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BE Professor Threatens Hunger Strike to Protest Tenure Denial

An African-American associate professor has threatened to go on hunger strike unless the provost resigns and his tenure is granted, protesting what he claims were racist motives behind the denial of his tenure. The Department of Biological Engineering decided not to advance BE Associate Professor James L. Sherley’s case for tenure on Dec. 13, 2004. Since then, Sherley has asked senior administrators to overturn his department’s decision.

Investigation Complete In One Broadway Fire: Building Expected to Be Open Soon, MIT Says

The Dec. 8, 2006 explosion of an NSTAR transformer at One Broadway was a “tragic accident,” states the report from a joint investigation conducted by the Cambridge Fire Department and Massachusetts State Fire Services. According to the press release, the investigation team ruled out any criminal act but could not determine if the accident was due to “human error, procedural error, or malfunction of safety mechanisms.”

Magazine To Change Because of Financial Difficulties

After publishing a plea for help in the December issue of

UA Finance Board Supplemental Policies

UA Finboard Allocations for IAP and Spring 2007


Congressional Budget Delay Stymies Scientific Research

The failure of Congress to pass new budgets for the current fiscal year has produced a crisis in science financing that threatens to close major facilities, delay new projects and leave thousands of government scientists out of work, federal and private officials say.

Some Say That Harvard May Select Woman President

Could Harvard be preparing to select a woman as its new president? A scientist? A female scientist?

Naked Parties Held At Many Universities Including Yale, MIT

In the unforgiving fluorescent light of Rosenfeld Hall, a dormitory on the periphery of Yale’s campus, students crouched in a hallway and quickly stuffed their clothes into plastic grocery bags. Shirts were left inside out, socks balled in pant legs. Giggling, they hurried into a basement storage room, where some 40 people stood around, under stone arches and gargoyles, wearing nothing but shoes.

Police Log

The following incidents were reported to the MIT Police between Dec. 1 and Dec. 31, 2006. This summary does not include incidents such as false alarms, general service calls, larcenies, or medical shuttles.


US Forbids All Transactions With a Major Iranian Bank
Somalia Says Dozens Slain by US Airstrike, Qaida as Target
Congressional Democrats Split Over How to Stop the Iraq War
Thailand May Impose Tightened Regulations on Foreign Investors
Bush Drops Plans to Resubmit Three Judicial Nominees, Calms Democrats
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Helping Darfur: Is Divestiture Really Effective?


Interview: MIT Alum Plays the ‘Geek’: Herman Discusses Role on ‘Beauty and the Geek’


Foot Out of Bounds, Key Foul Cost Basketball in 56-57 Loss
Second Period Goals Key to MIT’s Stumble: Huskies Score Twice in One Minute to Win 5-3
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