Grumet Details Obama’s Plan: $150 Billion in Energy Research
<i>The Tech:</i> In Washington, nothing gets done unless it is put on the agenda. How will Senator Obama make energy a priority for his administration?
New MIT Fundraising Drive Has Already Raised $277 Million
In its second year of operations, the Campaign for Students has already raised $277 million to support student scholarships, research, and student-oriented services. The campaign aims to raise $500 million by MIT’s 150th anniversary in 2011.
McCain Advisor Emphasizes Making Technology Cost-Effective
<i>The Tech:</i> In Washington, nothing gets done unless it is put on the agenda. How will Senator McCain make energy a priority for his administration?
Senior Gets A Second Shot at Jeopardy!
On September 9, 1999, a nine-year-old Anjali Tripathi ’09 appeared on the children’s edition of <i>Jeopardy! </i>She had been featured in a promotion for the show saying, “I studied all my life for this.”
Hockfield Announces Creation of Energy Research Council
President Susan J. Hockfield announced the creation of the Environmental Research Council at the State of the Institute Forum on Monday, Sept. 29. The council will organize current and future Institute research related to the environment and will help establish a schoolwide “Environmental Initiative.”
Nations Weigh Options as Financial Chaos Spreads
The United States and Britain appear to be converging on a common solution for the financial chaos sweeping the world, one day before a crucial meeting of financial leaders begins in Washington that the White House hopes will result in a more unified response.
With security and economic conditions in Afghanistan already in dire straits, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Thursday that the situation there would probably only worsen next year.
Good for You, Bad for Me
High pressure builds in from the west today, giving us a weekend of full of sunny weather. Temperatures will be slightly above normal with highs in the upper 60s°F and lows around 50°F. And while you are outside enjoying yourself this weekend (or maybe not if you have midterms and psets), meteorologists like me have very little to do.
Until 3 p.m. on Thursday, it seemed as if the stock market might escape another dark day.
Military Has Cause for Both Hope and Concern in Iraq
Market by market, square by square, the walls are beginning to come down. The miles of hulking blast walls, ugly but effective, were installed as a central feature of the surge of U.S. troops to stop neighbors from killing one another.
In Calls, Palin and Aides Pressed for Trooper’s Removal
The 2007 state fair was days away when Alaska’s public safety commissioner, Walt Monegan, took another call about one of his troopers, Michael Wooten. This time, the director of Gov. Sarah Palin’s Anchorage office was on the line.
Bogus Campaign Donors Raise Questions on Obama Fundraising
Last December, somebody using the name “Test Person,” from “Some Place, UT” made a series of contributions, the largest being $764, to Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign totaling $2,410.07.
Is Cheap and Convenient Food Possible at MIT?
This past Monday, I munched on a chocolate glazed donut and sipped on iced tea (lemon and sugar) from Dunkin’ Donuts. I had a $5 foot-long Spicy Italian sub from Subway after my 5.111 lecture. And after pistol practice, I grabbed a cheeseburger from the Cambridge Grill.
The Next President’s Realistic Energy Policy
Representatives from both presidential campaigns met on campus last Monday and were asked how their candidates would define success in the energy sector at the end of two terms as president. In spite of the night’s rhetoric about oil-free, renewable energy ambitions, their responses were surprisingly subdued.
The Tuesday, Oct. 7 article “McCain, Obama Policy Advisors Debate Future of U.S. Energy” incorrectly quoted a Barack Obama surrogate as saying that Obama’s energy plan called for the removal of all energy subsidies. He supports the revocation of existing subsidies for oil companies — not for all companies.
Can’t I Get Some Breakfast Around Here?
It is the duty of every institution to take measures to ensure the health and wellbeing of its students. While MIT does make significant efforts to encourage healthy living, it has yet to find a substantial solution to the issue of campus dining.
The Perfect Energy Policy
On Monday night, Kresge Auditorium was filled with good-natured banter, verbal pats on the back, smiles, and even a hug. It was hardly the atmosphere I’d expected from two senior advisors to the presidential campaigns (R. James Woolsey on behalf of Senator McCain and Jason Grumet for Senator Obama) debating energy policy in front of a collegiate audience. Instead of outlining realistic policies and challenging the opposing viewpoint, both speakers steered the debate along a bland, albeit cheerful, tack.
A Matter of Choice
MIT stands among very few institutions in the nation regarding how it prepares its students for their future. A solid, practical education ensures that we can adapt and take care of ourselves after we graduate from college. Personally, I assume that such preparation includes the skills necessary for daily sustenance.
CLASSICAL REVIEW To Be a King
New conductors can be traumatizing, regardless of the quality of the ensemble — the tension surrounding these changes originates from the very heart of the complex relationship between an orchestra and its conductor.
EVENT REVIEW Racial Complexity, Effortless Comedy
Last Friday’s Russell Peters show was an uproar. I hadn’t heard of Russell Peters prior to the show, so as I made my way to the website five days after tickets went on sale, I was surprised to be greeted with the message ‘SOLD OUT’ in glaring red font. Many Bakerites were also unpleasantly surprised at how quickly the tickets sold out. During the course of the week leading up to the show, I think there was a frantic e-mail sent out every day about some poor soul willing to buy tickets for double the price.
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Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008
Dodgers, Phillies, Red Sox, and Rays in League Championships
The first round of the Major League Baseball (MLB) playoffs has concluded. Of the eight teams who entered the postseason last Wednesday, four are still standing. The Division Series did not offer nearly as much drama as the close of the regular season, with the matchups appearing lopsided and the winners advancing easily. The four teams who will move on to the next round are:
The Tech’s Athlete of the Week: Christian W. Therkelsen ’11
The MIT Men’s Soccer team has been having a fantastic season, playing their way to an 11-0-1 record, 2-0 in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) conference play. On Wednesday, the Engineers defeated Brandeis University 5-0, their largest margin of victory in a shutout in 37 years.
Women’s Tennis Falls to Wellesley In Tuesday’s NEWMAC Match, 6-3
Wellesley College defeated the MIT women’s tennis team 6-3 in their match last Tuesday. The match started with doubles play as usual. The team of Leslie A. Hansen ’10 and Anastasia Vishnevetsky ’12 finished first, destroying their opponents 8-1. Next off was the team of Anisa K. McCree ’10 and Melissa A. Diskin ’11, who lost their tough match 8-1.
MIT and Babson Women’s Soccer Battle to Scoreless TieWomen’s Volleyball Outlasts Wheaton, 3-2
MIT and Babson played to their third tie in five seasons on Tuesday as neither team could break a scoreless deadlock in a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women’s soccer match.