One Institutional Memory Ago

At MIT, we often talk about the institutional memory: the fact that, for instance, undergraduate students are only here for about four years means that many things are quickly forgotten. Just to jog the forgotten past a bit, here’s a list of things at MIT that I can remember to have changed while I was here. If you came to MIT later than I did, you might learn about some things that you may have thought have always been that are actually really new. (And I guess, on the other token, if you left MIT a short number of years ago, here’s what no longer is.)

7.015 and 7.016 didn’t exist.
18.03 taught Laplace Transforms.
No class numbers had ten-thousandth places. 6.0001 and 6.0002 were the first ones. Soon after, Course 18 and then Course 15 joined the party.
Course 1 had only three degree path options: 1-C, 1-E, and 1-A.
Course 14 had only one degree path option.
Course 15 had only one degree path option.
18.100 had three versions: A, B, and C.
Course 21G was called 21F.

The EECS undergraduate lounge was 38-201.

Building 12 existed.
Building E33 existed.
Building E34 existed.
Building NW62 existed.
Building W13 existed.
Building W64 didn’t exist.

MIT didn’t have buildings in the EE sector.
MIT didn’t have Building E94.
MIT didn’t have Building N50.
MIT didn’t have Building NW32.
MIT didn’t have Building NW98.
MIT didn’t have Building W97.

Building 2 underwent a renovation. (As did all of its classrooms.)
Building 9 underwent a renovation.
Building 35 underwent a renovation.
Building 66 underwent a renovation.
Building E52 underwent a renovation.
Buildings E17 and E18 underwent two renovations.

4-270 underwent a renovation.
4-370 underwent a renovation.
6-120 underwent a renovation.
24-1’s classrooms underwent renovations.
26-100 underwent a renovation.

Building 2 didn’t have a name.
Building 9 didn’t have a name.
Building E52 was called Sloan. (Often referred to as ‘Old Sloan’, in comparison to E62.)

The lobby of Building 32 wasn’t named the Charles Vest Student Street. (And Charles Vest was still alive.)

All of Random Hall’s bathrooms had two toilets.

Students of dorms worked their front desks during the day, exclusively. (Allied Barton workers weren’t there yet.)
In all dorms but Random Hall, all you needed to say in order to be allowed inside a dorm was that you’re visiting someone.

2-032 was an Athena cluster.
2-225 was an Athena cluster.
12-182 was an Athena cluster.
37-312 was an Athena cluster.
38-370 was an Athena cluster.
56-129 was an Athena cluster.
The W20-575 Athena cluster was larger.

LSC’s main office was W20-469.
LSC ran films during the summer.

Both ESP’s main office and its secondary office were accessed by numerical code rather than card reader.
ESP’s secondary office was in Building 50. That meant that if one was doing things there in the summer one was doing so in searing heat.
All of ESP’s Splark Teacher Appreciation Dinners were at Royal East.
The members of ESP endlessly squabbled over which juice was better rather than what the name of the printer was (and that printer wasn’t there yet (or the other printer)).

The card reader in front of SIPB’s office wasn’t there (not that it does anything these days).

The Tech published twice every seven days.

Saté was called momogoose, and vegetarian entrees were $4.
There was Sepal, which was replaced by Sonoma Greens, which was soon after replaced with Shawarma Shack.

Centrifugues didn’t exist yet.

MIT Gangnam Style happened.

Sean Collier was shot and killed, and a memorial was built for him near where he was shot, between Buildings 32 and 76.


2 thoughts on “One Institutional Memory Ago”

  1. I didn’t realize how many more athena clusters there were. What gives?

    1. The specific reasons for the closures of individual clusters have varied. In general, students have not been using clusters very much, and IS&T responded accordingly. There may have also been effects of the recent massive IS&T reorganization.

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