HISTORY The Committee Delivery The Ring Purchasing Contact FAQ
Gabby Finear
Chair

Newport Beach, CA
Alpha Phi | Major: 6-14
Gabby Finear
Nico Salinas
Vice Chair

Pasadena, CA
Beta Theta Pi | Major: 6-3
Nico Salinas
Daniel Landez
Premiere Chair

San Antonio, TX
Conner 2, SAE | Major: 4
Daniel Landez
Jo Pierre

Lyon, France
Delta Tau Delta
Major: 2
Jo Pierre
Jordan Tappa

Wauwatosa, WI
East Campus
Major: 2A-4
Jordan Tappa
Jose Cruz Mendoza
Social Chair

West Palm Beach, FL
Next 4E | Major: 6-3
Jose Cruz Mendoza
Talia Blum

Plainview, NY
New House 3
Major: 18
Talia Blum
Annie Yun
Web Chair

Salt Lake City, UT
Macgregor | Major: 6-3
Annie Yun
Emma Kelley

Andover, MA
Alpha Phi
Major: 2A-4
Emma Kelley
AudreyRose Wooden
Delivery Chair

Seekonk, MA
New House 2 | Major: 6-2, 24-2
AudreyRose Wooden
Ben Nguyen
Treasurer

Yorba Linda, CA
Next House | Major: 10, 5
Ben Nguyen
Andrea Orji

Pflugerville, TX
McCormick
Major: 10 ENG Biomedical
Andrea Orji

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Ringcomm?

RingComm is a committee of 12 students who design their respective class' MIT Brass Rat and organize the ring-related events, such as Ring Premiere and Ring Delivery.
Ring Premiere Details

Ring Premiere will be held on Friday, February 15th at 7pm in Kresge Auditorium.
Who makes the ring?

The class of 2021 Brass Rat will be manufactured by Herff Jones at their site in Rhode Island.
Ring Delivery Details?

Ring Delivery details will be announced at Premiere on Feb. 15. Until then, it's a secret!
How can I buy my ring?

Ring sales will be held in Lobby 13:
Feb. 16-18: 10am-4pm
Feb. 19-20: 11am-4pm
Feb. 21-22: 11am-5pm
Further Questions

Email us: brassrat2021@mit.edu
The 2021 Ring Design

The 2021 Bezel

The 2021 bezel features a beaver wearing his own Brass Rat, walking towards Boston and the future. Hidden in the beaver’s ear is the number 21 and in its tail is IHTFP. The bridge behind the beaver is metal as in real life, while the remainder is wood to show the beaver’s fabricator spirit and ingenuity as ‘nature’s engineer.’ On the bridge is the 154th smoot because we are the 154th graduating class; a tool box with "P&T" for our maker spirit and “punt and tool”; and an ivy leaf to represent the school up the street that we both rival and collaborate with. In the sky is the solar eclipse which occurred during our first days of freshman year. On the Cambridge side are Kresge, the Chapel, Alchemist, Building 10, MIT.nano, Walker Memorial, Green Building, and Stata. The alchemist wears a medal to celebrate our athletic victories. In MIT.nano, a working scientist is pictured above a student fighting a fire hose to show the dichotomy between what the public thinks MIT students do and what we actually do. The center door of Lobby 10 is left open- we will always be able to return to the campus we call home. The Green Building features Tetris blocks that write out “21”, a tribute to the famous hack on the building. Between Cambridge and Boston is the Longfellow Bridge with a passing Red Line train. On the Charles are a sailboat and dock depicting numerous outdoor activities that occur during the warmer months in Boston. On the Boston side are brownstones, the Citgo Sign, the Boston Clock Tower, the Prudential Center, and One Dalton. On top of one of the brownstones are party goers to show the experience of crossing the bridge for social activities in Boston. The triangle of the Citgo is replaced with a spade, a common motif for our class. One Dalton is shown with a crane to represent the constant construction occurring in Boston. The clock in Custom House Tower reads ‘Tau Time,’ the time when acceptances to the Institute are released
The Class Shank

