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Media Lab Post-Doc Found Dead Tuesday

MIT Media Laboratory post-doctoral associate Pushpinder Singh ’98 was found dead in his apartment by his girlfriend on Tuesday, Feb. 28, according to Senior Associate Dean for Students Robert M. Randolph.

On-Campus Rents Set to Increase As Dorms Continue to Run Deficit

Graduate dormitory rents are going up again.

Student Input Increased For Grad Housing Plans

Students and administrators are expressing “cautious optimism” after administrators demonstrated an increased openness to working and communicating with a community of “stakeholders” in the project to build a new graduate dormitory in Northwest campus.

MacVicar Fellows Selected

This year’s three recipients of the MacVicar Faculty Fellowship, which honors outstanding undergraduate teaching at MIT, share a common commitment to laboratory and project-based learning, and advocate a changes in the core curriculum to increase hand-on experience. The MacVicar fellowship, begun in 1992 to commemorate Margaret MacVicar, MIT’s first dean for undergraduate education and founder of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. It provides Fellows with $100,000 over a 10 year period for the development of undergraduate education at MIT.

New Course VI Pre-Orientation Program to be Gender-Balanced

This fall, 30 incoming freshmen interested in a Freshman Pre-Orientation Program will have the opportunity to participate in a new Course VI (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science) program, which will be gender-balanced.

Grad Student Stipends to Increase 3.5 Percent Next Year

Graduate student stipends next year will outpace inflation, with base stipends increasing 3.5 percent across the board, in comparison to two percent inflation. The increase will bring science and engineering doctoral students who have passed qualifying exams to a salary of $2121 per month and master’s students to $1939 per month.

In Short

Police Log

The following incidents were reported to the Cambridge and/or MIT Police between Feb. 6 and Feb. 26. This summary does not include incidents such as suspicious activity, false alarms, general service calls, or medical shuttles.

Official Undergraduate Association Candidates


Bush-India Pact Would Allow Continued Nuke Development
In Victory for Bush, Senate Vote Favors Extension of Patriot Act
Israel Leader Warns of HarshMeasures to Counter Terrorism
Senate Panel Votes Against Plan To Change Lobbying, Ethics Laws
National Archives Tells Intelligence Agencies to Stop Removing Material
Briefs (left)
Briefs (right)


Letters to the Editor
Oxymorons 101: MIT Planning


Event Review: Chinese New Year’s Feast of Plenty: Association of Taiwanese Students Provides Delicious Meal and Talented Performers
CONCERT REVIEW: Je Ne Veux Pas Travailler …: Pink Martini Plays a Show Fit for Dancin’ at the Somerville Theatre
cd review: Pretentious Scientists Prove Nothing: ‘With Love and Squalor’ Fails to Shine
On the Screen

By Kevin Der

Best Picture Best Director Best Actor Best Actress Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress Best Animated Short Best Animated Feature Best Musical Score Best Adapted Screenplay Best Original Screenplay
Directing Actor in a Leading Role Actor in a Supporting Role Actress in a Leading Role Actress in a Supporting Role Writing (Adapted Screenplay) Writing (Original Screenplay) Animated Feature Art Direction Cinematography Costume Design Film Editing Makeup Original Score Sound Editing Sound Mixing Visual Effects
restaurant review: Asgard Offers Unique Brunch Close to Home: Dark Atmosphere and Poor Service are Balanced by Tasty and Eclectic Menu
‘Brokeback’ Must End With a ‘Crash,’ Hoffman a Sure Bet


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