His Name is ‘Zoz.’ Former GRT Stars on Discovery Channel
A team of four engineers prototyping a creation — sounds like a group project at MIT, right? The only difference? These engineers are on TV, in a new show “Prototype This” which aired on the Discovery Channel last October. One of the engineers is a former Senior House Graduate Resident Tutor, Andrew Brooks PhD ’07.
Technology Review and News Office Join Forces To Cut Costs, Redundancy
MIT is in the process of combining the assets, functions, and personnel of the MIT News Office and <i>Technology Review</i> magazine in order to cut spending and run communications more effectively.
New Building Process Worries Local Board; Traffic is Major Issue
MIT is meeting resistance from neighborhood residents as it hopes to construct a new building at 650 Main Street, a parking lot diagonally across from Tech Square. The 400,000-square-foot project will come before the Cambridge Planning Board on Tuesday, Mar. 3, amidst concerns from the Area 4 Neighborhood Coalition (A4NC) that it will bring additional vehicular traffic to the area and integrate poorly with the neighborhood.
Show your MIT student ID and skip the 5 percent meals tax at Anna’s Taqueria, Dunkin Donuts, and many other on-campus vendors — see a full list at<i> http://web.mit.edu/dining/locations/retailoptions.html</i>.
Bike racks on the south and east sides of the Student Center are being replaced today.
Institute Professor John M. Deutch ’61 was appointed to a federal intelligence panel on spy satellites, though the appointment was questioned by members of Congress. Deutch had served as Director of Central Intelligence from 1995–1996, and afterwards was found to have wrongly stored classified informaton on his unclassified computer systems, a serious security breach for which he ultimately received a presidential pardon.
Bosnia’s Serbs Threaten To Seek Independence
Bosnian Serb leaders have threatened to pull out of state institutions and are pressing anew for independence from Bosnia-Herzegovina, threatening to throw the fragile, multiethnic country into political crisis once again.
No Application Needed: College Tours
On a cold Saturday morning in February, Shawn Pelak and David Parent were at the Sterling Memorial Library at Yale University, in New Haven, Conn., soon after the doors opened. But the couple, from Ann Arbor, Mich., wasn’t there to hit the books. Pelak and Parent were spending the weekend in Hartford, 45 minutes north, and after downloading a walking tour of the Yale campus from the school’s Web site, they had gotten in their car for a firsthand look.
$25 Billion Fund for Electric Cars Is Still Untouched
The future of the American auto industry is getting off to a slow start.
Twenty-eight members of a Shiite messianic cult responsible for brutal attacks on Shiite pilgrims in Iraq were sentenced to death on Thursday, said an official from the federal court in Dhi Qar province.
The Senate approved a bill Thursday to provide the nation’s capital with a voting representative in the House, but it came with a hitch. A controversial amendment was added that would repeal most of the city’s gun-control regulations.
A Cold Winter — Now What?
Sure the calendar doesn’t say winter is over until March 20th. But meteorologists are impatient; they don’t wait until that date to close the chapter on winter. Instead, they consider December, January, and February (DJF) the winter months. (Meteorologists are also so impatient that the hundreds of weather stations across the U.S. have been programmed to report the hourly meteorological conditions seven minutes before the top of the hour.) With February coming to an end tomorrow, was the DJF temperature in Boston below average? You don’t need me to tell you that the answer is yes, but not as much as you might think. Surprisingly, December and February were slightly above-normal, while January was a whopping four and a half degrees Fahrenheit colder than normal. Thus, as a whole, DJF will turn out to be one degree Fahrenheit below normal.
Palestinian Rivals Announce Steps to Healing Rift
Leaders of the rival Palestinian groups Hamas and Fatah declared Thursday a “historic day” at the conclusion of a meeting here aimed at healing a 20-month schism.
Letters to the Editor
Over the last few weeks there has been an accelerated amount of debate over student issues, especially dining. There has been debate over how MIT should step into the future, while remembering our roots, and being realistic about our present. There are administrators, trying to enhance MIT as a fun and competitive university, and students, trying to keep MIT … well, like MIT.
Obama Knocked it Out of the Park
President Obama delivered a brilliant speech Tuesday evening in what was billed as a quasi-State of the Union address. In fact, a whopping eighty-five percent of people interviewed in a CNN poll said that the speech made them feel more optimistic about where the U.S. is headed in the next few years.
CONCERT REVIEW Antony Delivers, Johnsons Support Outstandingly
I touched Antony Hegarty’s ass. Both hands, both cheeks.
CONCERT REVIEW Wanna Dance?
I touched Neil Campesinos!’s ass. Both hands, both cheeks.
MOVIE REVIEW Waltz With Bashir
I made a mad dash to the Kendall Square Cinema one cold day during IAP to see the Academy Award-nominated film by Israeli director Ari Folman, hoping to witness cinematic art and escape my obligations for the day.
CD REVIEW Hoobastank Hasn’t Grown Up
Hoobastank is a lot like the hula-hoop. Everybody knows that they still exist somewhere and that people used to really like them, but it’s been so long since they’ve done anything remotely memorable that no one actually knows what’s happened to them. Clocking in at a tepid thirty-eight minutes, <i>For(N)ever</i> resembles a married couple’s 25th anniversary night activities: too short to be satisfying, but mediocre enough that you’re still glad it’s over quickly.
CD REVIEW ‘Artificial Fire’ Is Raw and Honest Art
Two years after the success of her 2007 Zedtone release <i>Miracle of Five</i>, Eleni Mandell is back with her latest work, <i>Artificial Fire</i>. If you take a quick listen to <i>Miracle</i>, you might not imagine that the same artist is the mastermind behind both albums. However, that’s where Mandell’s strength as a songwriter and band member comes through.
Men’s Fencing Takes Second at N.E. All-Division Championships
The MIT men’s varsity fencing team took second place among 13 schools at the New England All Division Championship this past Sunday. The Engineers finished the day with 82 victories and 26 losses, just three bouts behind first-place Boston College. Despite finishing second in the three-weapon team competition, MIT finished first in two of the three squad competitions.
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The Tech’s Athlete of the Week: Emily Houston ’10
Emily F. Houston ’10 has been named the Mid-Atlantic Conference Air Rifle Shooter of the Month for January after leading the Engineers to victory in that category in the Bean Pot competition last month. The junior captain has helped the Engineers compile a record of 25-8 this season.
Men’s Basketball Making History
In the 108-year history of the men’s basketball program at MIT, the team has never won a conference championship. That could all change this weekend.
Shin Claims Gold As Women Capture First
Last Sunday, the MIT women’s fencing team finished first out of 13 teams with a 96-22 record at the New England All Division Championship. Robin S. Shin ’12 went on to claim the gold in the individual sabre competition.