This past Sunday, Baker resident Gita Srivastava ’07 walked in on a man attempting to steal from her room, and then chased him partway through the dormitory, where two other students picked up the chase. The two students were eventually able to catch up to the thief and recover Srivastava’s backpack containing her laptop and digital camera. The thief escaped with fifteen dollars in cash.
Four former members of the MIT Blackjack Team -- the subject of Ben Mezrich’s 2002 best-selling book Bringing Down the House about MIT students who made millions in the 1990s by counting cards at Las Vegas casinos -- have started two Web sites to cash in on the team’s notoriety.
The new admissions Web site, which launched in early September, offers a more colorful look in addition to new features including links to MIT student Weblogs, tips for writing application essays, and a photo gallery. In addition, using portal registration called MyMIT, prospective students can create their own accounts and individualize the Web site.
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