Concepts familiar from grade-school algebra have broad ramifications in computer science.
The Giving Tree, an annual program sponsored by the MIT Panhellenic Association and the Public Service Center, will collect gifts to be donated to children in Boston and Cambridge in time for the holidays.
Departments, offices, dorms, clubs and living groups as well as individuals who want to participate will be told the name, sex and age of the children they're helping. They then purchase gifts costing approximately $10, wrap them and drop them off from December 1-3 and December 5 in Rm 311 in the Stratton Student Center, and in Lobby 10 on December 8 and 9.
Agencies that will distribute the gifts include the Teddy Bear Foundation for Foster Children, Child-ren's Day Care, Bridge Over Trou-bled Waters, United Homes, the Thorndike Street School and the Elizabeth Peabody House. Last year the program collected 1,200 presents; this year organizers are hoping for 1,400. They are also collecting money but prefer wrapped gifts.
For more information, contact Jen Kelly, Panhellenic Community Service chair, in the Public Service Center at x3-0742 or <email@example.com>.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on November 26, 1997.