Network Manager Tells of IS&T Services, RIAA Woes, Own Undergrad Experience
<i>This is the second interview in a seven-part series introducing incoming students to some of MIT’s faculty, staff, and student leaders. Today, </i>The Tech <i>interviews Jeffrey I. Schiller ’79, network manager for Information Services & Technology, who discusses IS&T, file-sharing, and his memories of being an undergraduate at MIT.</i>
MIT President Susan Hockfield enjoyed a brief moment in the limelight this summer as a possible candidate for <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>’s new five-member editorial independence committee, The Journal<i> </i>reported in July. The board, proposed by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. as a way to preserve the <i>Journal</i>’s<i> </i>journalistic integrity after it is acquired by News Corp., now includes Nicholas Negroponte, founder of the MIT Media Lab.
Former Prof. Shoots Self In Attempt to Frame Son
A former MIT professor who staged his own shooting and framed one of his sons for the crime was found guilty Aug. 17 of filing a false police report.
New SafeRide Buses Expected; Biodiesel Fuel Switch Coming
A handful of changes should be coming to MIT’s shuttle services this year, as upgrades and route changes take effect across SafeRide, Tech Shuttle, and Northwest Shuttle.
Dining Options on Campus
Source: MIT Campus Dining, http://web.mit.edu/dining/
MIT Campus Dining Alters Hours, Food Selection For Fall Semester
The evolution of MIT dining continues this term, as a hodgepodge of changes accompany the inevitable return of insatiably hungry students.
New Sloan Dean Selected From Wharton School Administration
MIT officials have tapped an outsider, David C. Schmittlein, deputy dean of the elite Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, to lead MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
MIT Museum to Complete $3 Million Facelift, Expansion
A passerby would be forgiven for not noticing the MIT Museum. The nondescript metal-sided building squats on an awkward corner of Massachusetts Avenue between a Korean market and a brick warehouse. Visitors must enter through a side door and climb a steel staircase, a humble porthole for a place that aims to be the institutional memory of one of the nation’s top scientific institutions.
Jeffrey I. Schiller ’79
Jeffrey I. Schiller ’79
Wind and Weather
Wind is an important parameter in determining the weather. Not only is the wind strength a factor (as it turns out, Boston is the windiest major city in America), but so is the wind direction. As you might expect, when the wind blows from the north or south, the temperature becomes colder or warmer, respectively.
Gonzales Resigns Following Criticism, Perjury Accusation
Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales announced his resignation on Monday, ending a stormy tenure at the Justice Department that was marked by repeated battles with Congress over whether he had allowed his intense personal loyalty to President Bush to overwhelm his responsibilities to the law.
Sarkozy Says Non-Nuclear Iran Must Be International Priority
In his first major foreign policy speech as president, Nicolas Sarkozy of France said Monday that Iran could be attacked militarily if it did not live up to its international obligations to curb its nuclear program.
The political deadlock over Kosovo’s future is unlikely to be resolved anytime soon despite the start of new negotiations on the province this week, according to two leading politicians involved in the talks.
Opium cultivation in Afghanistan grew by 17 percent in 2007, reaching record levels for the second straight year, according to a U.N. report released Monday.
Federal Gov’t Plans Improvements At Immigration Detention Center
The federal government and lawyers for immigrant children have announced an agreement to improve living conditions at the nation’s main family detention center for illegal immigrant suspects.
China to Restrict Foreign Acquisitions Citing Growing Nat’l Security Concerns
After a quarter-century of welcoming and even courting foreign investors, Beijing officials are starting to show considerably more caution. Chinese lawmakers are set to pass legislation this week that would limit foreign acquisitions in China on national security grounds.
Ten Arrested For Assassination Of Prominent Russian Reporter
Russia’s prosecutor general said Monday that 10 people had been arrested in the contract killing of Anna Politkovskaya, the prominent journalist and Kremlin critic. Those arrested included a Chechen crime boss and career officers from the country’s police and intelligence services, he said.
RBA Limits Freshman Choice
Dormitories which offer Residence-Based Advising should give freshmen a chance to get out — or get in — during Orientation. The Housing Adjustment Lottery, which closes tonight, should not exclude McCormick Hall and Next House.
I know you’re in awe of LaVerde’s beverage selection right now, and you probably will be for another few months. But once you’ve grown tired of that lingonberry soda and tomato egg salad sandwich (both of which I consumed almost every day of my first semester), you’ll realize that you can’t rely on LaVerde’s for all of your meals. And even if you can and do cook, you’re sure to crave a restaurant-cooked meal someday soon. When that day comes, pick up this guide, find a friend, and eat out!
It’s no secret that most MIT students don’t give a great deal of thought to how they look. So you used to curl your hair every morning in high school? You think better in a blazer? Forget how you used to look in high school, because odds are, you’ll look a lot worse soon. Depressing, sure, but thankfully there will be days when you’ll feel like an ordinary, non-stressed human and will stop wishing that public nudity were a social norm. Shop now and you’ll be prepared for those bright days when you actually care about what you’re wearing.
In today’s Ask SIPB column, we’ll discuss various ways to communicate with others, namely e-mail and Zephyr.
Updated Status: College Freshman
<i>This column was written by Ko, a freshman, just before arriving at MIT for Orientation.</i>