One of my students invited me to the AXO Faculty Hour, which featured good conversation and lots of chocolate.
For me, the focal point was the periodic table of chocolate-dipped strawberries, doubtlessly inspired by 3.091 or some other subject where all students are required to memorize Mendeleev's creation. It was protected by a sign that urged us all to keep our hands off until pictures were taken and everyone had a chance to decide on a preferred element.
A colleague in Course XVI zeroed in on aluminum. “Commonly used in the aero-astro industry,” he said. “You're Course VI, Computer Science side. Take a semiconductor.”
“Good idea,” I thought, and seized the silicon strawberry.
Where, other than at MIT, would students create a periodic table of chocolate-dipped strawberries? Where, other than MIT, would faculty covet particular chocolate-dipped strawberries?
I can't think why I would want to be anywhere else.