This past Thursday, MIT’s Dormitory Council approved a $23,000 budget that included about $15,000 for CPW, consisting of about $5,000 from Admissions, $5,000 from Housing, and $5,000 of its own money. The budget also included $4,000 for a 30-person DormCon retreat at Endicott House — an overnight retreat that includes chef-made meals. The space is popular with student groups and dorm governments for retreats. The retreat would be attended by the 12 executive members, 11 dorm presidents, and “plus ones” of any attendee, according to DormCon president Edward A. Mugica ’13.
Last semester, the freshman class’ passing rate for the math and science General Institute Requirements (GIRs) was 96.3 percent. According to Julie B. Norman, the Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, this pass rate is similar to previous years’ numbers. Of the 203 students who received fifth-week flags, 15 dropped the subject they were flagged in, and 39 did not end up passing.
WASHINGTON — As the nation’s top Democrat, President Barack Obama has a clear imperative: to ratchet up pressure on Republicans for across-the-board spending cuts by using the power of his office to dramatize the impact on families, businesses and the military.
WASHINGTON — February was flood season at the Supreme Court.
LONDON — When Poland and seven other formerly Communist nations joined the European Union in 2004, Britain threw open its jobs market earlier than required to welcome tens, even hundreds, of thousands of new workers born behind the Iron Curtain.
LONDON — HSBC, Britain’s biggest bank, said Monday that its net profit fell 17 percent last year because of a record fine to settle money laundering charges and changes related to the value of its debt.
BAGHDAD, Iraq — More than 40 Syrian soldiers who had sought temporary safety in Iraq from rebel fighters along the border were killed Monday in an attack by unidentified gunmen as the Iraqi military was transporting the soldiers back to Syria in a bus convoy, the government said. At least seven Iraqis were also reported killed in the attack, which appeared to be the most serious spillover of violence into Iraq since the Syrian conflict began two years ago.
NOAA and FEMA mark National Severe Weather Preparedness Week from March 3 to March 9. Prepare an emergency supply kit, sign up for severe weather alerts, and share warnings and plans with your peers; it could save your life! Primary threats in Massachusetts include floods, severe thunderstorms, blizzards, hurricanes, and tornadoes. For more information, visit the National Weather Service website.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that the Syrian opposition is capable of properly handling the military support it receives.
Online education is growing rapidly. Recently, six new universities have been added to the edX platform. Each new university plans to develop its own set of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). Between the big three — edX, Coursera, and Udacity — there are now hundreds of MOOCs from universities all over the world. Advocates are quick to highlight that these MOOCs have already served millions of students, enabling anyone with an Internet connection to receive a world-class education.
No. 24 ranked MIT men’s basketball fell in the first round of the NCAA tournament to No. 14 St. Mary’s College last Saturday night, 85-76. In his final game as an Engineer, William Tashman ’13 scored 23 points, leading the team in scoring. After an incredibly competitive first half, MIT went into the break with a 36-35 lead. They continued to hold the lead for the majority of the second half, and they held a 63-56 lead with 8:48 remaining in the game. St. Mary’s went on a 12-0 run afterwards, however, and never relinquished the lead. Although the Engineers finished with a higher shooting percentage, turnovers proved to be their demise, as they gave up the ball 11 times compared to St. Mary’s 6.
“Uh-oh uh-oh, Rose came down bad on his left foot. See him? Holding on to his knee … holding on to his knee… and DOWN.” This was the voice of play-by-play announcer Kevin Harlan on TNT during game 1 of the first round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs as Chicago Bulls all-star point guard Derrick Rose, arguably the most explosive player in the NBA, suffered an injury that would keep him out of basketball for over six months. At this point in the game, the Bulls were up by twelve with less than two minutes left in the fourth quarter, and many Bulls fans were wondering why Rose was still on the floor. After watching Rose land awkwardly and tear his left knee’s anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) on a meaningless play, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau must have regretted his decision to keep Rose in the game after the Bulls had already sealed the victory. Although the Bulls won this game, they lost the best-of-seven series to the lower-seeded Philadelphia 76ers in six games. More importantly, the Bulls were going to miss their leader and superstar, Derrick Rose.
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Events mar. 5 – mar. 11 Tuesday (4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.) Syria, Two Years into the Revolution — E51-395 (5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.) Literature in the Digital Age, author Bessora presents novel Cyr@no — E51-057 Wednesday (12:00 p.m.) CAST Music and Technology: Victor Gama — 14w-111 (4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.) Fitness during feast and famine: How error-prone DNA polymerases influence physiology and evolution in E. coli — 48-316 Thursday (5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.) Angels of Death: David Foster Wallace and the Battle against Irony, Letterman and Leyner? — E14-633 (7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.) Urban Films: The World of Buckminster Fuller (1974) — 66-110 Friday (12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.) 100 Years of Service: Snapshots of the MIT Women’s League — 10-340 (6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.) Emerson Scholar Student Recital: Carl Lian ‘15, piano — 14w-111 Saturday (7:30 p.m. – 11:55 p.m.) MIT Ballroom Dance Team March Social — W20, La Sala (9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.) Jews on Ice — Johnson Ice Rink Sunday (2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.) Figure Skating Club Exhibition — W34 (7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.) Egyptian Culture Night — Sidney-Pacific MP room Monday (7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.) ACT Lecture: Karim Ainouz: I Travel Because I Have To, I Come Back Because I Love You — E15-001 Send your campus events to email@example.com.