Reif announces death of Phoebe Wang, sophomore in mechanical engineering
Phoebe Wang '17, an undergraduate student residing in MacGregor House, has died, President L. Rafael Reif said in an email to members of the MIT community on Tuesday evening.
Majority of freshman males pledge to a fraternity
Of the 340 students who received the 405 bids handed out during fraternity rush this year, 293 have pledged, according to the Interfraternity Council.
REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK: Study on urinating dogs wins prize at Ig Nobel ceremony
Six Nobel laureates convened at Harvard’s Sanders Theatre last Thursday for the 2014 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, presenting ten awards to fellow scientists being recognized for strange research.
Baker, Simmons, Maseeh are freshmen’s top choices
Baker, Simmons, and Maseeh once again topped the residence preferences in this summer’s freshmen housing lottery. MacGregor, on the other hand, saw its lowest numbers in four years, while Next demonstrated a surge in interest during the same period, according to data provided by MIT Residential Life and Dining. This year also marked the first time that Maseeh participated in the First Year Residence Exchange (FYRE), in which students have the option to switch dorms during their first week at MIT.
Wearable ‘Mighty Mom’ takes first prize at breast pump hackathon
The “Make the Breast Pump Not Suck” Hackathon this past weekend drew over a hundred parents, engineers, designers, and healthcare specialists to campus. The organizers, MIT Media Lab students and researchers, were inspired by problems posed by current breast pumps, which they say are uncomfortable, inefficient, and costly.
Obama sidesteps Congress with rules to curb corporate flight
WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew announced rules on Monday that are aimed at making it more difficult for American companies to lower their tax bills by relocating overseas and that would wipe out the benefits for those that do. It is the administration’s latest move to sidestep a paralyzed Congress and tackle a politically charged element of President Barack Obama’s agenda.
HONG KONG — Thousands of Hong Kong university students abandoned classes Monday to rally against Chinese government limits on voting rights, a bellwether demonstration of the city’s appetite for turning smoldering discontent into street-level opposition.
U.S. and allies hit Islamic State targets in Syria
WASHINGTON — The United States and allies launched airstrikes against Sunni militants in Syria early Tuesday, unleashing a torrent of cruise missiles and precision-guided bombs from the air and sea on the militants’ de facto capital of Raqqa and along the porous Iraq border.
Plaintiffs challenge Texas voter ID law, claim the law is biased
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A law requiring Texas voters to show government-issued identification before casting a ballot is the latest example of the state’s long history of discrimination against minorities and puts unjustified burdens on the right to vote for more than half a million Texans, lawyers challenging the law told a federal judge here on Monday.
Four of five inmates who escaped from a jail in central California and were considered “armed and dangerous” were captured Saturday, the authorities said.
It’s always sunny at the Institute
Sunshine and light winds are expected to continue this week as strong high pressure is poised to dominate the northeastern United States. A broad high pressure system currently centered over the Ohio Valley will merge today with a secondary high currently located over eastern Canada. The combined high will move over New England tomorrow, bringing clear skies and calm winds to the region. Light southwesterly flow may prevent a sea breeze from developing this afternoon, keeping temperatures a few degrees warmer than they will be tomorrow. A coastal storm will have a chance of glancing the Massachusetts coastline on Thursday, but current indications do not appear favorable for the storm to make it this far north.
Men’s soccer team earns win in season opener
For the second time this week, MIT’s Joshua M. Wilson ’18 located the back of the net twice as the Engineers defeated Emerson College, 3-0, on Saturday, September 20 in their New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opener at Roberts Field at Steinbrenner Stadium. Wilson netted his first goal from outside the box following a feed from Chester Chambers ’15 at 26:20 before depositing his second marker off a free kick at 80:55 in the second half.
MIT’s field hockey team comes out with 4-3 victory in overtime
Siobhan K. Rigby ’16 found the back of the cage with 1:01 remaining in overtime to give MIT a 4-3 victory over Springfield College in a NEWMAC field hockey game on Saturday, September 20. Caitlin A. Mackey ’15 registered one goal and one assist for the Engineers (6-0, 1-0 NEWMAC) while Jamie Raccosta also paced the Pride (3-2, 0-1 NEWMAC) with one goal and one assist.
UPCOMING HOME EVENTS
Tuesday, September 23
Women’s tennis team keeps perfect record with 9-0 win at home
Playing at home, the MIT women’s tennis team kept its win streak to start the 2014-15 season alive Saturday, September 20 as the Engineers defeated Mount Holyoke College, 9-0, in a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference match. It was the second straight match in which the Engineers did not allow its opponent to score a point.
Sincerity on a day-to-day basis
It was a simple question really, but we often overlook the significance of simple questions. One day during the second semester of my senior high year in high school, a friend asked me in passing, “How are you doing?” I froze.
Events sept. 23 – sept. 29
Events sept. 23 – sept. 29 Tuesday (6 p.m. – 8 p.m.) LSC and Physics department show Particle Fever, $4 tickets in lobby 16 — 26-100 Wednesday (1 p.m. – 6 p.m.) Blood drive sponsored by Blood Drives and American Red Cross Team and Network — W20 (La Sala) (7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.) MIT Energy Initiative Expo, sponsored by MIT Energy Club and MIT Energy Initiative — 3-270 Thursday (4 p.m. – 5 p.m.) Negotiating Job Offers workshop (advanced registration requested via CareerBridge), sponsored by MIT Global Education & Career Development — 1-190 (6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.) Mistakes in Science and Technology, with speaker Richard Levins of Harvard School of Public Health — 66-144 Friday (7 p.m. – 10 p.m.) European Short Film Festival, sponsored by MIT Hyperstudio, Comparative Media Studies/Writing, and MIT Global Studies and Languages — 10-250 (8 p.m. – 11 p.m.) Spain@MIT Welcome Dinner — NW86 Saturday (7 p.m. – 9 p.m.) LSC shows Back to the Future, tickets $4 in Lobby 16 — 26-100 Sunday (3 p.m. – 5 p.m.) MITHAS presents “Poetry in Motion”, an array of Indian Dance forms — W16 (Kresge) Monday (4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.) Planets and Life Series: The Keys to Habitability, Light to Life — 2-105 Send your campus events to firstname.lastname@example.org.