Greek events banned again, now restricting all FSILGs in wake of 'intoxicated' fall
Parties and large gatherings are once again effectively banned at MIT fraternities, campus officials announced Wednesday afternoon, just days after a woman fell from a window at Lambda Chi Alpha. The student, who survived, was reportedly intoxicated, according to MIT Police logs, which listed the incident as alcohol-related. MIT prohibits alcohol at fraternity events during rush, which began last Saturday. The MIT chapter of LCA is now under suspension by both its international organization and MIT.
Student injured in fall from window at MIT Lambda Chi Alpha Student is not affiliated with MIT
A student not affiliated with MIT fell from a window at the MIT chapter of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity at about 11:30 p.m. on Sunday and sustained injuries of unspecified severity according to Kimberly Allen of the MIT News Office.
Drug, alcohol, hazing policies undergo major modifications
On Aug. 26, Dean for Student Life Chris Colombo emailed all MIT students to announce changes to the Mind and Hand Book, a set of guidelines and rules that apply to undergraduates and graduates. The alcohol and drugs and hazing policies were updated significantly, while minor changes were made to other policies, including those on sexual misconduct.
MIT brings top entrepreneurship students together in person
MIT has just concluded an experiment in blended learning that could reshape existing educational paradigms. A unique program held on campus Aug. 18-22 brought together students from around the world who had taken an online course in entrepreneurship and then immersed themselves at MIT — to learn how to create a startup.
New FSILG policy allows use of some roof decks this term
The Interfraternity Council, the Association of Independent Living Groups Board, and the AILG Facilities Committee have instated a new policy regarding approval for roof deck usage at fraternities, sororities, and independent living groups (FSILGs), overriding the existing prohibition of roof deck use.
An article about the FSILG social gathering policy in the Friday, Aug. 29 issue of The Tech incorrectly stated that the announcement of the approval of a new FSILG social events policy was made less than a day before the start of Rush 2014, which was actually made more than a day before the kickoff. It also incorrectly stated that Risk Management Consultants were introduced by the new policy, but in fact, their responsibilities have been modified to include new follow-up procedures.
MOSCOW — Five geckos launched into space by Russia for an experiment on sexual reproduction in near-zero gravity were found dead Monday after their spacecraft returned to earth, the Russian space agency Roscosmos announced in a statement.
Islamic State adds cluster bombing to its tactics
The Islamic State, the extremist militant group now almost universally vilified for atrocities that include boastful beheadings, summary mass executions and enslavement in the areas it aspires to control, also has attacked enemies with cluster bombs, the banned weapons that kill and maim indiscriminately, Human Rights Watch said Monday.
Summer weather continues into semester
A series of above-normal temperatures is expected this week, as summer-like weather rolls on into September. Warm temperatures will be encouraged today by a southerly breeze ahead of a cold front currently approaching from our west. These winds will bring warmer air up from the south, although slightly cooler ocean temperatures will prevent the mercury from climbing too high this afternoon. The aforementioned cold front will pass through overnight, bringing with it a band of showers and thunderstorms. After the frontal passage, skies will clear, and winds will shift to be from the north and west. This offshore flow will allow the temperature to climb once again tomorrow, with highs reaching the mid-80s (°F).
Fast-food workers plan strike for higher wages
The next round of strikes by fast-food workers demanding higher wages is scheduled for Thursday, and this time, labor organizers plan to increase the pressure by staging widespread civil disobedience and having thousands of home-care workers join the protests.
BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel told lawmakers Monday that her government had decided to break with a taboo on delivering weapons to conflict zones because Germany and all of Europe faced a security threat from the extremists of the Islamic State.
St. Louis Rams cut Michael Sam, the first openly gay NFL draft pick
Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team, was cut by the St. Louis Rams on Saturday.
Three Americans held in North Korea plead for US help
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea granted two U.S. news organizations interviews with three incarcerated Americans on Monday, with all three prisoners apologizing for violating its laws and beseeching Washington to send an emissary to negotiate their release.
J Dilla: A lasting presence
The Smithsonian Institution announced in July that equipment belonging to celebrated producer J Dilla (born James Dewitt Yancey) — a MIDI Production Center beat machine and a synthesizer custom-built for Dilla by Robert Moog himself — would be housed in the new National Museum of African American History and Culture, slated to open in 2016. The announcement came at the D.C. Loves Dilla Tribute Concert, courtesy of Ma Duke, who was there to see the crowd’s reaction to the memorialization of her late son’s legacy.
The story behind Boston Calling
Even though only in its fourth installment, the three-day Boston Calling Music Festival is already becoming a landmark of Boston’s entertainment scene. The lineup for this week’s shows includes The War on Drugs, Lorde, The National, Nas with The Roots, and Future Islands. The Tech recently interviewed Brian Appel, co-founder of Boston Calling, to find out how the festival was conceived and what happens behind the scenes during the show.
Events Sept. 02 – Sept. 08
Events Sept. 02 – Sept. 08 Tuesday (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.) Crepes and Camaraderie Evening, sponsored by Ashdown House and the Warehouse Graduate Dorm — NW35 (Ashdown) Courtyard (8:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.) Contra Dance beginner’s night, with live folk music, free for MIT and Wellesley students, sponsored by Folk Dance Club — Kresge Rehearsal Room B Wednesday (11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) Sidney Pacific Plant Sale — NW86, Sidney Pacific Courtyard Thursday (12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.) Coffeehouse Lounge Outdoor Concert: The Black Moons — W20 (Stratton Student Center Steps) (1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.) Community Service Fair, hosted by the MIT Public Service Center — Kresge Oval Friday (5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.) Student Loan Exhibition: Arts BBQ, celebration of arts on campus — E15 (List Visual Arts Center) (8:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.) The Musical Theatre Guild presents Grease, $3 incoming MIT freshmen, $6 MIT and Wellesley students, $10 MIT affiliates, $15 general public — W16-035 (Kresge) Saturday (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) Oink, Oink, Cluck, Baaaaa! Eastgate Animal Petting Zoo, see and feed farm animals, sponsored by Eastgate Community Association and GSC Funding Board — E55 (Eastgate) Courtyard (1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.) Demo Day for the MIT Global Founders’ Skills Accelerator, sponsored by Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship — W16 (Kresge) Sunday (6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.) MIT Bangladeshi Students’ Association Fall Kickoff and Welcome Dinner, sponsored by MIT BSA and GSC Funding Board — 50-140 Monday (4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.) Why You Can’t Find a Taxi in the Rain and Other Labor Supply Lessons from Cab Drivers, with speaker Hank Farber of Princeton University, sponsored by Public Finance/Labor Workshop — E62-650 Send your campus events to firstname.lastname@example.org.