As a 5E’er, the murals and hacks and black hallways embodied the agreement the institute had with its students:
“Go govern yourselves. Make sure everyone is represented, feels safe, and is happy and in return you are free to make this place your home.”
This freedom, this responsibility, this trust was palpable within East Campus. We valued that trust and reveled in it. Our friends from other schools were in awe of it.
At 17 years old, the institute treated me like an adult and thus helped me grow into one. I sincerely hope MIT does not revoke that trust.