# Bryan G. Nance▾

Feb 5 2008

### MIT vs. Chuck Norris

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Just this morning I was reading the New York Times on line and noticed an article about a commercial that Chuck Norris filmed for Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee. This got me thinking, "I wonder how many math and science Chuck Norris jokes exist in cyberspace?" I armed myself with a mid morning Mountain Dew and a strict one hour limit and got down to business. Find below the best 23 Chuck Norris MIT appropriate jokes. I hate the number 23 so I threw in 2 of my favorites to get us to 25, a number I like much better. Feel free to add any Chuck Norris facts that I may have missed.

- When taking the SAT, write "Chuck Norris" for every answer. You will score over 8000.

- Newton's Third Law is wrong: Although it states that for each action, there is an equal and opposite reaction, there is no force equal in Chuck Norris can divide by zero.

- When you're Chuck Norris, anything + anything is equal to 1. One roundhouse kick to the face.

- Scotty in Star Trek often says "Ye cannae... read the post »

Dec 17 2007

### Enigma Gold Star Winners!

Posted in: Miscellaneous

To follow up on this entry...

Thanks for playing Engima Wrapped In A Riddle! Don, tell them what they've won.

Wow! I am impressed by how many of you met the challenge. Initially we had planned to only award one winner, but by the list you can see we are feeling the holiday cheer! The following 20 individuals will get the gold star.

If you are listed below, email me (bgnance at mit) your complete name and mailing address and we will send you your gold star. (Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.)

If you are interested in seeing more of John Kostick's handiwork, please visit the Quadric Designs website.

Until the next time, stay tuned to the MIT network... All Numbers, All The Time.

First place six-axis and tetraxis winner:

Posted by: Ana L on November 27, 2007 04:32 PM

Second place tetraxis winners:

(Extended, really long and annoying drum roll...)

(Please hold all applause until all winners have come to the stage...)

1 Posted by: Kim on... read the post »

Nov 27 2007

### An Enigma Wrapped In A Riddle

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Meet John (pictured) - master carpenter, master craftsman, and part-time mathematician. John is my neighbor, and for the last few weeks he has been constructing this "structure" in his front yard.

I know that many of you are stressed-out over the SATs, ACTs, SAT IIs and EIEIO (a test only given by Professor O. McDonald), but you deserve a break today. Listen closely: drop the practice test book and back away slowly from the college applications and I promise you that no one will be harmed! Take a moment to examine John's front-yard project. Drop me a line if you think you know what he's building.

• Hint # 1: Put on your math-based thinking cap.
• Hint # 2: Since I have not seen any wildebeasts, sloths or rhinos walking 2x2 in the neighborhood, I can speak with some certainty that he is not Noah and said construction in not an ark.

Good Luck!

P.S. A prize will go to the first person to unwrap this mystery.

Oct 16 2007

### Does MIT Offer Application Fee Waivers?

Posted in: Afford

Does MIT Offer Application Fee Waivers? In a word, yes.

As a matter of philosophy, MIT is committed to the idea of equal access to higher education for everyone. It has been our experience that the cost of applying to MIT can be a barrier for those of modest financial means or those who are experiencing situational financial difficulties.

Why do we charge an application fee anyway?
Between staff time and materials, the costs of running an admissions office are vast, and the application fee only covers a small percentage of the costs associated with processing your application. The application fee also discourages those students who have no real interest in MIT from applying (the ones who do not wish to attend but just want to see if they can get in).

How do I know if I should request a fee waiver?
Your decision to request a fee waiver is not unlike the many parts of the admission process in that, here too, you are being held to the highest of ethical standards. Just as we expect... read the post »

Sep 24 2007

### Time To Have A Sit-Down With Your GC.

Posted in: Freshman Applicants

If you are a senior, you know that you are playing for all the marbles this year. You know that it is important that you take proper time and care with the application process. You also know that this process is to be respected and taken seriously. There is no doubt in my mind that you are ready to get down to business. So, your first step is...? (Hint: see the title.) Aren't you fortunate that I'm here to help you answer this most deep and profound question?

It's all about the Guidance Counselor - or, as we call him or her in the admissions business - the GC. In case you didn't know, the GC is the guardian and gatekeeper of the college process for most high school students. How important is your GC? Outside of your parents and teachers, your GC is one of the most important people in your life during your senior year.

So what is it that GCs do that make them so valuable to you? For starters they: