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Joanna Kao—The Tech
MIT alumni and current students line up on Sunday at the MIT Club of Boston (MIT COB) barbecue to grab food off the grill prepared by MIT COB volunteers. Over 300 people attended, and nearly 70 people volunteered for the annual event held in the courtyard of the Sidney-Pacific Graduate Residence.
STAFF REPORTER
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STAFF REPORTER
August 3, 2011
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STAFF REPORTER
August 3, 2011
A range of generations of the MIT community gathered at Sidney-Pacific for the annual barbecue of the MIT Club of Boston this past Sunday. Alumni, their children, current students, and incoming freshmen mingled amid food and activities under the hot summer sun. The club sponsored the event for prefrosh and MIT affiliates in the greater Boston area, providing activities for children as well as opportunities for alumni to reconnect with each other and to meet current students.
August 3, 2011
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