Startups need room to grow
TWELVE MILES wasn’t always a long haul. But for the types of companies that fill Cambridge’s Kendall Square and Boston’s Seaport, a dozen miles might as well be an eternity. Biogen Idec found this out in 2010, when the Cambridge biotech giant moved some of its workers from Kendall to a shiny corporate campus in Weston. The Weston digs were a quick car ride away from Biogen’s researchers in Kendall, but within a year, Biogen execs were laying plans to return to Kendall Square.
REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK: CLASS OF 1967 DISCUSSES MIT YEARS:
A forum entitled “Before and After — The MIT Experience,” took place Sunday in W20’s Mezzanine Lounge from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., featuring four speakers from the Class of 2017 and three from the Class of 1967.
Leland Cheung MBA ‘10 recently announced a bid for Massachusetts’ lieutenant governor position, under the Democratic Party. Cheung, a graduate of MIT’s Sloan School of Management and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, is serving his second term on the Cambridge City Council. According to the Boston Globe, Cheung is planning on investing six figures into his upcoming campaign. He stated in an interview with the Globe, “I think I have an opportunity to help the Democratic ticket in November.”
REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK: 2016 Ring Premiere is true to tradition
Last Friday evening, I joined my fellow members of the Class of 2016 as we came together to watch the unveiling of this year’s Brass Rat design. Before the doors even opened, we already had a class-bonding experience — waiting outside Kresge in freezing temperatures.
FROM THE ARCHIVES:
Editor’s Note: This article originally ran 11 years ago in Issue 3 of Volume 123 of The Tech on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2003.
Helen of Troy has suggested it would return money to investors, but it wasn’t interested in selling itself, despite calls from an activist investor.
At polls, Tokyo rejects a plan for curbing nuclear power
TOKYO — Tokyo voters chose the governing party candidate to be their next governor Sunday, rejecting a former prime minister who had tried to turn the local election into a public referendum on the future of nuclear energy in Japan.
WASHINGTON — The House will vote Wednesday to extend the government’s borrowing authority into 2015 in exchange for reversing a cut to the pensions of working-age military veterans that Congress approved just two months ago to try to trim the budget deficit.
Farm Bureau report finds need for immigration overhaul
WASHINGTON — Immigration reform that focuses solely on enforcement would cut agriculture production and cause a sharp rise in food prices, according to a new study released Monday.
Talks on Syrian conflict resume in Geneva
GENEVA — As fighting raged unabated in Syria, government and opposition representatives met in Geneva on Monday for a second round of peace negotiations in hopes of moving away from the inconclusive and often fractious exchanges in the first round that ended 10 days ago.
Today, tomorrow will be better for opening doors
We have now entered the frozen heart of winter, where freezing is more frequently a daily high than a daily low. Unlike many days of the previous week, however, no extra snow shall fall until the day after tomorrow, so for these two days, the winter invites you out if you want to build a snowman. Still remember to dress appropriately, as highs will be in the twenties.
North Korea balks again at bid to free American
SEOUL, South Korea — For a second time, North Korea has rescinded an invitation for a special U.S. envoy to visit Pyongyang, the capital, to seek the release of Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American Christian missionary held in the country for more than a year, the U.S. State Department said Sunday.
Michael Sam may become the first publicly gay player in the NFL
Coaches at the University of Missouri divided players into small groups at a preseason football practice last year for a team-building exercise. One by one, players were asked to talk about themselves.
How the Institute can do better
Editor’s note: This article, which is part two of a two-part series, contains explicit references to sexual assault. Part one was published on Feb. 7.
A moving romance in a chaotic world
Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia pairs the parallel stories of teenaged Thomasina Coverly (Keenan A. Sunderwirth ’14) and her tutor Septimus Hodge (Garett W. Schulte ’17) in an early 19th-century England in Sidley Park, and follows Hannah Jarvis (Katherine A. Roe ’14) in modern day. While Thomasina investigates determinism and physics near the turn of the century, Hannah uncovers the identity of Sidley Park’s mysterious hermit.
