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Not ‘Just Visiting’: First-Years Here to Stay

MIT students like a challenge, and navigating the maze of choices facing a first-year student provides a taste of things to come. Fortunately, help is on the way, and undergraduate and graduate orientations are designed to help acclimate new students.


A Mission To Bring Smiles To Boston

In a city marked by subway bomb scares, high temperatures and humidity, and the usual stresses of life, one man stands in the middle of Haymarket Square in the sultry heat urging people to be happy.


Research Associate Shin-Kyu Yang's Death A Suicide

MIT research associate Shin-Kyu Yang, 44, PhD ’99 committed suicide on July 10.


MIT Student Zachary Weston Disappears on Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier National Park Rangers called off their search for Zachary Weston ’06 on Thursday, Aug. 18, according to an


Grad Students Now Pay $17 For Off-Campus Phone Service

Information Systems & Technology has moved graduate student dormitory phones to a new service model, which requires a $17 per month fee for students to receive calls from outside campus and place calls to off-campus numbers.


Sustenance for Your Grocery Needs: a Food Guide

Without Mom around to cook dinner or produce those trusty after-school snacks, and with limited dining options at MIT, it’s time to hit the grocery stores and start cookin’. It won’t be long before you start craving a homemade dinner or familiar midnight snack.


MIT Cryogenic Engineering Laboratory Makes a New Type of Ice Cream that Goes ‘Whoof’ On Your Tongue

Like many great scientific discoveries, Teresa Baker’s breakthrough in MIT’s grimy Cryogenic Engineering Laboratory last October was punctuated by a memorable exclamation of victory. She raced upstairs from the first-floor lab and announced to her fellow graduate students: “I made ice cream, come down and eat it!”


No Experience? No Problem: Sports for Beginners

Welcome, freshmen, to Orientation. In the coming weeks dozens of groups, including sports, will solicit your participation. Those of you who participated in sports in high school may join the same varsity sports at MIT; you, however, are not my primary audience. I’m speaking to those students who never considered playing sports. My message is simple: even if you never considered joining a sport team before, you can still join one now, as you begin your college career.


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WORLD AND NATION

As Hurricane Katrina Nears, Residents Flee New Orleans

By Joseph B. Treaster 
and Abby Goodnough
THE NEW YORK TIMES


NEW ORLEANS


Striking Northwest Airlines Workers Question Decisions of Union Leaders

By Micheline Maynard 
and Jeremy W. Peters
THE NEW YORK TIMES


DETROIT


Briefs (right)
Suicide Bombing Leads Israelis To Start Patrol of Gaza Border

By Steven Erlanger
THE NEW YORK TIMES


JERUSALEM


U.S. Military Retooling Tactics In Case of War With N. Korea

By Thom Shanker
THE NEW YORK TIMES


CAMP CASEY, SOUTH KOREA


Constitution Denounced by Sunnis, But Still Sent to Iraqi Parliament

By Dexter Filkins 
and Robert F. Worth
THE NEW YORK TIMES


BAGHDAD, IRAQ


Briefs (left)
Weather

OPINION

The Peril of America’s Nuclear Policies

ARTS

MOVIE REVIEW ***1/2: Life-Affirming ‘Murderball’ Inspires : Sports Documentary Ranks Among Summer’s Best Films
Movie Review *1/2: Aristocratic Vulgarity Worth Missing
MOVIE REVIEW **1/2: ‘American Pie’ for Adults: Cheap Laughs Reign in ‘40 Year-Old Virgin’
Movie review **: Flowers Aren’t All That’s Broken: Latest Bill Murray Film Fails to Meet Expectations
MOVIE REVIEW ***: See Ralph Run with Guiltless Good Feelings

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