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Task Force Suggests Curriculum Reform

The final report of the Task Force on the Undergraduate Educational Commons, released Friday, identifies a set of goals for the education of MIT undergraduates, makes recommendations on possible changes to the core curriculum and infrastructure of undergraduate education, and emphasizes the importance of international experiences.

Summary of the Task Force Report

The report from the task force identified the following four educational goals as important for every undergraduate at MIT:

MIT Cable To Receive Channel Changes

Major changes to MIT Cable are on the way with Comedy Central, the Sci Fi Channel, and the Discovery Channel replacing C-Span 2, Bloomberg Television, and MIT Weather When You Want It. Additionally, mtvU will be upgraded to the “real MTV,” according to UA Vice President Ruth Miller ’07. The first of these changes will be implemented in the next two weeks as MIT Weather When You Want It is replaced by the Discovery Channel. However, it may be a while before Comedy Central and the Sci Fi Channel hit the campus television screens.

Endowment Increases to $8.4 Billion

The MIT endowment increased an impressive 23 percent to a total of $8.4 billion during the past fiscal year, a significant improvement over last year’s gain of 14.4 percent. The increase of $1.7 billion is also unusual, since the rate of growth has outpaced that of other top universities this year — mostly due to increased returns from investments. In particular, growth in international equity, real estate values, and real assets have exceeded previous years, according to Seth Alexander, president of the MIT Investment Management Company.

MIT Alum Founds Nonprofit to Reuse Prescriptions

As a child growing up on a farm in Israel, Moshe Alamaro SM ’01 would feed grass clippings to the chickens. The green food made the birds robust, and they produced eggs with stronger shells. It was an early manifestation of Alamaro’s strong aversion to any kind of waste.

In Short

Police Log

The following incidents were reported to the MIT or Cambridge Police between Oct. 2 and Oct. 11, 2006. This summary does not include incidents such as false alarms, general service calls, or medical shuttles.


North Korean Explosion Fuel Concluded to Be Homemade
High Crime Rates Limit Growth Of Latin American Economies
India’s Technology Companies Facing a Shortage of Workers
Leftist Lopez Obrador Loses Local Governor’s Race in His Home State
American and Iraqi Forces Strive to Maintain Peace After Violent Weekend
Briefs (left)
Briefs (right)


Happy Suicide Day


Imminent Collapse: T’d Off
Hail to the Queen: Surviving the Geyser
Bezos: Pimp My Segway


Water Polo Falls 9-5 to Harvard On Six Straight Crimson Goals
Field Hockey Loses to Babson 2-1: MIT Controls Play in 2nd Half But Both Babson Shots on Goal Go in
Babson’s Unger Scores 3 In 5-0 Men’s Soccer Loss
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