I came to IIT for the Fall 2010 Semester. I am majoring in Chemical Engineering.
My favourite thing(s) about IIT are the buildings, especially the building that houses the International Center and the MTCC; and the fact that IIT has the highest concentration of international students by % anywhere in the country. With just one plane ride from Mumbai to Chicago I've already learnt so much about so many cultures from all over the world!!
Also, the campus is small, allowing students to really familiarize themselves with literally everything a college offers, just ten minutes away from downtown Chicago is a major plus too!
My favourite thing about TechNews is it's dedicated team, with lots of ideas so that practically every time we have more content than we can fit in! As Campus Editor I've come to realize that our campus may be small, but it's got a lot of activity going around ... (except Finals Week, haha!)
Stories from Utsav Gandhi
So, where do I start?
Oh right, (almost) four years ago. It was the very first meeting of TechNews for the academic year 2010 to 2011, and I was as literally fresh off the boat as could be. It was my first few days in the country, having just completed quite an overwhelming orientation session.
Part of an incredibly important and attention-grabbing movement happening across Illinois and around the country left its mark on the IIT campus this past week in the midst of a busy Wednesday afternoon, as students and staff gathered at the MTCC Welcome Center. Some students were wearing black t-shirts and holding a banner; a crowd was gathering and there was some strong media presence in the area too.
The IIT College of Social Sciences continued the Benjamin Franklin Project with an interdisciplinary conference on institutional innovation, exploring various historical and current perspectives on how institutions can provide the framework for revolution.
What an extraordinarily successful season for Alternative Spring Break! The most number of applications ever, the largest team size ever, correspondingly the biggest budget and the most successful fundraising season! This included the annual Pie in the Face with President Anderson himself dropping by ever so sportingly to get pied for charity and a Tamale Sale that was deeply appreciated by all. This was also the year with the first ever ASB Fall Build as well as ASB Chicago, for those unable to attend the spring build trip to West Virginia.
Working directly with the support of school administration to inspire creativity among students to implement change from the bottom-up, the Student Government Association partnered with MonkeyBars and sponsored by Google, O'Reilly Books, IIT Institute of Design, and IIT to organize a 24 hour Hackathon style competition, the "Re-Imagination Challenge".
Unbeknownst to many, a small, enterprising group of IIT alumni have initiated some influential change right here in the immediate Chicagoland vicinity of our campus. Combining technical expertise with a passion for community mobilizing and an entrepreneurial flair, a group of “doers” have started a “hackerspace” on the south side of Chicago (in Pilsen). They are seeking “hackers, tinkerers, hobbyists, crafters, artists and doers” to help create a social, educational and collaborative space for the benefit of the larger community.
Every year, the month of March is celebrated as Women’s History Month in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia, while in Canada, it is observed in October. This year, students commemorated the theme of ‘Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment,’ here at IIT throughout the month.
“Today is my second best day as President of the university. The first was when the Fueling Innovation campaign was made public, and today, we are announcing a landmark challenge gift towards the same goal. If someone were to ask me a few days ago, ‘what if someone gave you 10 million dollars, I’d probably just ask again–really?’” said, John L. Anderson, the President of Illinois Institute of Technology.
Friday, February 28, was a breakthrough occasion for the course of history this university is charting.
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