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Alternative News Collective / Thistle

The Alternative News Collective publishes MIT’s only left newspaper, the Thistle. After a two year hiatus, the Thistle was published twice this summer: once for commencement and then again on the Fourth of July. The Thistle is known throughout the Boston/Cambridge area for its investigative reporting. A article originally printed for the Thistle has even been reprinted in the Boston Globe regarding ex-Provost John Deutch’s connection to the CIA. Some of our regular columns include ‘The Angry Feminist’ and ‘A People’s History.’

There are currently 8 people on our staff (not including irregular contributors) all writing, editing, getting advertising, and making the decisions that keep the Thistle going. Both the female/male and undergrad/grad ratios are 3/5 and the minority/non-minority ratio is even lower. As we feel a more balanced demographic is necessary for a better Thistle, we would like to especially encourage women, undergraduates, and minorities interested in writing to attend a meeting and/or submit articles.

The e-mail for the Alternative News Collective is <> and our website is <> where one can find our archives.


Counterpoint is the only MIT-Wellesley joint publication. That means we distribute on both campuses and are staffed by people from both schools. We’ve got undergrads, grad students, and even alums on staff. It’s a great way to meet people and indulge in healthy diversion.

Counterpoint is a compliment to the humdrum announcements you’ll read (or won’t read) in newspapers. We discuss politics, campus issues, trends, perspectives, the administration, voting, smoking, sex, travel, religion, tuition, activism, body image, book reviews, foreign affairs, philosophy ... and anything else that’s on your mind.

Counterpoint is open to anyone (no experience with any part of journalism necessary). Time commitment is totally up to you. We meet at MIT on Mondays in W20-443 at 7 p.m. starting September 11 and at Wellesley on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. starting September 13. For more information or to submit articles and letters, e-mail <>.

MIT Journal of Undergraduate Research

The MIT Journal of Undergraduate Research (MURJ), MIT’s newest publication, is a journal dedicated to providing undergraduate students with the opportunity to discuss new science and research developments in any number of disciplines.

MURJ is primarily comprised of six sections: World Science in Review, MIT Science in Review, Ethics, Innovations, Essays, and Reports. Our Reports section constitutes the vast majority of our publication, and includes several student reports selected from a large pool of submissions. Given that many MIT students publish their research in specialty journals, the Reports section is designed to minimize possible conflicts between publication in MURJ and publication in other journals. Please remember that all submissions for our fall issue are due on or before September 31.

While our Reports section features the work of students outside of our editorial board and general staff, the other five sections of MURJ are dedicated to science journalism. Students who join our group can report on a global scale (World Science in Review) or through a local venue (MIT Science in Review).

Although working for MURJ is not a hefty time commitment, we hope that you’ll consider joining the staff of our journal or at least submitting your work to MURJ. If you’re interested in pursuing either avenue, please e-mail us at <>.

The Tech

The Tech is MIT’s student newspaper, and welcomes both graduate and undergraduate staff members, regardless of prior experience. There is no minimum level of commitment required by new staff members, and the tremendous perks of being on staff often keep students committed to the paper.

The content departments of the paper meet every Sunday evening, with free dinner always served. Assignments are given by the editor for each section; however staff members are welcome to propose their own assignments or submissions. As the content is produced, the production department works throughout the evening and night to design the look of the paper. After the print edition is sent to the presses, scripts written by the web design team put the issue on the web. The Tech was the first newspaper on the World Wide Web.

In addition to the many professional development benefits to being on the staff of The Tech, the financial strength of the paper allows it to provide many perks for all staff members. Dinner is served free four nights of the week, with cuisines ranging from American and Italian to Thai and Lebanese. The Tech’s office is always open to staff members as a nice place to work and relax in the student center, with a 61” TV, video games, computers, magazines and printing resources. Monthly trips, with all expenses paid by The Tech, include a ski trip, white water rafting trip, and an annual weekend retreat to a beautiful farmhouse in the mountains of Vermont. An annual banquet at one of Boston’s fanciest restaurants allows the staff to celebrate the year’s accomplishments in style.

Students interested in joining can e-mail <> or visit the offices, located in room 483 of the Student Center.

Technique: The Yearbook of MIT

We are photographers, writers, and designers, but above all we are storytellers. Over the course of a year we produce a 400+ page book that captures the unique character of life at the ’Tute. As a student group, Technique is comprised of around 40 undergrad and grad students with different areas and levels of experience, although none is needed to join. We can teach you how to photograph aesthetically, write creatively, and design graphically -- we love it all. You commit as much time as you want -- help layout once a month, write something once a week, heck, you could even carry a camera 24/7 if you want. We hold meetings every Saturday at noon in our office in the Student Center (W20-451, on the 4th floor), where we stuff ourselves with free food, stock up on free film, blast music in the darkroom and come up with distinctive designs for our book. Come visit us at noon on Saturday, September 2nd at our Open House and see how when it comes down to it, it’s all about Technique.