UPCOMING HOME EVENTS
Wednesday, February 12
Women’s basketball loses match to Smith College
MIT held leads early in the second half, but Smith College edged back ahead midway through the final 20 minutes and went on to take a 65-54 decision in a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women’s basketball game on Feb. 8. Sabrina M. Drammis ‘16 led the Engineers with 16 points and nine rebounds.
Men’s basketball snaps two-game losing streak
MIT snapped a two-game losing streak on Feb. 8 as the Engineers took a defensive-minded game at the U.S Coast Guard Academy, 45-37, in a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men’s basketball contest. In a game that saw the two teams combine to shoot 28 percent, MIT saw three of its players score 10 points each, including Matthew M. Redfield ‘15 who also added five blocked shots for the Engineers.
Men’s volleyball ends weekend on a winning note
Serving as host for the first United Volleyball Conference (UVC) Crossover Tournament of the season, the MIT men’s volleyball team emerged with a 2-1 ledger at the conclusion of the two-day affair. The nationally-ranked No. 13 Engineers (6-2, 3-1 UVC) opened up action with a 19-25, 25-21, 21-25, 25-20, 15-13 victory over No. 7 Elmira College but then fell to No. 6 Nazareth College, 25-23, 25-22, 25-13. MIT bounced back by blanking D’Youville College, 25-17, 25-12, 25-9, on Sunday afternoon.
BRANDED!: Have you Googled yourself lately?
There is no shortage of media buzz about the Millennial generation. From skyrocketing student debt, to the contracting job market, to the decline in traditionally “secure” professions, to the setbacks of coming of age in the worst recession in decades, the challenges of my generation are well-documented. The flip side of the doom and gloom prophecies is the unprecedented opportunities in the new economy for those who are willing to get creative to sell themselves and reach their goals. Whether you snag a traditional professional job, strike out as an entrepreneur, or work a 9-5 with projects on the side, strategically managing your personal brand can be what sets you apart from your competition.
Events Feb. 11 – Feb. 17
Events Feb. 11 – Feb. 17 Tuesday (3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.) Socialization Ain’t Always Nice: Order, Disorder, and Violence in the Post-Cold War World, with speaker Jeff Checkel of Simon Fraser University — E40-496 (4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.) Effects of the Minimum Wage on Employment Dynamics, with speaker Jonathan Meer of Texas A&M university — E18-202 Wednesday (6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.) Housing Prices & Housing Policies in Chinese Cities: Recent Empirical Evidence, with speaker Siqi Zheng — 9-354 (7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.) FiLmprov, an evening of musical improvisation and the world premier of Kate Matson’s film Silhouettes with improvised score — Killian Hall Thursday (11 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) Energy Expo 2014, hosted by the MIT Undergraduate Energy Club — La Sala de Puerto Rico (5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.) Play in the Age of Computing Machinery, with speaker Miguel Sicart — E41-633 Friday (7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.) The LSC shows O Brother, Where Art Thou?, also sponsored by the de Florez Fund for Humor (free admission) — 26-100 (8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.) The Vagina Monologues @ MIT, $2 for MIT affiliates, $3 for public — 32-123 Saturday (7:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.) MIT Ballroom Valentine Social Dance, free for MIT students, $6 other students, $8 MIT affiliates, $10 public — La Sala de Puerto Rico (8:00 p.m. — 9:30 p.m.) Either/Or Concert of music by Alvin Lucier, sponsored by MIT Music and Theater Arts — MIT Chapel Sunday (2:30p.m. – 5:00 p.m.) MIT Ballroom Dance Workshops: Waltz and Tango, free for MIT students, $3 other students and MIT affiliates, $5 general public — La Sala de Puerto Rico Monday (7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.) MIT Ballroom Dance Workshops: Jive, free for MIT students, $3 other students and MIT affiliates, $5 general public — La Sala de Puerto Rico Send your campus events to firstname.lastname@example.org.