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Archimedes photo courtesy of national museum in naples, ictinus photo courtesy of the national gallery in London
The Lobby 7 plinths were designed for statues of Greek intellectuals, but 12 finalists have designed their own, uniquely MIT adornments.
Situation for Noon Eastern Time, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011
Sam Range—Tech File Photo
Students sit atop a plinth in the corner of Lobby 7 as pedestrians walk past on Nov. 5, 2009. The Class of 1954 is sponsoring a student contest for designs to sit atop the pedestals, which were left unfinished after Lobby 7 was designed in 1939.
Melissa Renée Schumacher—The Tech
Students swarm the hallway from Building 26 to 8.
Meng Heng Touch—The Tech
Jessica L. Wass—The Tech
This weekend, MIT Women’s Swimming and Diving won the NEWMAC Championships for the first time in school history. After consistently taking second place, the Engineers beat rivals Springfield College 917.5 points to 894.5. The seniors of the team (from left to right), Diana E. LaScala-Gruenewald ’11, Elizabeth L. Stavely ’11 (partially obscured), Amy E. Jacobi ’11, Kaitlyn M. Creasey ’11, Caroline A. DeBoer ’11, and Lauren R. Hernley ’11, claim the first place trophy.
Jaswanth Madhavan
The Grand Junction Railroad may become a commuter rail link between Boston’s North Station and Worcester. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has purchased the rights to the rail line, which runs past Simmons Hall and over Massachusetts Avenue, and is investigating the possibility of upgrading the tracks for commuter rail use. If realized, a commuter rail line along Grand Junction could mean that as many as 25 trains per day will travel the tracks, a marked increase over the light freight use it experiences today. The Cambridge City Council has come out against commuter rail, citing a potential impact on already-congested Cambridge streets, noise pollution, and the lack of any apparent benefits of commuter rail for Cambridge communities. MassDOT says that linking Worcester and North Station will strengthen the regional economy. The tracks run directly under Building 46, MIT’s Brain and Cognitive Sciences complex.
Joanna Kao—The Tech
The Coca-Cola distributor for the Star Market on Sidney Street gave MIT a shout-out using boxes of Coke products. This is just one of several designs they display throughout the year, including a Christmas tree shape around the winter holidays.