Senior House at MIT Dies, and a Crisis Blooms at Colleges | WIRED


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RT : Colleges are killing the longtime homes of eccentric students. This also happened at Wooster, where I went. Tragic.
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9 weeks ago by daisyk
As classes got underway this week, something was missing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Something weird. The sidewalks of Cambridge were jammed…
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10 weeks ago by jrdodds
As classes got underway this week, something was missing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Something weird. The sidewalks of Cambridge were jammed…
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10 weeks ago by johnrclark
MIT’s Senior House was a haven for creative outsiders. Adminstrators said it was dangerous and shut it down.
10 weeks ago by jokela
Even-handed treatment of MIT's funky dorm, now gone
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10 weeks ago by nelson
A Weird MIT Dorm Dies, and a Crisis Blooms at Colleges
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10 weeks ago by kctipton
As classes got underway this week, something was missing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Something weird. The sidewalks of Cambridge were jammed…
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10 weeks ago by kohlmannj
Excellent piece on the dismantling of Senior House at and what it means for colleges more broadly:
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10 weeks ago by ethanz
via Pocket - A Weird MIT Dorm Dies, and a Crisis Blooms at Colleges - Added September 10, 2017 at 02:19PM As classes got underway this week, something was missing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Something weird. The sidewalks of Cambridge were jammed with students and their boxes, as they always are during the first week of September. There was nowhere to park.
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10 weeks ago by peteyreplies
As classes got underway this week, something was missing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Something weird. The sidewalks of Cambridge were jammed with students and their boxes, as they always are during the first week of September. There was nowhere to park. via Pocket
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10 weeks ago by drewcaldwell
A superb student who emigrated from Lithuania with her family when she was 5, Survilaite was offered full rides to Harvard, MIT, Case Western University, and the University of Chicago. With a special traveling scholarship, she visited Cambridge to check out MIT and Harvard. Unlike most universities, MIT asks incoming freshman to pick a dormitory in which they will live for all four years of study.



And in this risk-averse atmosphere, places like Senior House, Eclectic, and Ricketts are increasingly viewed as unacceptable liabilities. “I first noticed this paternalistic ethos when I was doing some lectures at Vanderbilt University,” says sociologist Frank Furedi of the University of Kent and author of the book What’s Happened to the University? “There were all these campaigns being organized across America against drinking beer,” he says. “And I remembered that when I was in college the whole point was to get drunk.”

“I can’t tell you how many times I heard that Senior House saved a student’s life,” Feldmeier says. He points out that despite MIT’s high suicide rates—12.6 per 100,000 students in the years between 2010 and 2015 (the national collegiate average is 7.5)—Senior House hasn’t had a suicide in more than 20 years.

What they didn’t know—and what they couldn’t have known from reading the consent form that accompanied it—was that MIT had embedded metadata that allowed the administration to pinpoint the location of those filling out the questionnaire, enabling them to segment the results by dorm. The only question about dorm type in the survey was vague—“What kind of dorm do you live in? Small, large, off campus?”—but by tracking the metadata, Barnhart and the administration were able to see exactly where respondents lived.
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10 weeks ago by craniac