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(left to right) Ian Olsen of Boston Conservatory, Elisabeth Hon Hunt G, Pauline A. Sliwa G, and Daniel P. Cunningham ’07 join the MIT Concert Choir on Dec. 7 in performing “Alexander’s Feast (The Power of Musick)” by G. F. Handel.

Tiffany K. Cheng ’12 of the Chorallaries sings “Hot ’N’ Cold” by Katy Perry during the Chorallaries’ “A Concert We Can Believe In” on Dec. 5 in 10-250.

William Cutter, Lecturer in Music and Director of Choral Programs at MIT, conducts the MIT Concert Choir at their annual fall concert on Dec. 7 in Kresge.

Christine Chen ’12 checks out ornaments on display at the MIT Glass Lab Holiday Sale in Lobby 10 on Dec. 8. The sale featured colorful pieces made by students and instructors at the MIT Glass Lab.

Priscilla W. Army ’10 of the Muses gets the audience going with Natasha Bedingfield’s “I Wanna Have Your Babies” during the Chorallaries’ “A Concert We Can Believe In” on Dec. 5 in 10-250.

Pablo Bello ’11, Edward Grinnel ’11, Elvine Pineda ’11, and Arielle Fischer ’11 placed 2nd, 1st, 3rd, and 4th, respectively, in this year’s 2.007 competition.
The 2.007 game, “Sweepin’ the Nation,” consists of three main tasks — robots could crush soda cans, place crushed or pre-crushed soda cans in a “storage slot,” and stack bales of “trash” to obtain points. Robots start out in the starting box on their side of the field and can traverse to their opponent’s side via a rotating passage pipe.
Students received a large tote containing different materials — metals, plastics, wheels, etc — to construct their robots. Students had the option of building two robots, one for mainly scoring and one robot to bother the opponents; however, some students chose to build one large robot. Students also had the option of having one or two drivers to control the many mechanisms of their robot.
Matches consisted of an autonomous period, a 10 second period where robots were operated by just their sensors, followed by a 50-second operator-controlled period. Strategies of students varied, with some robots taking advantage of the autonomous period to position themselves and others just staying put in their starting box. Designs of robots to perform the various tasks also varied, and many robots in the final matches were only able to perform one or two of the possible ways to score.
The top four contestants of the contest can attend an international design competition in Tokyo, Japan this summer.

Members of the MIT Concert Choir perform “Te Deum for the Empress Marie Therese” by Franz Joseph Haydn during their spring concert on May 3 in Kresge.

Dr. William Cutter, conductor of the MIT Concert Choir, takes a bow at the choir’s spring concert last Sunday in Kresge.

Martin Frankland G of the MIT Concert Choir performs a solo during “Mass in C major, Op. 86,” by Ludwig van Beethoven at the choir’s spring concert on May 3 in Kresge.

Members of MIT’s Cuban salsa dance group Casino Rueda perform a dance at the Latino Heritage Celebration Kick-Off, sponsored by the Latino Cultural Center, on the steps of the Student Center Sunday.

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