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Thousands Visit Anna’s Opening

About 2,000 students got a free drink and meal at Anna’s Taqueria in the Student Center on Wednesday evening be-tween 5:05 and 10:30 p.m., according to Manager Francisco Laeos. On Thursday, the first official day of business, Laeos said the restaurant received about 2,000 more customers. Anna’s will be open from 10:00 a.m. to midnight on weekdays and from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. on weekends.

Committee Considers HASS Changes

The Task Force on the Undergraduate Educational Commons is considering revisions of the General Institute Requirements that may include adding a diversity requirement and simplifying the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences requirements. These adjustments will be proposed to the community at a forum on Mar. 3, 2005.

John Christopher (Chris) Pomiecko

John Christopher (Chris) Pomiecko, program administrator for Comparative Media Studies, died in a car accident on Feb. 6. He was 48.Pomiecko first began working at MIT 21 years ago and spent the past six years as program administrator of CMS. He had previously worked in the Humanities Film Office.Professor Edward B. Turk, who knew Pomiecko throughout his years at MIT, praised Pomiecko for his “knack for making things run smoothly.”“I think Chris was the person who always will remind us everything is possible, that there’s always a way to make things happen,” Turk said.

Newman, Trotti to be New Housemasters at Baker

Dava Newman PhD ’92, a professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and her partner Guillermo Trotti will be the new housemasters at Baker House, beginning at the end of this summer.

Grad Student Apps Stay Down from ’03, Depts. Change Size

The number of applicants to MIT’s graduate programs has stayed down this year after a drop of 12 percent in 2004. The number of international applicants increased slightly, but not enough to counter the 17 percent drop in 2004.


North Korea Declares That It Has Nukes, Cancels Talks

U.S. Nearly Triples Aid Money For Tsunami Efforts to $950M