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Articles by Natasha Plotkin

November 10, 2009
A task force has been charged with reviewing Student Support Services, and it will turn in a report to Chancellor Phillip L. Clay PhD ’75 within the next few weeks.
September 22, 2009
Starting perhaps as early as next fall, MIT will introduce its new Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences requirements, which were simplified after a faculty vote last spring.
September 8, 2009
Cambridge restaurant inspections may have you thinking twice the next time you pick up a sandwich from your favorite MIT lunch joint. While the city does not require that restaurants post health inspection ratings prominently in their facilities, it maintains an online databases of health inspection results, including those eateries located on campus.
September 4, 2009
The Alpha Tau Omega fraternity was expelled from the Interfraternity Council last Thursday but has appealed this decision and is waiting on the results, according to ATO’s president DeRon M. Brown ‘10. Brown wrote in an e-mail that ATO does not know when it will receive a decision on its appeal. He said he is also uncertain if ATO will participate in rush, which starts Saturday.
May 12, 2009
Last Wednesday, a group of over 10 students in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning walked in on a faculty committee meeting at the Black Sheep Restaurant in Kendall Square to demand a clearer mechanism for student input into future of the department and the handling of budget cuts.
May 5, 2009
MIT seniors are facing bleaker career outlooks than their predecessors as on-campus recruiting is down over 30 percent from last year, fewer graduating students have secured jobs, and more students are applying to graduate school as a backup option.
March 20, 2009
Faculty voted unanimously this week to approve a resolution that allows MIT to freely and publicly distribute research articles they write. MIT plans to create a repository to make these articles available online.
February 20, 2009
President Susan J. Hockfield announced at the faculty meeting on Wednesday that the motion to revise the General Institute Requirements had been defeated, eliminating any lingering uncertainties among faculty about whether the motion had passed by the required margin. Now, faculty and administrators have gone back to the drawing board to craft an improved plan for amending the GIRs.
February 6, 2009
The faculty defeated a motion to revise the General Institute Requirements on Wednesday. The vote, 81 to 69 in favor of the motion, lacked the three-fifths majority required to amend the rules and regulations of the faculty, which govern the current GIRs.
February 3, 2009
MIT worked toward revamping its General Institute Requirements in 2008. Possible curriculum reforms would simplify the structure of the HASS requirement, add flavors to core science classes, and introduce pilot versions of broad-themed humanities classes geared towards freshman.
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