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Abby H. '20

Aug 15 2017

From Charlottesville to Cambridge

Posted in: Miscellaneous

We're at a strange point in the political climate where white supremacists, klansmen, and outright Nazis have become comfortable enough to publicize their misconceptions in broad daylight. The people of Cambridge gathered yesterday afternoon to share some better ideas.

5:30 pm, Cambridge City Hall

 

 

Mayor E. Denise Simmons condemns acts of hatred in Charlottesville

 

 

City Manager Louis DePasquale speaks

 

 

Vice Mayor Marc McGovern

 

 

Fred Small, who would later lead the crowd in song 

 

 

Lorraine Thornhill of First Holiness Church and the Cambridge YWCA

 

 

leading the crowd in chanting "love"

 

 

"confront white supremacy"

 

 

recording the rally for wmbr news

 

 

the crowd outside of city hall

 

 

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Jul 12 2017

On the Scattering of Senior House

Posted in: Information, Life & Culture

There’s been a decent amount of turbulence in the past couple of months here, and given the recent decisions regarding Senior House, I want to say some things.

As a prefrosh, I wasn’t really sure what I wanted when it came to housing. I didn’t go to CPW, I didn’t look around at dorms when I came up here for an overnight visit, and I didn’t know that “dorm culture” was a thing. I wasn’t (and still am not) in any MIT 2020 group chats or Facebook groups, and I didn’t even know any other freshmen that were going here.

My first look into the dorms was the i3 videos. These are resident-produced videos that showcase the culture of each dorm. They are released at the end of May for the incoming freshmen to decide which dorm they think they’d best fit in. I'll admit that a few of the videos gave me secondhand embarrassment in a matter of seconds; I had to go back to those at a later time with more of an open mind. After delving into some websites and blogs on this very site, I started... read the post »

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Apr 9 2017

MacCPW, et al.

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Freshman Applicants, Visit, International Applicants, Prepare for MIT, Life & Culture

CPW is officially over! The CPW weather machine ended up pulling through, and it's a sunny Fahrenheit 63 as I type this on Sunday afternoon. 

Welcome to my dorm's implementation of CPW! 

MAC.0001: Introduction to MacGregor House

MacGregor House is the West Campus dorm between Burton Conner (or actually No. 6) and New House. It's the tall one that looks like a hospital because that aesthetic was chic in 1970 when MacG was built. It consists of nine entries, A-J (minus I because it's ~imaginary~), in a highrise stack (A-E) and a lowrise block (F-J). It's mostly singles with three doubles in F entry (my home). About half of us are on the meal plan, while the rest cook for themselves in our suite kitchens (or more realistically pay for other people to cook better food and deliver it to them). Much of Mollie B. '06's post re:MacG remains true, but I may need to update some of the details soon.

And now for the main event.

CPW 2017 Events

A Entry: Roll with the A Dogs

The... read the post »

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Mar 11 2017

Leslie Jones Was Here and I Saw Her

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Life & Culture

A couple of months ago I got an email saying that Leslie Jones (from SNL and Ghostbusters and others) was doing a show at MIT and that tickets were being awarded based on a lottery system. I entered the lottery within the next 45 seconds because...

 

 

...how could I not go?

The de Florez Fund for Humor sponsored this free (to the MIT community) event, as well as many other humor-related MIT endeavors

Unfortunately I didn't get chosen in the lottery, which was sad. 

 

 

 

 

AND YET

shout out to the people who didn't claim their tickets lol

 

So I ended up getting to see Leslie in Kresge.

sneaky far away pics for proof
 

At the end of her show (which was great, as expected), she came down in the audience and made fun of people for about twenty minutes. Probably the best part of the show.

 

 

(@leslie if you're reading this thank u)

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Feb 22 2017

IAΠ

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Life & Culture

For a good portion of my first ever IAP, I explored ancient sites in Greece with 19 other MIT students and a trio of professors from the MIT History Department and Concourse program. Here are some pictures I took.

Day 1: Acropolis

parthenoff

 

parthenon
 

the distant blue is ocean but if they could put more cool buildings out there they probably would

 

not the stata ampitheater but close

 

a grand ol' flag

 

better than the boston skyline from our side of the charles? you decide

 

actually my phone background

 

Cats on a Hot Tin(Metal) Roof

 

 

Day 2: The Agora and various areas in Athens

people added for size comparison

 

in case you were hungry for more columns

 

that thing on the hill looks familiar

 

I bought crepes near here!

 

somewhere between athens and delphi

 

an instagram pic that would definitely have some fake... read the post »

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