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MIT staff blogger Chris Peterson SM '13

Invasion MIT! by Chris Peterson SM '13

the long war of general jack

As I walked up the steps to 77 Mass Ave this morning I was ready to plow through another day of committee.

What I got was war.










And finally, outside the President’s office, a portrait:


With a note:

“President Hockfield,

We have waged infinite battles against our ruthless enemy known as term. But rest assured, victory is at hand. We will fight to brighten up MIT.

Please accept this portrait made from the sacrifices of my soldiers to brighten your day. May you win your battles just as we prepare to defeat our finals once again in this infinite war.

General Jack Florey” 

22 responses to “Invasion MIT!”

  1. TWL says:

    Hahaha, this hack is full of win.

  2. Jordi Turner says:

    Hahaha, I love MIT hackers. I’m really impressed with the portrait, that must have taken some work.
    This makes me even more anxious for Saturday…

  3. Matthew Davis says:

    Those are some interesting battle formations.

  4. José ('17?) says:

    Great hack, and the portrait is just AMAZING.

  5. Tammy says:

    What a great hack! MIT ROCKS!! The portrait of President Hockfield is quite impressive! Wishing everyone the best during finals!

  6. Edward Schembor says:

    This sums up why I love MIT.

  7. V says:

    Who else saw the XKCD reference?

  8. Newton says:

    ^ “My normal approach is useless here.”

  9. Abhishek says:

    ‘Even the identity matrix doesn’t work normally’

    On a side note, that portrait is incredible!

  10. Newton says:

    ^ No, MIT is the square of awesome (Not even square root, because then it would be less than awesome. This way it’s more than awesome)

    Maybe even the cube of awesome.

  11. The “Occupy” movement, MIT-style.

  12. Jesse says:

    Nice one

  13. Those are a ton of soliders to place. Keep up the battle!

    Yet another reason why MIT is awesome.

  14. Mag says:


  15. John '12 says:

    Seriously, those toy soldiers were *everywhere*. Pretty impressive.

  16. Mari says:

    Jack has outdone himself this time!! smile you made me late for class admiring your brilliant creativity!!
    Let’s march through finals everyone!!
    Happy Holidays smile

  17. Abhilasha Kamboj says:

    aint no mountain high enough… aint no valley low enough.. MIT soldiers, go get them!!!!!!! :D

  18. Ken L. says:


    Let’s hope, eh? Also, the portrait is frankly amazing. Did this all show up overnight? O_O Where’d they get all of those toy soldiers? Why are some of them upside-dooooooooown???

  19. ErikS says:

    I thought the square root of love was MIT?

  20. Mona Mehta (Parent) says:

    This is so cool! The portrait is amazing! I hope my daughter sees it.

  21. Nikita C says:

    And to think I thought this was one of the art class projects! MIT Hackers rock our world.

  22. Liming says:

    The brand new hack this year!!