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Missing Wellesley Student Found Dead Near College

A student at Wellesley College who has been missing since Monday was found dead yesterday with no clear cause of death, as reported by the Associated Press.

KateLynn Palmer, 18, a freshman at Wellesley, was found about 40 feet from her dormitory, where she was last seen by her roommate on Monday afternoon.

The state medical examiner’s office performed an autopsy but was not able to determine a cause of death as of yesterday. The body showed no signs of external trauma such as wounds or bruises.

“There were no signs of blunt trauma or that kind of injury,” said David Traub, a spokesman for the Norfolk District Attorney's Office, to the Associated Press.

“At this point, they're doing some further medical tests” including toxicology tests “to see if they can ascertain what the cause of death was,” he said.

--Beckett W. Sterner

MIT To Only Renovate East Parallel Of East Campus

Only one section of the East parallel of the East Campus dormitory will be renovated this summer as opposed to the entire east parallel, as was originally announced. Walcott will be renovated while Beamus and Goodale will stay open for summer housing, said Emily E. Cofer ’04.

The renovations will include removing old asbestos tiles, renovating bathrooms, and painting over selected rooms and hallway murals. The change was made in renovation plans because MIT housing “did a feasibility study, and with the amount of time that they have, basically eight weeks of time, if anything were to go wrong or get delayed, they wouldn’t be able to move students in here” in the fall said Schuyler Senft-Grupp ’06, vice president of East Campus.

Senft-Grupp also described the section-by-section approach as a “pilot project.” If “everything works well this summer, they hope to be able to do this sort of thing every summer for the next few years” with each of the sections of East Campus, eventually renovating the entire dorm, Senft-Grupp said.

--Pon-Pon Yeh

LAMP May Return in Limited Form

The prompt on the Library Access Music Project (L.A.M.P) channel of MIT Cable has recently been changed to read “LAMP is not back. But it might be back within a month. It will only be 60% as cool though.”

Co-founder of the project Keith Winstein G said that he and Josh C. Mandel ’04 have continued to work on getting L.A.M.P up and that he is “more optimistic” about the project now.

L.A.M.P was created by Winstein and Mandel, and is funded by the 2001 MIT-Microsoft iCampus partnership. It is designed so that students can play music selections from an online database over a channel on MIT cable in analog format.

Loudeye Inc, the company from which Winstein and Mandel originally purchased MP3s, ran into legal distribution problems and may not have had the rights to sell MIT the music.

Winstein said that L.A.M.P has all of the proper licenses and that they are looking into other ways of purchasing music such as buying it in compact disk format. However, he said that L.A.M.P would probably not be as good as was originally intended to be because “none of the other ways [of obtaining music] are as good.”

--Pon-Pon Yeh

Dormcon Elects New Officers

The MIT Dormitory Council held elections for new officers at their meeting Wednesday night. Newly elected president Ian Brelinsky ’06 said he wanted to see “better communication with the administration and dormitory residents” and more dormcon events.

Seth E. Dorfman ’05, Aayesha Siddiqui ’06, and Richard-Duane S. Chambers ’05 were elected to the positions of treasurer, secretary, and housing chair, respectively.

Brelinsky said he also wanted to work more with other student groups such as the Interfraternity Council, Undergraduate Association, and Association of Student Activities. Regarding dormitory rush, Brelinsky said he wanted to “make sure the freshmen have the best experience possible and find the best place for them.”

Newly elected vice-president Joshua Velasquez’06 expressed interest in seeing more dorms working together in multi-dormitory events such as formals and concerts. He also wanted to see “more leadership from dorms [in Dormcon] other than presidents.”

--Pon-Pon Yeh