I would like to make it very clear that the issue for me is not, and has not been, whether Professor James Sherley should be given immediate tenure or not. I cannot judge that and would not even presume to do so. I have absolutely not attempted to determine whether Professor Sherley is correct in his allegations or the Institute is right in its posture, because I do not have enough information nor context to make such a judgment.
The Graduate Student Council has expressed serious concerns to the Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation over DAPER's decision to charge students for summer access to its facilities. DAPER had announced this past term that it would charge students $40 for summer access; previously summer DAPER access had been free to students.
MIT deeply regrets Professor Douglas' intention to leave the Institute. He is a valued member of the MIT community, and has been a visionary leader of the CBI, since he joined MIT as a Professor of the Practice more than two years ago. We believe his decision is based on inaccurate information, and we sincerely hope that, once the facts are clarified, he will reconsider his decision.
Campus Dining has decided to freeze the Preferred Dining fee at $325 for up to three years. The decision, which came last Friday, May 11, follows a May 4 report released by the Baker House Dining committee, which found that the average Baker resident loses $125 per term through Preferred Dining. Preferred Dining costs $300 this term; a $25 price hike for fall term was announced earlier this year.
Source: Ruth Miller '07, Outgoing UA Vice President
MIT shares the concern of many in our community for the extraordinary human tragedy taking place in the Darfur region. The situation is sufficiently grave that MIT in this case is making an exception to its long-standing policy of not speaking with a single institutional voice on matters of public debate not directly affecting MIT's core mission of education, research, and service.
The Daytime Boston Shuttle, which runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays during the school year, may not have sufficient funding for next school year, according to Undergraduate Association President Martin F. Holmes '08. One of the two major sources for funding — a private donor — will no longer be available to cover the costs of running the shuttles throughout the school year, Holmes said.
In the most sweeping policy announcement of his new administration, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick proposed Tuesday $1 billion in funding for scientific research, a package designed to cement the state's reputation as a global powerhouse of medicine and biotechnology.
Wheelock College, along with 11 other small liberal arts colleges, is urging other institutions to stop using the US News & World Report rankings to promote themselves, arguing the rankings are too subjective.
James L. Sherley, an African American associate professor in the Biological Engineering Department, said that he remains steadfast in staying at MIT until the Institute assesses the validity of his charges of discrimination in the tenure process. According to Sherley, the administration agreed to reassess problems in the tenure process through an external panel in exchange for Sherley ending his hunger strike. The Institute says that there is no agreement for external review of the tenure process.
Following opposition by MIT, the Society of Automotive Engineers halted implementation of digital rights management controls aimed at restricting access to SAE documents. On April 19, SAE issued a press release stating that they would not enable DRM controls "on the Society's Digital Library of technical papers for licenses at colleges, universities, and other academic institutions."