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Death by Zeitgeist

Popular at MIT: You Vote, They Gloat

By Devdoot Majumdar

Eighty percent of the people I meet are simply not worth my time. And while it’d be fun to list what’s wrong with the various types of people I meet in my daily life, today I have a special task.

I’ve always been poised to make fun of unsuspecting folks -- blind daters, RingComm, freshmen, fratboys -- the list is endless. Last week, I discovered a new social experiment: the popularity contest.

I’ve always admired those lustrously inauthentic qualities that adorned those that were popular in high school. Might as well pick out the popular folks in our cozy little undergrad community and let the campus vote on them.

What student government has done subtly for centuries, I will do blatantly for once. There are popular people. They usually have lesions in the substance department, but they are cute in their own special way. And while they almost certainly fall into the 80 percent of people that aren’t worth my time, I’m looking to rank them, not to enjoy their company.

So, presented for you are nine of the more popular kids at MIT. I sent out a mass e-mail asking for nominations and the folks below received the most nominations. Several declined the opportunity to be featured here and so they missed out.

Your job is to vote for one of the following ten people at In exchange, they will receive a t-shirt indicating that they are the most popular person at MIT.

Clearly, this is a waste of space. But I figured The Tech could use something other than another Israel-Palestine article. And on a very sad note, I ended up liking some of these people. Apparently, sleaziness doesn’t go hand in hand with popularity.

So, I humbly ask you to evaluate the popularity of the following nine people:

Vote for your favorite at