Guillen, suspect in W20 stabbing charged with assault to murder, among other charges
Gonzalo Guillen, the Anna’s Taqueria employee arrested late Friday, was charged on Monday with “assault to murder” as well as “assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.” Guillen allegedly stabbed another Anna’s Tacqueria worker last week Wednesday.
Tuesday’s article about Deans holding “Cookies with Conversation” and “Dinner with the Dialogue” events with students misstated when the programs first began. The Deans starting holding these events in 2009, not 2010.
Trepman’s statement on HDAG
I am very frustrated with the way HDAG has handled student feedback and the lack of general student input incorporated into the plan. I feel like the decision has been made, and that the administration is just going through the motions to appear as if they care about student opinion. At the recent HDAG meeting, I brought up many suggestions on how to improve the proposed plan to align better with student desires and to make it more cost-efficient. Yet these valid arguments were not even considered, and once the RFP is sent out, the plan will be essentially unalterable. A survey is being planned by HDAG, but its purpose is to alleviate student concerns rather than to get student feedback, so honestly it’s just a waste of time.
Fires an ongoing vexation at MacGregor and other dorms
Wednesday night marked the fourth time this month and the second time within 10 days that the fire alarms in MacGregor House have gone off, forcing residents to evacuate the building. The reason, according to MIT’s director of housing, is that the building’s new fire alarm system is too sensitive.
Novartis to build $600M complex
Novartis and MIT announced Wednesday that MIT has leased four parcels of land just north of the MIT campus to Novartis. Novartis will increase its space by at least 400,000 square feet, and invest $600 million for construction of laboratory and office space, as well as ground floor retail space.
UA rep to HDAG quits in frustration
Undergraduate Association dining committee chair Paula C. Trepman ’13 resigned on Tuesday, criticizing the House Dining Advisory Group’s “sense of paternalism” and the “lack of general student input” into new mandatory house dining plan planned for fall 2011.
How to get wicked this weekend
It’s that spooky time of the year again for people to don costumes, party-hop, gorge on candy, or watch pumpkins fall from the Green Building. This year, Halloween lands on a Sunday, meaning festivities are popping up as early as Friday and will carry through the weekend. Here’s how you can get the most out of Halloween on and around campus.
Campus saw four robberies last week
Four street robberies, possibly related, have been reported just north of campus in the past week, according to MIT Police. One incident involved an MIT instructor, and two others involved graduate students. No one was injured.
Supreme Court will look at Stanford v. Roche today
The Supreme Court will consider a petition to accept <i>Stanford University v. Roche Molecular Systems </i>at today’s conference. MIT and university advocacy groups filed briefs in the case — concerning technology transfer from universities to private industry last spring.
Yesterday’s filings in stem cell case
Adult stem cell researchers James L. Sherley and Theresa A. Deisher filed their brief in opposition to the government’s appeal in the stem cell case before the District Court of Appeals for the District of Colombia yesterday afternoon.
Companies aware of cement flaws before oil blast, report says
WASHINGTON — Halliburton officials knew weeks before the fatal explosion of the BP well in the Gulf of Mexico that the cement mixture they planned to use to seal the bottom of the well was unstable but still went ahead with the job, the presidential commission investigating the accident said Thursday.
WASHINGTON — Verizon Wireless, the nation’s largest mobile phone carrier, will pay $25 million to end an investigation into complaints that it had charged 15 million cell phone customers unauthorized data fees over the last three years, the Federal Communications Commission announced Thursday.
High above India’s poverty, tower will house five of India’s most rich
MUMBAI, India — The newest and most exclusive residential tower for this city’s super rich is a cantilevered sheath of steel and glass soaring 27 floors into the sky. The parking garage fills six levels. Three helipads are on the roof. There are terraces upon terraces, airborne swimming pools and hanging gardens in a Blade Runner-meets-Babylon edifice overlooking India’s most dynamic city.
Schumer readies possible leadership bid if Reid defeated
WASHINGTON — Sen. Charles E. Schumer shipped $500,000 to Nevada in recent weeks to help Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader and Schumer’s political patron and close friend, as he fights for his political life in Nevada.
Halloween gives MIT a chi-i-i-i-illing weekend
Going out for Halloween festivities this weekend? Bring a jacket, as temperatures will dip into the low 40s (°F) each night.
Libraries replacing hard-cover books with digital technology
DENVER — A digital revolution is under way at the University of Denver’s Penrose Library, where a $30 million renovation will cut the number of bound books and journals and push the remainder into the basement to create space more friendly to tech-savvy students.
Two new DNA-based tests, one of them described at a meeting in Philadelphia on Thursday, hold the promise of detecting early — and sharply reducing — colon cancer, a disease that afflicts 150,000 people a year in the United States and costs an estimated $14 billion to treat.
