May ATO Incident a Cause of Expulsion
Alpha Tau Omega’s expulsion from the Interfraternity Council, which remains under appeal, was based in part on the outcome of a hearing about a May 2009 incident allegedly involving “underage consumption” and “failure to provide emergency medical assistance,” according to minutes of a Sept. 2 IFC meeting that were briefly made available online.
Net Readjustment Lottery Requests and Moves by Dormitory
East Campus and Burton-Conner experienced the greatest flux of freshmen moving in and out as a result of the housing readjustment lottery.
Dormitory Transfers in the Housing Readjustment Lottery
Source: Robin Baughman, Housing Office
Baker and Burton-Conner Are Top Dorm Picks for Freshmen
Crowding at MIT undergraduate dorms has increased from last year: between 130 and 135 students are crowded in dorms room this year, while only 85 to 90 students were crowded in fall 2008, according to Robin Baughman, assistant director of housing. Baughman wrote, “We anticipate this number will go down throughout the fall term as cancellations occur to the building that can accommodate overflow housing.”
Some MIT-Area Restaurants Unclean
Cambridge restaurant inspections may have you thinking twice the next time you pick up a sandwich from your favorite MIT lunch joint. While the city does not require that restaurants post health inspection ratings prominently in their facilities, it maintains an online databases of health inspection results, including those eateries located on campus.
Three days after announcing that he was resigning as the head of Google’s Chinese operations, Kai-Fu Lee said on Monday that he had raised $115 million to create a company that would finance high-tech start-ups in China.
A devastating drought is sweeping across Kenya, killing livestock, crops and children. It is stirring up tensions in the ramshackle slums where the water taps have run dry, and spawning ethnic conflict in the hinterland as communities fight over the last remaining pieces of fertile grazing land.
Just What Season Is It Anyway?
Many people consider Labor Day as the last weekend of the summer, signaling the end of hot weather and the beginning of the school year. Climatologists define their seasons to be three months long, so that autumn starts on September 1 and ends on November 30, summer starts on June 1st and ends on August 31st, etc. The astronomical first day of autumn starts at the precise moment of the autumnal equinox, which in the Northern Hemisphere can either occur on September 22nd or 23rd. Likewise, the first day of summer starts at the summer solstice (June 20 or 21).
After U.S. Aid, Some Schools Still Face Large Cutbacks
Children are returning to classrooms across the nation during one of the most tumultuous periods in American education, in which many thousands of teachers and other school workers — no one yet knows how many — were laid off in dozens of states because of plummeting state and local revenue. Many were hired back, thanks in part to $100 billion in federal stimulus money.
Insurgents Set Off Blasts at Checkpoints in Iraqi Cities
Insurgents detonated bombs and threw grenades on Monday at or near six Iraqi police and army checkpoints, in assaults on the most visible deterrents the Iraqi government has to attacks.
Joseph Kennedy Will Not Seek Uncle’s Senate Seat
Former Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II announced Monday that he would not seek the Senate seat held by his late uncle, Edward M. Kennedy.
From the Desk of the Graduate Student Council
As the economy continues in an uneasy state, a global reduction in resources is being realized. In that context, our financial challenge is material and pressing. From student stipends, to transportation, to funding student groups and running the orientation, the work of the Graduate Student Council (GSC) impacts every graduate student and the current team is aware of its importance. We have great confidence that the Graduate Student Council will be able to chart a financially prudent path to better graduate student life and to maintain core activities and services provided to students.
Because of erroneous data provided by the Interfraternity Council, the fraternity rush Daily Confusion published in Friday’s <i>Tech</i> contained numerous inaccuracies. The corrected version distributed at the Greek Griller on Sunday is available online at <i>http://tech.mit.edu/V129/N33/fraternityDCnew.html</i>.
Letters to the Editor
We are writing to express our deep concern about the offensive materials that appeared in The Tech during REX in the orientation schedule you published. The right of free speech makes such publication legal, but having the right to publish something does not mean that it is responsible to do so. This is particularly the case when the material offends large segments of our community.
Upcoming Home Events
Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009
Late Goal Propels Field Hockey to 2-1 Win Over UMass-Dartmouth Engineers Fall to Eastern Conn., 3-1, at Babson Soccer Classic Nazareth Shuts Out MIT, 3-0, in Women’s Soccer Home Opener
Anna H. Teruya ’12’s blast from the top of the circle found the back of the net with just 7:41 remaining to break a one-all tie and lead MIT to a thrilling victory over UMass-Dartmouth in non-conference field hockey action Saturday afternoon at Jack Barry Field. With the win, the Engineers improve to 3-0, the program’s best start since 1997. The Corsairs fall to 0-1 on the year.
The Groovy American Dream
It’s that time of year again. No, I’m not referring to orientation, or rush, or the inevitable moment when your precious orientation BFFs get booted down to “awkward nod in Infinite Corridor” status. Rather, I’m referring to the short week in Boston during which the weather actually supports human life. Let’s face it, the Boston Weather Machine is nothing short of diabolical, especially during the extreme seasons. One hot summer day, I went jogging across the bridge, and came back a different ethnicity. Last winter, I went McDonald’s to get an iced coffee; they gave me a regular coffee and told me to stand outside. So naturally, I particularly cherish this <i>temps éphémère</i>, if only as the one time during the year that nature isn’t actively plotting my death.
From The Desk of Me
Orientation has been a blur of activities. To make it worse, with REX and general moving-in chaos, as well as family good-byes and newfound freedom, it often feels that we, the new fragile MITers, are always on the move, trying to stake out a spot on territory already peed on by the aggressive, intimidating upperclassman.
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