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Speakers Urge Grads to Help Community

Despite the ominous weather forecast, barely a drizzle came down on the 2,109 students who received their degrees last Friday during the 140th commencement exercises at MIT.

Parents Reflect On Students’ MIT Years

Last Friday’s commencement ceremony was not just the culmination of students’ experiences at MIT, it was also a time for many proud parents to recount their four or more years of association with the Institute. Parents’ perspectives on MIT were overwhelmingly positive, with some offering advice for the parents of incoming MIT students.

Proposal Calls for Change, Addition to Space in W20

As the design team for the proposed extension of the Student Center and addition of a “Do-It-Zone” finished up their architectural plans during final exam week, a public meeting was held to spread the word about the most recent version of the proposal and to address the concerns of various student groups.

News Briefs

MIT issued a statement earlier this week regarding the charges of unfair labor practice filed against them by the Campus Police Association. MIT CPA Vice President Joseph S. West said last week that MIT has refused to renegotiate wages for the campus police. The National Labor Relations Board will investigate whether MIT has “engaged in trickery and threats at the bargaining table in violation of federal law,” according to a flyer being handed out last week at 77 Massachusetts Avenue.

Fewer Women Have Tenure At Harvard, Report Says

A year after Harvard’s president, Lawrence H. Summers ’75, promised a major effort to make the faculty more diverse amid a controversy about his remarks about women in science, a university report released Tuesday indicated that most of the work remained to be done.

President Susan Hockfield’s Address to Graduates

Below is the text of MIT President Susan Hockfield’s charge to the graduates, delivered at MIT’s 140th Commencement held June 9, 2006.

Bernanke Addresses MIT’s Class of 2006

Below is the text of the Commencement address delivered by Ben S. Bernanke PhD ’79 at MIT’s 140th Commencement held June 9, 2006. An MIT alum, Bernanke is the chair of the Federal Reserve.

Police Log

The following incidents were reported to the MIT Police between May 25 and June 14, 2006. This summary does not include some incidents such as suspicious activity, false alarms, or medical shuttles.

Newly Elected Members of the MIT Corporation



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UVA’s Tony Kilbridge to Be MIT Director of Rowing

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