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Technique effectively captures MIT student life

Technique 1995

Lee Zamir '95, Layout Editor.

Bridget M. Hanser '95, Managing Editor.

Ana T. Echniz '96, Photography Editor.

368 pp.


By Evelyn Kao
Staff Reporter

As a graduating senior, I would say that I am pleased with this year's Technique. This college yearbook has a hard task: It must record what the MIT experience was to a large, "diverse" group of students. It is impossible for Technique to please everybody. However, I believe that Technique 1995 has much to offer the different members of the MIT community. It effectively captures in pictures many different aspects of MIT, from sports to studies to living groups, and will serve me as a reminder of what I found MIT to be.

The book is broken up into signatures (groups of sixteen pages). The first two signatures are mainly displays of various MIT buildings in color and duotone. There are some amazing pictures of the Institute with which the Technique staff has, in many cases, managed to transform the mismatched, looming buildings into geometrical pieces of light and color. Included among these pictures are the Boston skyline and the police car hack on top of the big dome. The pictures are generally clear, interesting, and well-done.

The first titled section is called "Journal." It provides a short history of the world and of MIT from February 1994 to February 1995 using a timeline that is interspersed with news articles and dated pictures of MIT events.

The next section, entitled "Life in Hell," provides us with a closer look on student life by including photographs of different aspects of MIT that are universal to most students - vital MIT things like Athena, alcohol, caffeine, lectures, studying, partying, dorms, "Courses from Hell," and numbered everything. The last subsection, "Questions & Answers from Hell" is the result of the questions that were pasted on the columns at the beginning of the infinite corridor: "What makes MIT MIT?" and "What made you laugh/cry at MIT." It is one of the most interesting sections of the yearbook and offers direct feedback from members of the student body.

The remainder of the book focuses on students. The sections entitled "Clubs," "Athletics," "Living Groups," and "Seniors" draw attention from the buildings to their inhabitants, the students. I liked the many photos of students acting, playing instruments, singing, running, jumping, and attacking. Each club or sport has an "action" shot. Unfortuntely, in doing so, the staff neglected to include a team picture of any kindwhich means that most members of the clubs or athletic teams are not represented.

Overall, this year's book is an improvement over those of the last few years. Lee Zamir '95 deserves much praise for the layout of the book. The overall look is well-planned and consistent: there is continuity throughout. The break pages are understated and elegant with simple lines and pictures to indicate what is to come in the next section. Attention to detail will provide the viewer with something new to see each time the Technique volume is opened.

While there are more different people pictured this year, more could still be done to give the yearbook a more personal feel. The number of candid student pictures should match the number of pictures of the Green Building. While these photos have much artistic value and are pleasing to the eye, it is questionable that students will value the pictures of buildings over more pictures of people.

Fifty years from now, I will be able to come back to MIT and still see the buildings, in all their splendor and ruin. It is also too bad that some of the team pictures are not in the yearbook, and there is also a definite lack of professors. This year's Technique is a bit shorter; perhaps if it were longer there could have been a few more pictures of people.

In general, Technique 1995 is well done, with its tasteful black and gold cover and high-quality photographs it is something that I am glad to own.