MIT Sophomore Arrested at Logan For Wearing LED Device
Star A. Simpson ’10, wearing a circuit board that lit up and was connected to a battery, was arrested at gunpoint at Logan International Airport this morning and was charged with disorderly conduct and possession of a hoax device. Simpson was released on $750 bail earlier today; her pre-trial hearing is scheduled for Oct. 29, 2007 at 9 a.m. in East Boston District Court.
Sudan Divestment: MIT Not Invested In Worst Offenders
At this time, MIT does not have any investments in the top 20 companies deemed the “highest offenders” by the national Sudan Divestment Task Force, according to Secretary of the MIT Corporation Kirk D. Kolenbrander.
Schmittlein Is New Sloan Dean, Hopes to Develop More Hands-On Learning
David C. Schmittlein will become dean of the MIT Sloan School of Management on Oct. 15 after working for 27 years at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, including, most recently, seven years as the school’s deputy dean.
MIT Solar 7 Team Builds ‘Zero Energy’ Home For D.C. Contest
Four months ago, the lot on Albany Street stood empty. If all goes to plan, in 10 more days the lot will be empty once again.
Many Four-Year Institutions Ignore SAT Essay Scores
Hundreds of universities, including several top schools, ignore or pay little heed to students’ scores on the writing section of the SAT in admissions decisions, skeptical about how well the essay reflects writing skills.
UMass Chair Selected Again Over Objections
The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees reelected Stephen P. Tocco as its chairman on Sept. 19 over the objections of members newly appointed by Governor Deval Patrick, dealing a setback to the administration’s attempt to reshape the panel.
Boston Area Student Reportedly Sexually Assaulted on Campus
A university student reported she was sexually assaulted on the MIT campus in the early morning of Sept. 16.
MIT Gives Charles River Volunteer Group $6,000 To Decontaminate Boat
MIT has donated $6,000 to the Charles River Cleanup Boat, the volunteer organization faced with bills for decontamination and boat repair after its volunteers picked up a chunk of sodium that caught fire and exploded.
Democratic Fundraiser Accused Of Running Illegal Ponzi Scheme
Norman Hsu, the Democratic fundraiser with a habit of fleeing the law, confessed to FBI agents last week that he pressured investors in what he now admits were phony business deals to contribute to political campaigns, prosecutors said in an indictment that was unsealed Thursday.
The Iranian-American who was freed from detention here early Thursday was released after his family paid bail and has not yet been given permission to leave the country, a judiciary official said.
As the Bush administration vowed to vigorously review for national security concerns a proposed investment in the Nasdaq Stock Market by a Dubai-controlled exchange, several senior Democrats and Republicans said Thursday that the transaction did not trouble them and predicted it would be approved.
Musharraf Criticized For Running For Reelection While Army Head
Election officials have set Oct. 6 for Pakistan’s presidential vote, as opponents of the president, Gen. Perez Musharraf, continued to press their case before a Supreme Court panel that he should not run for re-election while still head of the army.
Bush Assails Congressional Democrats Over Federalized Child Healthcare Bill
President Bush accused congressional Democrats on Thursday of playing politics with the health of children, and he warned again that he would veto a children’s insurance bill if it emerged from Congress in its present form.
Blackwater Guards’ Shots Are Not Provoked, Iraq Concludes
Iraq’s Ministry of Interior has concluded that employees of a private American security firm fired an unprovoked barrage in the shooting last Sunday in which at least eight Iraqis were killed and is proposing a radical reshaping of the way American diplomats and contractors here are protected.
Summer Holds On
With the passage of the autumnal equinox early Sunday morning, the summer season will soon draw to a close. Nevertheless, rather summer-like conditions will prevail through the middle of next week, as a ridge of high pressure stations itself over the eastern portion of the country. For the weekend, the wind will switch to offshore from the recently prevailing onshore direction, allowing daytime temperatures to rise above 80°F (27°C). The wind direction on Monday is uncertain, but if it stays offshore, the temperature will be warmer than currently expected.
Euro Climbs to All-Time High; Canadian Dollar Exceeds USD
The world dumped the dollar on Thursday, pushing it to an all-time low of $1.40 against the euro and to parity with the Canadian dollar for the first time in three decades as currency traders around the world digested the full implications of the Federal Reserve’s new course for interest rates.
Institute Wisdom Watch
<b>MIT pays the decontamination bill for boat hit by sodium.</b> Good job for being a responsible member of the local community. — thumbs up
CONCERT LISTINGS September Shows
Tuesday, Sept. 25
Reggae, Big Band, and Ska — Oh My!
Two-tone era ska legend Dave Wakeling and the current rendition of touring band The English Beat headlined a horns extravaganza at The Middle East Downstairs concert venue last Thursday night. With exceptional reggae bands Destroy Babylon and Pressure Cooker opening the show, this was not a night to miss for any lovers of the genre.
BOOK READING Ethnic Considerations in Harvard Square
Last fall, I took a class in American Literature that read <i>Drown</i>, a collection of short stories by the Dominican writer, and MIT professor, Junot Díaz. I considered myself a pretty well read individual; said considerations generally rely on knowledge of, more than anything, names. I toted the titles of canonical heavyweights like Faulkner and Melville in classrooms, parties, and dorm rooms. A young Dominican-American author, whose debut work described life in both the Dominican Republic and immigrant America with enough fervor and sadness to knock the breath out of you, wasn’t really something I was accustomed to.
CONCERT REVIEW No Whistling on the Bus
Whistling banned in Clientele tour van,” it states on The Clientele’s MySpace page. The opening band can tease Peter Bjorn And John about the possibility of overexposure, but true backlash against this Swedish indie success story is hard to come by. Impressively, Peter Bjorn And John have been able to sustain universal critical acclaim almost a year since their breakthrough album, <i>Writer’s Block</i>, was released. The accolades are not undeserved; the songs on the album <i>are</i> that good. You may have heard one of them, “Young Folks,” the last time you were positively freakin’ <i>anywhere</i> this summer other than on a boat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
Tech Allows Two Touchdowns in Last Five Minutes, Loses 17-10
Framingham State sophomore Roland Gervais hauled in a 19-yard touchdown pass from senior Eian Bain with 1:53 left in regulation to cap a late fourth-quarter rally as the Rams upended the MIT football team 17-10 on Saturday at Steinbrenner Stadium. After being kept out of the end zone for the first three quarters, Framingham State (1-1, 1-0) scored 14 points in the final five minutes to push past MIT (0-2, 0-1) in the New England Football Conference opener for both schools.
Volleyball Win Streak Reaches Six as Zhong Sets Record For Aces
The MIT women’s volleyball team extended its winning streak to six after defeating New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference foe Worcester Polytechnic Institute 30-7, 30-7, 30-13 and University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 30-20, 30-15, 30-19 in a pair of matches on Tuesday night. In the conference nightcap, Rose Zhong ’08 tallied an Institute-record 13 aces, recording 10 in the opening game, and added a team-high 12 digs.
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