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Latke vs Hamentaschen: The Great Debate 2003

The MIT Hillel's 2003 Latke-Hamentashen Debate featured six renowned MIT professors. Speaking for the "latke" were Walter Lewin (Physics), Jeffrey Steinfeld (Chemistry), and William Watson (History). Speaking for the "hamentashen" were Frank Fisher (Economics), Donald Sadoway (Material Science and Engineering), and Jeremy Wolfe (Brain and Cognitive Science). Aaron Strauss '02G moderated the hotly debated forum. A human sized latke and hamentashen were seen wandering in the lecture hall which contained an overflow crowd. Students and professors attended a reception after the debate with hot latkes and fruity hamentashen for all.

Attendees voted for their favorite food - the latke or the hamentashen. Results of the 2003 survey are in: the hamentashen wins!

Check out a review of the 2003 debate published in The Tech -- "Great Debate is Latkes: Of fun for everyone."

    A life-sized latke and hamentashen appeared in Lobby 10 to advertise the 2003 MIT Latke-Hamantashen Debate.
 
A life-sized latke and hamentashen appeared in Lobby 10 to advertise the 2003 MIT Latke-Hamentashen Debate.
    Six renown MIT professors faced off in the great debate.
 
Six renown MIT professors faced off in the great debate. From left to right are: Professors Walter Lewin, William Watson, Jeremy Wolfe, Donald Sadoway, Frank Fisher, and Jeff Steinfeld.
    The faculty team represting the latke is ready to prepare their defense.
 
The faculty team representing the latke is ready to prepare their defense. Josh Katz '06 is the latke mascot.
    A packed crowd filled Room 6-120 for the great debate.
 
A packed crowd filled Room 6-120 for the great debate.
    Professor Jeremey Wolfe of Brain and Cognitive Science presented evidence of a study supposedly done by Sigmund Freud on a latke-obsessed patient.
 
Professor Jeremy Wolfe of Brain and Cognitive Science presented "evidence" of a study supposedly done by Sigmund Freud on a latke-obsessed patient.
    Professor Donald Sadoway of Materials Science and Engineering dashed the latke calling it an indigestible mass that is known to cause gastrointestinal disturbances due to its primary covalent bonds which has too many crosslinks.
 
Professor Donald Sadoway of Material Science and Engineering dashed the latke calling it "an indigestible mass that is known to cause gastrointestinal disturbances" due to its primary covalent bonds which has too many crosslinks.

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