EECS considers 6-M major
This year’s new 6.S02 survey course is a first foray into what is proposed to be the new 6-M (“6-Medical”) major within Course 6 (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science). 6.02 (Intro to EECS II) is a required lab class for Course 6 majors, but was not taught this spring. In its place appeared 6.S02, Intro to EECS II from a Medical Technology Perspective, which will also be the only 6.02 option next Spring. The new 6-M major has gained popularity as a concept among students currently enrolled in 6.S02, though the class has also garnered criticism from enrolled students about how the class is taught — because the class is in its first iteration, there are still many kinks to iron out.
Obama nominates Moniz
On Monday, President Obama nominated MIT’s Ernest J. Moniz as the next secretary of energy. He will replace Steven Chu, who announced last month that he would resign. Only in the past decade have scientists occupied the position. If confirmed by the Senate, Moniz, a physicist, would continue that pattern.
RingComm disappointed by alcohol discovered at 2015 Premiere
As hundreds of excited sophomores poured out of Kresge Auditorium after Ring Premiere on February 15, some left without enjoying the entire event. Instead, they had been in the bathroom vomiting.
The first report of a possible fire came from a cleaning worker just minutes after the passengers and crew had left a Boeing 787 jet that had landed shortly before at Logan Airport in Boston. A cleaning worker noticed “an electrical burning smell and smoke” in the back of the cabin, according to a report released Thursday by the National Transportation Safety Board.
Groups push to allow college students to be armed
DAYTON, Ohio — Joe Smith believes the 9mm handgun he carries is the reason he and his family are alive.
New sanctions imposed on North Korea as it warns of attack
The U.N. Security Council approved new sanctions on Thursday against North Korea for its underground nuclear test last month, in a unanimous vote that came just hours after North Korea threatened for the first time to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States and South Korea.
Bin Laden son-in-law is held by US on terror charges
WASHINGTON — Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law was recently arrested in the Middle East, was transferred to the United States and is now in a New York jail, according to two people briefed on the matter.
Pressure mounts on France to overhaul labor rules
PARIS — The French unemployment rate ended last year at its highest level since 1999, the national statistics institute reported Thursday, underscoring the urgency of President Francois Hollande’s task as he pushes for a far-reaching labor law overhaul intended to encourage new hiring.
Kenya race is challenge for US ties
NAIROBI, Kenya — He has been charged with heinous crimes, accused of using a vast fortune to bankroll death squads that slaughtered women and children. His running mate also faces charges of crimes against humanity, and as Kenya’s election drew closer, the Obama administration’s top official for Africa issued a thinly veiled warning during a conference call, saying that Kenyans are, of course, free to pick their own leaders but that “choices have consequences.”
ROME — Silvio Berlusconi, the former prime minister and dominant political figure in Italy, was convicted and sentenced Thursday to one year in prison for his role in the publication of a wiretapped conversation in a newspaper his family owns.
Today’s storm giving way to a clear, mild weekend
A broad storm system offshore will continue moving further into the Atlantic. The storm’s large size, however, will sustain precipitation and strong northerly winds over southeast New England into late afternoon. The light snowfall should end by evening and make the afternoon rush hour less treacherous than that of early morning. The skies will clear overnight as dry air moves in ahead of a high pressure area.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
EdX is committed to ensuring rigor
An article about GIRs in Tuesday’s issue incorrectly stated that all the chemistry GIRs are available in the spring. 5.112 is only available in the fall.
MIT must ensure the vitality of OCW
With the implementation of the sequester, a swath of federal budget cuts, MIT must answer some tough questions. What is our most valuable service to the world? Our research? Our undergraduates? Graduate students? What is our primary responsibility, and what do we value?
Contemporary classical celebrity
Seventeen years ago, my grandmother presented me with my first violin, and introduced me to the world of classical music. That same year, at the age of sixteen, violinist prodigy Hilary Hahn made her debut recording.
Best vegan bites
If only this truck parked in front of Building 1, instead of behind MIT Medical, I would eat at Momogoose every day. I usually order a tofu and rice/noodle entrée, which comes in a variety of flavors, including Korean Barbecue, Thai peanut, and a daily special. The servings are generous, and the staff is quick and efficient. If you see a long line, don’t worry, you’ll get through it faster than you think. The only downside is they only take cash, so plan ahead (although I forgot cash one time, and the server said I could just pay for it next time!). If you have class on the east side of campus and want a generous and economic ($5–6) lunch, my vote is for Momogoose.
Puritanical about food
Puritan and Co. excites me. It is not in Harvard Sq., and it is not in Central Sq. It is not in the Back Bay or the South End.
This Sunday, MIT Women’s Ultimate Frisbee is hosting the MIT Invite on Barry, with five of the six Metro Boston Conference teams. Teams from Tufts, Northeastern, Harvard, Boston College, and MIT will face off in a round-robin format. Although the Metro Boston Conferences Tournament, the first official tournament in the college series, is over five weeks away, this weekend’s outcome should serve as a preview for the season to come.
MIT cycling team on top after first race weekend
This past weekend, MIT Cycling opened its Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference (ECCC) season in New Jersey at the Rutgers Frozen-Toed Season Opener. In just two days of racing, the team has already shown great promise for the season to come. 21 MIT cyclists competed in an individual time trial (ITT), a criterium, and a circuit race over the weekend and drove MIT to the top of the Team Omnium standing with 206 points.
UPCOMING HOME EVENTS
Friday, March 8