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Bush’s Fed. Reserve Nominee Will Speak At 2006 Graduation

The 2006 commencement speaker will be Ben S. Bernanke PhD ’79, President Bush’s nominee for Chairman of the Federal Reserve.


Minority Admits Recover Even As Selectivity Rises

Applying to college is a tricky business, and it isn’t getting any easier at MIT. The Institute’s number of early applicants jumped 10 percent from 2,799 to 3,098 this year, while only 12 percent, or 377 students, were admitted, continuing a long-term increase in selectivity.


ASA Space Allocation Complete

The Association of Student Activities released the results of its 2005 office space allocations on Sunday, completing its first space allocations since the fall of 2001.


Facebook Profiles Become Handy Tool for Recruiters

Join a group. Ever heard of People Mispronounce My Name a Lot, Bubble Tea Anonymous, Tsunami Relief Fund-Raising Dinner, or Poker Night 2005? More and more, the Facebook is becoming a standard part of MIT life and reshaping college landscapes around the country. But how many of us realize that faculty, staff, and potential employers are trespassing on student territory?


ASA Student Group Office Allocations

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David S. Saxon

David S. Saxon ’41, physics scholar and former chairman of the MIT Corporation, died Dec. 6 at UCLA Medical Center after a long illness. He was 85.


WORLD AND NATION

Weather
Supreme Court to Hear Case On Texas Redistricting Map
More Spending, Income Tax Cut Unlikely As Tax Revenues Slow
Car Bomb Explodes in Lebanon Killing Anti-Syrian Journalist
Judge Declares Mistrial in Merck Vioxx Trial Because of Hung Jury
Even in An Oil Boom, Saudi Arabia Still Seeks to Diversify Its Economy
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OPINION

Strides or Baby Steps? : A Reflection on Hockfield’s First Year
Letters to the Editor

ARTS

classical review: An Evening Tour of Russian Mastery: Shabalin Leads MITSO Through Emotionally Charged Repertoire
a cappella and cd review: Resonance Produces Inspiring Album: Live Performance is Memorable and Heartfelt, Though Not Up to Recording Quality
Concert review: Boston Pops Performs a Magical Holiday Show: Soloist Kathryn Skemp Impresses With Enchanting Voice
interview: Talking With George Clooney: ‘Syriana’ Interviews — Part 2 of 2
On the Screen

SPORTS

Upcoming Home Events
With a New Lineup, Men’s Hoops Defeats Mount Ida Mustangs
Red Sox Look More Like Evil Empire Every Day
Ballroom Rookies Dance to Win
KC Will Beat Giants, Colts Stay Unbeaten

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