MIT's football team

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MIT_Engineers_Logo.jpgMy alma mater, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is not known as an athletic powerhouse, but MIT does offer a surprisingly large number of varsity intercollegiate teams (at times it's had more varsity teams than any other college and the school has national championships in sailing and pistol). The 'tute has intramural leagues in everything from soccer to Quidditch which involve most of the student body, with teams fielded by fraternities, labs, and dorm floors.

When I was in school, one varsity team we lacked was football. Untethered from loyalty to our own school, MIT undergrads continued to root for their home-state teams. We certainly never imagined a day when MIT would have a better football season than the Sooners.

A few years before my arrival, students organized a club team, which existed with minimal Institute support. More attention was paid to the hacks MIT students perpetrated at other colleges' football games. The Wall Street Journal recently featured the humble origins of the MIT football team and the marching band.

Now, not only does MIT have a varsity football team (since 1988), it's undefeated and in the second round of the NCAA Division III playoffs.

This Saturday the MIT Engineers will face the Wesley College Wolverines at Wesley's home field in Dover, Delaware.

This calls for the MIT cheer:

e to the u, du dx, e to the x, dx;
cosine, secant, tangent, sine, 3.14159;
integral, radical, u dv;
slipstick, sliderule, MIT!

The alma mater, performed by alumni of the male a capella ensemble, the Logarhythms:

And the drinking song, performed by the mixed voice a capella ensemble, the Chorallaries:

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Roy said:

enjoyed the post, Mike. But have to admit when I first glanced at the football schedule, I read not Wesley, but Wellesley ;^P And, Nb, the cheer has date marks: whatever is a slipstick?

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