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Workers began grinding the marble chunk-infused floor of the Media Lab extension’s central atrium on Nov. 2, which is now polished to a glossy finish. The expanse of interconnected airspaces surrounding the atrium necessitated smoke curtains (left) for emergency air evacuation, shown here closed for testing. The Media Lab extension opened in early December.
STAFF REPORTERS
February 2, 2010
This past year, MIT saw sweeping budget cuts in response to the national economic crisis. One-fourth of the General Institute Budget is funded by MIT’s endowment, which saw a 20.7 percent decline in value during FY2009 from slightly over $10 billion to $8 billion. The original proposal to avoid a major Institute deficit was to reduce expenses by up to $150 million over two to three years, but this plan was changed to up to $130 million over the next two fiscal years. Through immediate cuts, such as DAPER’s cut of eight varsity sports and the closing of two libraries, the FY2010 budget was reduced by $58 million on a goal of $50 million.
STAFF REPORTER
February 2, 2010
Throughout 2009, MIT made national headlines in its usual fashion. While members of the MIT community received prestigious awards and pioneered groundbreaking research, this past year ranged from the highs of White House collaboration to the lows of an epidemic and poor economy.
STAFF REPORTER
February 2, 2010
The MIT Police found one of its officers, Joseph D’Amelio, arrested for drug trafficking in mid-March. The eventual fallout led to his dismissal, and, separately, the dismissal of one MIT police officer and the suspension of another for recycling 400 issues of The Tech. D’Amelio’s trial began on January 11, 2010 and is ongoing.
STAFF REPORTER
February 2, 2010
2009 marked a continued push for greater transparency and student involvement in the dining reform process. Proposals maintained a delicate balancing act between the need to address student concerns and to slash the rising deficits of the dining system.




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