Why TEAL works
In the years leading up to 2000, the MIT Physics Department realized it had a problem. Despite great lecturers such as Walter Lewin, attendance at physics lectures fell 40 percent by the end of the term. In addition, an average of 10 percent of students failed 8.01 (Mechanics) and 14 percent of students failed 8.02 (Electricity and Magnetism). So MIT did what it does best: It solved the problem.
The strength of the Latino vote
The political stage has been tarnished, and the politicians greased up by the yearlong mudslinging. Mean words have been exchanged. Feelings were hurt. Losers will go home crying. This is better than ESPN — this is politics at its dirtiest. Incumbent Democratic Senator Harry Reid will face off against the menacing newcomer Republican and Tea Partier Sharron Angle in the upcoming Nevada Senate race.
Letters to the Editor
I was pleasantly surprised the other day to find that the Smoot marks on the Harvard Bridge had been repainted. Some markings died off (3OH!3 which popped up last year didn’t last) while other clever new ones like the “214 Smoots” mark appeared. Also, an unappealing bit of vandalism near the 60 Smoots mark has been kindly painted over. However, as I was walking to class, a few things stuck out to me. All the characters had rough outlines, the font and size was wildly varied, and instead of an interesting variation of yellow, purple, and green markings, there were simply three blocks of a single color along the bridge. By the time I reached campus, I was slightly disappointed to find myself thinking that the repainting of the Smoots had been done with less care than in the past.
MIT Investment Management Company disregards the City of Cambridge
<i>Editor’s note: This was an open letter was addressed to MIT President Susan Hockfield.</i>
RESTAURANT REVIEW Affordable Food du Français
<i>For those of us hoping to take a date out to a nice restaurant over the weekend, the options for affordable fare can be few and far between in Boston. Many of the fine dining establishments serve delicious and unique chow, but unfortunately for the average college student, there are few that do not break the bank. I will be eating my way through these options, and, hopefully, finding an economical, date-worthy restaurant for other MIT couples to try. </i>
ON CLASSIC CINEMA It’s alive!
Nothing screams Halloween like a good old-fashioned monster movie.
ALBUM REVIEW Tunstall plays dress-up
If “Suddenly I See” conjures up the lipstick-and-heels world of <i>The Devil Wears Prada</i>, then “Uummannaq Song” invokes a different kind of fierce. KT Tunstall’s new album <i>Tiger Suit</i> opens with the rattling and echoes of mysterious campfire rituals. Then an unmistakable voice breaks in: “Hold your fire / I’m coming out and I’ll tell you the truth.”
CONCERT REVIEW Performance or Performer?
Thursday evening’s BSO performance found it hard to separate artist from opus: Marcelo Lehninger’s performance with the orchestra marked the 31-year-old conductor’s premiere as assistant conductor of the ensemble. Not a daring program, the performance somehow begged a divination of the young maestro’s future career than a complete synthesis of the evening’s works.
THEATER REVIEW Swords, storms, and (bloody) eyeballs!
The MIT Shakespeare Ensemble’s production of King Lear opened last weekend. <i>King Lear</i>, considered one of Shakespeare’s finest tragedies, starts with an ill-conceived brownnosing competition and ends, unsurprisingly, in death. Lots and lots of death.
Upcoming Home Events
Saturday, October 30 Women’s volleyball vs. U.S. Coast Guard Academy 11 a.m., Rockwell Cage Men’s soccer vs. Wheaton College 1 p.m., Steinbrenner Stadium Field hockey vs. Babson College 1 p.m., Jack Barry Field Women’s volleyball vs. Johnson & Wales University 5 p.m., Rockwell Cage
The MIT men’s water polo team competed last weekend at the Division III Eastern Championship at Connecticut College. The Engineers, the fourth seed out of five teams at the tournament, defeated the first-seeded team from Johns Hopkins University 9-7 in the final to win the two-day tournament.
Women’s rugby has eye on playoffs
This past Saturday, the MIT Women’s Rugby team braved the wind and cold on Briggs field to take on Wheaton College in the first round of Regional playoffs. Despite some inconsistent play and early problems with penalties, they easily defeated Wheaton, 39-7. Undefeated in regular season play for the past three years, the Engineers are looking to defend their national title.
Men’s rugby faces first loss vs. Saratoga
The MIT Men’s Rugby Club took on Saratoga RFC this past Saturday. For those who have never played Rugby, the rules are similar to, dare I say, Association football (soccer), and American football. The MIT team plays according to Rugby Union rules, in which the main objective is to score “tries,” where an offensive player grounds the ball in the in-goal area, located behind the crossbars. After a successful try, which is worth five points, the team can kick the ball between the uprights for an additional two points. Furthermore, a team can dropkick the ball between the uprights during regular play for three points.