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Articles by Sarah Weir

January 22, 2014
When I told people I was writing a book review on a street artist’s monograph, nearly everyone asked me “Is it Bansky?” “No,” I replied, “it’s about this artist called D*Face who is like Banksy, but different.” The promotional material for the book talks about Shepard Fairey and Banksy, name-dropping to give credibility to this apparently lesser-known urban artist. The foreword is by Shepard Fairey and the “B” word is mentioned a few times, but this book is entirely about D*Face — his life and work — and that’s what makes it unique.
September 6, 2013
People don’t generally think of MIT as an athletic powerhouse. What they don’t know is that in addition to 33 varsity sports, MIT has 35 club sports teams — and they’re really good. Last season, many club teams made it to the national championships in their sports, and individuals from each team excelled. Here are last season’s highlights from some of MIT’s club sports teams.
May 10, 2013
The MIT Cycling team capped off a great season last weekend in Ogden, UT, where they won the Division II National Championships team omnium. This comes after a stellar performance the weekend before at Penn State where MIT secured the season team omnium victory in the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference (ECCC). The team omnium competition combines points from all men’s and women’s races, so usually requires a team to have depth in both fields.
April 5, 2013
This past weekend, MIT’s cycling team hosted the X-Pot, a four-race cycling invitational held near Worcester, MA. 34 MIT riders woke up before dawn to conquer the hilly courses and contributed to MIT’s domination of the team omnium, which they won with 380 points.
March 8, 2013
This past weekend, MIT Cycling opened its Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference (ECCC) season in New Jersey at the Rutgers Frozen-Toed Season Opener. In just two days of racing, the team has already shown great promise for the season to come. 21 MIT cyclists competed in an individual time trial (ITT), a criterium, and a circuit race over the weekend and drove MIT to the top of the Team Omnium standing with 206 points.
February 5, 2013
I’m not sure where you were this summer, but from July 27 to August 12, I was glued to my computer/TV for any coverage of the Summer Olympics. In case you missed any important moments, I’ll do my best to highlight some key events of the Games.
August 1, 2012
The 2012 London Olympics officially started on Friday with a quirky opening ceremony which included the Queen jumping out of a helicopter and lots of corgis.
July 11, 2012
We’re currently midway into July. That means it is hot and humid in Boston, there are less than two months before school begins, and the London Olympics are only a few weeks away. The USA Olympic team is currently being assembled for the Games which begin on July 27th. From June 25th to July 2nd, the Olympic team trials for swimming were held in Omaha, Nebraska. The big story from the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games was Michael Phelps’ domination of the pool   he earned eight gold medals to become the most decorated Olympic athlete in history. He will be competing in seven events (four of them individual) at this year’s Olympics. However, there are other superstars this year, including Missy Franklin in freestyle and backstroke and Rebecca Soni in women’s breaststroke. Here are some things to watch out for in the coming Olympics:
May 4, 2012
I’m sure that most of us are familiar with the “experimental” nature of contemporary art. While some of these works are stimulating, when I consider the great paintings from the Renaissance or the Impressionists in comparison to conceptual art and other modern art movements, I sometimes wonder if figure painting will ever “come back.”
December 2, 2011
On Nov. 6, 2011, MIT sophomore Emily L. Dunne ’14 ran in the New York City Marathon. For her, the experience was “even better than I could have imagined.” The ING NYC Marathon is held every year on the first Sunday of November. Runners traverse all five boroughs of New York City throughout the 26.1 mile event, starting on Staten Island and finishing near Central Park. Emily finished the marathon in 3:59:56, making her the ninth fastest female 19 years old or younger. Emily is a Course 2 sophomore who hails from Bermuda. We caught up with her to ask a few questions about her experience.
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