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Teruyuki Kagawa as Ryuhei Sasaki.
William Yee—The Tech
Rachel N. Peterson ’09 dances to choreography by Adlai R. Grayson ’08 during a dress rehearsal for the MIT Dance Troupe’s spring show, “In The Spotlight,” which will run in Kresge Auditorium May 7–10.
Steve Howland—The Tech
A robot built by Benjamin Moncivaiz ’11 begins a seeding match in the 2.007 (Design & Manufacturing) competition. The event ran from Wednesday to Thursday in the Johnson Athletic Center. This year’s competition involved crushing and storing aluminum cans.
Yuanyu Chen—The Tech
Pablo Bello ’11, Edward Grinnel ’11, Elvine Pineda ’11, and Arielle Fischer ’11 placed 2nd, 1st, 3rd, and 4th, respectively, in this year’s 2.007 competition.
The 2.007 game, “Sweepin’ the Nation,” consists of three main tasks — robots could crush soda cans, place crushed or pre-crushed soda cans in a “storage slot,” and stack bales of “trash” to obtain points. Robots start out in the starting box on their side of the field and can traverse to their opponent’s side via a rotating passage pipe.
Students received a large tote containing different materials — metals, plastics, wheels, etc — to construct their robots. Students had the option of building two robots, one for mainly scoring and one robot to bother the opponents; however, some students chose to build one large robot. Students also had the option of having one or two drivers to control the many mechanisms of their robot.
Matches consisted of an autonomous period, a 10 second period where robots were operated by just their sensors, followed by a 50-second operator-controlled period. Strategies of students varied, with some robots taking advantage of the autonomous period to position themselves and others just staying put in their starting box. Designs of robots to perform the various tasks also varied, and many robots in the final matches were only able to perform one or two of the possible ways to score.
The top four contestants of the contest can attend an international design competition in Tokyo, Japan this summer.
Seth Villarreal—The Tech
Sarah C. Proehl ’09 (also a Tech campus life columnist) wins first place in the Robert A. Boit Writing Prize for Poetry for her work “Fourteen Months.” The award, presented by William Corbett, director of Student Writing Activities, is one of the Ilona Karmel Writing Prizes. This year, the program gathered the largest number of submissions to date.
Meng Heng Touch—The Tech
Daniel Barkowitz, Director of Student Financial Aid and Employment at MIT, discusses financial aid with a family during Campus Preview Weekend at the Financial Aid counseling center. Barkowitz will leave MIT effective June 1, when he moves to Columbia University as Dean of Financial Aid.
William Yee—The Tech
Emily C. Suter ’11 performs in a contemporary piece choreographed by Danyi Wu ’11 and Casey K. Hua ’11 during a dress rehearsal for the MIT Dance Troupe’s spring show, “In The Spotlight,” which will run in Kresge Auditorium May 7–10.
William Yee—The Tech
Nimisha Kashyap, Rachel N. Peterson ’09, Sonia Tapryal, and Kaitlin Walsh perform a Bollywood piece choreographed by Nimisha Kashyap during a dress rehearsal for the MIT Dance Troupe’s spring show, “In The Spotlight,” which will run in Kresge Auditorium May 7–10.
Eric D. Schmiedl—The Tech
East Campus House Manager Joseph F. Graham Jr. is awarded the James N. Murphy Award for his contributions to community life at the Institute during the 2009 Awards Convocation, held in 10-250 on Tuesday, May 5.
William Yee—The Tech
Pierre-Guy F. Douyon ’12 takes center stage in a popping piece performed by guest group Imobilare choreographed by Yang Zhang G, Mason Tang ’10, and Raymond Y. Cheng ’09 during a dress rehearsal for the MIT Dance Troupe’s spring show, “In The Spotlight,” which will run in Kresge Auditorium May 7–10.
Michael Yu—The Tech
Chancellor Philip L. Clay PhD ’75 presents a $2,500 prize to Aquaport at the awards ceremony for the 2009 MIT IDEAS Competition on Monday evening in 32-123. The Aquaport team developed an affordable water transportation device for women in rural Ghana.
William Yee—The Tech
Corey J. Kubber ’11 confronts Tarikh C. Campbell ’09 in a piece by Adlai Grayson ’08 during a dress rehearsal for the MIT Dance Troupe’s spring show, “In The Spotlight,” which will run in Kresge Auditorium May 7–10.