New director of MIT Libraries
Chris Bourg has been appointed as the next Director of the MIT Libraries, following a nationwide search that began after the Libraries’ previous director of 17 years, Ann Wolpert, passed away in October 2013.
Saferide route changes to go into effect in Dec.
A number of major changes to the Saferide routes are set to go into effect at the start of next month. The changes include updates to the Boston routes and a restructuring of the Cambridge routes, which will affect members of fraternities and sororities and graduate students living around MIT.
In an infographic in the Friday, October 31, 2014 issue, the infographic incorrectly indicated the number of students in 6.01 that received fifth week flags. The correct number is 10 rather than 26.
LCA members housed in graduate dorms for term
Following the suspension of MIT’s Lambda Chi Alpha (LCA) fraternity last month, MIT is temporarily housing LCA members in graduate residences. In an email to The Tech, director of communications for the Division of Student Life Matthew D. Bauer said that “Because finding new housing mid-semester is academically burdensome, MIT is housing LCA members in the Sidney-Pacific and Tang residences until the end of the fall semester.”
Dean of MIT’s School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences stepping down
Deborah K. Fitzgerald, Dean of MIT’s School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (SHASS) announced last Thursday that she would be stepping down and returning to her faculty position as a professor of the history of technology in MIT’s Program in Science, Technology, and Society on July 1, 2015. An MIT faculty member since 1988, Fitzgerald has also served as an associate dean and acting dean of SHASS from 2005 to 2006 before becoming dean in 2007.
Lil B delivers freestyle lecture at MIT
Last Friday, recognized rapper Lil B visited MIT to give a lecture that touched on identification, feminism, race, and even included an impromptu freestyle rap. Known for his social media presence that helped propel his fame, Lil B announced the lecture through a tweet two and half weeks in advance. The lecture was sponsored by the MIT Black Students’ Union and held in room 32-123 of the Stata Center.
Nor’easter to impair Thanksgiving travel
Those waking up to temperatures hovering around 60°F (16°C) this morning might be hard pressed to believe that the Institute is in for a bout of wintry weather tomorrow afternoon. It’s true, however: Temperatures are as many as 20°F (11 K) colder behind a frontal boundary that will pass over New England today. This dramatic drop in temperatures will set the stage for a Nor’easter to bring gusty winds and wintry precipitation to the Eastern Seaboard tomorrow.
Ambition and money make for a dangerous mix in new Bennett Miller film
Based on a true story, Foxcatcher tells the story of schizophrenic millionaire John E. du Pont (Steve Carell) and his involvement with Olympic Gold medalists David (Mark Ruffalo) and Mark Schulz (Channing Tatum). Du Pont, heir to the du Pont chemical company, invites Mark, who has been living under his older brother’s shadow, to train for the 1988 Olympics at his private horse breeding farm, Foxcatcher. Powered by family feuds, personal ambitions and strong performances, Foxcatcher is a thrilling recount of an American tragedy.
First look at Harvard Art Museums
After a six-year wait, the red brick college down the road finally opened its Harvard Art Museums, a merger of three museums encompassing a history of world art, uniting them under a single glass roof.
United defeat Arsenal
Manchester United overcame a sluggish start and capitalized on Arsenal forwards’ profligacy to notch up their first away win of the season as an own goal from Kieran Gibbs and a clinical finish from Wayne Rooney was enough to see them past the Gunners 2-1 and jump to fourth in the Barclays Premier League table.
MIT taekwondo finishes in second place after Cornell
On Sunday, Nov. 2, the MIT Sport Taekwondo Club competed in the second Eastern Collegiate Taekwondo Conference (ECTC) tournament of the season. The tournament was hosted at Cornell University. MIT showed its strength across all divisions — 33 team members competed with strong performances in a long day of forms and sparring.
UPCOMING HOME EVENTS
Tuesday, November 25
Patriots destroy Colts
Having comprehensively outplayed Peyton Manning’s Denver Broncos in week 9, the Patriots continued their relentless onslaught by hammering Peyton’s former employers, the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts had come into the game with the league’s best offense lead by Andrew Luck and the best defensive record when it came to stopping opponents on 3rd down conversions. Despite having coughed up a mammoth 59 points in a 2012 regular season game and 43 points in last season’s divisional match-up against the Patriots (both at Foxborough), the Colts ought to have come into this match with confidence — after all this one was on their home turf at the Lucas Oil stadium in which even the great Bill Belichick had a 0-3 record.
The hardest part
Ten days ago, I was walking with someone to Next House and she asked me what I thought the hardest part of college was. I thought about the question for a while and replied “consistency.” I’ve only been here for a few months, but everything is so fluid in college that I have tremendous control over what I do in my day-to-day life and because of that, it is hard to create a strong structure to my days.
Events Nov. 25 – Dec. 01
Events Nov. 25 – Dec. 01 Tuesday (7 p.m. – 8 p.m.) The List shows ART21 “Secrets” — E15-070 Wednesday (1 p.m. – 2 p.m.) Game of Thrones: Food for Thought, with Rabbi Gavriel Goldfeder and guest speakers — W11 Thursday (1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.) MIT Free English Class, sponsored by Baptist Student Fellowship, Baptist Campus Ministry — W11-190 (Main Dining Room) Friday (7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.) International Students Association hosts Thanksgiving dinner, $5 tickets at entrance — W4 (McCormick Dining Room) Saturday (7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.) Thanksgiving Ballroom Social, free for MIT students, $6 other students, $8 MIT affiliates, $10 others — W20 (Sala de Puerto Rico) Sunday (8 p.m. – 11 p.m.) International Folk Dancing, teaching 8 p.m. — 9 p.m., free for MIT/Wellesley students, suggested $1 donation for others — W20 (Lobdell Dining Hall) Monday (4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.) Health Insurance Plan Choice with speaker Jonathan Gruber, sponsored by Public Finance/Labor Workshop — E62-650 Send your campus events to email@example.com.