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MIT staff blogger Matt McGann '00

Quick updates by Matt McGann '00

A post about not having any news (yet).

The Class of 2010 is beginning to take shape. We know some replies are still in the mail, but we’re excited about the Class so far! I’ll provide some data about the Mittens (MIT-Tens, as coined by Stephanie in the comments) as soon as I can. Also, I do expect that next year’s freshman class government will sell shirts or hoodies with “MMX” or “MITMMX” on it (props to Elliot!).

As for the waitlist, we’ll be making decisions about if we will be using the waitlist, and, if so, how many people we’ll be looking to take off the waitlist. As of right now, it’s too early to know anything, but I will make an announcement one way or the other when I can. Regardless, if you are on the waitlist and hope to be taken off of the waitlist, now is a good time to be in touch, whether by email, phone, or whatever.

Most enrolling students should expect the Next Big Mailing sometime next week. When I get a chance, I’ll post telling you what’s in there. In the meantime, start thinking about what you want your MIT email address to be…

More updates soon.

12 responses to “Quick updates”

  1. Douglas says:

    Thanks for the update Matt. As small as the odds are for getting in off the waitlist, I remain, as you put it, cautiously optimistic. MIT remains my top choice, regardless of the preliminary admissions decision. I’ll only retire that opinion once I hear that the class of ’10 is closed for sure. Although, I suppose I can always apply as a transfer student next year…

  2. hey what abt calling our class


    (where {.} represents the greatest integer function)

    u noe since f(x)={x} is not continuous throughout R, its interMIT-TENt….just an idea..hehe

  3. Anonymous says:

    About the Next Big Mailing: do you know if international students will also receive their NBM next week?

  4. Aziz says:

    I second the international student question by Anonymous wink Have fun at ISEF!


  5. Dan says:

    Speaking of math, on TRL it was “high school week” and they had math on the board mocking high school math and stuff. they had the equation sqrt(x) = x, which makes no sense. It didn’t specifify for x = 0,1 or anything. It pisses me off the way people view math as a bunch of random stuff like that.

  6. Nur says:

    TRL = ?????

    Confuzzled ?_?

  7. Joe Laurendi says:

    TRL = Total Request Live

    It’s a show on MIT where they count down the top music videos. Man…I haven’t watched that since close to 2000 I think!

    Maybe the sqrt{x}=x was meant to be a problem for students to solve…? I dunno. Like I said, I haven’t watched TRL (or MTV) in a long time so I didn’t see that episode, of course.

    Heh, sorry but I just had to point this out: The greatest integer function is generally denoted [x]. The curly braces, {x}, usually means the fractional part of x.

    Matt, do you think you could blog something about MIT undergraduate housing? I’ve looked at the info they have online about it but I’m still clueless as to where I might like to stay. When do we submit our preferences, btw? From what I gather, each place has a totally different personality (like Baker more party type, Simmons is quiet/studious, Bexley is…uh, I guess I’d called it hippy, and so forth). But I never visited MIT and I probably wont do so until a couple weeks into the summer. If there’s anything you could possibly tell us, I’d be very thankful smile

  8. Zach Rose says:

    are we seriously naming ourselves after mittens? i mean it is really clever, but i dont know if our class should be known forever as a winter garment.

    MMX is good tho

  9. hey joe thanks for pointing that one out…completely messed that one up in a hurry…but that just means we can use both {x} and [x] as the function since both are discontinuous on R…but {x} will be more appropriate as its graph looks like a bunch of cannons pointing towards some random place…=)

  10. Nur says:

    I just realized…this winter we’ll be the mitten wearing Mittens! ……Yeah I’m reeaaallly good with puns ^^;

  11. DM says:

    Just wanted to know…. is there anyone from Zimbabwe anywhere out there?

    And also, as Joe Laurandi said, can we have info on housing? I really have no clue about anything…

  12. Jason Scott says:


    and yeh… im definitely confused with the last few comments…

    tho I’ll just be that lucky random guy at MIT. lol.