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Leah B. Brunetto
MIT chemistry graduate student Yu-Pu Wang dances in front of a bright yellow sports car parked alongside a street in Cambridge to recreate the “Shagging Wagon” dance scene appearing in Lady Gaga’s music video for “Telephone.”
Paolo Aguilar—EPA
Lori Berenson stands in a courtroom at Santa Monica Prison in Lima, Peru, on May 25. Berenson, serving a 20-year sentence in Peru for aiding leftist guerillas, was granted parole by a judge after some 15 years in prison.
Aviv Ovadya—The Tech
President Susan J. Hockfield congratulates the doctoral candidates at the doctoral hooding ceremony on June 3 in Rockwell Cage.
Leah B. Brunetto
Without his wig, Yu-Pu also plays the role of Beyonce in his YouTube video. Here he poses on the bench flanking the portrait of Katherine McCormick in McCormick Hall.
Leah B. Brunetto
In preparation for filming the scene in which Lady Gaga prepares a sandwich, Yu-Pu intently studies his notes describing the choreography for the accompanying dance sequence.
Sean Tang—The Tech
C-Crete, winners of the 100K MIT Entrepreneurship Competition, receives a check to help start their business in making nano-engineered concrete. The 100K competition accepts entries in five different “tracks”: energy, development, life sciences, mobile, products and services and web/IT. The winners were announced in Kresge on May 12. C-Crete defeated five other finalist teams and claims that their product will severely reduce carbon dioxide emissions, saving billions of dollars on sequestering carbon while providing a stronger alternative to current forms of concrete.
Trudy Wilcox
Nicholas D. Sisler ’11 poses with his “little brother,” 11-year-old Evan Wilcox. Nick has mentored Evan Wilcox for three years, and was recently selected as a finalist for the Massachusetts Bay Big Brother Big Sister of the Year award.
CORRECTION TO THIS CAPTION: The chart that ran with this story in print misidentified the artist who originally sang "My Life Would Suck Without You." It is Kelly Clarkson, not Taylor Swift. The mistake has been corrected online. Yu-Pu Wang, a first year MIT graduate student in chemistry, debuted his first a capella remake of a Top 40 American pop song early last winter. Since creating his YouTube channel under the username “soloban” in February of 2009, Yu-Pu’s videos (including two acoustic guitar solos preceding his pop videos and not included below) have received over 25,000 hits. The total number of hits presented for each music video was collected at noon, June 2. With the addition of his latest video “Telephone,” here we outline the history of his YouTube development.
John A. Hawkinson—The Tech
Anna Tang’s trial date is postponed at a hearing in Middlesex Superior Court on May 24. The agreement was reached between Assistant District Attorney Susanne Kontz, Tang’s attorney Robert A. George, and Justice Bruce R. Henry.
Elijah Mena—The Tech
President Barack Obama announced on Thursday that he intends to nominate Subra Suresh ScD ’81, Dean of MIT’s School of Engineering, to be the next director of the National Science Foundation. If confirmed by the Senate, Dean Suresh will serve as director for the next six years.
Rui Luo—The Tech
Dean Jed W. Wartman of the Student Activities Office will be leaving MIT at the end of the month. He is headed to Colby College in Maine, where he will be Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Director of Campus Life.
Leah B. Brunetto
Making use of the iconic telephone booth found on the first floor of the Student Center, Yu-Pu records shots for the opening and closing scenes of his YouTube video “Telephone.” As of noon last Wednesday, the video had received over 2000 views.
John A. Hawkinson—The Tech
Jed W. Wartman thanks students and says goodbye during the 2010 Student Leader Awards Ceremony on May 14 in Morss Hall. Jed and his wife, Brynn Hale Wartman, are relocating to Colby College in central Maine.
Leah B. Brunetto
The night before filming the music video for his a capella remake of Lady Gaga’s “Telephone,” Yu-Pu prepares detailed notes describing the beat-by-beat choreography needed for each scene. Here he uses various poses of stick figures to represent the contrasting dance moves, making note of key lyrics and memorable scenes as they are to occur throughout the recording.
Leah B. Brunetto
Yu-Pu tries on wigs at Cambridge’s Garment District to complete his Lady Gaga costume for his latest music video.
Edward Lau
Senior Reactor Operator Agata E. Wisniowska ’11 performs a startup in the reactor’s control room. The reactor, opened in 1956 and rebuilt in 1974, is operated in part by undergraduate students.
Eric D. Schmiedl—The Tech
Dishes are prepared and ready to serve at Craigie on Main on May 11.
Amanda Mok
Stephanie Lin—The Tech
The sixth annual MIT Toy Product Design Playsentation was held in 10-250 on May 11. Instructor Barry M. Kudrowitz, a graduate student in Mechanical Engineering, taught 2.00b for the sixth and final time this past semester.
Leah B. Brunetto
Kayakers paddle through the Charles River against the smoke-obscured Boston skyline on May 31. Smoke from forest fires in Quebec drifted through Boston, making breathing uncomfortable outdoors.
Stephanie lin—The Tech
Nathan M. Robert ’13 stabs Eric A. Del Castillo ’13 in the chest with their toy set, the Legend of the Sword, during the Toy Playsentations in 10-250 on May 11. The Legend of the Sword contains two Nerf swords and two vests that have three pressure-triggered targets.
Stephanie Lin—The Tech
Frubble (Anne G. Warren ’13) dances out of the grip of the Frubblebusters in the background to the theme song of Ghostbusters during the 2.00b Toy Playsentations in 10-250 on May 11. Students collaborated with Hasbro, the MIT Museum, and the Boston Children’s Museum to design toys such as Frubble, a bubble-making frisbee.
Stephanie Lin—The Tech
Micah R. Eckhardt G bursts forth in verses praising the Bobbly Bots for their many desirable features, such as cuddliness, interchangeable joints, and motorized bases during the Toy Playsentations in 10-250 on May 11. The toys were designed around the theme of the outdoors.
Quentin Smith—The Tech
Peter L. Cooper, Manager of Sustainability Engineering and Utility Planning at MIT Facilities, speaks at the MIT Efficiency Forward event in Building 14 on May 26. The Efficiency Forward program will aim to cut electricity use on campus by 15% over the next three years.
Stephanie Lin—The Tech
Remus Corp. Operative Jeremy V. Rossmann ’13 debriefs the audience about the Flyby, a powerful new weapon currently in the hands of dangerous gangsters, during the 2.00b Toy Playsentation in 10-250 on May 11. The Flyby was one of fifteen toys presented at the Playsentation.
John A. Hawkinson—The Tech
MIT students swarm an “entire room giveaway” in E60, posted to the reuse mailing list. Steven G. Banzaert emailed the list giving away the contents of a room that housed several robotics teams, between the hours of 3–4 p.m. Tuesday. Like all posts to reuse, the items were free for the taking.