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May Zhou ’04 Dead, Found in Car Trunk: Police Think Suicide May Be Cause of Death

Mengyao “May” Zhou ’04 was found dead in the trunk of her car last Thursday, Jan. 25, from an apparent suicide. The City of Santa Rosa Police Department is waiting on toxicology and other test results before declaring an official cause of death.

May Zhou ’04

Mengyao “May” Zhou ’04 was a young woman whose enthusiasm was “infectious,” said Jyoti Tibrewala ’04, and who was definitely “one to know.”

Laptop Projects Provoke Conflict

Here in the Swiss mountains at the World Economic Forum, the annual conclave of world leaders, concerns over a growing digital divide this year have taken a back seat to the challenge of climate change.

Grad Dean Plans to Retire in June: Committee to Appoint New Dean For Graduate Students by Mid-April

Dean for Graduate Students Isaac M. Colbert, whose office is meant to serve as graduate students’ strongest advocate within the MIT administration, will retire at the end of June. An MIT search committee containing six faculty, one staff member, and one graduate student will recommend a successor by mid-April, according to the MIT News Office.

Profs Duke It Out in Big Number Duel: Two Philosophers Vie to Write Largest Possible Finite Number on Chalkboard

Dr. Evil clutched his heart as though it had been pierced by an arrow. Trembling, he fell to his knees on the floor of the crowded stuffy room, all eyes watching him. The Mexican Multiplier threw up his hands in victory, smiling, as Dr. Evil whispered, “I’ve been crushed.” The battle was finally over.

News Briefs

The first-ever GradGala, organized by the Graduate Student Council, will be held May 5 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, to be preceded by a reception at Edgerton House graduate dormitory. Workshops on dining etiquette, dress codes, and how to dance will also be held in the months before the dance. The new event will be open to all graduate students and their dates.

Stephen M. Meyer ’64

Stephen M. Meyer, MIT political science professor, an expert in national security issues and a passionate advocate of global biodiversity, died Dec. 10 at the age of 54. The cause was cancer.

Bill Proposes Giving Grads Money to Stay

As Massachusetts leaders struggle to find ways to stem an exodus of young people from the state, one legislator thinks he has hit upon a solution — give them money to stay.

In Short


Former Journalist Jailed in Libby Case Testifies at Trial
200,000 in Massachusetts May Require More Health Insurance
FDA Produces New Safety Plan To Speed Drug Risks Detection
Missteps on PlayStation 3 Linked To Sony’s Drop in Quarterly Profit
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Theatre Review: Jesus Says Don’t Do Drugs: Who Says Propaganda Can’t Be Funny?


Krull and Bartolotta Score 53, Engineers Beat Newbury 71-62
Women’s Hockey Scores Twice in Third Period, Beats Plymouth 4-2
Men’s Hockey Demolishes Springfield, Spreads 10 Scores Among 9 Players
Men’s Gymnastics Surprises No. 18 James Madison, Finishes Sixth
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