When using the MIT Adaptive theme, Recent News and Recent Blogs appear in the Sidebar second region on the right in blocks. These blocks may be easily disabled removing them from view.
1. From the Admin menu click Structure then Blocks.
2. In the Sidebar two region, locate the Recent News, or Recent Blogs block.
3. In the Regions popup list select None.
4. Click Save blocks.
Disabled blocks appear at the bottom of the Blocks overlay screen.