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Party with Tim the Beaver!

It’s party time ya’ll!

Dance like Michael Jackson like Benedict Cumberbatch!

Tim, MIT’s beloved beaver mascot, turns 100 years old this Friday, January 17th, and we want you to celebrate with us!

This Friday, the Campus Activities Complex team will have cupcakes, giveaways, and live music as we celebrate our favorite beaver, and of course, you can get your photo taken with the Birthday Beaver himself!

Stop by the W20 Lobby between 1130am and 130pm to celebrate, and check out this website for more info!

Eat sweets with Tim the Beaver this Friday!

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A note about chalking on campus

As everyone gets back into the groove of the academic year, we wanted to take a moment to make a reminder plug about chalking (the weather is ridiculously nice right now, so why wouldn’t you want to advertise your event by drawing outside, right?) on campus.

There are numerous places to find information about the chalking policies for groups and individuals on campus, which includes policies regarding how student organizations advertise their events.  You can find them on the ASA website and in the CAC & SAO’s Event Planning Guide.

You can totally chalk to help advertise your events, but here are some don’ts to consider:

  • No chalking on vertical surfaces (including walls, buildings, and stair fronts) as this cannot be easily washed off by rain, and Facilities has to take time out of their already busy schedule to wash it off
  • Please don’t chalk in front of 77 Massachusetts Avenue, which essentially serves as the gateway to campus, a place that Facilities and the Institute prefers look well-kept.

SAO, CAC, and Facilities does not recommend or condone the use of cats to chalk on campus.

Another thing to consider is that you should always be using biodegradable chalk (it washes away easier and likely won’t need Facilities attention), and stay away from using chalk spray paint.  They may be advertised as washable, but many brands do not easy wash away, and actually require Facilities to power wash it off.  Additionally, don’t use hairspray or other items over your chalking to give it more permanence – again, this requires Facilities to bring in power washing equipment.

Student organizations that chalk in a way that requires power washing or additional attention from our Facilities crew will be followed up with, and in many cases, will be required to pay the cleaning costs from their organization funds.


We want your events to be a success and for tons of people to find out about them, and chalking is an awesome way to do that, but there are methods to chalk effectively that will get the job done and will cause less of a headache for you and our Facilities crews!



–Joel P.

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