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MIT Cleared in Shin Lawsuit; New Facts Put Doubt to Suicide

In an unexpected turn, several defendants in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of Elizabeth H. Shin ’02 plan to argue that Shin’s death was not a suicide as previously thought. A judge recently cleared MIT, but not Institute administrators and doctors, of charges of wrongdoing in the $27.65 million lawsuit.

Vice President Curry Takes Consulting JobTurnover Continues in Top Administration

Executive Vice President John R. Curry will leave MIT next month for the Huron Consulting Group. His departure is the third from MIT’s highest administrative positions since December 2004.

Reif Succeeds Brown as New Provost

Professor L. Rafael Reif took the office of provost this Monday, following the July 12 announcement of his appointment by President Susan Hockfield.

Nathan H. Cook

Nathan H. Cook ’50, an MIT professor emeritus of mechanical engineering, former MacGregor housemaster and World War II veteran, died on July 13 in his Eastham home after a long battle with cancer. He was 80.

Restaurant Review: The Best General Gau’s Chicken in Town

Dragon Garden Restaurant

Undergrad Ed. Dean Selection Committee Is Gathering Input

The committee charged with identifying possible candidates for the next Dean for Undergraduate Education is currently seeking feedback from students and faculty members.

Restaurant Review: A White Girl’s Guide to Chinese Food: How ‘Taste of Asia’ Compares to Neighborhood Favorites

Taste of Asia

MCAT Will Go Online in 2007

The MCAT, or Medical College Admission Test, will make the jump from paper- to computer-based testing by 2007, along with a significant reduction in the number of questions and the testing time.

Deputy Director of Facilities Named

MIT has named Robert C. Pizzano as the new deputy director of Facilities. Pizzano is currently the vice president of the construction management firm handling the renovation of the Pentagon and has over 30 years of experience with facilities and construction, according to a July 27 e-mail announcement from Chief Facilities Officer William J. Anderson, Jr.

IS&T Upgrades WebMail

MIT Information Services and Technology upgraded WebMail services last week to provide new features including improved handling of e-mail attachments, better notification of session timeouts, and increased customization options.

Counts in Lawsuit, By Defendant


List of Counts in Lawsuit


Timeline of Events Relevant to Shin Lawsuit


MIT’s Statement on Summary Judgment

July 22, 2005 — The Middlesex Superior Court has issued its ruling on several motions for summary judgment that were fil

Harvard Board Member Resigns

The decision by Harvard to grant a three percent raise to its controversial president, Lawrence H. Summers ’75, was the final straw that led to the resignation of the only African-American member of the university’s governing board, according to a resignation letter released yesterday by the university.

Police Log

The following incidents were reported to the MIT Police between July 2 and July 25. This summary does not include incidents such as suspicious activity, false alarms, general service calls, medical shuttles, or isolated incidents of theft


Ryan Lee


Briefs (left)
Europe to End Talks If Iran Resumes Nuclear Programs

By Elaine Sciolino


Roberts Tells Congress Judges Must Be ‘Modest’ and Flexible

By Sheryl Gay Stolberg 
and David E. Rosenbaum


Russia Expels ABC Reporters After Interview with Chechen

By Steven Lee Myers


Debate on Intelligent Design Builds After Bush States Support for Idea

By Elisabeth Bumiller


Briefs (right)




Movie Review ***: Charlie and the Choco — What the Hell?!: What a Trip, and I’m Not Even Talking About the Glass Elevator
Movie Review ** : Crashing Weddings Now the Summer Thing To Do and See
Movie Review ** : Not Incredible, but Pretty Fantastic
Movie review ****: Russell Crowe and Ren e Zellweger Make ‘Cinderella Man’ a Knockout
MOVIE REVIEW **: Must Love — Really Love — Generic Romantic Comedies


What the Foulke Has Gone So Wrong With The Red Sox Bullpen
Kyungmin Collegiate Tae Kwon Do Team Dazzles at MIT Exhibition
Fidkowski Leads MIT Triathlon Club In Holliston Lions Sprint Competition

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