MIT’s peer listening service, Nightline, will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year.
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.
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.
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.
What information about your medical care does MIT share with other people?
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.
It’s a question that lurks in the minds of many admitted students (and their parents): Is MIT safe for me?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.