Utsav Gandhi

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I came to IIT for the Fall 2010 Semester. I am majoring in Chemical Engineering.

My favourite thing(s) about IIT are the buildings, especially the building that houses the International Center and the MTCC; and the fact that IIT has the highest concentration of international students by % anywhere in the country. With just one plane ride from Mumbai to Chicago I've already learnt so much about so many cultures from all over the world!!

Also, the campus is small, allowing students to really familiarize themselves with literally everything a college offers, just ten minutes away from downtown Chicago is a major plus too!

My favourite thing about TechNews is it's dedicated team, with lots of ideas so that practically every time we have more content than we can fit in! As Campus Editor I've come to realize that our campus may be small, but it's got a lot of activity going around ... (except Finals Week, haha!)

Stories from Utsav Gandhi

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Sunday, April 13th, 2014

The IIT College of Social Sciences continued the Benjamin Franklin Project with an interdisciplinary conference on institutional innovation, exploring various historical and current perspectives on how institutions can provide the framework for revolution.

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Sunday, April 6th, 2014
Immediately following the SGA Executive Board debates, Sonia Kamdar, current Senator from the Lewis College of Human Sciences and candidate for VP of Student Life, hosted a forum debating a hotly contested and passionately debated topic on the IIT campus: smoking regulations and enforcement policies. Second hand smoke and dirty sidewalks do impact others' health and  the workplace. A question-answer/suggestions session followed the panelist presentations for students/faculty to share concerns or offer suggestions.
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Monday, March 31st, 2014

What an extraordinarily successful season for Alternative Spring Break! The most number of applications ever, the largest team size ever, correspondingly the biggest budget and the most successful fundraising season! This included the annual Pie in the Face with President Anderson himself dropping by ever so sportingly to get pied for charity and a Tamale Sale that was deeply appreciated by all.  This was also the year with the first ever ASB Fall Build as well as ASB Chicago, for those unable to attend the spring build trip to West Virginia.

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Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Working directly with the support of school administration to inspire creativity among students to implement change from the bottom-up, the Student Government Association partnered with MonkeyBars and sponsored by Google, O'Reilly Books, IIT Institute of Design, and IIT to organize a 24 hour Hackathon style competition, the "Re-Imagination Challenge".

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Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Unbeknownst to many, a small, enterprising group of IIT alumni have initiated some influential change right here in the immediate Chicagoland vicinity of our campus. Combining technical expertise with a passion for community mobilizing and an entrepreneurial flair, a group of “doers” have started a “hackerspace” on the south side of Chicago (in Pilsen). They are seeking “hackers, tinkerers, hobbyists, crafters, artists and doers” to help create a social, educational and collaborative space for the benefit of the larger community.

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Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Every year, the month of March is celebrated as Women’s History Month in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia, while in Canada, it is observed in October. This year, students commemorated the theme of ‘Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment,’ here at IIT throughout the month.

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Friday, February 28th, 2014

“Today is my second best day as President of the university. The first was when the Fueling Innovation campaign was made public, and today, we are announcing a landmark challenge gift towards the same goal. If someone were to ask me a few days ago, ‘what if someone gave you 10 million dollars, I’d probably just ask again–really?’” said, John L. Anderson, the President of Illinois Institute of Technology.

Friday, February 28, was a breakthrough occasion for the course of history this university is charting.

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Saturday, February 22nd, 2014
Alternative Spring Break (ASB) has had a lot of fundraisers this academic year to raise money for the 25 students and 4 staff members traveling to West Virginia during the upcoming spring break. The team would like to thank the rest of the IIT community for helping us raise funds for volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. This year, the team has seen successful spaghetti lunches, letter writing campaigns, Rocky's Tip-Matching Nights, a BOG event, Singing Valentines and the Taste of IIT, besides other fundraisers.
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Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

He referenced “Meet the Press” with Marsha Blackburn, and he mentioned the creationism debate two weeks ago. He handed out certificates and trophies to some enterprising young engineers and scientists, encouraged them (especially the women in the audience) to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.)

He expressed his contempt at those who fudge facts and figures to spread misconceptions and misrepresentations about science (“There are liars, evil liars, and then there are statisticians.”)

