Four patients have tested positive for influenza A at MIT Medical in the past week, Chief of Medicine Howard M. Heller said yesterday.
The Class of 2013 performed similarly on the Advanced Standing Exams (ASEs) to the Class of 2012, with a few variations. This year, more freshman passed 8.01 (Classical Mechanics), 8.02 (Electricity & Magnetism), and 18.01 (Single Variable Calculus). The Math Diagnostic results were once again used as a strict cutoff for entry into 8.012 (the more intense, lecture-based version of 8.01), but there was no cutoff for entry into 8.01.
CORRECTION TO THIS ARTICLE: Because of incorrect information supplied to The Tech by Cambridge Fire Department Public Information Office Deputy Chief James F. Burns, a front-page “In Short” item on Tuesday incorrectly stated that the investigation into the Sept. 8 trash chute fire at East Campus was closed. Lieutenant David J. Pierce of the CFD’s Fire Investigations Unit states that the investigation is “still ongoing” and that the CFD does not comment on ongoing investigations.
Since MIT opened its doors to its first woman student in 1873, the Institute has increasingly worked to provide a wealth of support to both its undergraduate and graduate female students. With the recent layoff of Lynn Roberson, long-time assistant director and advocate of Women’s Programs and Support, however, one aspect of this support has been eliminated for the second time.
Annie Le was so focused on academics that, even though she was the valedictorian of her high school class and her classmates voted her “most likely to be the next Einstein,” she filled out 102 applications for scholarships.
In the aftermath of the great meltdown of 2008, Wall Street’s quants have been cast as the financial engineers of profit-driven innovation run amok. But the real failure, according to finance experts and economists, was in the quants’ mathematical models of risk that suggested the arcane stuff was safe.
Two months after the Pakistani army wrested control of the Swat Valley from Taliban militants, a new campaign of fear has taken hold, with scores, perhaps hundreds, of bodies dumped on the streets in what human rights advocates and local residents say is the work of the military.
As we enter the second week of classes, we will experience variable weather typical of fall in New England. After a rainy and cool Friday and Saturday this past weekend, the last two days have been sunny and warm. This weather will continue today as we will enjoy a mostly sunny day with pleasant temperatures in the low 70s°F.
The striking thing about the letters to the editor regarding vulgar items published by <i>The Tech</i> in the Daily Confusion (Aug. 31) is that nearly all evince fundamental misunderstandings of, variously, newspapers, editorial content, advertising content, editorial discretion, censorship, free speech, and harassment. <i>The Tech</i> should not have published the vulgar items because as the Editors’ Note (Sept. 11) declares, they violated <i>The Tech</i>’s internal standards for appropriate content. But <i>The Tech</i>’s policies are the only legitimate issue here. Much of what the letters raise, on both sides of the debate, is mistaken and obfuscatory.
This column is in response to Mr. Normandin’s piece on September 11, 2009 on the need for reform of fraternity rush. I will begin by asserting exactly what our Greek community provides here, not only at MIT but across the country. I will also clear up some errors that were made in points Normandin raised related to fraternity expenditures and then provide a better context such that it can be understood why rush is how it is and what is done to control it. While Normandin is certainly entitled to his own opinion on fraternities, in addressing these points I will refute his strong indictment of fraternity life in general.
This past weekend, the MIT field hockey team competed in the Betty Richey Tournament held at Vassar College. The Engineers won both of the games they played to win the tournament and improve to 7-0. Kimberly A. Barker ’13 was named the Tournament MVP, and three other MIT players — Molly E. McShane ’13, Alexandra A. Wright ’11, and Keri A. Dixon ’11 — received all-tournament honors.
This past Saturday, MIT Women’s Tennis competed in their first match of the season against Springfield College. While some team members were injured, the team still had a strong showing.
Recruitment was a bore. It was time-consuming, tedious, and repetitive. It required an extreme amount of small talk, Barbie-like smiles, and buckets full of patience. In contrast, Rush was long hours of as much crammed-in fun as possible. Men rushing the Greek system are encouraged to attend late-night parties, enjoy Six Flags and paintballing, and acquire free food at prospective houses, while sorority recruitment allows MIT women to participate solely in daytime formal soirees, while abiding to a long list of rules.
It always struck me as somewhat odd that Quiz Bowl was considered a varsity sport at my high school, as I imagine was the case in many others. The same was true of Debate, Forensics, and a host of other extracurricular activities that don’t have corresponding Olympic events. All arguments about breaking a sweat aside, the intriguing point remains that mainstream sports are not the only avenue by which one can be called an athlete. While I don’t consider myself what one might call “buff” — honestly, “semi–muscular” would be a stretch in its own right — I can at least take some comfort in knowing that not everything I do is so hopelessly lazy that ambient calories are absorbed from the environment. “Like what?”, you say? Well, I’m glad you hypothetically asked.