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Last Published: April 14, 2016
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Yet another camera (left) was recently added to those monitoring campus from atop the Green Building. The new camera, ensconsced in its dome on the south-east corner of the rooftop, appears to be remotely controllable, unlike the previous two cameras still mounted on the roof. It overlooks the Dot, the East Campus dormitory, Walker Memorial, and Building 14. Thomas W. Komola of the Security and Emergency Management Office indicated he’d be happy to discuss the new camera next week after the hurricane was over. The original two cameras were installed last fall.



Dumbing down MIT? Smart Street, amidst the new Novartis campus off of Mass. Ave., is closed indefinitely for future construction. Construction is expected to begin in earnest next year.






Hackers deployed a banner on Tuesday morning over Building 7 marking the end of the so-called “November rule.” The November rule discourages upperclassmen from becoming involved with freshmen beyond friendship or introducing them to certain aspects of roof and tunnel hacking before Nov. 1.



Architects Toshiko Mori and Maya Lin, center, break ground for Novartis’ new building at 181 Massachusetts Ave. The new building, on the former Analog Devices lot, should start to rise up in early 2013. To the right of Lin are outgoing City Manager Robert W. Healy, Cambridge Mayor Henrietta Davis, Massachusetts Governer Deval Patrick, and Novartis’ Mark Fishman.



Workers install an image on the side of N52, the MIT Museum, for an exhibit in the Kurtz Gallery — Berenice Abbott, Photography and Science: An Essential Unity, which runs May 3, 2012 through Dec. 31, 2012.



This photo is left-right reversed: Workers from Community Builders Cooperative started to renovate Toscanini’s Ice Cream in Central Square yesterday. The renovations will be done and the store reopened on Wednesday evening said Gus Rancatore, owner of Tosci’s. A centerpiece of new store will be a lamp over the Big Table designed by S. Adam Simha ’88 and Irene Ferri. Tosci’s plans to debut a Nyan Cat flavor this weekend, based on last year’s Internet meme, in honor of ROFLcon. It will consist of “pieces of cherry Pop Tart in a coconut sorbet, with brightly colored anise candies called Mukhwas,” Rancatore said. “Mukhwas are the small candies Indian restaurants offer to departing diners.”



Fake eyes appeared perched atop Lobby 7 on May 17.




Aaron H. Swartz, accused of mass downloading over two million documents from the JSTOR online journal archive with the intent to distribute them, exits federal court in Boston yesterday morning. Swartz appeared for an arraignment on a superseding indictment. He pleaded not guilty on all 13 counts. The case is currently in discovery and a jury trial preliminarily scheduled for Feb. 4 (MIT Registration Day, in fact).




Hundreds gathered for the 3rd annual East Cambridge Ribfest last Sunday on Fulkerson Street. $2 ribs from some of Cambridge’s best, including the East Side Bar, Midwest Grill, and Redbones.


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