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“It’s supposed to be disorienting,” he said. “That’s Gehry.”
MIT students are known for their sense of humor. Witness some of the pranks they’ve pulled, which are recognized with displays inside the Stata Center. In 1991 students turned a fire hydrant into a working drinking fountain. Then there was the realistic-looking replica of an MIT police car — whose number was “pi” — that students put high atop the great dome of Building 10 in 1994. The car now rests on a high ledge inside the Stata Center, covered in handmade flowers.
On a sunny June afternoon, I couldn’t find one MIT cop patrolling campus. (There is an ad hoc memorial to Sean Collier, slain in his police car by the marathon bombers, outside the Stata Center.) However, over at Harvard, officer Steve O’Connor talked about the post-marathon bombing state of mind. He said for Harvard graduation in May, when Oprah Winfrey gave the commencement address, people were asked to not bring backpacks to the ceremony. Otherwise, he says, it’s business as usual.
According to Cambridge resident DeKenis, “Everyday life is completely back to normal.”
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