Stories from Mike Purdy
In his latest endeavor, filmmaker James Cameron plunged to the ocean floor of the Mariana Trench’s Challenger Deep, setting a record for the world’s deepest solo voyage at the world’s deepest point. Cameron exuberantly emerged from his vessel, the “Deepsea Challenger”, last Monday after his successful seven-mile journey to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean marked a victory for both man and science in a time when adventure and exploration are more important than ever.
In its debut year, the Undergraduate Research Journal (URJiit) is preparing to launch its spring abstracts issue to showcase student research endeavors at Illinois Tech. The URJiit team hopes to have this issue finalized and printed between late March and early April in anticipation of the first full edition of the journal, which will be arriving in fall 2012.
I find that it is often times necessary in life to change things up a bit. Whether that involves creating a new routine, going somewhere you have never been, or experiencing life from a different angle; spontaneity is key, and Chicago provides a near-perfect backdrop for such endeavors.
The Greek community at IIT was well represented by Sigma Phi Epsilon brothers at the esteemed Carlson Leadership Academy (CLA) this past weekend. After gaining national recognition for outstanding scholarship and manpower on campus, members of the Illinois-Beta chapter engaged with other SigEps from around the Midwest region in valuable leadership training. SigEp brothers from IIT departed from this great experience with newfound motivation and insight which will help propel their chapter to new heights.
“Develop courage, develop confidence,” said Dr. Bruce Fisher in his last hoorah as Director of IIT’s Leadership Academy. This last address was a leadership seminar titled “Understand Yourself, Lead Others” and was presented by Fisher to an audience of roughly 80-90 undergraduate students at the Armour Dining Hall last Saturday. Each was eager to gain some of Fisher’s prodigious wisdom before he bids farewell to the IIT community later this week.
Last week, the Illinois Institute of Technology Lacrosse club (or IIT Lax) became an official student organization on campus. As the sport of lacrosse continues to spread and gain popularity throughout the Midwest, many students at IIT have expressed interest in the sport and took it upon themselves to provide its excitement to the rest of the student body. The first general body meeting for the IIT Lacrosse club will be held on Thursday, February 3 at 9:15 p.m. in the MTCC Ballroom.