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MIT 'hacks' part of long-standing campus culture

September 20, 2009

Under cover of night, an anonymous group of MIT engineering geniuses recently scaled the campus' iconic Great Dome and installed the first seven notes of "Never Gonna Give You Up" on temporary scaffolding.

This wasn't the first time the dome has been targeted. The pranks, known at MIT as "hacks," are part of a long-standing campus tradition that brought a crackdown from administrators last year. The university's media office has a policy of not commenting on hacks, although those caught performing hacks could be fined.

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