From: Student Life
Date: December 21, 2022
Subject: MIT Sloan Student Life Newsletter December 21, 2022

MIT Sloan Student Life

Helping you find your way.

December 21, 2022

Winter Closure and Important Contacts 

MIT and the Sloan Student Life Office will be closed from Monday, December 26th through Monday, January 2nd

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Community Events

Rooted: A Yoga and Live Plant Music Experience
Thursday, January 12th

MIT Welcome Center
Join MIT Open Space Programming for a creative experience of relaxation and rejuvenation! Yoga instructors Marlene and Malaika will lead a gentle yoga flow, offering optional assists, followed by a period of guided relaxation accompanied by singing bowls. The experience will be set against the backdrop of a live performance of plant music by sound designer and artist Skooby Laposky, who will play the beautiful plants in the MIT Welcome Center, reading their biodata and turning those measurements into a composition of dreamy, ambient music.

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Cambridge Festivus
December 23rd 

Cambridge Community Center 
The Greatest Showcase of Cambridge Talent! This festive event features Cambridge's Best Live Artists, Bands, Poets, and Comedians Knock Your Socks Off, Followed by an After-Party. All proceeds benefit the Cambridge Community Center. It's a non-denominational Christmas Eve Eve Festivus Variety Show.

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Community EVENTS

Pleasures of Poetry 2023
Building 14, 14-304 
Pleasures of Poetry meets from 1-2 p.m. every weekday from January 3-20. This popular activity – which aims to reach all those with an interest in poetry, regardless of experience level – has been offered every IAP for several decades. Each one-hour session is devoted to a poet or two, often a single poem. The roster of poets is typically diverse — from classic Chinese poets to American poets laureate, and from such canonical figures as Shakespeare, Keats, Dickinson, and Bishop to contemporary poets including Eve L. Ewing, Alice Notley, and many more.
Free and open to the public as well as to staff, alumni, and students.

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Understanding Islam and Muslims
Thursday, January 19th 

Building 1, Room 132
Islam is frequently talked about in the media, but continues to be a mystery to most people. What is the Muslim's concept of God? The afterlife? What are the core beliefs and practices of Islam? This session offers an opportunity to get to know our Muslim students a little bit better, see beyond common misconceptions, and learn from Muslims about their fourteen-century old faith, professed by 1.9 billion people worldwide. This is a 90 minute interactive workshop with participation from students and time allotted for Q&A. 

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Bagel, Movie & Dinner

Will you be in Cambridge on with nothing to do December 25? You’re not alone! Join Graduate Hillel for What Jews Do on Christmas: bagel brunch, a movie, and Chinese dinner!

The bagel brunch will feature Chanukah foods and Brooklyn-style chocolate egg creams, followed by the movie in a theater, followed by the Chinese dinner at Kosher Wok.

RSVP for any combination (e.g., just brunch, or all of the above!)
by Wednesday December 21 [EXTENDED]
Undergraduates are also welcome.
Registration required
Sponsored by OGE


Healthcare Innovation Pitch Competition

Do you have an innovative solution to a problem in healthcare? Do you want to win up to $30,000 in prize money? Join the 2023 SHIP Pitch Competition and apply here by January 23, 2023 here! The Sloan Healthcare Innovations Prize (SHIP) is a pitch competition open to student entrepreneurs innovating in the healthcare space, taking place on February 8 & 9 (virtual semifinals) and February 23, 2023 (in-person finals). The mission of SHIP is to support early stage healthcare startups by providing feedback from experienced industry professionals and a chance to compete for prize money. Board the SHIP to start your innovation journey in healthcare! Following SHIP will be the annual MIT Sloan Healthcare and Bioinnovations Conference, taking place February 24, 2023!
Please email with any questions and check our website for further details!

MIT CERT Training During IAP

MIT's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. CERT offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during disaster situations, allowing them to focus on more complex tasks.

MIT CERT assists the Emergency Operations Center during large event activations and for certain emergency responses.

PLEASE NOTE: You will need to attend all eight sessions to be fully trained as a member of MIT CERT.  Classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays starting 1/10 and running through 2/2. 

Learn More Here


The MIT Graduate Admissions Blog is excited to announce its upcoming workshop on blog writing. In brief,

  • Attend a 2-day blogging workshop: Wednesday, January 18 (in person) and Monday, January 23 (remotely), 2023 from 11-1pm
  • Write one blog submission
  • Earn $100 upon completion of post
  • Continue writing for the blog and earn $100 per piece
  • Your work will be eligible for publication on the blog (check it out!)

If you are a current MIT graduate student and would like to participate, fill out this application by January 4. You must be available for both sessions.

Happy Holidays! From Nia, Paul, Nicole, Rebecca, Elizabeth, Jackie, and Talia
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