Thirty Years Later, Nightline Is Still Here to Listen at x3-8800
MIT’s peer listening service, Nightline, will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year.
The Student Health Advisory Committee prepared a list of health care resources for students that is available online at <i>http://web.mit.edu/medical/student/resources/</i>. An excerpted list is shown below.
With Students at the Helm, Ambulance Stands Ready
Five years ago, if you called on campus for an ambulance, the MIT Police would show up. The officers dispatched to help you would be fully-certified emergency medical technicians, but they still carried badges. These police EMTs might take you to the hospital, but they might also write you up afterwards.
More MIT Students Are Using Mental Health Services
One in six students used MIT’s Mental Health Services in the 2006–2007 school year, a rate that has increased by about fifty percent in seven years, according to data provided to <i>The Tech</i> by Chief of Mental Health Services at MIT Alan E. Siegel.
In-House Discussion of Alcohol Risks Featured in New Prevention Program
Next year, all fraternities hosting events with alcohol will be required to put three-fourths of their members through a new alcohol education program. The program, a 90-minute talk held in each fraternity’s house, is designed to get students talking about drinking.
MIT Medical, Mental Health Guard Access To Your Information
What information about your medical care does MIT share with other people?
Student Use of Mental Health Services Over Time
Student Use of Mental Health Services Over Time
MIT Biodiesel Team Future Uncertain As Costs Wildly Escalate
The Biodiesel@MIT project, which aimed to reprocess used vegetable oil from campus dining facilities into eco-friendly biodiesel fuel to power the Tech and SafeRide shuttles, appears to have called it quits earlier this week, after running into a series of difficulties acquiring space and growing costs.
MIT Medical Works to Identify, Address Causes of Suicide
It’s a question that lurks in the minds of many admitted students (and their parents): Is MIT safe for me?
Gas Leak Causes Evacuation of NW21 and NW30
The gas main which feeds NW30 was broken at 2:30 p.m. yesterday by employees of Bond Brothers working on the NW35 project. As a precaution, buildings NW21 and NW30 were evacuated by the Cambridge Fire Department. The workers were installing a storm drain when they broke the main. By 3:04 p.m., occupants were allowed back in to both buildings. During the leak, NW30 lost gas for a brief period of time. The “all clear” was issued around 4 p.m., according to Ruth T. Davis, Communications Manager of MIT’s Department of Facilities.
Schools Use Controversial Commissioned Agents To Recruit Foreign Students
When Xiaoxi Li, a 20-year-old from Beijing, decided she should go to college in the United States, she applied only to Ohio University — not that she knew much about it.
Health at MIT
The most fundamental concern of the MIT community must, of necessity, be its own health. If we are to maintain this essential component of the university, we must first understand the system, what works, and what needs improvement. The purpose of this special section of The Tech is to explore the wide range of health issues at MIT, mental health chief among them.
Use of MIT Mental Health Service, 2006–2007
Use of MIT Mental Health Service, 2006–2007
66 Percent Accept MIT’s Offer Of Admission; May Admit Off Waitlist
Two-thirds of the 1,554 students admitted to the Class of 2012 have accepted MIT’s offer of admission. This year’s 66 percent yield is the third highest in MIT’s history, and only a slight drop from last year’s record high 69 percent yield.
U.N. Leader Bluntly Tells Myanmar to Hurry on Aid
As the authorities in Myanmar raised the cyclone death toll to nearly 32,000 and admitted one U.S. military aircraft, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pressed the junta to let international assistance and aid workers into the country without hindrance and expressed “deep concern and immense frustration” with what he called “the unacceptably slow response to this grave humanitarian crisis.”
Don’t Put Away That Jacket Just Yet
For the rest of the work week, Boston will continue to see slightly below average temperatures, with no dramatic warming trends on the horizon. The reason for these slightly chilly conditions can be blamed on the wind direction. There are three main factors in determining the temperature. The first is the sun. Obviously, it is warmer during the day rather than at night and during summer rather than winter, based on the sun’s presence. The second factor in determining temperature is cloudiness. Clouds can act to block sunlight from hitting the ground, or act like a blanket to trap heat. The third factor is the wind direction. Wind can blow warmer or cooler air into our region. Meteorologists call this phenomenon “advection.”
Powerful Quake in Western China Kills Thousands
A powerful earthquake struck Western China on Monday, toppling thousands of homes, factories and offices, trapping students in schools, and killing at least 10,000 people, the country’s worst natural disaster in three decades.
The owners of The New York Post and The Daily News lost out to Cablevision in the battle for Newsday, the Long Island daily, on Monday, but the tabloid war may be far from over. Either paper could still strike a deal to share operations with Newsday, according to bankers and analysts.
