Boston plans for increased security at Marathon
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. — Over the long, cold winter, Boston has been preparing a ceremony to honor those killed and injured in last year’s marathon and to stage a race that will be one of the biggest — and, they said Monday, the safest.
The headline of the original version of a web update about the death of Hadi Kasab misspelled Kasab’s first name.
Who is calling snow days at the Institute?
Many Boston universities and colleges have closed at least once this year due to winter weather, but MIT has remained open. Whether MIT closes is up to three or four top administrators. The Tech spoke to Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart PhD ’88 and John DiFava, the director of facilities operations and security, to find out how the decision is made.
Cause of death of Sidney Pacific resident remains undetermined
The cause of the death of Hadi Kasab, the 23-year-old graduate student who was found dead in his room last Thursday evening, had not yet been released at press time Monday.
Capital Cities and Flosstradamus to co-headline SpringFest concert
The Undergraduate Association Events Committee announced Monday night that artists Capital Cities and Flosstradamus will be co-headlining the concert during this year’s SpringFest on Saturday, April 26 in the Johnson Athletic Center.
TOKYO — One of the authors of a study that was claimed to have discovered a simple way to make stem cells said Monday that he was no longer sure of his team’s conclusions, and he called for the study to be retracted.
Speculation widens over missing jet’s fate as search area expands
WASHINGTON — Watching a seat-back display with a plane-shaped icon gliding across the map, it is easy to forget that in true scale, the airplane is very small and the route very large. As the hours and days drag by with no trace of the Malaysia Airlines flight that disappeared over the Gulf of Thailand early Saturday, the world is getting a reminder that if something goes wrong on a jet five miles up in the sky, traveling at 10 miles a minute, it can cover a lot of ground — or water — before it comes down to earth.
‘No guarantee’ of nuclear deal with Iran says European Union
Obama’s new approach takes a humorous turn
WASHINGTON — In “Between Two Ferns,” an off-color online parody of celebrity interview shows, comedian Zach Galifianakis has spanked Justin Bieber with his belt, discussed Charlize Theron’s thighs
U.S. and Russia hit roadblock trying to start Crimea talks
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration’s effort to solicit Russia’s help to defuse the crisis in Ukraine appeared to hit a dead end on Monday when Secretary of State John Kerry delayed an anticipated trip to Russia and the two sides issued dueling accounts of their recent diplomacy.
Snowden tries to rally tech conference to buttress privacy shields
AUSTIN, Texas — Edward J. Snowden wants the technology industry to get serious about protecting the privacy of its users and customers.
Study: Women who can do math still don’t get hired
The economist Larry Summers
Rollercoaster weather this week
Strong swings in the weather conditions will occur this week. Today, the high temperature is expected to reach into the 50°Fs, but over the next two days temperatures will plummet in association with a winter storm and Thursday temperatures will only reach the mid 20°Fs.
On student leadership
MIT students often complain about the administration, a lack of student input, and inadequate representation. We often forget, however, that our decisions can directly impact these outcomes. The upcoming Undergraduate Association presidential elections remain the best way that we, the undergraduates, can voice our opinion.
Bethlehem explores the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Bethlehem follows 17-year old Palestinian Sanfur (Shadi Mar’i), the brother of a leader of the al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, and Razi (Tsahi Halevi), the Israeli Shin Bet (secret service) officer who has recruited Sanfur as an informant. Set in Israel and the West Bank around 2004 near the end of the Second Intifada, the film explores the region’s broader conflict by examining the social connections surrounding the central characters.
I loathe Shakespeare. Shakespeare’s plays are generally over-performed, and I’ve seen far too many productions where actors speak Shakespeare’s archaic words in strange phrasings, making the plays inaccessible. Additionally, the plays generally lack interesting female characters and are often misogynistic. To say the least, I expected to be bored by A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Henry Jenkins returns
Around the world Henry Jenkins is known as a prolific force in media studies and as a champion of fandom and fan culture. He has written thirteen books — canonical texts for media scholars — including Textual Poachers and Convergence Culture. At the Institute, Jenkins is known for establishing and directing the Comparative Media Studies program and for his time as a Senior House housemaster. Jenkins left MIT in 2009 to become the Provost’s Professor of Communication, Journalism, and Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California.
Some ’tings nice, some not so much
Caribbean food, with its warmth and traditional spices, seems like the perfect way to escape this never-ending Boston winter, at least for an hour or two. Some ‘Ting Nice, located in a run-down building right on McGrath Highway in Somerville, attempts to provide some respite, but fails to fully deliver on that promise. While their menu has a wide variety of Caribbean options, the dishes themselves were uneven and left me wishing this restaurant could live up to its potential.
Women’s lacrosse retains perfect record
Six second-half goals by Isabella D. DiDio ’16 helped fuel MIT’s 14-12 come-from-behind victory over Roger Williams University in a non-conference women’s lacrosse game on Saturday, March 8. DiDio finished with a game-high seven goals and seven draw controls for the Engineers (3-0), who are enjoying their best start in program history. For the Hawks (0-3), Kristen Pingree led the way with three goals and an assist.
Men’s volleyball team comes out victorious
At the United Volleyball Conference (UVC) Crossover Tournament hosted by Elmira College this past weekend, the No. 3 MIT men’s volleyball team swept Hilbert College and Penn State – Behrend but dropped a five-set battle to Medaille College. The 2-1 performance moved the Engineers’ ledger to 15-4 on the year and 8-2 in UVC action.
UPCOMING HOME EVENTS
Tuesday, March 11
Events Mar 11- Mar 17
Events Mar. 11 – Mar. 17 Tuesday (6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.) Inside Cambridge Biotechnology: Facing Up to Difficult Diseases — N51 (6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.) Exoplanets and the Real Search for Alien Life — Sidney-Pacific Mark MP Room Wednesday (5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.) MITEF Innovation Series Event: Beyond What’s Hot: Opportunities Away from the Herd — 32-123 (7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.) Medieval Keyboard Concert by David Catalunya — Killian Hall Thursday (3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.) Built to Last: Opportunity and the Economics of Empowerment talk by Obama Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett — Kresge Auditorium (5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.) Communicating Science: Lessons from a Climate Blogger — 4-370 Friday (7:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.) Beaver Ball: Celebrating 100 Years of the Mascot — 50-140 (7:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m.) LSC shows 12 Years a Slave — 26-100 (8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.) Pi Day — Ashdown Saturday (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.) MIT Figure Skating Club’s Annual Skating Exhibition — Johnson Ice Arena (8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.) MIT Symphony Orchestra concert, excerpts from Berlioz’s Romeo et Juliette, Sibelius’ Symphony No. 1 in E minor — Kresge Auditorium Monday (4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.) History and Historical Analysis in the Ukrainian Crisis — 4-153 (6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.) Understanding the Urban Heritage: The Cultural Wire-Scape of Historic Lahore, Islamic Architecture talk — 3-133 Send your campus events to firstname.lastname@example.org.