Standing firmly by industry ties, MIT climate action plan has everything but divestment
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Can MIT divest while accepting oil money? An activist weighs in.
In anticipation of President L. Rafael Reif’s upcoming announcement about MIT’s climate action plan, The Tech spoke with Geoffrey Supran, a graduate student in materials science, about his work on the MIT Climate Change Conversation Committee and student group Fossil Free MIT. We asked about his expectations for the announcement, his thoughts around divestment, his own research, and how he became a climate change activist.
Hearing procedures to change as reports of sexual assault rise
A year after MIT released the results from its first community sexual assault survey, the Institute has implemented many of its accompanying recommendations and has begun launching new initiatives.
Course 16 alumna named director of MIT Medical
Cecilia Warpinski Stuopis ’90 will assume her new role as director of MIT Medical before the end of the year, MIT announced Oct. 13.
Brace for a brief blast of cold
The Institute will get its first real dose of chilly fall weather this weekend as an Arctic air mass ushers in some of the coldest temperatures this area has seen in months. The frigid air will begin to make its intrusion after the passage of a cold front tomorrow afternoon. The frontal passage will be accompanied by a shift in the wind from southwesterly to westerly, and an increase in wind speed. After the front moves out, a mass of anomalously cold air will make its way down from Canada through New England over the course of the weekend. The result will be that by Sunday, low temperatures will be below 40°F (4°C) and the high may not even reach 50°F (10°C). The last times that low and high temperatures that cold were recorded in Boston were May 2 and June 2, respectively. By Sunday night, temperatures could even threaten to break the freezing mark for the first time since April 2. The predicted temperatures are also particularly low compared to the normal high and low of 61°F (16°C) and 46°F (8°C) for this time of year. It will likely take until Tuesday of next week to return to warmer, more seasonable temperatures.
When terror hits close to home
For the past few weeks, I’ve been glued to my phone. I check it first thing when I wake up in the morning, while I’m eating, while I’m walking down the Infinite, in class, while I’m working on problem sets, and before I go to sleep. But I’m not checking fantasy football stats. I’m checking for reports of another terror attack and word that my little brother is safe.
A rousing mixture of old and new at the BSO
The Boston Symphony Orchestra moves from strength to strength, following its successful season opener with another exceptional program — putting together a new composition by Sebastian Currier, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, and a particularly spellbinding rendition of Brahms’ Symphony No. 2.
An eye-catching trip to Neverland
The story of Peter Pan is as ageless as Peter himself — what began as a 1904 play by J.M. Barrie is still culturally relevant a century later. There are musicals, movies, video games, and an entire Disney franchise based on the boy who wouldn’t grow up. Maybe it’s because we’ll always cherish the idea of eternal youth, or maybe we just really like pirates.
Teenager shot by an ideology reveals some personality
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala. This 18-year-old girl is known as an activist who speaks up for female education and equality. After learning the importance of education through her parents, who ran several schools in Pakistan, she blogged for the BBC and stressed educational equality to the public. She survived a shooting by the Taliban at the age of 15.
New-look Bruins have season cut out for them
Following a fifth-place finish in the Atlantic Conference last season, which saw the Boston Bruins narrowly miss the playoffs, the Bruins’ front office set in motion a mini-rebuilding phase as they seek their first Stanley Cup triumph since 2011-12.
MIT field hockey blanks Clark 5-0
A hat-trick by Bailey Tregoning ’19 coupled with a solid defensive performance from Jane Coffrin ’18 helped propel the MIT field hockey team to a 5-0 victory over Clark University in a NEWMAC contest on Saturday. With the win, the Engineers improved to 8-2 on the year and 4-0 in conference play while the Cougars dipped to 5-7 overall and 1-3 in the NEWMAC.
Women’s tennis finishes regular season unbeaten
MIT women’s tennis team completed its New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) regular season undefeated after blanking Smith College 9-0. It is the fourth-consecutive season and the seventh overall that MIT has finished its NEWMAC slate undefeated.
Allie Hrabchak ’19 scored the solitary goal of the game to lead MIT past Wellesley on Tuesday, Oct. 13. With the win, MIT improved to a 8-5-2 record overall and a 5-1-0 in the NEWMAC.
Green on the green
I really don’t have any extraordinary talents. I can’t throw a 90 mph fastball, I have the vocals of a dying cat, and I can guarantee you that there were multiple revisions before this article even made it close to the paper. Needless to say, I was a little intimidated when figuring out what clubs I wanted to join here at MIT.
Falling bottles and FOMO troubles
Unlike most horror stories, ’twas not dark and stormy when disaster struck one mild Friday afternoon. It might as well have been, though — the magnitude of my technological catastrophe should by all rights have triggered a swirling mass of rain and hail. Instead, I was left to gape at the aftermath of my colossal mistake to a backdrop of sun and blue sky.