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Petition Drafted For Institute Divestment: Sudanese Government Cited as “Genocidal”

As an MIT Corporation advisory committee continues deliberating whether MIT should divest from Sudan or not, a petition supporting divestment is gathering energy around campus. A lecture planned for next week is expected to open and add to campus discussion about divestment.

Student Life Fee May be Increased: Resolution Addresses Problems With Fee, Benefits of Greater Funding

The Student Life Fee could increase from the current $100 per term to an as yet undecided amount in the next year because of inflation and a more active student body, according to Dean for Student Life Larry G. Benedict. As of yet, no final decision has been made as to whether an increase will be necessary. Such an increase would be the first in the history of the Fee.

Fire Alarms Triggered at Dorms, Prank Suspected

Fire alarms at Baker House, Burton-Conner and Simmons Hall were set off simultaneously early Friday morning by unidentified parties, forcing residents into the street. As a result, MIT may be fined by the city of Cambridge, though it has not been yet.

MIT Takes First Place, High Ranks in Puzzle Challenge

More than 235 teams of college students from all across North America explored an island recently discovered by scientists in the hopes of tracking the mysterious device that caused an initial team of explorers to evacuate in a state of catatonia. The original research team’s final radio report, which sparked the emergency evacuation, was incomprehensible except for references to “killer gummy bears.”

News Briefs

Biology professor Susumu Tonegawa announced that he will step down as head of the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory on Dec. 31, 2006 when his appointment expires. An interim director will be named before that date, according to an MIT News Office press release.

‘Wiki Model’ Joins New Realms, From Research to Cake Design

Buoyed by the growth of the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, the wiki model of shared writing and editing is spreading into surprising new realms, from accounting, real estate, and academic research to cake design and even intelligence gathering.

Committee Considers REX Schedule, Advising Policy

This is the fourth of a series of weekly interviews with members of different Undergraduate Association committees. These interviews will be conducted by

Main Conclusions of the UA Report on Orientation


Undergraduate Association Goals, Fall 2006


Stephen J. Madden

Stephen J. Madden, Jr. ’59, a retired professor who taught in several MIT departments, died Oct. 7. He was 70.

Police Log

The following incidents were reported to the MIT or Cambridge Police between Nov. 1 and Nov. 13, 2006. This summary does not include incidents such as false alarms, general service calls, or medical shuttles.

In Short


Electricity Prices Rise Amid Flaws in the Utilities Market
Recent Forum Turns Into Major Debate on Science and Religion
Stolen Goya Recovered, in Good Condition; No Arrests to Date
High Court Rules For Large Cuts in Aid Sought by City Public Schools
Nasdaq Bid to Buy London Exchange Rejected by European Market Giant
Briefs (left)
Briefs (right)


When Safety Doesn’t Come First
Letters to the Editor


Concert Review: Impulse Mixes Humor and Harmony: Newest All Male A Cappella Group has Potential
Film Review: A Moment With Wongfu Productions: Amateur Group Screens Their First Movie, “A Moment With You”
Concert Review: An Odd Couple at the Opera House: Ted Leo Brings Energy, Death Cab Induces Sleep


MIT Wins Semis on Seven Treys by Yuan, Falls in Finals 62-49
Women’s Hockey Storms Castleton, Can’t Vanquish the Purple Knights
Sport TKD Finishes 2nd Behind Cornell 541-460 Tufts in 3rd with 200, MIT Maintains INCTL Lead
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