Kristen Covino to be new Associate Head of Senior House
Covino, who has experience working with LGBTQ groups, was unanimously endorsed by a committee that included Senior House student leadership, MIT administrators, and members of the Senior House house team.
Committee to explore ideas for future of MIT OpenCourseWare
The 12-member committee is charged with reviewing and “refreshing” OCW’s original goals, as well as identifying paths for the future of OCW. In doing so, they will survey other open education providers and technologies, as well as gather feedback from within MIT.
Course 1 to offer three new minors
The new minors will include Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering Science, and a brand-new area called Civil and Environmental Systems.
Edward Snowden unveils plans to develop safer phone at Media Lab conference
Snowden spoke via video connection to attendees of the Forbidden Research conference about his plans for a phone that would alert journalists to electronic surveillance.
Warm weekend waiting
After enjoying some tame temperatures this week after a long stretch of oppressive heat and humidity, nicely not-too-warm weather will wind down the waning week.
ASEs, insurance waiver, and Sept. degree list
The last day to petition for September Advanced Standing Exams is Friday, August 12.
Star Trek Beyond falls short of warp speed
In attempting to portray the Federation and Starfleet as anything less than a galactic utopia, Star Trek Beyond falls short. Director Justin Lin is clearly comfortable with breaking out of Trekkies' comfort zones (he destroys the Enterprise in the first act!), but he doesn't do enough to convince us that the Federation is actually vulnerable.
Artbeat brings Cambridge together
Artbeat offered even more by providing a stage (or two) to rising musicians, celebrating local food entrepreneurs, and opening doors for unique artistic talents. This year’s theme ‘Roots’ attracted many sustainability and green-awareness organizations and community projects.
Shakespeare meets Star Trek
The MIT Shakespeare Ensemble’s rendition of The Tempest was an infusion of the Bard and Star Trek. I’m usually not the biggest Shakespeare fan but I am a sci-fi nerd, and I enjoyed the many tributes to popular science fiction franchises throughout.
Ghostbusters remake is smart and hilarious
Ghostbusters is a hilarious action-filled remake of the critically acclaimed 1984 version. This one casts four women to compose the team of sharp Ghostbusting badasses. With Ghostbusters, MIT gains another notable fictional alum, Erin (Kristen Wiig), who sports a gold brass rat throughout the film.
The dialogue leaves much to be desired, and the plot is about as predictable as it gets. The film is for children, but unlike some other kids’ movies, this one might be best left for the PG audience.
Alumna wins cycling's elite national championship
Christina Birch PhD ’15 won her maiden elite national title when she clinched first place at the women’s individual pursuit race at the USA cycling elite national championships held at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center in Trexlertown, PA.
MLB teams go big in an eventful week ahead of the trade deadline
Deadline day, and the moves leading up to it, were eventful – some astounding, some imminent, some seemingly pointless. We take a look at some highlights from the last few days of regular trade time.
Durant joins the Warriors
Kevin Durant shocked the basketball world by leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder for a 2 year, $55 million deal with the Golden State Warriors.
How to prevent street harassment
How many ukuleles did you have? Two? Why didn’t you limit yourself to just one? If you replace “ukulele” with “drink,” you get the usual slew of questions women are asked after sexual assault.