During Ring Premiere, held on Friday, Feb. 12, in Kresge Auditorium, the Class of 2012's Brass Rat was unveiled live from the International Space Station by astronaut and alumnus T.J. Creamer SM ’92.
The design — created by a committee of 12 students — focused on a traditional, yet contemporary design. It includes a lunar lander on top of the Great Dome, a symbol commemorating the hack from 2009 and the 40th anniversary of the Apollo moon landings.
In keeping with the space theme, the Ring Committee placed hacks atop two plinths Lobby 7 on the morning of the Ring Premiere: a giant version of a Brass Rat with a question mark on its bezel and an astronaut recreating the moon landing.
Because the 2012 Ring Committee felt that everyone who wants a ring should be able to get one, they are offering a subsidy of $25 off the price of any ring for the first 500 students who order and $15 for the next 200 students. Rings will be sold in Lobby 10 on Feb. 16-19 and 22-25.