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Athletics Renovations

This summer, MIT’s athletic facilities have been undergoing several major renovations, including the replacement of the indoor and outdoor tracks and the installation of new locker rooms and equipment facilities.

The outdoor track surrounding Steinbrenner Field is receiving a serious overhaul, which will include the expansion of the track from six to eight lanes and the addition of a new surface.

Assistant Department Head for Facilities and Operations Daniel J. Martin said that the construction will be finished by mid October.

John Hawes of the Department of Facilities said that the project has an estimated budget of $2.1 million, which will come from both infrastructure money taken from the athletics budget and outside donations.

Although the construction will continue into the school year, Martin stated that MIT’s athletics teams will be unaffected. For instance, the cross country team does not use the track during the fall season.

The indoor track will also be redone with a new surface, at an estimated cost of around $800,000. Martin said that this will make the track more “user friendly” because the additional surface will provide more cushioning to runners’ feet than the current surface.

The locker rooms will also receive a major overhaul, including new lockers, new showers, a new athletic training room, and a new equipment issue facility. These improvements, which will cost an estimated $2.4 million, are part of athletic facility renovations totalling $45 million.

-- Dana Levine

Tech Takes Over Daily Confusion

Beginning with Orientation this August, The Tech will plan and publish the Daily Confusion.

Satwiksai Seshasai ’01, chairman of The Tech, said that the Daily Confusion “has always been printed by The Tech, but this is the first year that The Tech is participating in the collection of the entries.”

For the last two years, the Undergraduate Association has been compiling entries for the Daily Confusion.

However, this year, “it was getting close to the time that the process usually begins, and no one else had shown initiative to collect entries form the rush chairs,” Seshasai said. “We decided that, given the infrastuctiure and strength of our organization, we could do a more efficient job of collecting entries from the living groups.”

One consequence of The Tech’s being in charge of the Daily Confusion is that “no one in the administration will read the entries before they appear in The Tech,” Seshasai said. Last year, members of the Residential Life and Student Life Programs office reviewed the entries before publication and could remove entries for events that didn’t conform to MIT’s rules.

Also, “because we removed the administration review step and are using the Tech Calendar system, we’ve been able to extend the deadline [for entry submission] to August 18,” Seshasai said.

Like last year, the Daily Confusion will be available as a complete booklet describing the whole week’s events and as a daily listing in The Tech.

-- Rima Arnaout