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Through MITBlogs, Undergrads Connect to Future Class of ’10

For teens applying to big name schools, there is little in life more stressful than the college application process. Sleepless nights, constant anxiety, and frequent perspiration are some of the all-too-familiar signs that application deadlines are drawing near. But thanks to MITBlogs, prospective students can take comfort with the knowledge that admissions officers are not cold, distant, antiquated white men in wigs, betting on horses and playing cribbage while sorting your application to MIT with the roll of a die.


Ideas for Mandatory $10 Per Month T Pass Under Consideration

How often do you ride the T? Would you ride it more if you were required to pay for it? A proposed plan that would require all students and employees to pay $10 monthly for unlimited local subway and bus service has touched off a minor firestorm. However, even if approved by MIT, the plan is unlikely to have any possibility of implementation until the end of 2007.


MIT Groups Plan Relief After Asian Earthquake

After an earthquake of 7.6 magnitude on the Richter scale struck Pakistan on Oct. 8, members of the Pakistani Students at MIT (PAKSMIT), immediately gathered to organize relief efforts. The group, which consists of about 20 MIT students, has set up collection stalls in Lobby 10, the Stata Center, and Building E52.


MIT Receives Grant to Prevent Violence

MIT received a $200,000 Violence Against Women grant this year from the Department of Justice Office on Violence against Women. MIT Health Educator Laura A. Stuart said that the grant is expected to fund new programs and services, as well as improve MIT policies concerning the issues of sexual assault, violence in dating and stalking.


In Short


Police Log

The following incidents were reported to the Cambridge and/or MIT Police between Oct. 11 and Oct. 18. This summary does not include incidents such as suspicious activity, false alarms, general service calls, medical shuttles, or isolated incidents of theft.


Revamped GRE Will Be Longer And Feature Stronger Security Changes to Be Made by Next October, Will Address Cheating

Omari Stephens—The TechThe Graduate Record Exam, the graduate-school entrance exam, will be revamped and lengthened as of next October in an effort to give graduate schools a more useful measure of students’ ability and to prevent cheating.


College Board Survey: Tuition Growth Slower, But Outpaces Inflation

Average college tuition grew more quickly than did overall inflation again this year, although the rate of increase slowed after a period of explosive growth, according to an annual survey released here today by the College Board.


WORLD AND NATION

Up to 3 Million Earthquake Survivors Still Need Shelter
UN Investigates Assad In-Law In Murder of Lebanese Leader
Houses Approves Bill Shielding Firearm Industry From Lawsuits
N. Korea Nuclear Weapons Talks Possible, American Envoy Reports
Senate Panel Approves Bill to Finish TV’s Transition From Analog to Digital
DeLay Quietly Surrenders To a Texas Sheriff

By Bill Dawson and Carl Hulse
THE NEW YORK TIMES HOUSTON

New Orleans Mayor Commits To Rebuilding Two Neighborhoods

By Christine Hauser
THE NEW YORK TIMES


NEW ORLEANS

Article Says Diabetes Pill Would Increase Coronary Risks

By Stephanie Saul
THE NEW YORK TIMES


Afghans Renew Protests Over Cleric’s Killing

By Carlotta Gall
THE NEW YORK TIMES KABUL, AFGHANISTAN

Bush Presses Abbas To Confront Armed Gangs

By Steven R. Weisman
THE NEW YORK TIMES WASHINGTON

Nigeria Reaches Pact to Pay Off Most Foreign Debt

By Lydia Polgreen
THE NEW YORK TIMES DAKAR, SENEGAL

Senator Wins More Than $853,000 in Powerball

By David Stout
THE NEW YORK TIMES WASHINGTON


Hurricane Wilma Shatters Records

By Jon Moskaitis
STAFF METEOROLOGIST


OPINION

Letters to the Editor
Missing the Point
Bush’s Energy Catch-22
How to Avoid Getting RIAAed

ARTS

Concert Review: Large Audience Attends Family Weekend Concert: ‘Lincoln Portrait’ Featuring President Hockfield and Festival Jazz Ensemble Highlight the Evening
A Cappella Review: GBIS Impresses Parents Annually: Singing Groups Cover Flaws With Enthusiasm
A Cappella Review: Penn Masala Brings Indian A Cappella to MIT: Traditional Indian Styles Surpass Western Interpretations
Art Review: When ‘Everything Fell Together’: Christian Jankowski’s Films on Exhibit at List Visual Arts Center
Classical Review: Don’t Forget About The Boston Philharmonic: Kashkashian Shines In Harbison’s Viola Concerto
Classical Review: Romantic Composers Smile on BSO: Accessible Repertoire Celebrates Beauty of Classical Music
Dance Review: Boston Ballet Puts on Jazzy ‘Cinderella’Stepsisters Nearly Steal Show From a Graceful Cinderella
Restaurant Review: Gourmet Pizza at Croma’s a Hit: Tasty Dinner and Heavenly Dessert — A Must Try on Newbury
Film Review ***: ‘Stay’ for the Experience, Not the Story: Forster Delivers Artsy Thrill Ride With Postmodern Abandon
Film Review *1/2: Knee Deep in the Dead: Space Marines Doomed in Lifeless Film Adaptation
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