The Class Shank has been tradition since the beginning of the Brass Rat. The depiction of the Great Dome used to be featured on both sides of the ring until the Class Seal tradition started in the 1980s. Kerberos sits at the front of the Class Shank guarding the Gates of Hell, also known as Lobby 10. Kerberos serves as a protector for the students of MIT as well as the namesake for our emails. Kerberos stands behind a podium made from the nuts-and-bolts insignia. At the top of the insignia is a ruler with a tick for every major on campus with omitted ticks for the courses that have since been canceled or absolved. On the grass of Killian Court are two gravitational waves to celebrate Rainer Weiss’ winning of the Nobel Prize in Physics our freshman fall. Flanking either side of Lobby 10 are two massive trees as a reminder of the nature Killian Court provides on our urban campus. Sitting atop the Great Dome are two Hackers. The plaque declaring the founding of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s date has been changed to read “MMXXI” for the Class of 2021.
The Seal Shank

The Class Seal was the first major addition to the Brass Rat when it replaced the Great Dome in the 1980s on what is now referred to as the Seal Shank. The seal has been modified slightly to represent a man and woman in contemporary wardrobes. The traditional male smith is replaced with a woman to celebrate 2021 marking 150 years of women on MIT’s campus—Ellen Swallow Richards began classes at the Institute in 1871. The flame of the lamp in the seal has been changed to read “21”. Beneath the seal is a globe to represent the many countries students call home as well as the international work many students do during their time before, during, and after MIT. On the left side of the globe are olive branches representing peace and wisdom. Oak leaves representing longevity and strength are depicted on the right.
The Cambridge Skyline

The Cambridge Skyline tradition had the same beginnings as the Boston Skyline and is featured on the upper bridge of the Brass Rat. Again following tradition, the Cambridge Skyline is depicted during the day, when we will be at work recounting fond memories of our beloved Institute. The built environment featured on the 2021 Cambridge skyline is from left to right: Kresge Auditorium, Alchemist, a pedestrian crossing Massachusetts Avenue, Main Campus, Green Building, Walker Memorial, and the Media Lab. Beneath the skyline is a shell—another common sight on the Charles River and a symbol of recreation on MIT’s campus.
The Boston Skyline

The Boston Skyline tradition began with the 1990 Brass Rat and has been featured on the lower bridge of the Brass Rat every year since the 1992 ring. Following tradition, the Boston Skyline is depicted at night, a sight many MIT students are well acquainted with given their nocturnal habits. The architecture featured on the 2021 Boston Skyline is from left to right: the Boston Logan Airport Control Tower, Zakim Bridge, Massachusetts State House, 60 State Street, John Hancock Tower, 111 Huntington Avenue, Prudential Tower, Boston Citgo Sign, and Fenway Park. Beneath the skyline is a sailboat—a common sight on the Charles River and a symbol of leisure on the Boston- Cambridge Border. Above the State House is the North Star—a symbol of direction and purpose. Above Fenway Park is the crossbeams of two waving searchlights to symbolize of the Red Sox victory in the 2018 World Series Championships and the social life students have in the Back Bay and Fenway area.
The Hacker's Map

The Hacker’s Map is the most recent addition to the Brass Rat. The Hacker’s Map was originally premiered in the late ‘90s referred to as the “Corona” after its location on the Brass Rat. The 2001 class ring re-premiered the Hacker’s Map as the “Campus Map.” Then, the 2007 Ring Committee renamed the feature as the “Hacker’s Map” and the name has remained since. The 2021 Hacker’s Map correctly represents only the campus tunnels including the new MIT.nano extension. Senior Haus has been added to the tunnel network to remind students of the passing of time: that we are the last class to experience CPW with Senior Haus and the almost test subjects for Pilot 2021. A banana has been added next to Building 26 to represent the Banana Lounge initiative started our Freshman Year. Lastly, a Cartesian coordinate system has been added to the top left corner of the map because during our time at MIT, we learn to view the world through the coordinate system, not the Compass Rose
The 2021 Ring Committee would like to invite you to Ring Delivery.

