure I want to major in biology, I wanted to take advantage of MIT’s amazing program to gain experience and work side by side with an actual professor. All the long hours in the lab are worth it because I’m doing an experiment  I created myself, it’s totally worth it.”

It’s becoming more and more common for students at the Institute to conduct research in one of a kind labs under some of the best professors in the world. Of all the opportunities MIT provides its students, I believe UROPs are the most important because they allow students to venture out into the real world and conduct experiments that truly interest them.

For more on UROPs, check out the MIT UROP website: http://web.mit.edu/UROP/. See a short video celebrating UROP’s 40th anniversary.

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Breakdancing 101!

by larrypang on January 17, 2010

in Student Life

Dance and music aren’t really things that one would expect an MIT student to be interested in, but recently the “dancing scene” at MIT has been huge! With several dance groups like Ridonkulous, Mocha Moves, Dance Troupe, etc. MIT is full of students that truly have a passion for dance. Another one of these groups, Imobilare, which focuses on breakdancing, has had a major impact on the Institute in the past few years. During IAP, Imobilare is hosting breakdancing classes every Monday and Wednesday. Seperated into two classes, Breakdance 101 and 202, these sessions give MIT students a chance to try something new or sharpen their skills. Breakdance 101 is meant for those who have little to no breakdancing experience and 202 is for those who have past experience. Held in Lobby 13 every Monday & Wednesday, these classes are taught by a renowned breakdancer from the Boston area named Ivan. Teaching everything from freezes to footwork, Ivan definitely knows to have a fun time but also teach efficiently. With more than 20 people in Breakdance 101 and 15 in 202, Imobilare is giving students a chance of a lifetime. I thoroughly enjoyed every class so far, and I’m thankful that the Institute allows for these classes to take place. Imobilare is completely run by students, and President Mason Tang ’11 says, “It’s an honor to share my passion of dancing with my fellow students.” It just goes to show how passionate MIT students are about their interests, and how much they want to share these passions with the student body.

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Logan Airport sure had its fair share of MIT students this past week, with hundreds of students returning to the Institute for IAP. Winter break is a special time for MIT students because it gives us an opportunity to revisit our roots and celebrate Christmas and New Years with our families. I’ve already heard several funny and interesting stories about winter break from my peers: embarrassing moments with family over Christmas dinner, hilarious laughs shared with friends, and time spent with new friends. I spent Christmas and New Years in Lake Tahoe, California, with my family and picked up right where we left off before I left for MIT. It’s definitely reassuring to know that you have a place and people to fall back on if things get rough at the Institute! But after two weeks of relaxation, we students are thinking about only one thing: academics. Or are we? With so many activities during IAP, it’s hard not to find something fun to do! I am already signed up for breakdancing classes, two academic classes, and intramural basketball, just to name a few things. The year is starting off with a bang and it should be an awesome 2010 for MIT! The morning I got back to MIT, I witnessed a fantastic sunrise, hopefully it’s a sign for a great year. I hope everyone had a fantastic winter break and a prosperous new year!

Boston Sunrise, 01/05/10

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Editor’s note: Alumni are welcome to take part in noncredit IAP classes and events. Come to campus!

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