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Housemasters for EC To Leave and Pursue Expeditions Abroad

East Campus housemasters Julian K. Wheatley, a senior lecturer in Chinese, and his wife Marjorie Nolan-Wheatley have announced their decision to leave MIT at the end of the academic year.


GSO Gives Out Grants To Grad Life Projects

The Graduate Students Office has chosen recipients of the new Graduate Student Life Grants for this year, ranging from a drag show called “Fierce Forever” to “Peer2Peer,” a discussion group on tolerance. The grants are intended to provide resources for students to explore ways to “build community” through innovative proposals, rather than imposing top-down policies. Approved projects range in inclusiveness, with some addressing a small subpopulation of graduate students and others open to all members of the community.


Universities Address Gender Barriers

Nine presidents of leading research universities, including Susan Hockfield, issued a joint statement on Tuesday pledging to break down still existing gender barriers in higher education.


CAC Debuts New Software To Assign Space to Groups

The new virtual computer system implemented by the Campus Activities Complex to assign event space to student groups has encountered difficulties in its recent debut.


Yuri B. Chernak

Yuri B. Chernyak, an MIT research scientist, died unexpectedly Nov. 23 at the age of 60 in his home in Waltham. His wife, Natasha Chernyak, said he suffered a sudden heart attack.


In Short


Police Log

The following incidents were reported to the Cambridge and/or MIT Police between Dec. 1 and Dec. 7. This summary does not include incidents such as suspicious activity, false alarms, general service calls, or medical shuttles.


Ruling Permits Gov’t Use of Benefits to Pay For Student Loan Debts

The Supreme Court ruled unanimo


Law Schools, Military Face Off As Top Court Hears Arguments On Military Recruiters’ Access

The military wants access to law schools on the same basis as other potential employers seeking to recruit students, although openly gay law students, of course, need not apply. The law schools insist that only those employers who pledge not to discriminate, against gay men and lesbians or anyone else, are welcome.


Report Finds Schools Often Neglect Science To Meet ‘No Child’ Act

Nearly half the states are doing a poor job of setting high academic standards for science in public schools, according to a new report that examined science in anticipation of 2007, when states will be required to administer tests in the subject under President Bush’s signature education law.


WORLD AND NATION

Claims of Iraq-Al Qaida Link Were Coerced, Prisoner Says
House Republicans Pass Final Part of $95 Billion in Tax Cuts
After Layoffs, Cutbacks, Tulane Prepares to Reopen in January
More Than 30 Dead After Suicide Bombing on Crowded Bus in Iraq
Agreement for Extending Patriot Act Unacceptable to Some in Both Parties
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OPINION

Letters to the Editor

ARTS

theater review: Dramashop Highlights MIT Theatrical Talent: Student Writers, Directors, and Actors Join Forces in Impressive One-Act Performances
theater review: ‘The Mikado’ an Awkward Rendition of Fun ShowSeveral Star Actors Carry an Otherwise Disjoint Gilbert and Sullivan
ballet review: ‘Nutcracker’ Offers a Sparkling FantasyMasterful Execution Outweighs Lack of Technical Difficulty
classical review: BSO Reinstills Energy into Commissioned Works: Fine Performances of Stravinsky, Bart k, Dutilleux
Film review ***: Coy but Sincere, ‘Geisha’ Plays Hard to Get: In Luscious Setting, ‘Memoirs’ of the Clash Between Society and Love
film review ***1/2: Through the Wardrobe — Paradise Regained: The Chronicles Begin With Breathtaking Creatures and Lands in “Narnia”
film review **1/2: Stephen Gaghan Pens Intricate Script in ‘Syriana’: Clooney, Star Ensemble Save Film From Poor Direction
interview: Talking With Director Stephen Gaghan: ‘Syriana’ Interviews — Part 1 of 2
film review **1/2: ‘Aeon Flux’ Fights for Free Love: Action Flick Good for an Evening’s Entertainment
Film Review **: ‘Bee Season’ Spells Confusion With Ambiguous Plot: Even Richard Gere Can’t Save This Story About Mysticism
On the Screen

SPORTS

Men’s Fencing Team Narrowly Defeats Top-Ranked St. John’s
Ballroom Dance Team Excels in Competitions Held at UConn, Brown
Colts Will Beat Hurt Jaguars, Remain Unbeaten
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