Dalai Lama visits MIT to discuss global challenges, draws protests
The Dalai Lama visited MIT’s Kresge Auditorium last Friday to participate in a panel discussion about how individuals can address major societal issues such as global warming and food security, The Boston Globe reported.
Panhel votes for new sorority
Discussions are underway to introduce a new sorority on campus after a unanimous vote from the Panhellenic Council on Sept. 29 to “open campus to extension,” according to Panhel President Yasmin C. Inam ’15. The sorority will join six other sororities on campus as part of the Panhellenic Association.
Tom Magliozzi of ‘Car Talk’ dies
Tom Magliozzi ’58, who with his younger brother, Ray Magliozzi ’72, hosted “Car Talk,” for years the most popular entertainment show on NPR, died on Monday at his home outside Boston. He was 77.
NIH director speaks on budget trade-offs, science outreach, and Ebola vaccines
Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, gave the annual Karl Taylor Compton Lecture in Room 10-250 last Tuesday.
An article about quiet spaces on campus in the Tuesday, Oct. 28 issue of The Tech incorrectly stated that the Hayden and Lewis libraries were located in E14; they are actually in 14E.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — At least 48 people were killed and dozens more were wounded Sunday evening after a suicide bomber set off his explosives at a border post in eastern Pakistan, police officials said.
A chilly start to November
We had a cold and soggy weekend thanks to the close passage of coastal low pressure system on Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday morning, the low temperature at Boston Logan Airport dropped to 34°F (1°C) — this is about 8°F (4.5°C) below the average low temperature for this time of year! Additionally, if you looked out your window Sunday during the late morning/early afternoon, you would have seen the first snowflakes of the season. All told, Boston received just under an inch of rain (with a few snowflakes mixed in) from this system.
Unidentified drones are spotted above French nuclear plants
PARIS — Security officials are investigating a mysterious wave of drone flights that have buzzed illegally over more than a dozen nuclear plants across France, raising security concerns around the country’s primary energy source.
Iraqis prepare attack against Islamic State with US help
WASHINGTON — Iraqi security forces, backed by U.S.-led air power and hundreds of advisers, are planning to mount a major spring offensive against Islamic State fighters who have poured into the country from Syria, according to U.S. and Iraqi officials. Such a counterattack is likely to face an array of logistical and political challenges.
US oil prices fall below $80 a barrel
HOUSTON — The benchmark American oil price fell below the symbolic $80-a-barrel threshold on Monday, swooning to two-year lows, after Saudi Arabia aimed to shore up its dwindling exports to the United States by cutting its selling price for the American market.
Investigators focus on tail booms in crash of space plane
The Virgin Galactic space plane that broke apart over the Mojave Desert on Friday shifted early into a high-drag configuration that is designed to slow it down, federal accident investigators have said.
The leader of the World Health Organization criticized the drug industry Monday, saying that the drive for profit was one reason no cure had yet been found for Ebola.
China approves security law emphasizing counterespionage
BEIJING — President Xi Jinping of China has signed a new Counterespionage Law, replacing the 1993 National Security Law with an updated set of rules that will more closely target foreign spies and Chinese individuals and organizations who collaborate with them.
The right (and wrong) reasons to buy into Bitcoin
This past Sunday marked the launch of the MIT Bitcoin Project, a study conducted by faculty and students from the Media Lab, Sloan, and the MIT Bitcoin Club. The study aims to understand how the digital currency proliferates after being distributed to potential users.
MIT clinches top seed in NEWMAC
For the second time this season, Olivia M. Struckman ’18 netted a pair of goals as the No. 20 MIT women’s soccer team wrapped up their regular season with a 3-0 victory over the U.S. Coast Guard Academy on Saturday, November 1 at Roberts Field at Steinbrenner Stadium in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play. With the win, MIT (14-3-2, 9-0-1 NEWMAC) clinched the top seed in the upcoming NEWMAC Tournament and will host the semifinals and championship on Saturday, Nov. 8-9. Despite falling to 8-8-2 and 3-6-1, Coast Guard clinched the final conference tournament spot.
Women’s volleyball defeat Coast Guard
On the strength of a team hitting percentage of .393, the MIT women’s volleyball team defeated the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 25-14, 25-13, 25-18, in a NEWMAC match on Saturday, November 1. With the win, the Engineers (26-4, 9-1 NEWMAC) clinched the top seed in the upcoming NEWMAC Tournament and will host the semifinals and championship on Saturday, Nov. 8-9. Despite the setback, the Bears (20-9, 7-3 NEWMAC) secured a spot in the quarterfinals scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 4.
UPCOMING HOME EVENTS
Tuesday, November 4
Manchester is blue again
Sergio Aguero’s solitary strike proved to be decisive, as Manchester City edged 10-man Manchester United 1-0 to move up to third in the Barclays Premier League. It was a high-intensity, fast-paced, pulsating contest with brilliant saves, a couple of nasty tackles, turned-down penalty appeals, and a well-crafted goal.
Events Nov. 04 – Nov. 10
Events Nov. 04 – Nov. 10 Tuesday (11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) DJing at a glance, sponsored by MIT Libraries — 14E-109 (6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.) MIT Sustainability Mixer — 6-104 Wednesday (12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.) Artists Beyond the Desk Presents Michael Yarsky — Killian Hall (7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.) Film Screening of Anita: Speaking Truth to Power, a documentary about Anita Hill’s fight to end sexual harassment, sponsored by the Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies — 4-370 Thursday (5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.) MISTI Info Session: South Africa, food provided — E40-496 (8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.) Shakespeare Ensemble presents Othello — W20, La Sala de Puerto Rico Friday (12:01 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.) Open mic in the Lewis Music Library, refreshments provided — 14E-109 Saturday (4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.) LSC shows How to Train Your Dragon 2 (free) — 26-100 Sunday (2:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.) Samba and Jive Workshop, hosted by MIT Ballroom Dance Club — Lobby 13 Monday (5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.) Great Jewish Personalities of the 20th century, sponsored by MIT Hillel — W11-180 Send your campus events to firstname.lastname@example.org.