The first "GradRats"--class rings for graduate students modeled on the undergraduate "brass rat"--were delivered to students on Feb. 5. In addition to the familiar MIT beaver mascot, the ring's symbols include a slice of pizza, which represents the free food so important to graduate student life, according to the ring web site; a clock without hands ("representing our lack of fixed time to graduation"); a pillow ("to represent all the sleep we miss at night, and the naps that may overtake us during the day"); and a light at the end of the tunnel. Each ring also has an icon of the owner's academic program, skylines of MIT and Boston, and a tiny campus map. Rings can be ordered until April 8. For more information, see http://web.mit.edu/gsc/www/initiatives/ring.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on February 11, 2004.