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019
The State Room: 7-10 PM
60 State Street, 33rd Floor, Boston, MA
Only students with valid 2021 MIT ID's will be admitted.
HISTORY OF THE BRASS RAT
BEGINNING

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Brass Rat tradition was born in the spring of 1929. C. Brigham Allen, then President of the Class of 1929, called upon one member of the classes of 1930, 1931, and 1932 and entrusted them with the task of designing a ring that the Institute Committee would ultimately approve as the Standard Technology Ring. The committee agreed upon a three part construction, with a primary image on the bezel of the ring and two other images on the two shanks.
DEFENSE

Controversy quickly arose over whether to honor the Beaver or the Great Dome on the bezel; some members of the committee even questioned MIT's choice of the beaver as its mascot. The committee looked to the original discussion over the mascot (formally decided upon by President MacLaurin in 1914), calling upon the now famous defense of the beaver by Lester Gardner, Class of 1897:
"The beaver not only typifies the Tech (student), but his habits are peculiarly our own. The beaver is noted for his engineering, mechanical skills, and industry. His habits are nocturnal. He does his best work in the dark."
Citing the fact that many other schools had buildings similar to our Great Dome, the committee ultimately decided to honor our hard-working and industrious mascot on the ring and thus the Brass Rat was born. With the debate settled and the ring finally designed, the Class of 1930 was the first to proudly wear a Brass Rat.
TRADITION

So started the Institute tradition of the Brass Rat, the affectionate nickname for the ring that has become a symbol of MIT as well as one of the most recognizable rings worldwide. Ever since, each class has appointed its own Ring Committee, which endeavors to craft a ring that will inspire us while we are here, unite us once we leave, and, above all else, unmistakably symbolize the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

PURCHASING
Yellow Gold

10K, 14K, or 18K, with Natural Finish, Light Antiquing, or Regular Antiquing

Rose Gold

10K, 14K, or 18K, with Regular Antiquing or a Natural Finish

Extreme Silver

with Regular Antiquing or a Natural Finish (nickel-free)

White Gold

10K, 14K, or 18K, with Regular Antiquing or a Natural Finish

Ultrium

with antique or PVD coating in Brass, Stealth and Prism


RING SALES


Ring Sales will be held in Lobby 13 after Premiere during the following dates and times:

Feb. 16-18: 10am-4pm
Feb. 19-20: 11am-4pm
Feb. 21-22: 11am-5pm

Accessories can be purchased at www.mitbrassrat.com. At the above times, ring sizing will be available. Bezels are available in Extra-Small, Small, Medium, and Large. Note, however, that one's finger size does not dictate which bezel size one should choose, but it is a good indication of what bezel would best suit your hand.

PAYMENT PLANS

Payment in Full- You may pay for your order in full with a check, money order, credit card or debit card.

4 or 6 month credit card plan- Upon submission of your order, Herff Jones™ will charge one-fourth or one-sixth of your total balance due (including tax) to your credit card. You agree to pay the remaining balance in three or five equal, automated, consecutive monthly payments thereafter. You may enjoy wearing your ring while completing your payment plan. You can call in your payments by dialing Herff Jones™ customer service number at 1-800-837-4235.

Deferred Payment- According to the terms, you agree to pay the minimum $50.00 non-refundable deposit to begin production of your MIT ring. You will be required to pay the remaining balance in full prior to the shipment of your order.
WARRANTY

Herff Jones stands behind each ring we sell. Each of the custom features of your ring are carefully and skillfully crafted. Our high standards are your assurance of lasting satisfaction. Your ring, given reasonable care, will endure for a lifetime. Herff Jones fully warrants the ring to be free from defects in workmanship and/or material for the lifetime of the ring. If the ring cannot be repaired or replaced, a refund will be made.
The following services will be performed free of charge for life:
Repair defects in workmanship or material
Restore the original finish of the ring
Resize the ring
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which may vary from state to state. To make a claim under this warranty, contact the Warranty Services Department or send your ring and letter of instruction via an insured and trackable method to: Warranty Services Dept. 150 Herff Jones Way, Warwick, RI 02888
PRICING

PRICING
The pricing includes inside engraving (up to 17 characters) in script or block lettering; choice of yellow, white or rose gold; choice of ring finish and Limited Lifetime Warranty. Students purchasing a gold MIT ring are eligible to purchase a companion ring of the same size and style in Ultrium for $75 and Ultrium PVD for $205. Please note that there is an added charge of 50$ not reflected in the charts below for the rose gold ring.
Size 10K 14K 18K
X-Small $488 $588 $793
Small $534 $658 $918
Medium $681 $904 $1249
Large $790 $1019 $1472

Size Ultrium Extreme Silver Ultrium PVD
Brass, Prism or Stealth
X-Small $150 $260 $280
Small $150 $295 $280
Medium $150 $335 $280
Large $150 $380 $280
For Ring Resizing, Repairs and Replacements
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