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Investigation Ongoing in Kendall Sq. Fire: MIT-Owned Building Transformer Explosion Kills One, Others Suffer Smoke Inhalation

The cause of the Friday, Dec. 8 fire in the basement of One Broadway is still under investigation by State Fire Services and the Cambridge Fire Department. The fire broke out at 10:45 a.m. when an NSTAR transformer exploded, resulting in the death of 28-year-old NSTAR employee Kevin Fidalgo. 30 others were hospitalized for smoke inhalation and 700 to 800 were evacuated.

Early Action Pool Up, Admit Rate Falls

Early Action results for the Class of 2011 were finally released last week, with 3,493 early action applications received, marking a 13 percent increase from last year. Out of these, 390 students, or 11 percent, were admitted; last year, MIT admitted roughly 12 percent of early applicants in December. 319 were denied admission, while three-quarters, or 2,784, were deferred to regular action decisions in March. The deadline for early action was Nov. 1.

Early Action, Class of 2011


Proposals For Promoting Grad Student Life Picked

The MIT Graduate Students Office has awarded about $70,000 in Student Life Grants to 16 out of 25 student life proposals submitted this year. Projects, which received grants between $500 and $14,000, range from the “Weekend Brunch Series” to “BabyBeacon,” a Web-based searchable database for parents interested in informal babysitting exchanges.

Students Increase Tensions In Boston Neighborhoods

College students, who for years have lived in large numbers in neighborhoods such as The Fenway and Allston/Brighton, increasingly appear to be moving into other neighborhoods around Boston.

Construction Projects By Boston Colleges to Furnish Jobs, Housing

A new residential tower could rise 30 stories over the Back Bay. A sprawling complex would buzz with hundreds of scientists in Allston, and a sleek glass-and-limestone business school would fill out the banks of the Charles.

Popularity of Colleges Increases With Tuition

John Strassburger, the president of Ursinus College, a small liberal arts institution here in the eastern Pennsylvania countryside, vividly remembers the day that the chairman of the board of trustees told him the college was losing applicants because of its tuition.

Senate Speaker Discusses ASA, Finboard Allocations

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

Undergraduate Association Goals, Fall 2006


In Short


Secretary-General Urges US To Reject Unilateralist Policy
Major Parties in Talks to Break Shiite Cleric Al-Sadr’s Influence
Appeals Court Erred in Granting New Trial, Supreme Court Rules
Shell Offers to Sell Stake in Oil and Gas Platform to Russia’s Gazprom
Briefs (left)
Briefs (right)


Remember the Beavers
A Freshman’s Lament
From the Editor


Concert Review: Resonance on a Plane: A Cappella Group Snakes its Way Through Resonance Fall Concert
CD Review: No Matter Your Preference, New O.C. CD is Bad Choice: Terrible Rock Covers Make Me Want to Shatter the CD


Engineer Basketball Shoots Poorly, Falls To Lord Jeffs 79-47
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