McCain Asserts Greenhouse Gas Emissions Must Be Capped
Sen. John McCain sought to distance himself from President Bush on Monday as he called for a mandatory limit on greenhouse gas emissions in the United States to combat climate change.
Junior Coalition Partner Leaves Pakistan’s Fragile New Cabinet
In an early sign of instability in the new government in Pakistan, the junior partner in the coalition said Monday that it was withdrawing from the Cabinet over the government’s failure to reinstate the Supreme Court judges dismissed by President Pervez Musharraf.
Conflicts for Supreme Court Justices Halt Appeal in Apartheid Case
Financial and personal conflicts of interest affecting four Supreme Court justices left the court without a quorum last week and unable to decide whether to hear an appeal brought by more than 50 companies that did business in apartheid-era South Africa.
The Dalai Lama said Monday that formal talks between his envoys and their Chinese counterparts were expected to resume in June, even as Chinese officials kept up their public denunciations of the Tibetan spiritual leader.
Knowing When to Ask for Help
I’m not depressed. I don’t have suicidal thoughts, and in no way do I view killing myself as an answer to anything. But for the past school year, I’ve been seeing a psychiatrist at MIT Medical. Why? Well, because sometimes, there’s just no one else to talk to.
Stop Spying on Freshmen
The Inter-Fraternity Council recruitment rules this year include mandatory use of the Clearinghouse system.
An Open Letter to the Incoming UAP/VP
Dear Noah and Mike:
Sleep deprivation is one of the oldest forms of torture. A good night’s sleep is one of life’s best cheap thrills.
Affordable Dental Care for Graduate Students
Most MIT graduate students lack dental insurance and defer dental care as a result. At present, to obtain dental care, graduate students must either pay for services in full, have insurance under their own prepaid plans from private insurers, or have coverage under their parents’ or spouse’s plans.
Improving Nutrition at MIT
There is no way around fueling your body if your hope is to have success, energy, and health. Many MIT students lack the basic nutritional balance needed to perform at their highest cognitive and/or physical potential.
What Do You Think?
Letters to the Editor
Given the endless attention in the past few issues to China’s human rights abuses as the summer Olympics in Beijing approach, I thought this photograph (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/3128202.stm) found in a German archive could spark further discussion about possible parallels between China today and Nazi Germany.
Creating an Open Dialogue Between Students and Medical
As the clinical director for campus life at MIT Medical, I’ve been fortunate to partner with dedicated and passionate students to advance many health-related projects in the last six years. During that time, my colleagues at MIT Medical and I have given considerable thought to approaches to support the health of individual students, but also the entire campus community. As a means of advancing this dialogue, I’d like to share our philosophy with you and discuss some areas where we can continue to improve.
Woes of Urgent Care
Students enrolled at MIT are guaranteed free access to help at Urgent Care, regardless of whether they use the MIT Student Extended Insurance Plan or an outside provider. Sounds great, right? Free round-the-clock coverage for problems such as strep throat or headache, conveniently located right on campus.
About Resilience and Mental Health
Since coming to MIT Mental Health in 2002, I have been impressed by the resilience of MIT students.
Thomas, Bradshaw Set Institute Records at N.E. Championship
While the men’s track and field team placed 20th out of thirty-eight scoring teams at the 2008 New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Aline Thomas ’08 is leaving nothing in the tank for the women.
Pamidimukkala, Holbrook Named MIT Athletes of the Year
Praveen Pamidimukkala ’08 was named the 2008 winner of the Howard W. Johnson Award and for the third year in a row, Doria M. Holbrook ’08 was awarded 2008 MIT Woman Athlete of the Year last week at the 2008 Awards Convocation.
It’s a Big, Big World
Throughout the semester I’ve addressed a number of topics such as poverty, sustainability, culture, trade, politics, and activism. However, I’ve overlooked specific examples that require last minute mentioning.
Oh, Summer … so long have I longed for your kind and merciful embrace. For two semesters, I have quested through the academic labyrinth. I have endured perpetual confusion and ceaseless frustration, hoping to find you around every corner, only to find another serpentine passageway in my path. Now that I have traveled so far through this dim dungeon, the glimmer of your reward shines clearer even in my tired eyes, but one more challenge lies between you and me. The Minotaur of finals week stands ominously before me, offering one last, fateful change to strike me down. Yet as worn as I am, I am prepared to stand tall and slay it with the last of my energy, if only so I may crawl from beneath its corpse and find myself at your feet, bloody and bruised, yet ready for you to lift my spirits.