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Carpenter Lawsuit is Settled Out of Court Amount of Settlement Will be Confidential

MIT and the parents of Julia M. Carpenter ’03, a sophomore who committed suicide in April 2001, have settled the wrongful death lawsuit against MIT, several Institute officials, and Charvak P. Karpe G, who is accused of stalking her. The parties agreed that all terms of the settlement would remain confidential and that “there will be no further comment from any of the parties,” according to a message Chancellor Phillip L. Clay PhD ’75 sent to the MIT community on Sept. 1.

Key Events in the Carpenter Case


MIT Sudan Divestiture Discussed

Yesterday afternoon the MIT Corporation Advisory Committee on Shareholder Responsibility met for the first time since 1999 to discuss the issue of divesting from Sudan. President Susan Hockfield reactivated the committee after students and other MIT community members raised concerns about MIT’s investments in mulit-national corporations in Sudan.

List Curators Discuss Evolving Face of Public Art

Bill Arning is the curator of exhibitions at the MIT List Visual Arts Center and leads public sculpture tours of the MIT campus. MIT’s public art collection was named one of the ten best campus art collections in the nation by

CSL Starts Mentorship Program

The Committee on Student Life of the Undergraduate Association is spearheading a new program this year, the CSL Mentorship Program, which pairs freshmen with upperclassman mentors. To kick off the program this year, 50 freshmen will be paired with an upperclass mentor. Preference will be given to those freshmen who do not have residence-based advising or another advising program.

Half of Freshman Class Participated in Pre-Orientation

Long before classes started and the hallways of MIT bustled with human activity, many freshmen were on campus to take part in one of the 17 Freshman Pre-Orientation Programs. This year, a total 508 freshmen participated, approximately half the class.

Mail Quota Doubled MIT Alumna Entering Space Today MIT Rises in U.S. News Ranking

As of Wednesday, the mail quota was increased from 500 to 1,000 megabytes for all users. The decision to increase the quota came after watching the use of WebMail over the past year and noticing “that people are continuing to store more and more,” said Theresa M. Regan, director of IS&T’s Operations & Infrastructure Services.

MIT Alumnus Pleads Guilty to Loan Fraud Miller Faces Up to Five Years in Prison, Fine

Former North Carolina state Rep. Paul Miller ’82 pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to a fraud charge that was related to his attempts to avoid paying $23,000 in overdue student loans.

Summer News Highlights

Police Log

The following incidents were reported to the MIT or Cambridge Police between August 26 and August 29, 2006. This summary does not include incidents such as suspicious activity, false alarms, or medical shuttles.

Road Trip 2006: Day 8

Ray, Waseem, and Nivair made it safely back to Cambridge on Monday night. The last leg of their trip was uneventful. The three of them stopped at the New York side of Niagara Falls to have lunch on Monday, and then gunned the last 460 miles back to MIT.


Blair Forced to Retire, Brown Likely to Be Next British PM
Tests Find That Unresponsive Patient Exhibits Brain Activity
Bush Defends Secret Detention Facilities Amid Legal Questions
Death Rate Climb in South Africa Attributed to HIV-Related Diseases
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Letters to the Editor


Volleyball Wins Tournament, Rogoz MVP
X.C. Runs Well at Kick-off Event
Volleyball Primed For Another Title Run
Women’s Soccer Shoots For Postseason Birth
Women’s Soccer Fast Facts
Women’s Volleyball Fast Facts
Football Fast Facts

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