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An audience member at yesterday evening’s xkcd webcomic lecture holds on to one of hundreds of labelled playpen balls which fell from ceiling hatches in 10-250. The label, which says ‘Our hobby: Posting “09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0” in public places,’ alludes to a number of past strips. Randall Munroe, xkcd’s author, gave a lecture on the webcomic to a packed house in 10-250. See page 11 for additional photos.
May 15, 2007
James L. Sherley, an African American associate professor in the Biological Engineering Department, said that he remains steadfast in staying at MIT until the Institute assesses the validity of his charges of discrimination in the tenure process. According to Sherley, the administration agreed to reassess problems in the tenure process through an external panel in exchange for Sherley ending his hunger strike. The Institute says that there is no agreement for external review of the tenure process.
May 15, 2007
Ending months of speculation, MIT yesterday released a statement on the issue of divesting from corporations involved with the Sudanese government.
May 15, 2007
Following opposition by MIT, the Society of Automotive Engineers halted implementation of digital rights management controls aimed at restricting access to SAE documents. On April 19, SAE issued a press release stating that they would not enable DRM controls "on the Society's Digital Library of technical papers for licenses at colleges, universities, and other academic institutions."
May 15, 2007
Campus Dining has decided to freeze the Preferred Dining fee at $325 for up to three years. The decision, which came last Friday, May 11, follows a May 4 report released by the Baker House Dining committee, which found that the average Baker resident loses $125 per term through Preferred Dining. Preferred Dining costs $300 this term; a $25 price hike for fall term was announced earlier this year.

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