This year, September 30 brings 249 undergraduates to Caltech to begin their careers of study, research, extracurricular activities, and, of course, the perpetuation of many Caltech traditions to which they will soon be introduced.
When Giulio Rottaro elected to take a year off from his physics studies at Caltech to teach kids with special needs in rural Honduras, his parents, along with many of his peers, questioned his choice to leave school. But for Rottaro, who is now back in Pasadena and completing his senior year, it just seemed like the right thing to do. As a native of Venezuela, he attended a bilingual school as a young child and felt a strong desire to give something back to a similar community.
Caltech basketball tips off with the first games of the season on Saturday. Cheer on the women as they face Pacific University in Braun Gym at 4 p.m. The men, who are coming off their historic season last year in which they broke a 310-game conference losing streak, play Vanguard University in Costa Mesa at 2:30 p.m.
Come kick off Caltech men's and women's basketball with food, games, and prizes at the second annual Midnight Madness event tonight at 10 p.m. in Braun Gym. At midnight, the men's basketball team will take the court in celebration of the first official day of basketball practice this season.
Classes are in full swing this week, marking the beginning of the school year for students at Caltech. For some lucky freshman, that means spending a bit of quality time with faculty members. Seven new freshman seminar courses were introduced to the curriculum this fall; in each, 12–15 students are paired with professors to discuss topics in-depth and outside of the lecture halls.
You've created a wildly successful webcomic about life in academia that is followed avidly by readers all around the world. You want to do a film adaptation. Who you gonna call? If you're Jorge Cham, creator of Piled Higher and Deeper (a.k.a. PHD Comics), you call Caltech.