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Smoking Preference Required in Writing: Policy Updated For Existing City Ordinance

The Housing Office has introduced an online “Housing Smoking Agreement Form” for use by residents of six undergraduate dormitories who wish to request permission to be allowed to smoke in their rooms.


Team Tim Personifies Cheerful MIT Mascot

Imagine that it is orientation week. There is free food everywhere and many parents of freshmen who are almost more excited than the students themselves.


News Briefs

The final report of the Task Force on the Undergraduate Educational Commons, released last week, was presented at Wednesday’s faculty meeting to discussion and some criticism. Two motions were proposed at the meeting to be voted on next month.


‘Design Squad’ Follows Clever Teens: Reality Show Promotes Design Competition For Innovative, Creative Students

It won’t quite be “Project Runway,” but on PBS this winter, a group of teenagers will labor under unforgiving deadlines to design outfits with hidden functions — in one case, a wedding dress that doubles as a tent.


Real People Explore Virtual Lives in Digital ‘Utopia’

It has a population approaching a million. The “people” there make friends, build homes and run businesses. They also play sports, watch movies and do a lot of other familiar things. They even have their own currency, convertible into American dollars.


In Short


WORLD AND NATION

Confident Democrats Draft Broad Health Care Agenda
Students Embrace Virtual Labs; College Educators Have Doubts
Dow Closes Above 12,000 Mark Amid Troubled Housing Market
China May Reduce Oil Shipments To North Korea, Step Up Pressure
New Russian Law Temporarily Halts Some Foreign Organization Operations
Briefs (left)
Briefs (right)
Weather

OPINION

Letters to the Editor
Corrections

ARTS

Concert review: A Cappella Groups Make Some Noise at GBIS: Logs Steal the Show With Smiles and Costumes
Film review ***: The Magic, The Suspense, ‘The Prestige’: Nolan Brothers Craft a Screenplay That Entertains — And Horrifies
Film review **: Once Again, Politics Disappoints: Robin Williams Film is More Like Lamest ‘Man of the Year’
Film Review ***: ‘Little Children’ Not For Children: Satirical Film About Suburbia Highlights Moody, Disturbing Topics

SPORTS

Defense Can’t Stop Golden Bears Attack, Allows 478 Yards in 42-25 Football Loss
Three MIT Students Win 22 Mile Relay: Crazy Alpine Beavers Stay Together Without a Relay
Sport Taekwondo Club Dominates 13 Team Meet
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