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Articles by Nick Semenkovich

July 8, 2009
When I came to MIT as a freshman more than four years ago, I was excited for the challenge. One of the first things I heard at MIT was the oft-repeated parable about the bell curve, or, as we engineers might call it, a normal distribution. I forget who told me it first. Perhaps it was my freshman advisor, but it goes something like this: “If you were to put every student on a bell curve, MIT accepts only the highest one percent. You’re used to being in that top one percent, but now that you’re here, that curve starts all over. You won’t always be the best. You won’t always even be average.”
December 9, 2008
This occasional feature will follow up on news stories long past their prime. In this edition: MIT’s removal of floor plans from the Facilities website, and what ever happened to Issue 49 of The Tech?
September 19, 2008
A Waltham, Mass. resident is suing the MIT Police for “excessive force” and violations of his constitutional rights during his Feb. 2006 arrest.
August 8, 2008
Don’t make the same mistake I did; at least wait for the singing to start. It is, after all, a sing-along.
May 13, 2008
The Biodiesel@MIT project, which aimed to reprocess used vegetable oil from campus dining facilities into eco-friendly biodiesel fuel to power the Tech and SafeRide shuttles, appears to have called it quits earlier this week, after running into a series of difficulties acquiring space and growing costs.
April 18, 2008
Turnout in the Undergraduate Association elections rose this year, with at least 1,930 votes tallied as of last evening, according to Ainsley K. Braun ’10, the UA Election Commissioner. Paper ballots are available today in Lobby 10 for those who haven’t voted online.
March 4, 2008
Robert M. Wells ’08 died Saturday morning after a five-story fall from the Delta Upsilon fraternity house. His death, which has been characterized as accidental by friends and family, is under investigation. Wells was 22.
February 5, 2008
MIT saw the completion of a number of construction projects in 2007.
February 5, 2008
Three new deans were appointed as heads of MIT Schools, and a new graduate student dean was appointed, marking a large change in leadership.
February 5, 2008
Both fraternities and sororities saw increases in their bids this year, following some changes in rush.
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