Since Luo seems to have disappeared
I'm sorry for my absence. I'm not directly involved with the tournament this year, so I'm not necessarily immediately in the loop when the website is updated or decisions are made. Stephen and Katie are doing an excellent job. Wishing you all a happy new year, and best of luck and skill at the tournament.
Since you're here, do you know of any good locations for the meetup? (I barely remember anything about the campus, plus don't want to plan for someplace that turns out to be in use)
I think that the Forbes Family Cafe on the 1st floor of the Stata Center (building 32) would be ideal for this -- it's a large space with tables and chairs in a nice building, relatively close to the Marriott hotel and the Kendall T stop. (The cafe is only open for weekday lunches, so it's just a large seating area with tables and chairs at any other time.) Unfortunately, on evenings and weekends the building is only accessible with an MIT ID, so if the meetup is at those times you might have to tail someone in and then have someone open the door for people. That might prove too inconvenient since you guys don't have MIT ID cards.
A good publicly-accessible alternative would be the lounge (pictured here: http://news.mit.edu/2006/lounge-0920
) adjacent to Lobby 10 (the 1st floor lobby of building 10, also known as Memorial Lobby). It's smaller but has comfy green furniture. MIT students refer to it as the "green lounge" (not to be confused with the Ida Green Lounge, which is something else) or, less commonly, the "dollar bill lounge" (because the glass wall of the lounge has a large image of a dollar bill etched into it). If you ask any MIT student where the "green lounge next to lobby 10" is they'll definitely know. MIT students love to take power naps there during the school year. Sometimes there are a few random people sitting in there, but it's decidedly a public place meant for impromptu gatherings, so a scioly.org meetup wouldn't be a problem.
I love MIT.
Proud alumnus of Mounds View High School Science Olympiad, Arden Hills, MN
Co-founder of the MIT Science Olympiad Invitational Tournament: http://scioly.mit.edu/