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Last Published: April 14, 2016
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Photos by ethan a. solomon

Nearly 1,200 prefrosh descended upon MIT last weekend for Campus Preview Weekend. The weekend was packed with events like the Academic Expo, Activities Midway, sumo-wrestling, and liquid nitrogen ice cream.

A decrepit upright piano sails off the roof of Baker House during the traditional Spring drop date celebration on Memorial Drive. The drop was held over a week after the April 21 drop date to coincide with MIT’s Under The Dome open house.

Pi Beta Phi will be moving in to the MIT-owned property at 405 Memorial Dr. next year. The house was formerly occupied by the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, and has since undergone big renovations.

Four protesters gathered by the MIT General Counsel’s office in Building 7 on Sunday and shared their views on the Aaron Swartz case with reporters. MIT, they said, should publicly stand up for its institutional principles of openness and free information. From left to right: Michael McCarthy, Jacob Brennan, and Frank Romanelli, all from Rhode Island; and Ben Hitov, a software engineer working in Cambridge.

The MIT Men’s Hockey team prepares for a game against Merrimack on Tuesday evening.

The MIT Golf team makes use of the Paul Rudovsky Indoor Training Room for practice.

MIT and Cambridge police and firefighters coordinated the response to potential pipe bombs in New House early Tuesday morning. There was never any threat to campus safety, but the Cambridge bomb squad carried out a series of water-cannon “disruptions” on objects that looked like pipe bombs in a New House lounge, in an effort to disable them if they were dangerous.

A hazardous materials decontamination tent was set up in the Westgate parking lot early Tuesday morning in response to a New House bomb scare. Cambridge and MIT police eventually determined that there was never any threat to campus safety, and that harmless construction materials were mistaken for pipe bombs. Nobody required decontamination.

Speakers placed in a plastic dome above the table of the wormhole direct audio to students at MIT from those at Stanford.

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