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Congratulations MIT Class of 2015!

The Brass Rat is one of those unique moments in one’s MIT career, bringing together an entire class to celebrate their time together thus far, and to look forward to what the rest of their time at MIT may bring.

Starting with Ring Premiere earlier in the spring semester, the Ring Committee, led this year by Matthew Abel, reveals the look of the Brass Rat, and the meaning behind the symbols and design.

Front design for the Class of 2015’s Brass Rat. Image taken from the MIT Admissions Blog.


The class gets their rings tonight at Ring Delivery, an exciting event that takes place at a new venue each year.  This year, the Class of 2015 will pick up their rings at the historic Boston landmark, Fenway Park.  Congratulations to the Class of 2015, and welcome to a network that lasts a lifetime.

Fenway Park, Home of the Boston Red Sox and the MIT Class of 2015 Ring Delivery


–Joel P.

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Updating from the Boston Marathon

As everyone has heard and seen, on Monday, April 15th, Patriot’s Day here in Boston, 2 bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.  As of right now, three people have been confirmed dead, and more than 170 people have been reported as injured, some critically.

This was a nightmare situation for our community and city, that such a triumphant and inspiring race should end with tragedy and sorrow.  As MIT students, staff, and faculty, we have such a unique opportunity to experience a historical and exciting city like Boston, and that opportunity was violated on Monday.  It is the hope of this office and the greater MIT community that we can grow stronger from these events, and that Boston can grow closer as a community and support our fellow citizens more than ever before.

There are a number of resources available to our community members, including expert counseling services through MIT Medical.   Additionally, we ask that our community keeps each other safe and stays vigilant- if you see anything suspicious happening on campus, please contact the MIT Police at (617) 253-1212.

If you are looking for an opportunity to reflect on the events of this week, please feel free to join MIT SMASH (Students at MIT Allied for Student Health) and MIT Administrators on Kresge Oval from 5-6pm today to come together as a community and write notes of support for first responders and victims of the Marathon attacks.

If you are unsure of how to process these events in any way, please contact MIT Medical or staff in MIT Student Outreach and Support.  We have around a month or so left of school this year, and we want to make sure we can help in any way to make it a strong finish.

Picture just outside the Infinite of banner hung by MIT community.  Pic via @marlenalove on Twitter.

Picture just outside the Infinite of banner hung by MIT community. Pic via @marlenalove on Twitter.

MIT Green American Flag

MIT Green Building lit up on Monday, 4/15. Pic via @peteyMIT from Twitter.

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Snow Storm Approaches This Weekend

In case you haven’t seen yet, a pretty significant winter storm is approaching New England this weekend, threatening to dump everywhere from 6 inches to 2 feet of snow on the Boston/Cambridge area.

We want to encourage everyone to stay safe this weekend!   Limit your travel as needed, keep an eye on the MBTA so you know if transportation is still a good option to get around the city, and stock up on snacks and essentials (just in case!).

If your student organization is planning on having an event this weekend, take a second look at your audience, where they are coming from, and whether this storm coming in affects the safety of your attendees.  If so, consider postponing your event for a later date.  If you need to cancel your event this weekend for any reason, walk, don’t run, to the nearest computer and email campus-activities@mit.edu to work with the CAC on figuring out a new date and venue for your event.  CAC and SAO want to ensure that you event is not only successful, but also safe.

Apart from staying safe and warm, enjoy what will hopefully be a pretty (heavy and thick) blanket of snow over our area this weekend.  Stay inside, hangout with friends, catch up on your first week of P-sets, read a good book, sip on some hot chocolate.  Additionally, if there is place where you can roll some snow-people or snow-creatures up, here is some inspiration from my personal favorite, Calvin and Hobbes.  Enjoy, stay warm, and stay safe!

–Joel P.


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