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Mimi Yen ’11 sings a moving version of Maria Mena’s “Just Hold Me” at the Chorallaries’ “CSI: MIT” concert this past Saturday evening in 10-250. Through online donations and a raffle, the Chorallaries managed to raise over $1,000 for Children’s Hospital.



On Sunday morning, hackers placed a sword stuck in an anvil on one of the pedestals in Lobby 7. The hack, presumably to welcome the new chancellor, has a plaque inscribed “Who So Pulleth Out This Sword of this Stone and Anvil is the Rightwise Born Chancellor of The Institvte,” a reference to the novel and movie The Sword in the Stone. The sword is adorned with a number of MIT references: “Massachvsetts Institvte of Technology” and “MDCCCLXI,” the year the Institute was founded, are engraved on the blade; the bolt heads on the hilt spell out “X + I” to represent 2011; and the MIT seal is on the handle of the sword.



On Monday evening, the sword disappeared from the anvil in Lobby 7 and reappeared in front of the Chancellor’s office in Building 10. A plaque accompanies the sword. It reads: “On the Night of February 28th, 2011, Professor W. Eric L. Grimson PhD ’80 Drew This Sword from the Stone and Anvil in Lobby 7, Proving Himself Worthy of Chancellorship.” The anvil remained in Lobby 7.



Susan J. Hockfield welcomes Chancellor W. Eric L. Grimson PhD ’80 to his first day on the job. President Hockfield mentioned the thousands of students Grimson has taught over the years and congratulated him on his new role. During his speech, Grimson mentioned that he will spend the next few weeks talking to students and student groups, and he told everyone to look out for e-mails about where he will be eating lunch so that students can join him.



An event was held on Tuesday at noon in Lobby 7 to greet the new Chancellor on his first day on the job. Lobby 7 was decorated with a string of lights for the event, which was well-attended by students, staff, and administrators.









Hackers, to commemorate last year’s “Inverted Lounge” CPW hack, installed a “Verted Lounge” on the side of the Media Lab arch. Last year’s lounge was tied around a classy theme, complete with pool table, leather chairs, a sleeping cat, and a working lamp fixture. This year, the hackers appear to have moved to a beach, with a beach chair, a sandcastle-esque dome, a beach towel, and a special reprise from the sleeping cat.



Visitors play in the Gradated Field, one of the many FAST installations on campus. The Gradated Field is a collection of smooth, white plaster mounds formed by latex sheets. Visitors are encouraged to wander and lounge amongst the art.



For MIT’s 150th anniversary, hackers installed 20–30 hacks all over campus. This sideways lounge hack was installed to commemorate the upside-down lounge hack installed during Campus Preview Weekend 2010.


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