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Study Abroad Office Will Open Late Sept. New Assistant Dean to Be Selected by Nov.

A search is ongoing for a new assistant dean to head the Study Abroad Office, which is slated to open at the end of September. The new assistant dean is expected to take office by November.


Rush Offers More Than Free Food

As freshmen gathered under the blazing sunshine in Killian Court for their class picture, few could have anticipated the intensity and drive with which they would soon be pursued by upperclassmen with cryptic symbols emblazoned on their chests.


MIT Shuttle Service Improved

The new school year has rolled out improvements to MIT’s shuttle services, including the addition of two new buses and the expansion of access to ShuttleTrack. Additionally, the Northwest and Daytime Boston shuttles will run all year.


Travis R. Merritt

Travis R. Merritt, a professor emeritus of literature whose enthusiastic service over four decades at MIT included taking leadership roles as dean for undergraduate academic affairs and director of the Experimental Study Group, died on Sept. 2, from a heart attack following a lengthy illness. He was 71.


Police Log

The following incidents were reported to the MIT Police between Aug. 29 and Sept. 2. This summary does not include incidents such as suspicious activity, false alarms, general service calls, medical shuttles, or isolated incidents of theft.


Daily Confusion


WORLD AND NATION

White House Requests $52B More in Response to Katrina

By Edmund L. Andrews
and Carl Hulse
THE NEW YORK TIMES


WASHINGTON


Ukrainian Leader Fires Cabinet As Reform Coalition Crumbles

By Steven Lee Myers
THE NEW YORK TIMES


KIEV, UKRAINE


Police Officers in New Orleans Confiscate Civilians’ Weapons

By Alex Berenson
and John M. Broder
THE NEW YORK TIMES


NEW ORLEANS


After Rehnquist’s Death, the Focus Of Democrats Shifts From Roberts

By David D. Kirkpatrick
THE NEW YORK TIMES


WASHINGTON


Contrary to Widely-Accepted Beliefs, Human Brains May Still be Evolving

By Nicholas Wade
THE NEW YORK TIMES


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Erratum

ARTS

When Barbers Attack: Glinting Blades and Devilish Grins in MTG’s ‘Sweeney Todd’
On the Screen

SPORTS

Women’s Volleyball Team Starts Season Undefeated
MLB Wild Card Races Heating Up As Playoffs Approach
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