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Saturday, February 15th, 2014
Hunger is more than just famine and is more than just a lack of access to food and nutrition. This is the underlying principle behind Oxfam International’s Hunger Banquet, an event that seeks to communicate to participants the multiple ways that hunger affects the daily experiences of the world’s underprivileged.
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Sunday, February 9th, 2014
Amid the gloom of the snow and the frigid temperatures of Chiberia, it might be a little difficult to envision spring break at this point—but surprise, surprise —it's just a little bit over a month away! And while many students are thinking of going home, maybe even some place a little warm, IIT's long-standing, flagship service learning experience, Alternative Spring Break is in the midst of one of the most prolific fundraising campaigns in recent years.
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Saturday, February 1st, 2014
I think the State of the Union should be made essential viewing—the actions of the world’s most relevant economy have implications that are simply too wide-ranging.  Coming from countries where heads of state making annual reports or forecasts for public viewing may or may not be a practice, it is always an experience seeing all the media buildup to the speech, all the analytics used to predict the key topics and issues at hand, or even who the special guests of the First Lady are.  Unfortunately, on our campus we don’t see as many politically active discussions when compared to other
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Saturday, February 1st, 2014

Braving some frigid temperatures and strong winds, a few student leaders made a trek on the afternoon of Monday, January 27, to the Idea Shop for an exclusive opportunity to meet with Presidential Lecture Series speaker, Dr. Charles Herschel.  The series intended to bring leading experts in energy, sustainability, health, innovation, and other areas of societal challenges to Chicago to lend us their views and engage in discussion.

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Saturday, January 25th, 2014

IIT students are participating in a nationwide campus campaign to raise awareness about the U.S. national debt, which, according to figures posted by the Treasury Department has jumped to over $17 trillion.

“Our federal government is running a deficit, annually spending more than it receives in revenue. To make up for this, the U.S. borrows money, adding to the federal debt”, said George Batah, the leader of the Up to Us campaign which will run from January 21 to February 21.

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Saturday, November 16th, 2013

Instituted last year, the Presidential Lecture Series is hosted by the Office of the IIT President, Dr. John Anderson and focuses on bringing highly reputed speakers to campus to engage and enlighten the audience about some of the most critical and relevant issues of our times. After last year's theme of sustainability, the theme this year has been chosen as Immigration Policy, one of the most hotly debated issues of our time. To kick things off for this academic year, the first speaker invited to campus was Dr.

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Saturday, November 16th, 2013

After the work carried out on Perlstein Hall externally, the next, planned, large scale construction and redevelopment project on an academic building on campus is the proposed transformation of E1 to the John T. Rettaliata Center, named in honor of IIT’s president from 1952-1973. The project, was made possible with support provided by his wife, Caryl Pucci Rettaliata, the Center (historically, currently and more popularly known as E1) is being renovated to reflect updates in both design and functionality.

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Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Founded in 1908, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) is one of the world's largest and most dynamic professional societies seeking to engage students and professionals tackling some of the 21st century's foremost challenges. With over 40,000 members and 200 student chapters worldwide, AIChE provides career guidance and networking opportunities to learn more about diverse careers in food processing, pharmaceutical, sustainable energy, biotechnology and environmental engineering.

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Sunday, October 27th, 2013

It isn’t every day on the IIT campus that we get to listen to a Nobel Prize Laureate talk about the exciting work they are involved in and the larger challenges of the world their work is helping tackle. This is why just the announcement of the annual Darsh Wasan lecture was enough to get the university scientific community engaged and excited.

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Saturday, October 19th, 2013

IIT's Engineers without Borders (EWB) chapter is currently partnering with FriendsNE, a non- profit organization based in Boston, MA, to help build a bridge in rural Nicaragua. The project has been in conception since October last year, after which a successful evaluation trip was also carried out over spring break last year (you can read more updates about the project at http://ewbiitsanclaudio.blogspot.com/).

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Saturday, October 19th, 2013

Alternative Spring Break is known as one of the more socially engaged student organizations on campus, focusing on educational outreach and volunteer opportunities to gain and spread better awareness regarding social justice and homelessness.