Boston Incident Reactions

Slater Victoroff

“Boston bombings represent a sorrowful scene of what happens everyday in Syria. Do accept our condolences.” The bombings in the Boston marathon were a tragedy, and I truly wish that those few that were killed or injured in the explosion hadn’t been. I don’t mean to trivialize the pain and suffering that these events have put people through, but I think there’s some important context to be considered here.

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Honor Board Mad Libs

Cases before the Honor Board are wide and varied. They range from personal differences to academic dishonesty to misuse of public materials. Above all, the Honor Board is a place for Olin Community members to work out their differences safely and confidentially. Fill in the blanks below to create your own Honor Board case.

If your results are particularly amusing, feel free to send them to for possible future publication.

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Extremely Accurate and Serious Horoscopes

Aries (March 21 – April 19): You have a future in the news. With the news.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20): The soul is a squeegee. Yours is dry and crisp.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20): Follow the road with fewer tracks when you’re looking for peace. Follow the crowds when looking for a party.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22): Life is like an adventure novel, just longer.

Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22): The next few weeks will require much racing. Trust not the flower, for the thorn is sharp and deadly.

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We Need You to Build Olin

It should take twice Olin’s population to achieve everything that we manage to accomplish in a year. Somehow, astoundingly, despite our limited size and the vastness of our collective responsibilities, the Olin community manages time and time again to successfully coordinate and run our programs, organizations, think-tanks, and events, all the while continuing to invent, discover, and thrive. Our campus teems with activity and our establishment thrums with diligence, the happy product of our collective vision for a prosperous Olin. Working together, giving of our time, effort, insight, wisdom, enthusiasm, and energy, we keep our College advancing along its exceptional trajectory.

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A Candid Conversation with Oscar Mur Miranda

I accidentally scheduled Oscar’s interview for a holiday, but characteristically, he was already planning to be on campus. The bench under the window of his office was, as always, covered with functioning breadboarded circuits. He wore his usual easy grin and silk tie.

A native of both Spain and Puerto Rico, Oscar came, as he describes it, “home” to Boston in 1990. He earned his degrees at MIT, then came to Olin in 2005. At Olin, Oscar teaches Electrical Engineering, Design, and International Development.

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Why Do Our Leaders Lead?

I am currently the Project Manager of the Olin Robotic Sailing team (ORS). However, in choosing my successor for next year, I had to ask myself: Why does anyone lead a large design team? What do the leaders get out of leading, and moreover, what do the participants get out of participating? I set out on a mission to interview leaders from the other project teams, REVO, HPV and Baja, to get a feel for their team cultures and their motivations behind leading these teams.

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A Puzzle by Midnight Math: May

The passel of math students from the first ever Midnight Math puzzle again find themselves held captive by that rascally hyper-intelligent, pan-dimensional being.

This time they are each held in separate cells and each day, one is chosen at random to come to a special room to work on a generalized integral transform problem (each selection is completely independent of any of the previous choices).

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Editor in Chief Announced

New Editor-in-Cheif: LyraFor real this time! I hope you enjoyed our April 1st article last month, introducing Nick Tatar as Editor in Chief.

Although we at Frankly Speaking appreciate Tatar’s good humor in nodding along to last month’s April Fool’s Day article falsely instating him to the role of Editor in Chief, Frankly Speaking remains unofficial, unaffiliated, and quintessentially student-run.

As I will be graduating in less than a month, I am very pleased to announce that Lyra Silverwolf will be taking over my role as editor in chief starting this September.

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