Results of UA Finance Board Allocations Appeals for Summer/Fall 2009
Results of UA Finance Board Allocations Appeals for Summer/Fall 2009
Finboard Allocation Shrinks as UA Looks At Financial Policies
Due in part to stricter standards for funding requests, the Undergraduate Association Finance Board gave out much less money to student groups than it has in the past. Student groups received $93,697, about $16,000 less than the UA authorized Finboard to allocate. Also, a recent Senate bill that would route unspent UA money into Finboard’s account was tabled in October over concerns about its constitutionality.
Media Lab Extension To Be Completed by November 30
MIT’s newest building, a luminous laboratory made of glass and steel, will finally open its doors to occupants on November 30.
Team Will Study Athena Clusters To Gauge Potential Cost Savings
Conceived in an era when most students didn’t have access to their own computers, are MIT’s Athena computing clusters still relevant today?
Housing Employee Fired After Sting Operation Caught Him Stealing $20
There was a hidden camera, a planted $20, and a fake maintenance request. In an move straight out of the movies, Detective Jay Perault of Campus Police organized a sting operation on Oct. 13 at Tang Hall to catch a housing employee suspected of multiple thefts.
Obama Presses Afghan Leader on Corruption
President Barack Obama on Monday admonished President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan that he must take on what U.S. officials have said he avoided during his first term: the rampant corruption and drug trade that has fueled the resurgence of the Taliban.
Ford Returns to Profitability, But Faces New Challenges
While its cross-town rivals stumbled through bankruptcy this summer, the Ford Motor Co. pressed its advantage, and delivered surprising news Monday that its cost-cutting efforts and improving sales helped it earn nearly $1 billion in the third quarter.
The Ford Motor Co. posted a surprise third-quarter profit of $997 million on Monday and said it had had its first profitable quarter in North America in more than four years.
Suicide bombers attacked two major Pakistani cities on Monday — one of them the garrison city of Rawalpindi — as the army claimed control of one more Taliban stronghold in the northwestern tribal region of South Waziristan, officials said.
November has arrived, and this week will begin the slow descent from brisk autumn temperatures to those more typically associated with chilly New England winters. The steadily decreasing amount of daylight present during this time of year contributes to a drop of 10°F (5.5°C) in normal temperatures over the course of the month. The winter solstice will be here soon enough, but until then, 4:30 p.m. sunsets will be a regular feature.
Democrats Say House Bill Cuts Premiums for Many
As the House moved toward climactic votes on legislation to remake the health care system, the Congressional Budget Office said Monday that middle-income families might be required to pay 15 percent to 18 percent of their income on insurance premiums and co-payments under the proposal.
Urban Clinics Face Scrutiny In Health Bill
As Congress struggles to rein in health care costs as part of its sweeping reform efforts, hospitals in New York City and other urban areas that provide some of the most expensive care are among the primary targets.
People’s Republic of China Dismisses Its Minister of Education
Facing rising criticism over the quality of schools and a crush of jobless college graduates, China’s legislature announced Monday that it had removed the minister of education after six years on the job and replaced him with a deputy.
Global Warming: The Wrong Argument
When promoting clean energy, the primary argument for reform is usually global warming or climate change. Assuming global warming exists, this is a powerful argument. It’s hard to imagine a worse scenario than rising sea levels submerging vast swaths of the Earth’s landmass. It is also difficult for opponents to defeat a proposal that, if not adopted by our government, will result in massive loss of life.
Where Are the College Democrats?
"Thank you, M.I.T. (Applause.) I am — I am hugely honored to be here. It's always been a dream of mine to visit the most prestigious school in Cambridge, Massachusetts."
Because of an editing error, an article last Friday failed to introduce one of the sources, Elizabeth J. Eddison ‘11. Eddison is co-chair of Sexual Assault Awareness Week at MIT.
Letters to the Editor
I hope those of you who plan to vote in the Cambridge City Council election on Tuesday, November 3, will consider giving me, James Williamson, your #1 Vote.
Football Falls to Plymouth State In ‘Smashmouth’ Rushing Battle
In a one hour, 52 minute contest on Saturday, the Engineers fell to the Plymouth State University Panthers on the Panthers’ Senior Day in New Hampshire. Both teams were coming off of a tough loss looking to redeem themselves. The Panthers, who saw their conference title hopes dashed with a loss against Curry College last week, were looking for a win for their seniors on the final home game of the year. The Engineers were coming off of a disappointing loss in their final home game and Senior Day to the Seahawks of Salve Regina.
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Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams Win Both NEWMAC Championship Titles, Runners of the Year
The nationally ranked number three MIT women’s cross country team placed six runners in the top seven, including Runner of the Year, Maria J. Monks ’10, to win its third consecutive New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship in convincing fashion on Saturday at Franklin Park. Seven Tech harriers were named to the NEWMAC All-Conference team.
Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams Both Win NEWMAC Championship Titles, Runners of the Year
Just as it has done every year since the conference began, the MIT men’s cross country team captured the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship Saturday at Franklin Park. On the strength of eight All-Conference performances, the Engineers were able to extend their streak of league titles to 12. Hemagiri Arumugam ’10 was named the NEWMAC Runner of the Year as the top overall finisher.
Volleyball Defeats Mount Holyoke, Clinches No. 1 NEWMAC Tourney Seed
With a 25-4, 25-16, 25-11 victory over Mount Holyoke College, the MIT women’s volleyball team posted an undefeated mark of 9-0 in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) and improved to 25-7 on the year. The Lyons finished their season with an overall record of 4-22 and a 0-9 ledger in NEWMAC action.
Shotokan Karate Dominates in First Area Competition of the Year, Nearly Sweeps
The MIT Shotokan Karate participated in the Battle for Boston Tournament on October 24. The team fielded 11 students and nearly swept the competition in both Kumite (sparring) and Kata (forms).
Halloween has always been my favorite holiday of the year. For one thing, it takes place during my favorite season — I grew up in a heavily forested area of Pennsylvania, and seeing entire mountainsides change color is pretty stunning for me now and positively mind–boggling to an eight–year–old. I also got to feed my hero complex, a long-standing tradition that continues even today in a manner that I suspect would be of some psychiatric interest. It started with a cowboy costume, presumably because I asked for it but likely influenced much less by Clint Eastwood and much more by the release of <i>An American Tail: Fievel Goes West</i>. From there, it alternated between “Robin Hood” and “Musketeer” (each with relevant movie releases, the more observant of you might notice) until I hit high school.