The bezel of the 2020 Brass Rat features MIT’s iconic mascot, the beaver, at the heart of the MIT-Boston landscape. The beaver, sporting its very own Brass Rat, unifies itself with our class and simultaneously presents in his right hand a representation of our unified world. Instead of proffering the typical representation, the globe the beaver offers to the wearer exhibits Pangaea, symbolizing the diversity of our student body and the notion that although we are all from different places both domestic and international, we make up and stand for one world. The beaver sits upon a dam of branches where Pi is inscribed, a tribute to the memorable date when many of us were officially admitted to MIT.
Falling off of the dam and into the river are 8 ivy leaves and a pinecone, symbolic of those who have fallen beneath the engineering prestige of MIT. The Massachusetts Avenue bridge displays the 153rd smoot mark to herald that we are the 153rd graduating class. Binary in the railings of the bridge spells out “.5 2 HE,” an ambiguous reference potentially indicating that our trip across the bridge is a journey taken either “halfway to heaven” or “halfway to hell”. At the end of the bridge, a tent welcomes the user, much like convocation, One World, and many other MIT celebrations do for our student body. To the right of the tent, there are three banners around the Lobby 10 pillars, emblematic of the opportunities for open discourses as well as the safe spaces for a diversity of opinions fostered in and around MIT’s student body. Above the banners and below the 2020 plaque are two hackers who know that one should never hack alone while setting up the eye chart hack that introduced us to MIT on the first day of our freshman year. In the bezel, the hack spells MIT’s traditionally ambiguous acronym, IHTFP.
Proceeding to the right of our bezel, we have Stata, Walker, and the Green building as quintessentially recognized MIT buildings. On the Green Building, students play the revived tetris hack that takes place during the exciting introductions REX and CPW provide to prospective members of our MIT community. Above the bridge, we have included an accurate depiction of Boston’s solar eclipse, a noteworthy moment that occurred the summer after our freshman year. In the background, the Boston T crosses the Salt and Pepper Bridge over the Charles River heading toward Boston, alluding to the occasional trips that students take to explore the world outside of MIT’s bubble.
On Boston side, we have the Esplanade, the Prudential Center, the Custom House Clock Tower, the Citgo Sign, and classic brownstone buildings. Looking closely, there are people on the Esplanade running, biking, hammocking, and relishing in the synthesis of nature with the energy of Boston. The Prudential exhibits 24 floors, mirroring the 24 majors of MIT. Upon inspection of the Clocktower, the two letters of P and T represent the two pathways that we follow when it comes to MIT’s workload, punting and tooling. Furthermore, the Citgo Sign behind the brownstones stands as a historically conserved Boston landmark recently recognized during our Freshman year.
In the sky, the North Star symbolizes the entire community that have graced the 2020 class, and the direction that we have found here at MIT. The star stands as a tribute to those of our classmates who will not be with us in person on graduation day, but will always be a part of our community.