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lizakova is shinying up her life.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 4:20 pm    Post subject: MIT "Freedom Fighters" Reply with quote

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We have Tim the Beaver...

...and we are holding him hostage. We assure you that he is safe, but he
will not be returned until our voices are heard, until varsity athletics
serves the ENTIRE student body, and until all 41 varsity sports are
guaranteed a home at MIT. We may, however be willing to return select body
parts in exchange for another year of competition for all 41 varsity
teams...
We are not afraid to use force, as evidenced by our actions in this eye
witness video of the kidnapping that surfaced on Sunday:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Li8IoL4vvAk

Look for more information in tomorrow's Tech...

Sincerely,
-The Kidnappers


Have these people ever heard of a budget? It's not like the administration woke up one day and said, "Hey, you know what would piss off students? Canceling varsity sports!!!" There's a recession, so some rich alumni are no longer rich, and therefore not giving as much money to MIT. MIT therefore has to cut its budget. It can chose to forgo tenure for new professors, or take away UROP money, or stop constructing that new cancer institute. But instead of killing anything academic-related, it's obviously going to cut into superfluous things like sports first. This is a research institution god damn it.

They're not doing it because they hate you. They're not doing it to take away your rights. They're doing it because they don't have any money. If you want your damn sports back, go join the TechCallers and convince alumni who may or may not be in the process of losing their jobs to cough up the 1.5 million dollars a year it costs to keep these sports teams going.

On a related note: most MIT sports teams, with few exceptions like pistol and crew, suck.

Another note: that YouTube video they link is absolutely horrible. I want those 54 seconds of my life back.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 4:25 pm    Post subject: Re: MIT "Freedom Fighters" Reply with quote

lizakova wrote:
Quote:
We have Tim the Beaver...

...and we are holding him hostage. We assure you that he is safe, but he
will not be returned until our voices are heard, until varsity athletics
serves the ENTIRE student body, and until all 41 varsity sports are
guaranteed a home at MIT. We may, however be willing to return select body
parts in exchange for another year of competition for all 41 varsity
teams...
We are not afraid to use force, as evidenced by our actions in this eye
witness video of the kidnapping that surfaced on Sunday:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Li8IoL4vvAk

Look for more information in tomorrow's Tech...

Sincerely,
-The Kidnappers


Have these people ever heard of a budget? It's not like the administration woke up one day and said, "Hey, you know what would piss off students? Canceling varsity sports!!!" There's a recession, so some rich alumni are no longer rich, and therefore not giving as much money to MIT. MIT therefore has to cut its budget. It can chose to forgo tenure for new professors, or take away UROP money, or stop constructing that new cancer institute. But instead of killing anything academic-related, it's obviously going to cut into superfluous things like sports first. This is a research institution god damn it.

They're not doing it because they hate you. They're not doing it to take away your rights. They're doing it because they don't have any money. If you want your damn sports back, go join the TechCallers and convince alumni who may or may not be in the process of losing their jobs to cough up the 1.5 million dollars a year it costs to keep these sports teams going.

On a related note: most MIT sports teams, with few exceptions like pistol and crew, suck.

Another note: that YouTube video they link is absolutely horrible. I want those 54 seconds of my life back.


You could be responding to that email right now...
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Except we've already established that they're not hiring anyone and probably laying off as many people as possible.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mchicken wrote:
Except we've already established that they're not hiring anyone and probably laying off as many people as possible.


While at the same time buying up as many Beethoven manuscripts as humanly possible?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So... they kidnapped a beaver I care nothing about to save some varsity teams I care nothing about?

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lizakova wrote:
mchicken wrote:
Except we've already established that they're not hiring anyone and probably laying off as many people as possible.


While at the same time buying up as many Beethoven manuscripts as humanly possible?


Yes.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh no, not Tim the Beaver!

I didn't watch the video. Is he wearing a black hood in it?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also, when you request Tim the Beaver for your event, you have to sign a form saying that if you fail to return the costume, CAC can charge you the $500 or so that it costs to order a new beaver costume. So whoever signed his/her name to that piece of paper will have to pay a ridiculous amount of money for MIT to order a new costume and it won't do a thing to bring back varsity sports.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe they just lied on the form.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mchicken wrote:
Maybe they just lied on the form.


http://web.mit.edu/campus-activities/www/applications/mascotapp.pdf

You need a valid MIT account number to request the costume. I'm pretty sure they check these things, so someone is being billed for an extraordinarily expensive, yet pretty much meaningless beaver costume as we speak.

Edit: Apparently my initial figure was off. The costume actually costs over $7,000 to replace.

http://web.mit.edu/campus-activities/www/misc/mascot_rules.pdf
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 5:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lizakova wrote:
You need a valid MIT account number to request the costume.


It's pretty easy to find other people's account numbers, though. For example, the account number associated with daper.mit.edu is 1670600. I have no idea if that's what they did, but it seems like the sort of thing that could seem like a good idea to the sort of extreme idiots who would pulled this sort of stunt.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So you make a fake card, change your card number, or write whatever the hell you want in that box.
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