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Water Supply Stops Briefly Due to Main Water Pipe Rupture

A water main ruptured on the corner of Main and Ames St., flooding the intersection and interrupting water flow to 21 MIT buildings last Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 9 a.m. Water flow to most buildings was restored by early afternoon; a city crew had repaired the break by 7 a.m. Thursday morning.

Course VI Classes To Change Beginning Fall 2008

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science is overhauling its curriculum to allow students more flexibility within the department; most of the changes will be implemented in Fall 2007.

Perks of Being a Geek on Reality TV: Food, Fears, Fashion: MIT Grad Speaks After Being Eliminated on Show

Matthew A. Herman ’06 and his partner Andrea Ciliberti were sent home last Wednesday on the CW television show “Beauty and The Geek,” after surviving two weeks of such challenges as performing a stand-up comedy routine (for the geeks) and giving a space museum tour (for the beauties). The pair lost after Andrea Ciliberti missed her two questions in the elimination round — what type of advertising are billboards (answer: outdoor), and which store’s slogan is “Get more. Pay Less,” (answer: Target).

News Briefs

Henning Friedrich G, a second year graduate student in the Biology Department, died Jan. 5, 2007. He was found in his Boston apartment.

Freshman Experience, Project-Based Classes Tested

Spring semester 2007 will see the introduction of several experimental Communication Intensive classes based on recommendations from the final report of The Task Force on the Undergraduate Education Commons released last year regarding possible changes in the future General Institute Requirements.

Neuroscience Professor Named New Picower Institute Director

Brain and Cognitive Sciences Professor Mark Bear was appointed director of the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory on Jan. 1. He succeeds Biology Professor Susumu Tonegawa, who stepped down as director at the end of last year after serving 12 years.

Technology Office Joins Restructured DUE

The Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education underwent a structural reorganization last year to establish six strategic themes or goals, including providing global educational opportunities for students and increasing diversity. Two new offices — the Office of Experiential Learning and the Office of Faculty Support — were also added.

Professor Talks About Achievements, Changes at MIT

Professor of Electrical Engineering and President Emeritus Paul E. Gray ’54 started his career at MIT as an undergraduate student in Course VI in 1950. Through the years, he has served the Institute in a number of positions. He rose to become the 14th president of MIT from 1980-1990 and chairman of the MIT Corporation from 1990-1997. Since then, he has continued to teach undergraduate classes and to advise undergraduate students. This fall marks his 50th year of service to MIT.

Police Log

The following incidents were reported to the MIT Police between Jan. 1 and Jan. 11, 2007. This summary does not include incidents such as false alarms, general service calls, larcenies, or medical shuttles.

A Parody Raises Questions of Bias in Admissions

Belda Chan, a senior at Princeton University, was stunned when she encountered an article in broken English in the annual joke issue of the student daily parodying an Asian-American student who had filed a civil rights complaint against Princeton.

Nelnet Student Loan Company Will Keep Millions in Subsidies

The Bush administration reached an accord with a student loan company that will let it keep $278 million in subsidies that the inspector general of the Education Department found improper, the department said yesterday.

Princeton Chooses Not to Raise Tuition For Next Academic Year

For the first time in 40 years, Princeton University will not raise tuition for the next academic year, the university announced yesterday. Tuition will remain $33,000, but room and board costs will jump.

In Short


Bush, Pressing Agenda, Says US Must Not Fail in Iraq War
Twofold Power Shift Evident at Annual World Economic Forum
Hezbollah Violently Strikes Out, Blocks Off Highways Into Beirut
Public Election Financial Support May Become Nonexistent by 2008
Bank of America Hinders Lobbyists’ Effort to Alter Limiting Federal Law
Briefs (left)
Briefs (right)




Movie Review ****: Fauns, Fairies, and Friggin’ Tragedies: Pan’s Labyrinth is Amazing, and Amazingly Sad
Concert Review: Haines Has Got Your Back: Beautiful Show from Metric’s Lead Singer at Paradise
Film Review: Short Films Last Too Long To Stay Entertaining: Despite Stunning Graphics, ‘The Animation Show 3’ Sags Under Slow Plots


Men’s Volleyball Blanks Lesley, Elms in Uncontested Tri-Match
Thornton, Swimming Defeat Tufts 162-138, Improve Record to 8-1
Gymnastics Loses Despite Efforts of Harrison, Zimmerman in Home Meet
MIT Depth Critical Factor In Weekend Pistol Victories Against Merchant Marine
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