No wonder visiting dorms on campus is the single most important thing prospective students do.
And the dorms lay it on thick, with parties and fliers and videos.
“But I really see it as a harbinger of MIT and other colleges homogenizing and corporatizing.”Senior House is quiet. No one feels Senior House’s closure more acutely than Skirmante Survilaite, an MIT senior majoring in biotechnology.
She came to Cambridge not for the famous professors but to live in Senior House.
In the early 2000s residents embraced that ridiculous legend, printing up Senior House towels.And neither is Senior House, which this year, for the first time in its history, is closed to undergraduates and is being referred to by the administration simply as 70 Amherst Street.Those students who called it home last year, and the year before that, and the year before that, are now spread out among the returning students, moving into unfamiliar rooms, separated from each other by happenstance and lottery.As classes got underway this week, something was missing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The sidewalks of Cambridge were jammed with students and their boxes, as they always are during the first week of September. Tanned professors returning from vacation unlocked their labs. Freshmen walked the “infinite corridor” of the main building as their parents took photos and consulted maps, mortifying their children.