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Gregory Izatt

These mugs bearing MIT’s logo were handed out to prefrosh leaving the welcome ceremony of MIT’s Campus Preview Weekend last Thursday by pranksters waiting outside Rockwell Cage.

As some would later discover, when the mugs are heated, “MIT” is overwritten with “Caltech,” and “The Institute of Technology” becomes “The HOTTER Institute of Technology.”

Thirteen Caltech students had flown to Cambridge to distribute some 800 such mugs to high school students admitted to MIT as well as to Caltech alumni among MIT’s faculty and graduate student body.

Julie D. Jester, the leader of the group, said that the prefrosh were totally unsuspecting and seemed excited to add to their collections of free trinkets.

“We enjoy our prank rivalry between MIT and Caltech,” Jester said. “We wanted to rekindle that relationship.”

She said that ad-hoc groups of Caltech pranksters are funded by alumni donations and by sales of T-shirts from a 2005 CPW prank in the same spirit.

Another member of the group, Gregory R. Izatt, said that “CPW in particular is a really fun target,” noting how easy it is to blend in among the crowds.

In a tweet, MIT admissions officer Chris Peterson SM ’13 called the mugs “snake oil by charlatans from other coasts.”

Admissions officers had attempted to stop the prank, Izatt said, but they were too late.

Sherry Ren—The Tech

Senior Lecturer Daniel Braunstein PhD ‘97 of the Department of Mechanical Engineering presents an instrument he built at the 6th Annual Professor Talent show hosted by SaveTFP on Saturday.

Sherry Ren—The Tech

Two people participate in sumo wrestling outside Theta Delta Chi at the fraternity’s outdoor carnival event on Friday.

Skanda Koppula—The Tech

Professional gaming team Dignitas competes in an Infinite Crisis tournament at PAX East, a gaming conference that was held this past weekend at the Boston Convention Center.

Jessica L. Wass—The Tech

Ridonkulous was one of many student groups to perform at the CPW Activities Midway in the Johnson Athletics Center this past Saturday.

Tami Forrester—The Tech

The MIT Logarhythms perform during SGBIS, the Spring Greater Boston Invitational Songfest, on Friday in 10-250. SGBIS featured performances from 11 of MIT’s a cappella groups.

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Christopher A. Puchi ’14 leads the cast in Next Act’s production of Catch Me If You Can this past Wednesday in Next House’s Tastefully Furnished Lounge. The play is based on the life of con man Frank Abignale, Jr. whose fake identities included chief resident pediatrician, lawyer for the Louisiana State Attorney General, and an airline pilot for Pan Am.

Landon Carter—The Tech

Hackers once again turned the Green Building into a game display for CPW. In 2011 the lights were set up to play Tetris, and this year, the building was lit with the popular game ‘2048’.

Tami Forrester—The Tech

Members of Chamak perform during Jadoo, the South Asian Culture Show, in Kresge on Friday evening. Hosted by MIT’s South Asian Association of Students, the show included performances from MIT and BU student groups.

Landon Carter—The Tech

Members of East Campus Second West, known as “Putz”, spray liquid nitrogen into a large bowl at their CryoFAC event on Saturday to make ice cream for hungry prefrosh.

Melissa Renée Schumacher—The Tech

Both musicians and audience members were shaking and swaying at the Battle of the Bands event on Saturday night in the Student Center.