MIT parodies 'Star Wars' for 'decision day' announcement

By Daniel Uria   |   March 9, 2016 at 11:18 AM

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 9 (UPI) -- MIT's admissions department created a video parodying the latest Star Wars film to announce the date that hopeful applicants will receive their acceptance notifications.

The short video uploaded to YouTube stars a droid known as "Decision Droid" that bears a striking resemblance to the spherical BB-8 droid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Decision Droid rolls through the halls of MIT before meeting up with MIT Dean of Admissions Stu Schmill, who tasks the droid with delivering an acceptance message before being shot out of a cannon from the university's Great Dome.

The video ultimately reveals that "decision day" for the class of 2020 will take place on March 14, which is also known as "Pi Day", as 3.14 represents the first 3 digits of pi.

Hopeful applicants will be able to learn whether or not they've been accepted to MIT by logging onto the admissions website starting at 6:28 p.m. on Pi Day. This time represents another reference to pi as 6.28 is known as "Tau" or two times pi.

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