MIT in favor of redactions in Swartz case documents
On Friday, March 29, MIT filed a legal memorandum to “partially oppose” the March 15 motion by the Estate of Aaron Swartz to publicly release documents related to Swartz’s criminal prosecution. The documents, originally provided to the U.S. Attorney’s Office by MIT for pre-trial discovery, are kept confidential by a Protective Order. According to MIT’s memorandum, the U.S. Attorney’s Office required a Protective Order on the documents beginning November 2011 due to “sensitive information” they contain.
American woman gang-raped in Brazil
RIO DE JANEIRO — An American woman was raped by three men aboard a public van in a six-hour abduction over the weekend that began in the seaside district of Copacabana, the police said.
Health law provision for small business is delayed
WASHINGTON — Unable to meet tight deadlines in the new health care law, the Obama administration is delaying parts of a program intended to provide affordable health insurance to small businesses and their employees — a major selling point for the health care legislation.
Faculty meeting focuses on gunman disruption response
MIT “failed abysmally” in promptly notifying the community after receiving a false Feb. 23 report of a gunman on campus, MIT Chief of Police John DiFava said at the last faculty meeting, following an internal review of the events on the day of the scare. But the police response on the scene was “superb,” DiFava said.
Still looking for a job or internship? Attend the Spring Career Fair on Thursday, April 4th! The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Stratton Student Center (W-20) in La Sala Puerto Rico on the second floor. MIT ID cards will be required for entry to the fair. Register for the fair through CareerBridge with your electronic resume. The Spring Career Fair resume book will be viewable by the employers.
Another body found in the Charles River
Early morning last Wednesday, March 27, Mass. State Police responded to reports of a body in the Charles River under the Harvard Bridge. The body was pulled out of the river around 9 a.m. The Suffolk County DA is investigating the death.
MIT wins 2nd in Putnam math contest
Just behind Harvard, MIT took second place in the 2012 William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, winning $20,000 for the math department and $800 for each of the three team members. The prestigious contest is 12 questions and 6 hours long, and is administered every December to undergraduate students studying in the U.S. or Canada.
Connecticut legislators agree on sweeping gun control laws
HARTFORD, Conn. — More than three months after the massacre of 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., legislative leaders announced on Monday that they had agreed on what they called the most far-reaching gun-legislation package in the country.
US sees North Korea blustering, not acting
WASHINGTON — Despite a drumbeat of increasingly bellicose threats from North Korea, the White House said Monday that there was no evidence that the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, was mobilizing troops or other military forces for any imminent attack.
Low-cost drugs in poor nations get lift in court
NEW DELHI — People in developing countries in Africa and Asia will continue to have access to low-cost copycat versions of drugs for diseases like HIV and cancer, at least for a while.
Cold and breezy, then back to normal
Yesterday afternoon, a cold front pushed through our area, bringing with it strong winds and rain showers. The rain showers are gone today, but the strong winds will remain, ushering in a cold air mass from the west. Winds will be strong throughout the day, with speeds in the 15-25 mph range gusting upwards of 30 mph at times.
SHANGHAI — Apple’s chief executive, Tim Cook, took the unusual step Monday of apologizing to Chinese customers over the company’s warranty policy and said he would improve customer service in the country.
NEW YORK — For a political acolyte of Rudolph W. Giuliani, a ferocious rhetorical bomb-thrower, Joseph J. Lhota has proved an oddly mild candidate so far, repeatedly holding his fire — and his tongue — since declaring his Republican campaign for mayor of New York three months ago.
Ruling sets stage for pension battle in bankrupt city
A federal bankruptcy judge ruled Monday that the city of Stockton, Calif., was eligible for court protection from its creditors, clearing the way for a battle over whether public workers’ pensions can be cut when the city they work for goes bankrupt.
Gorbachev criticizes Putin and his restrictions
MOSCOW — Mikhail Gorbachev, the first and last president of the Soviet Union, now 82 and increasingly frail, may have needed a helping hand to climb on stage for a speech at the state-run RIA-Novosti news agency. Oratorically, however, he seemed nimble enough, delivering a sharp poke in the gut to President Vladimir V. Putin and the Kremlin.
Sustaining MIT’s fraternities
I’ve been a Chi Phi since a week after I arrived on campus in the fall of 1972. I can honestly say that ever since then, Chi Phi has been the central institution of my life. It is the source of my greatest friendships, my strength in times of trouble, the avenue through which I’ve enjoyed a cornucopia of inter-generational relationships, and the organization to which I give the most back, currently taking my turn to serve as president of our house corporation.
In the March 22, 2013 issue, a photo caption of 100 Years of Fashion misspelled the publishing company’s name. It is Laurence King Publishing, not Lawrence.
UPCOMING HOME EVENTS
Tuesday, April 2
Nationals expected to win NL East for 2nd consecutive year
1. Washington Nationals
For a couple of years, I could never be sure how I would feel during any given day. Some days were really good: I felt elated for no particular reason and enjoyed everything I did. Some days, though, were fairly bad: I struggled to care enough to even do anything like get out of bed. Though most days were somewhere in between, and though the bad days outnumbered the good, I thought that this was just everyday life, that a lot of people were experiencing the same thing.
Do science and religion conflict?
Ask A-theist is a column by Aaron L. Scheinberg G, an atheist, and Stephanie S. Lam G, a Christian, which uses contrasting worldviews to explore questions and misconceptions about philosophy and religion. This week, Aaron chose the question. Send us the burning questions you have always wanted answered by an atheist or Christian (or both), and we’ll tackle them!
Events Mar. 2 – Mar. 8
Events Mar. 2 – Mar. 8 Tuesday (6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.) Mass CPR: free heartsaver CPR certification hosted by MIT EMS — W20, La Sala Wednesday (3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.) How to Find a UROP, hosted by UROP staff — 5-217 (8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.) Israeli dancing, kosher snacks provided — W20, La Sala Thursday (11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) MIT Spring Career Fair — W20, La Sala (5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.) Can Incubators Really Work in Emerging Markets? First 15 attendeeds receive a free copy of “Winning in Emerging Markets” — E51-345 (Tang) Friday (7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.) CAST (Center for Art, Science & Technology) Marathon Concert featuring Hauschka, Pamela Z, and Dewa Alit with MIT’s Gamelan Galak Tika — W16 (Kresge) Saturday (7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.) LSC shows The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey — 26-100 (7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.) Alpha Chi Omega LipSync and Talent Show: Fame! — Johnson Ice Arena Sunday (8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.) Folk Dancing with Live Electric Balkan Music by Rakiya— W20, La Sala (8:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.) Dhoom, The Bollywood Dance Night (free for MIT students before 9:30 p.m., $2 after — W20, Lobdell Monday (6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.) Climber Yoga hosted by MIT Outing Club and the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education — 50-258 Send your campus events to firstname.lastname@example.org.