Delta Upsilon chapter suspended for 'inappropriate behavior'
Delta Upsilon International has suspended its MIT chapter until spring 2016, according to MIT, which has also withdrawn recognition of the fraternity’s chapter as an independent living group.
Civil and Environmental to offer flexible degree program
Starting Fall 2014, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (Course 1) will be offering a new, flexible undergraduate degree program named 1-ENG. Current students may switch to the program in the fall or stay with their current 1-C (Civil) or 1-E (Environmental) track.
Boston Globe wins Pulitzer for marathon bombing coverage
The staff of The Boston Globe was awarded a 2014 Pulitzer Prize on Monday for its coverage of the bombings a year ago that killed three people and wounded more than 260 others near the Boston Marathon finish line, an attack that shook the nation as it raised the specter once again of terrorism on American soil.
An article in last Friday’s issue misleadingly compared faculty salaries at MIT to total compensation amounts (which include both salaries and benefits) at Columbia, Stanford, and Harvard, which had the top three average full professor compensations this academic year. The article has been edited online to only compare salaries to salaries.
Discipline committee reports spike in caseload
The number of cases brought to the Committee on Discipline — which includes alleged alcohol and drug violations, cheating, and plagiarism — jumped to 189 in the 2012-2013 academic year.
Militants defy Ukrainian site occupation deadline
SLOVYANSK, Ukraine — A deadline set by the Ukrainian government for pro-Russian militants in the country’s east to vacate occupied buildings passed Monday without signs of an effort to enforce it.
WASHINGTON — Stepping into a heated debate within the nation’s intelligence agencies, President Barack Obama has decided that when the National Security Agency discovers major flaws in Internet security, it should — in most circumstances — reveal them to assure that they will be fixed, rather than keep mum so that the flaws can be used in espionage or cyberattacks, senior administration officials said Saturday.
Return of rain and cooler temperatures
After a brief glimpse of summer, cooler temperatures return today and remain the rest of the week. Freezing rain tonight may turn to snow early tomorrow morning, although there will be little accumulation. Skies will clear up Wednesday afternoon and remain mostly sunny the rest of the week.
Sanctions are eased, but Iran sees little relief
Halfway through a six-month nuclear deal between Iran and major world powers that was meant to allow time to reach a comprehensive agreement, the Iranians have seen little in the way of a boost from the sanctions relief they had been expecting, trade lawyers and diplomatic analysts say.
Nigeria blast kills dozens as militants hit capital
ABUJA, Nigeria — An explosion caused by a suspected car bomb tore through a crowded bus station in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, on Monday during the morning rush hour, and police said at least 71 people were killed and 124 wounded in one of the most lethal attacks to strike the country.
A strong earthquake struck offshore near the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean on Sunday morning, causing officials to issue a tsunami warning for the area. There were no immediate reports of damage.
US halts effort to collect old Social Security debts
WASHINGTON — The Social Security Administration said Monday that it would stop trying to collect taxpayers’ debts that were more than 10 years old.
The corporate hack
MIT has a long history of subversion. In previous decades, this grew out of the Institute’s intense pressure-cooker culture, where “IHTFP” was not simply a bit of affectionate ribbing, but a very real sentiment shared by many students. My uncle, who was an undergrad in the early 1970s, likens his arrival to MIT to being hired at a coal mine: “Here’s your shovel; get to work.” Hacking was a devious thrill, and in many cases, a small way for students to poke fun at their tormenter.
Time is Illmatic, keep static like wool fabric
From New York’s Queensbridge Houses, a teenager scripted a work of art so raw and compelling that twenty years later its stories still ring true, full of yet-to-be-mined jewels of wisdom, studied religiously, and revered by the Hip-Hop community.
Goulash and cabbage and veal, oh my!
After a short walk from Andrews station on the Red Line, you may find yourself thinking you are in Poland when you walk into the tiny room that houses Café Polonia. You will be greeted warmly by a strong Eastern European accent and menus written both in English and Polish. The Slavic comfort food delivers on authenticity as well as quality, making the quick trip down to Dorchester worth it any day of the week.
Ceci n’est pas une interview
There are known unknowns — that is, things that you know you don’t know. Back in 2003, Robert McNamara was for me, an unknown when I saw him standing awkwardly in a khaki raincoat on the poster for The Fog of War. I had at best a very vague idea of who he was, and I had never even heard of Errol Morris, the film’s director.
MIT pistol team wins big Women’s team claims the gold in aggregate
As the season comes to a close, the MIT Pistol Team has finished with a strong performance at the National Rifle Association Collegiate Nationals. The scoring members of the MIT women’s team (Jennifer Y. Hsu ’14, Kristine N. Kim ’14, and Jackie Wu ’16) put in an outstanding performance to take home the NRA Collegiate National title, placing first in Women’s Air Pistol and third in Women’s Sport Pistol. This is the first time the team has taken the gold in aggregate since 2007, where the then-varsity team won the open championship.
Alumna makes history
MIT Gymnastics Club gymnasts won national medals and landed its place in U.S. gymnastics history at the 2014 National Association of Intercollegiate Gymnastics Clubs (NAIGC) Nationals in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Almost 1,000 athletes across 76 collegiate gymnastics club programs and hundreds of fans packed the Chattanooga Convention Center April 2–5 for the largest NAIGC championships in the organization’s 25-year history.
UPCOMING HOME EVENTS
Tuesday, April 15
Punting sexual assault response
“MIT stands with survivors of sexual assault.” How many times have I heard that in the last year? Too many to count. Every time I hear it or read it, I feel the physicalized anxiety that I carry inside me from my past abusive relationship rise to the surface. My hands begin to sweat, the lump in my throat swells, and one time I threw up in a bathroom in my dorm.
Events Apr. 15 – Apr. 21
Events Apr. 15 – Apr. 21 Tuesday (2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.) Managing Careers in Organizations, sponsored by Organizational Economics — E62-650 (4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.) Syrian Refugees in Jordan and Lebanon: Current and Looming Problems, sponsored by the Center for International Studies and Inter-University Committee on International Migration — E51-095 Wednesday (11 a.m. – 12 p.m.) Books & Beasts: Parchment Identification from Animal Protein Analysis, sponsored by MIT Libraries — 14N-132 (12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.) America and the World in the Age of Obama, with speaker Fred Kaplan of Slate Magazine — E40-496 Thursday (5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.) Starr Forum: Junk Food and the Modern Mind, sponsored by the Center for International Studies — 66-110 (6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.) TalkBack360: What Happened in Ukraine? — N51 (MIT Museum) Friday (12 p.m. – 1 p.m.) MIT CTL Distinguished Speakers Series: Boston Bikes, On a Roll, with speaker Nicole Freedman, Director of Bicycle Programs, City of Boston — W20-306 (1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.) “Time to React: The Efficiency of International Organizations in Crisis Reponse,” a book talk with author Heidi Kardt — E40-496 Saturday (10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) Eastgate Animal Show, sponsored by Eastgate Community Association, GSC Activities, and GSC Family Subcommittee — E55-PH (9:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.) Easter Party, sponsored by the GSC Funding Board and the Tech Catholic Community — W11 Main Dining Room and Small Dining Room Sunday (2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.) Bulgarian Easter Celebration, sponsored by the GSC Funding Board — NW35, rain location NW30 Monday (7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.) MIT Ballroom Dance Workshops: West Coast Swing, free for MIT students, $3 for other students and affiliates, $5 for general public — W20, La Sala or Lobdell Send your campus events to email@example.com.