Student Center ATM closes
The Citibank ATM found in W20 has been closed as of Friday, July 25. A sign has been placed at the site instructing customers to visit a “full service” branch at 565 Massachusetts Ave. or 200 Technology Square.
Financial aid tune-up targets upper-middle-class applicants
Tired of losing students to schools like Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, and Yale, this year MIT tweaked its financial aid formula to sweeten the deal for undergraduates from families making $100,000 to $150,000.
Summer classes try digital tools
While researchers were running experiments in MIT labs this summer, the Institute was conducting an educational experiment of its own, piloting for-credit summer classes through the “summer@future” initiative.
Summer housing is ending. If you do not have a fall housing assignment, you must move out of your summer housing assignment by August 10. If you have a fall housing assignment, you can check into your assignment starting Tuesday, August 12. You must complete your move by Thursday, August 14. Any student who remains in their summer housing assignment after these dates will be charged a $595 late check-out fee.
Waitlist sees use again, 3 years later
For many, the wait was over. But 28 students who held out months longer than everyone else this year finally received welcome news from MIT: they were admitted from the waitlist.
Economics professor to assume DOJ post
Nancy L. Rose PhD ‘85, a professor of applied economics at MIT, has been named Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economic Analysis by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Cambridge man arrested in possible connection to aiding marathon bombers
Federal authorities recently arrested the man believed to have provided the gun allegedly used to slay MITPD Officer Sean Collier. The origin of the gun that the alleged killers used was previously unknown.
MOSCOW — Russia’s Federal Migration Service on Tuesday moved to deport the American wife of a high-profile human rights lawyer living in St. Petersburg, labeling her “a threat to national security.”
ATLANTA — The North Carolina missionary who contracted the Ebola virus while working in Liberia arrived in Georgia on Tuesday and joined another aid worker in the specialized isolation ward of a hospital here.
US diplomacy on Gaza strains ties with Israel
WASHINGTON — When the State Department condemned Israel’s strike on a United Nations school in Gaza on Sunday, saying it was “appalled” by this “disgraceful” act, it gave full vent to what has been weeks of mounting American anger toward the Israeli government.
Japan imposes new sanctions on Russia but keeps a diplomatic door open
TOKYO — Torn between maintaining solidarity with Washington and keeping a diplomatic door open with Moscow, Japan imposed new sanctions on Russia on Tuesday but kept them more limited than those recently ordered by the United States.
Putin urges economic retaliation for sanctions
MOSCOW — Russia should retaliate against the economic sanctions being imposed on the country over the Kremlin’s Ukraine policy, President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday. His was the strongest endorsement yet for calls in Russia to ban everything from major Western accounting firms to overflights by European airlines to frozen U.S. chickens.
Bertha bypasses Boston
Tropical Storm Bertha is forecast to pass roughly 250 miles (400 km) off the coast of New England today, but its effects will barely be noticeable here at the Institute. The second named tropical cyclone of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season, Bertha briefly attained hurricane status on Monday. Prior to that, the storm impacted the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas. However, the storm’s path has since shifted to the north and east, and it is expected to go out to sea without having any significant impact on the mainland United States.
Israeli arrest in abduction of three youths is made public
JERUSALEM — Israel arrested a Palestinian last month accused of being the prime mover in the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers in June, it emerged from court papers on Tuesday. The abduction set off the most recent conflict with Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
Muslim minister quits British government over Gaza policies
LONDON — The fighting in Gaza claimed an unexpected casualty among the British political elite Tuesday when Sayeeda Warsi, the first Muslim to serve in the British Cabinet, resigned, saying the government’s “approach and language” in the crisis had been “morally indefensible.”
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Editor’s Note: This letter was sent to The Tech shortly after the publication of our last issue.
Honesty drives Linklater’s Boyhood
I am unsure whether Boyhood is one of the greatest films ever made. I am certain Boyhood could be many times better. But I agree with film critic Joe Williams in saying Boyhood is “the closest thing to a lived life that fictional cinema has yet produced.”
A beginner’s guide to Restaurant Week
Sunday, Aug. 17 marks the start of my favorite biannual holiday: Restaurant Week (RW) in Boston! Starting then, restaurants in the area will offer special menus at a fixed price to entice new diners to enter their doors. Technically, the two-week event is now called “Dine Out Boston,” but it will always be RW to me. The name and format change occurred this past winter, and officially participating restaurants can now offer two- or three-course meals for $15, $20, or $25 for lunch. For dinner, restaurants can now choose between $28, $33, or $38. From my past experiences with Restaurant Week, I’ve picked up some general guidelines that help ensure your RW meal is worth it.
A comic based on real physics: Spectra
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Three days at San Diego Comic-Con
After buying enough protein bars, beef jerky, and vitamins to sustain me for three days, I packed away all my food along with a space blanket and some sunscreen. I wasn’t going on a camping trip, though. I was headed to San Diego Comic-Con.
A day in the life of a modern-day Power Ranger
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