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New Grad Dorm Will Allow MIT to Boost Undergrad Class Size

The Institute’s recently announced plans to build a new graduate dormitory will allow MIT to increase undergraduate enrollment by about 100 students per year by moving undergraduate students into Ashdown House, currently a graduate residence.

Cake to Headline Spring Weekend

The main act of this year’s Spring Weekend concert will be Cake, an alternative band “in the real alternative sense,” said Spring Committee Co-chairman Sisi Zhu ’08. Spring Weekend will be on April 28

Industry Playing a Role In MIT Energy Initiative

As the Energy Research Council works to finish its energy report for President Susan Hockfield, industry leaders are becoming more involved with MIT and the research side of the Energy Initiative. On the educational end of the push for more work in energy research, a Web site listing classes which have significant focus on energy was recently launched.

BE Avoids Lottery As Fewer Apply, More Spaces Added

After its first departmental lottery ever, biological engineering enrolled all the students who applied for membership to its first undergraduate class. Only 33 out of the 75 students who took the required introductory BE focused class applied to the major, eliminating the need for a lottery.

More Grads Enter Job Market, Fewer Pursue Graduate School

An improving economy is driving an increasing number of MIT students to work full-time after graduation rather than pursue another degree. But as the job market improves, the competition has become fiercer, leading some students to interview more than 20 times even for summer internships.

Profs Discuss Faculty Diversity

Tracking programs for possible future minority faculty candidates need to be centralized and expanded, several professors recommended at Wednesday’s meeting of the faculty. These recommendations were part of a larger discussion that emerged from Provost L. Rafael Reif’s January creation of two committees charged with analyzing and improving minority faculty hiring at MIT.

Saudi Ambassador Speaks About World’s Oil Industry

On Wednesday, MIT students and Cambridge community members questioned Prince Turki al-Faisal, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the U.S., mainly focusing on Middle Eastern politics and the world oil industry.

Designers of Flying Car Win Lemelson Student Prize

Since the age of 8, Carl C. Dietrich ’99 has wanted to be an aerospace engineer, and soon he will be one, armed with a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. But there was another ambition — considerably less pragmatic, downright fanciful, in fact — that fired Dietrich’s childhood dreams in Sausalito, Calif. He would sit looking out the window of his family home, he recalls, and think: “Gosh, wouldn’t it be cool if we had a vehicle that could fly in our driveway?”

Frank Moss Named New Director of MIT Media Lab

MIT has tapped entrepreneur and technology executive Frank Moss as the new director of its fabled Media Laboratory at a time when the lab, which helped popularize the 1990s digital revolution, is seeking to broaden its base of corporate sponsors and refocus its high-tech research on fields like aging, healthcare, and education.


Congress to Initiate Inquiry Into NSA’s Wiretap Program
U.N. Report Assails Detention, Interrogation at Guantanamo
Bush ‘Satisfied’ With Cheney’s Handling of Shooting Accident
Transplanted Brazilian Auto Plant To Help China Succeed in Industry
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Building a New Ashdown
Being Constructive With Cartoons
Big Housing Plans Deserve Scrutiny


Panel Review: Film and Presentation on the Cuban Five: Chomsky Discusses Forty Years of U.S. Aggression Towards Cuba
theater review: Urinetown: It’ll Remind You of What You Know: Musical Spoof Is a Jumble of a Journey
art review: Colorful America Presented in List Gallery: Talk by Artist Mel Ziegler Illuminates Themes of Exhibit
Classical Review: Beethoven Is King at Symphony Hall: BSO Steps Up to Challenging Program
Book review: New Author Tells a Story Of Teenage Addiction: ‘For the Angels are Dead’ a Strong First Effort
film review : ‘Something New’ is Nothing New: Latest Boy-Meets-Girl Story Lacks Originality and Intrigue
film review **: ‘Eight Below’ a Warm Antarctic Movie: Disney Brings the Canine Connection to the Big Screen
film review **: Monkey Business for Adults: ‘Curious George’ Entertains All Ages
Film Review **: Weak Script Hinders Film About Immorality: Unconvincing Conflicts and Acting in ‘A Good Woman’
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