Despite concerns, bitcoin startups get ample VC funding New startups announce investors
Even though concerns remain about the digital currency‚ staying power, bitcoin startups are attracting more dollars from well-known venture capitalists.
MIT Chapel undergoing major maintenance and renovations
The MIT Chapel has been temporarily closed for a substantial renovation process, which will include key restorations and upgrades to the more than half-century-old building.
Excess postdocs causes quiet crisis
The life of the humble biomedical postdoctoral researcher was never easy: toiling in obscurity in a low-paying scientific apprenticeship that can stretch more than a decade. The long hours were worth it for the expected reward — the chance to launch an independent laboratory and do science that could expand human understanding of biology and disease.
Investigation ensues after Harvard students receive death threats
This past Friday afternoon, hundreds of Harvard University students and affiliates received identical death threats via email from a “hotmail.de” address and a Google Mail address. The Harvard University Police Department (HUPD) reported no suspicious activity on campus immediately following the email distribution.
In the October 3rd issue of The Tech, the article titled “MIT community reflects on recent deaths, ‘opens doors’” implied that the gathering was organized by Cru, when it was in fact organized by students in Cru. Students from several different Christian fellowships participated in the gathering.
Bexley demolition to begin next summer
The demolition of Bexley Hall is projected to take place in the summer of 2015 according to MIT, but the site will have a temporary use before a permanent structure is built there.
Another death has been added to the toll from accidents involving General Motors cars with a defective ignition switch.
Promise seen in deals with Iraqi tribes against Islamic state
BAGHDAD — After enduring weeks of abuse by insurgents of the group called Islamic State, members of the Aza tribe struck a secret deal last month with local police and military officials: The authorities would supply weapons to two tribal regiments totaling about 1,150 fighters, and in return the tribe would help government security forces fight Islamic State.
Pope Francis urges open dialogue on family issues
VATICAN CITY — Setting the tone for a two-week meeting of Roman Catholic bishops, Pope Francis on Monday urged participants to speak openly and clearly, without fear of censure. He also called on the participants to listen to each other with humility and to respect differing opinions.
Virginia issues licenses to same-sex couples
ARLINGTON, Va. — Virginia began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Monday, hours after the Supreme Court’s surprise decision letting such marriages stand in five states.
The University of Florida announced Monday that quarterback Treon Harris, a true freshman who came off the bench to lead the Gators to a victory Saturday, had been suspended “from all team activities” after a female student accused him of sexually assaulting her early Sunday morning in a residence hall.
New Wal-Mart program aims to enhance food sustainability
Walmart announced an initiative Monday to reduce the environmental impact of the food it sells and help its customers improve the nutrition in their diets.
Bad news for those sick of rain
Last night, the high pressure system that gave us sunny weather over the past two days slid offshore, taking the clear skies and dry weather with it. The dominant feature over the next two days will be a low pressure system currently spinning over Ontario, trailing a cold front to its south. Rain will be likely tonight and tomorrow morning ahead of this front. Otherwise, today and tomorrow you can expect cloudy skies and a high temperature around 70°F (21°C).
Infected nurse in Spain shows faults in Ebola defense
BARCELONA, Spain — A nurse in Spain has become the first health worker to be infected with the Ebola virus outside of West Africa, raising serious concerns about how prepared Western nations are to safely treat people with the deadly illness.
How fraternities should move forward
Austin Hess’s column last Tuesday, “Can fraternities be feminist?” struck a chord with not just me but with many of my colleagues who volunteer for the Association of Independent Living Groups (AILG). Mr. Hess posed a number of questions to the MIT fraternity community that desperately need to be addressed. Although there has been discussion on the various AILG email lists, the column made us realize that there should be a more public statement from a fraternity man. As I am six years removed from undergrad — long enough to know the ropes of being an alum but still able to relate and connect to my active brothers and their experiences — I believe I have a relevant perspective to offer on this situation.
Tennis team bests Wheaton
Playing a dual match for the first time in nearly two weeks, the MIT women’s tennis team did not miss a beat as the Engineers remained undefeated in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play with a 9-0 win over Wheaton College on Saturday, October 4. The victory improved MIT to 6-0 (6-0 NEWMAC) on the season while Wheaton fell to 4-4 (4-2 NEWMAC).
Women’s soccer team rolls past Mount Holyoke
Four different players located the back of the Mount Holyoke College net as the Engineers cruised to a 4-0 victory against the Lyons on Saturday, October 4 at Roberts Field at Steinbrenner Stadium in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play. With the win, the Engineers improve to 6-3-2 overall and 2-0-1 in conference play, while the Lyons fall to 4-7-0 and 0-3-0.
UPCOMING HOME EVENTS
Tuesday, October 7
Football’s offense is too much for Curry College
Playing on the road for the first time this season the MIT football team churned out 462 yards of offense, 311 of it on the ground, as the Engineers rolled past Curry College, 49-20, in a New England Football Conference (NEFC) game on Friday, October 3. The win keeps MIT undefeated at 4-0 and broke a 16-game losing streak to the Colonels dating back to 1997.
Events Oct. 07 – Oct. 13
Events Oct. 07 – Oct. 13 Tuesday (5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.) Free Self Defense Workshop hosted by Coach Hagymas of MIT Tennis — DuPont Wrestling Room (6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.) MIT Museum Soap Box: How to Make Life and Influence Planet — N51 Wednesday (4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.) How to Find a UROP, sponsored by Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming — 5-134 (7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.) Cleantech Entrepreneurs Panel, sponsored by MIT Energy Club and MassCEC — E40-160 Thursday (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.) Dussehra Social and Diwali Night auditions, hosted by MIT Sangam — W20 Lobdell Dining Hall (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.) Urban Films: Dark Days, sponsored by the Department of Urban Studies and Planning Friday (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.) Take Back the Night, hosted by Alpha Epsilon Phi and Alpha Chi Omega — Student Center Steps (rain location: 20 Chimneys) Saturday (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.) MITHAS presents Mysore Brothers (violin duo), $10 admissions for students and seniors, $30 otherwise — 32-123 Sunday (6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.) MIT Cricket Tournament, sponsored by LEF and GSC Funding Board — Barry’s Field Monday (5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.) MISTI-Israel Info Session, food provided — E40-496 (7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.) 2014 Folk Music of the British Isles & North America presents Jeff Davis, sponsored by Music and Theater Arts, Literature Section — 14W-111 Send your campus events to email@example.com.