Senior House Mural Update

we need you — to help with the murals!

help 1: 

we need help identifying who painted what and when.  you can go wild on this.  (you can now edit). If you’re not sure, please put a ? after the entry.

help 2: Choose the top 10 murals
The MIT museum plans to hire a photographer to take archive quality photos of up to 10 of the most significant murals.  Instead of pointing a camera at a mural and taking one photo, the photographer would take many, many photos, stitch them all together, and come up with one very large data file.  it’s not so much # of murals as it is “hey we have x number of hours to accomplish this task.” so it will be a ranked top 10 with the expectation that not all would get this extra special treatment.

we’re looking for people to fill in what their preferences are, and then a group of us (shmural) will rank the top choices.  you can vote for your top 10 murals.  The instructions are in the upper left hand corner.  don’t screw it up  (Yeah yeah, i know its not the best method for ranking, but you know what they say — life sucks and then you die).  After everyone votes, Katy Gero, Gabe Cira, and I will look at the results and talk about it, and then let you all know what we think the top 10 should be ranked at.

  1. Original works of art.  many of the murals in the house which we love dearly aren’t original to the house.  because of copyright stuff, we want to capture works by the house, not copies.  interpretations of other people’s art is fine.  some of the ones in the voting list are not originals.  deal with it.
  2. Cultural significance to the house.  interpret as you will.
  3. Likely to be painted over.  This is a bit tricky cause we don’t know which hallway murals will be painted, but basically anything behind or on a door is going to be painted as far as we know at this point.  so — all suites, all rooms, all doors, and towers (is towers a suite???).  my best guess that anything that isn’t “wholesome” or has sport death will also be painted.
  4. well executed.  we’re taking super high res photos.  if the mural itself is not of the best execution, then the photos we have now might suffice to document the photo.

Here are all the photos in case you want to nominate some others I haven’t listed yet.

Here are murals we haven’t photo’d yet, but you might want to remember.

Letters to Admins

Alumni have written countless letters to the MIT administration, and we are attempting to count those letters. These (somewhat) personal communications are an important part of the Senior House Community narrative and their collective message and experience are powerful. Please copy and paste your letter using the form below. You can choose to remain anonymous if you prefer, simply indicate so in the required fields.


Post Alt Roast

Reposted from altroast.org

tl;dr: Our work as a community has just begun. Show your love with letters to the administration ASAP.

Alt-Roast 2017 was a complete success! Thank you to everyone who came out this weekend and thank you to everyone who supported us from afar; your presence was simultaneously missed and felt.

On Monday, April 24, the Institute cancelled Steer Roast. Eleven days later, on Friday May 5, we Alt-Roasted.

Friday Night at the Elks Lodge featured great bands, beautiful art, emotional speeches, an Alt-Lighting, and Senior House family spanning decades. Alt-Feast at Mentzer House on Saturday featured delicious meat (SO MUCH MEAT), an Alt-Wrestling Bounce Haüs, DoppleFeast 2017 (a skit by Emilio Jasso ’11), Alt-Awards, Alt-Casino, and memories of Roasts past. Brambleberry Breakfast on Sunday featured pancakes, pozole, quiche, a trampoline, and exhausted alumni and residents deliberating the past, present, and future.

Please share your pictures from Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in the Google Photo folders below. If you have pictures publicly shared on photosharing sites, please add the link in the comments below.

The outpouring of support in Alt-Roast was amazing; we raised over $6000 in less than 2 weeks, fully funding all Alt-Roast events and a catered Study Break to Senior House later this week.

The cancellation of Steer Roast is frustrating, sad, and even worse, a potential harbinger of the end of Senior House (more information on what’s happening at Senior House available here). Although it was an amazing weekend with friends and loved ones, it was bittersweet. Therefore, we are asked to continue this support through formal outreach to the administration.

Our work as a community has just begun.

All alumni are encouraged to send letters supporting Senior House to MIT administration. Please share how the Senior House community has affected your life, any personal anecdotes, and what it means for generations of MIT students looking for a place to fit in.

Keep your messages positive to counter any and all of the negative attitudes or impressions of Senior House. We need the administration to know that Senior House is an important and wonderful place, and worthy of maintaining and supporting.

You can send letters to:

Thank you again to our community, which goes far beyond the walls of Senior House. Your support and love was felt throughout the weekend by alumni, friends, and residents. Let’s make sure that we can do this again.

Next year in Senior House.