Student survives four-story fall at fraternity
An 18-year-old MIT student fell four stories through a skylight at MIT fraternity Phi Sigma Kappa during a party shortly after 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night. The student, who asked MIT to not release his name, was taken to Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is alert and has no life-threatening injuries, according to a statement released by the MIT News Office yesterday, and “student life officials are gathering further information about the circumstances surrounding the events that evening.”
Scholars skeptical toward Syria strike
The MIT Center for International Studies hosted a panel on Wednesday to discuss the recent developments in the Syrian conflict as part of its Starr Forum series of public events. The talk was held in the Bartos Theater of the MIT Media Lab and moderated by John Tirman, executive director of the Center for International Studies. It focused mainly on the use of chemical weapons that occurred on Aug. 21 and the Obama Administration’s call for military action in the wake of the attacks.
The swallowing of the shrew
How far would you go in the name of science? Last night, 10 new Ig Nobel Prizes were awarded to scientists who had succeeded in publishing “improbable” research at the 23rd First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony.
ASE results fluctuate little
This year’s freshmen did remarkably well on the Chemistry (5.111) Advanced Standing Examination (ASE) — the pass rate for increased from around 14 percent in past years to 21 percent. In other subjects, though, the pass rates either remained the same or decreased.
$25 million for new center to study intelligence
The National Science Foundation announced Monday that it would award $25 million over five years to a new MIT-based Center for Brains, Minds and Machines. Researchers at the center will endeavor to both understand intelligence in humans and create intelligence in computers.
WASHINGTON — New satellite photographs showing steam emerging from a newly reconstructed nuclear reactor in North Korea suggest that the country may be making good on its promise to resume the production of plutonium for its small nuclear arsenal, six years after it reached an agreement with the Bush administration to dismantle the facility.
Ceremony unites those affected by 9/11 and Marathon bombings
Anna Sweeney was only 5 when her mother died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and wishes she remembered her better. Sometimes she flips through scrapbooks her mother made and watches old home videos, just to hear her voice and see her face.
Sizzling summer to slide aside to stormy showers
Our latest serving of heat is not to stay for long. Though we have recently found time to cherish some remnants of summer, a cold front is set to pass through the Boston area this morning, bringing rain and likely thunderstorms. Highs today are in the upper 70s°F. Expect further plunging into the upper 60s°F for tomorrow. Into next week, expect mostly sunny skies with highs continuing in the upper 60s °F.
BRUSSELS — EU legislators overwhelmingly approved Thursday a law that puts about 130 of the eurozone’s largest banks under the scrutiny of the European Central Bank.
In Lybia, strikes and threats bring oil industry close to a standstill
Two years after local militias overthrew the Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, many of those same fighters have brought Libya’s critical oil industry to a halt, as a challenge to the latest in a series of that country’s interim governments.
Casting the spell of a good story
When I sat down to write this review, I wasn’t sure how to begin. Do I expound on how Kvothe, the protagonist of Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind, is one of the deepest and truest characters I have ever seen brought to life with words? Do I extol the plots and subplots that naturally and compellingly guide Kvothe through the story?
arts Events SEPT. 13 – SEPT. 19
arts Events SEPT. 13 – SEPT. 19 Friday (9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.) Personal Space Exhibit by Posterlerferguson. Continues through Saturday — Keller Gallery, 7-408 (12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.) Student Art Loan Program Exhibition. Continues through Sunday — List Visual Arts Center, E15 1st Floor (5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.) Unveiling of Mending Boston Collage — MIT Museum (7:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m.) LSC Presents Fast & Furious 6 — 26-100 (8:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.) The Musical Theater Guild’s Avenue Q — Kresge Little Theater Saturday (7:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m.) LSC Presents Fast & Furious 6 — 26-100 (8:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.) The Musical Theater Guild’s Avenue Q — Kresge Little Theater Sunday (2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.) MIT Ballroom Dance Club Rumba and Samba Workshops — La Sala, 2nd floor W20 (8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.) Folk Club Dancing — La Sala, 2nd floor W20 Monday (7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.) MIT Ballroom Dance Club Foxtrot Workshop — Lobdell (7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.) Music and Theater Arts Dept. Presents Singer-Storyteller Norman Kennedy — 14W-111 Tuesday (2:30 p.m.) Campus Art Tour — Meet at Lobby 10 Thursday (4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.) Opening Reception for Sidewalk City: Mapping the Unmapped — 7-338 Send your arts events to email@example.com.
The MIT men’s water polo team traveled to Brown University this past weekend for the Bruno Fall Classic. The weekend started with a match against the University of California at Irvine. Dylan J. Hallman ’15 and Kale T. Rogers ’16 each scored a goal in the first and third quarters, respectively. Spencer S. Boone ’15 spent the most time in goal, followed by Nolan J. Kruse ’17 and Ian E. Zaun ’17. MIT lost 19–2.
Falcons, Cowboys, Colts favored for week two
St. Louis Rams @ Atlanta Falcons
UPCOMING HOME EVENTS
Friday, September 13
Pro soccer rosters finalized
The soccer leagues in Europe have kicked off and are on the third or fourth match days. Though some matches have been interesting, the true hype that surrounds the start of the soccer season is the summer transfer window. Every day new rumors make their way into the sport headlines and only some turn into a reality. Clubs spend millions of Euros to acquire the best players on the market with the hopes of claiming the league in May. As the first days of September pass by, the transfer windows of the major leagues have come to an end and teams have finalized their rosters. In another summer full of splashing cash and seeing the best players in the world change teams, here are the ten transfers that stick out: