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Posts published in February 2015

How Things Work: Replacing a Lost/Broken ID Card

All too often, we find ourselves gritting our teeth over (seemingly) indecipherable bureaucratic procedures for simple things, like booking rooms at Taramani Guest House or adding extra courses. T5E brings you a new series, How Things Work, to make your insti life easier. This article gives you a step by step guide to getting a new ID card.

Scrubs: Our Insti Hospital

"In the survey, there were a few complaints that the doctors really don’t seem to check the patient well enough before prescribing medicines. There also seems to be the issue regarding the availability of specialist doctors. Some students have questioned the ability of the hospital regarding the diagnosis of serious diseases, such as Dengue or Typhoid." Read more about the Institute Hospital, and T5E's survey on it, in this comprehensive report by Bhargavi and Rakesh.

Poison to Potion

All the side effects of chemotherapy arise from the drugs targeting normal as well as cancerous cells. If the targeting mechanisms were improved, wouldn’t the side effects decrease?

Elections @ IITM: A 20th Century Remnant

"...our Institute has approximately 7,500 hostel residents across 18 hostels. With at most 9 days available for campaign, a candidate is required to meet with more than 800 students a day, and each student is expected to meet with candidates for all 18+ elections!"
In light of the recent impasse in the SAC over allowing online campaigning for institute elections, Arun Sudarsan, ex-SAC member and 2014 MA (HSS) graduate, presents his arguments on behalf of online campaigning.

Beyond the Gates: The Anna Centenary Library

  “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” Jorge Luis Borges That paradise is a few minutes away. It’s called…

Don’t Ban our LAN

"The major problem with the LAN ban's effectiveness is that it attempts to be a one-size-fits-all solution where none is possible. The 8 am to 2 pm cut is intended to ensure that students do not miss classes due to the internet, but does not take into account the widely differing schedules of students in the institute. For example, final year undergraduates and research scholars have very few courses, while half the first year undergraduates have courses from 2 pm to 5 pm, and not in the morning slot -- clearly, the LAN ban constitutes a great inconvenience for such students."

An editorial that makes a case against the LAN ban.

Singing Flames and the Sound of Chaos

Can we predict the onset of instability and prevent damage to engines and gas turbines? And is there a way to study these instabilities appropriately in a laboratory environment and apply the knowledge to engine and gas turbine design?

Online Campaigning, Two Co-CASes And Smoking Zones: SAC Meeting, Jan ’15

The third SAC meeting of the year saw the rescinding of the post of the Mess Secretary, doubling of the number of CoCAS posts, discussion of the dereliction of duty by an Institute Secretary and reports by an Anti-Tobacco Committee and a committee formalizing guidelines for Institute bodies.