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MIT accepts 1,735 for class of 2007

Choosing from 10,547 applicants, MIT has admitted 1,735 for the class of 2007. Acceptance letters must be received by May 1.

Those admitted include 885 men and 850 women from 50 states, the District of Columbia and 59 U.S. territories and foreign countries. Ninety-three percent are in the top 5 percent of their high school class and 44 percent are valedictorians. The mean SAT scores are 760 on the mathematics section and 721 on the verbal.

The Institute expects to enroll 1,000 freshmen in September.

Sorry, wrong number

Making an error in pressing all the numbers required for making an international phone call usually results in a simple wrong number--but one country and city code combination presents a special problem.

The country code for India is 91, and the city code for New Delhi is 11. If you try to call New Delhi and forget to start with the international access code of 011 or 01, you might dial 9 (to access an outside line), then 91-11, etc.--which takes you right to the local 911 Cambridge fire and police emergency center. Callers sometimes realize they've misdialed and hang up when the emergency operator answers. But a "hang up" on Cambridge fire and police sets the emergency response in motion. This ties up 911 lines and personnel time, which could interfere with legitimate emergency calls.

If you mistakenly dial 9-911 and reach Cambridge fire and police, don't hang up. Identify yourself as a caller from MIT, and tell them that there is no emergency and that you've misdialed. Wait for them to acknowledge and then hang up.

--Lee Ridgway, Information Systems

Faculty meeting agenda for next Wednesday

A regular meeting of the faculty will be held April 16 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 10-250. Agenda items will include:
Report from the Committee on Nominations, by Professor Linn Hobbs
Vote on the proposed process for the approval of new undergraduate degree programs, by Professor Kip Hodges
Review of the Biological Engineering Division, by Professor Rafael Bras
Report of the Edgerton Faculty Achievement Selection Committee, by Professor John Sterman.

Author helps kids handle disappointment

Parent educator Elizabeth Crary, Seattle-based author of books on parenting including "Without Spanking or Spoiling," will speak at MIT on Friday, April 11 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Room 24-121, on "Helping Kids Deal with Disappointment." Crary will discuss the causes of children's anger and disappointment and suggest ways that kids can be helped to manage their frustrations.

Crary's presentation, co-sponsored by the MIT Center for Work, Family and Personal Life as well as Health Education at MIT Medical, is free and open to the public. Her remarks will be appropriate for anyone caring for children through age 12. Preregistration is required. For more information or to preregister, go to or visit the center in Room 16-151, call 253-1592 or e-mail

Panel discusses socially responsible careers

The Public Service Center and the MIT Career Office are sponsoring a panel discussion, "Good Business: Choosing a Socially Responsible Career Path," on Monday, April 14 from 4 to 6 p.m. in Room 2-190. Alumni/ae panelists include Adele Fleet Bacow (M.C.P. 1977), president of Community Partners Consultants, Inc.; Art Mellow (S.B. 1985), co-founder of the Boston Cure Project; and Ronald O'Connor (S.M. 1971), CEO of Management Sciences for Health. The event is free.

Guaranteed rides home

Many commuters like the idea of using public transportation or ride-sharing but fear being stranded in the event of an emergency or unplanned overtime. A backup is available: MIT's Guaranteed Ride Home program, administered by the Charles River Transportation Management Association (CRTMA). Preregister and CRTMA will issue you a Cambridge Checker Cab taxi voucher, or if you live more than 20 miles from Cambridge, you may use an Enterprise rental car. You can then use these services in the event of a family illness or crisis, unscheduled overtime, or other times you can't commute by your normal means. Eligible employees can use the service up to once a month and six times per year. For more information and to sign up, see

iCampus proposals

Project iCampus, the MIT-Microsoft Alliance for research in educational technology, is soliciting research proposals from members of the MIT community. Each proposal must be submitted by a designated principal investigator who is authorized to hold principal-investigator status on MIT research contracts. Proposals are due by April 30; funding decisions will be made before June 15 and awards processed in time for projects to start in September. iCampus hopes to fund a small number of strategic initiatives around the theme of this funding cycle: "Realizing the Educational Potential of OpenCourseWare." For details, go to the iCampus RFP page at

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on April 9, 2003.

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