Harvard Art Museum Receives $45 Million Donation From Pulitzer Group, Plans to Expand and Renovate
Fifty years ago, when Emily Rauh Pulitzer worked as an assistant art curator at Harvard University, she knew the buildings housing the university’s vast art collection needed renovation. Now she’s taken a striking step to help: Friday, the Harvard Art Museum announced Pulitzer’s donation of $45 million for its ambitious museum renovation project, along with a gift of 31 artworks valued at about $200 million by top modern and contemporary artists including Picasso, Modigliani, and Giacometti.
W1 Dorm Project Delayed As Funds Dry Up
The renovation of W1 into a new undergraduate dormitory has become a casualty of the recent economic downturn, as administrators have postponed construction by at least a year. Meanwhile, the future is uncertain for the group of undergraduates currently in Ashdown House who were slated to move into W1 in 2010.
Graduate Student Faces Charges for Assaulting an Officer, Resisting Arrest
A graduate student is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 4, 2008, facing four charges stemming from an incident that occurred at the List Visual Arts Center last October.
College Tuitions Burdensome as Economy Falters
One of Tom Woodbury’s sisters went to Vanderbilt University, the other to Boston College. But they didn’t choose those pricey private colleges during a financial market meltdown that took a sizeable chunk of the family’s college savings.
Novartis Center in Cambridge Producing New Drug Research
Six years after the Swiss drug giant Novartis AG built a major research center in Cambridge, Mass., the move is bearing fruit, corporate executives say.
Students Protest Institute’s Handling of Hacking, Housing, and Student Involvement
About 70 students protested for more student representation in Institute decisions during a “tool-in” on Friday, October 17, the first day of Family Weekend, in Lobby 7.
Sexual Health Educator Will Now Focus on Helping Victims of Sexual Assault
Divya B. Kumar, MIT Medical’s former sexual health educator, will now work exclusively on sexual violence issues in the newly-created position of violence prevention and response advocate.
Bush Decides to Keep Guantanamo Bay Facility Open
Despite his stated desire to close the American prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, President Bush has decided not to do so, and never considered proposals drafted in the State Department and the Pentagon that outlined options for transferring the detainees elsewhere, according to senior administration officials.
Four months after the Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess guns, its decision is under assault — from the right.
Hate Groups Stay Mostly Quiet During Election
A tall, extra-hot mocha in his hand and a .380-caliber pistol on his hip, Bill White sat near the window of a Starbucks in Roanoke, Va., last month and discussed his political predicament as the leader of one of the nation’s more established neo-Nazi groups.
Frozen Credit Markets Begin To Thaw Around World
After weeks of extraordinary efforts by the world’s governments and central banks, the frozen flow of credit began to thaw on Monday.
As the price of oil roared to ever higher levels in recent years, the leaders of Venezuela, Iran and Russia muscled their way onto the world stage, using checkbook diplomacy and, on occasion, intimidation.
Federal Reserve Chairman Endorses New Stimulus
The chairman of the Federal Reserve, Ben S. Bernanke, said on Monday that he supported a second round of additional spending measures to help stimulate the economy.
Mugabe Blocks Zimbabwe Opposition Leader From Talks
Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, missed talks in Swaziland on the crisis in his country on Monday, after his rival and negotiating partner, President Robert Mugabe, refused to give him a passport.
Autumn Weather to Continue
Suddenly, summer warmth feels like a distant memory. Yesterday morning, Logan Airport recorded its first sub-40°F (4°C) temperature since April 16. The recent cold nights are not a great anomaly: average daily minimum temperatures are currently 45°F (7°C), and quickly fall by about 8°F (4°C) for each of the next 3 months.
Oprah’s Educational Adventure
“Promote gender equality and empower women” reads the third Millennium Development Goal, put forth by the United Nations Development Programme, to be achieved by 2015. This is an ambitious plan: more than 115 million children worldwide do not attend primary school, of which the majority are girls. Only 43 percent of all girls are enrolled in secondary school and attend classes regularly.
Pharma in Africa
Africa desperately needs drugs to combat AIDS, pneumonia, influenza, meningitis, and other infectious diseases. Not only do they need drugs, they need cheap drugs.
The Challenge of International Development
Ending poverty is the challenge of our generation. Our country is no stranger to challenge.
Injustice, Poverty, and a Sustainability Ethos
While problem sets and exams pile up mid-semester, most of us are shuttling between class and computer, losing sight of the bigger picture while trying to put out academic fires in our own lives. This week, however, MIT’s Global Poverty Initiative invites us to take a step back and remember those less fortunate than ourselves.
Phillies, Rays Win, Advance To World Series
After 163 games and two rounds of playoffs, the participants in this year’s World Series have finally been determined. The Tampa Bay Rays, the winners of the American League (AL) pennant, will host the National League (NL) champion Philadelphia Phillies when the 2008 Fall Classic begins on October 21st.
Men’s Cross Country Captures Plansky InvitationalWomen’s Volleyball Claims First Place in Quad TournamentMen’s Soccer Holds Off Coast Guard, 2-1
The nationally-ranked No. 23 MIT men’s cross country team finished first out of nine teams at Saturday’s Plansky Invitational hosted by Williams College. The meet served as the Engineers’ final tune-up before the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championships in two weeks at Franklin Park.
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National Lacrosse League to Expand In Boston
Starting in January of 2009, the city of Boston will once again host a professional indoor lacrosse team, the Boston Blazers, after eleven years without a professional indoor program.
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Ramblings from Hell
Two weeks ago I got my first-ever traffic ticket. Actually, pardon me, it wasn’t a ticket. Thanks to my charm, the handsome Cambridge policeman with rather large shoulders let me off with a written warning.
Family Weekend — when hundreds of parents and family members converge to see how a detached arm and leg look when planted and watered for up to three and a half years. As far as my father’s visit to campus is concerned, my giddiness regarding my plans to show him as much on-campus awesomeness as I can find shows no sign of diminishing.