After a one-year hiatus, MIT students gathered once again Thursday to watch a piano fall from the sixth story of a dormitory and burst into small pieces.
It’s a celebration that not only rallies the community together to participate in something unusually destructive — and perhaps to blow off steam — but also marks the last day they can officially “drop” a spring semester class from their busy course schedules.
According to the MIT Tech, the student newspaper, the tradition of rolling non-working pianos from a ramp on the rooftop has occurred off and on since its inception in 1972. For a while, it occurred uninterrupted, and became a highly-anticipated annual affair.
Morgan Matranga and Makenzie Patarino, both sophomores and current co-presidents of Baker House, said due to logistical issues it didn’t come together last year, however, and that cycle was broken.
But this year, with the help of many others, the tradition was brought back.
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