Three UA tickets face off in debate on student issues
This year’s Undergraduate Association (UA) President/Vice President debate, co-hosted by The Tech and the UA Wednesday evening, featured three tickets. Each pair of candidates discussed the merits of their platform and addressed campus-wide issues, from student government transparency to dealing with student concerns over Title IX.
Massachusetts attorney general candidate Warren Tolman has proposed a five-point plan to decrease the incidence of sexual assault on college campuses in Massachusetts. “We need a comprehensive approach to change the culture of these campuses, because letting one more result occur is unacceptable,” Tolman said, according to a press release available on his campaign website http://warrentolman.com.
Former MIT student dies, memorial service scheduled
Luiza Gesser Cabral, a former MIT student, died at 8 a.m. on March 3 in a hospital in São Paulo, Brazil, according to an email sent to the class of 2014 from Miho Kitagawa ’14 and Marco Anonio L. Pedroso ’14.
In an article on MIT’s snow day policy in Issue 11 of The Tech, the original version misspells MIT’s contractor, D’Allessandro, as Delesantro.
Wall Street bonuses go up as the number of jobs goes down
NEW YORK — On Wall Street, profits are down and the number of workers is shrinking.
SAN FRANCISCO — Amazon announced Thursday that it would raise its annual shipping fee by 25 percent, right up to — but not over — the psychologically important $99 level. It had originally said it would increase the fee as high as $119, which prompted grumblings among some customers that they might rebel.
DENVER — A Colorado law that allows adults to legally possess and use marijuana may now allow some people found guilty of minor marijuana crimes to challenge their convictions in court, a state appeals court ruled Thursday.
Eric Holder endorses proposal to reduce drug sentences
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is endorsing a proposal that would reduce prison sentences for people convicted of dealing drugs, the latest sign of the Obama administration’s retrenchment in the war on drugs.
Normal temperatures make a return this weekend
Over the next two days, we will see a slow return to slightly warmer conditions. Following Thursday’s storm, Boston had a fresh dusting of snow and temperatures were 10-20 degrees below normal. Yesterday night, this low pressure system moved off the Canadian coast. Slightly warmer air has moved over us in its place: today’s highs will be in the 30s, and highs on Saturday will be in the 40s and 50s.
General Motors air bag failures linked to 303 deaths
As lawmakers press General Motors and regulators over their decadelong failure to correct a defective ignition switch, a new accounting of federal crash data shows that 303 people died after the air bags failed to deploy on two of the models that were recalled last month.
Premier of Ukraine makes plea at the United Nations
UNITED NATIONS — Ukraine’s interim prime minister, seeking to rally support for a Security Council resolution criticizing the Russian takeover of Crimea, took pains on Thursday to say that his country wanted a peaceful resolution to the crisis.
McDonald’s workers in three states sue, claim underpayment
McDonald’s workers in California, Michigan
Clickbait the movie
This movie is a real mixed bag. It has the makings of a good story: we follow Guy Trilby (Jason Bateman), who has found a loophole in the rules of The Golden Quill National Spelling Bee. A contestant can’t have completed 8th grade by February 1st, and 40-year-old Guy never finished the eighth grade at all. He makes it all the way to nationals while dodging everyone’s questions about why he’s pulling this stunt, brushing off even Jenny Widgeon (Kathryn Hahn), a reporter from the news website that’s sponsoring him. On the way, he meets ten-year-old Chaitainya Chopra (Rohan Chand), a seemingly innocent foil.
Aaron Paul has a need for speed
Aaron Paul is best known for his role as Jesse Pinkman on “Breaking Bad,” and he’s a champion of independent films as well. But while DreamWorks’ Need For Speed is a major studio release and is based on a video game franchise no less, it was too fun a role for him to turn down.
High-octane and death-defying
Scott Waugh directs a film that only a former stuntman like himself would be able to pull off so well. Need For Speed is a modern homage to classic car films like “American Graffiti,” with all of the racing and stunts you’d expect and some depth that you might not.
The stars are bright
There was a high concentration of dance talent in Boston last weekend. As part of this year’s international Flamenco Festival, four of the world’s greatest flamenco dancers performed just across the river from MIT.
Not enough depth
Theater, by virtue of its intimacy, is meant to teach us something about ourselves and others. While The Whale carefully reveals the life of an overweight man, it does so by obscuring two traditionally ignored groups, young women and Mormons.
MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble: Homegrown Portraits
The MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble played a charming ten piece set last Saturday night, highlighted by the world premiere of an original composition, “Solace,” by Adrian M. Grossman ’14 and the first performance of Charles Mingus’ “Portrait” (1963) as arranged by Peter T. Godart ’15. Mark Harvey took over as a guest conductor for two of his compositions: “De-Evolution Blues” (2005) and “Saxophrenia” (2002).
Engineers score eight straight goals in victory
The MIT women’s lacrosse team rattled off eight unanswered goals to start the game as it went on to defeat Eastern Connecticut State University, 17-6, in a non-conference women’s lacrosse tilt on Tuesday night. Hannah A. Levy ’17 led the way for the Engineers (4-0) with seven goals on seven shots while senior Erin Conn paced the Warriors (0-4) with four goals and six draw controls.
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