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Group at MIT Wants a Celebration for a New College Canceled

The group is concerned with Stephen Schwarzman's advising Donald Trump and hosting the Saudi crown prince.

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    Group at MIT Wants a Celebration for a New College Canceled
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    Some students and professors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are asking the college to cancel celebrations for a new computing center.

    The Boston Globe reported Monday that 18 students, alumni and faculty published an opinion piece in The Tech, an MIT student publication.

    Stephen Schwarzman, CEO of the Blackstone Group investment firm, gave $350 million to MIT. The Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing is opening next week. Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is invited.

    The opinion piece says the group is concerned about Schwarzman advising President Donald Trump, opposing an affordable housing measure in California and hosting the Saudi crown prince. The group also disagrees with Kissinger's policy positions.

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    According to police, suspect Seth Holcomb walked up to the counter to make a purchase. He leaves the store and then comes back in as if to make a second purchase. Then, he pulled out a knife at the counter. What he didn't expect was that the clerk would pull out a machete of his own.

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    MIT and Blackstone didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

    MIT has publicly thanked Schwarzman for his "encouragement, insight and visionary support."

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