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Student Assembly presidential candidate Phil Ferrera '96 has clearly violated election guidelines that prohibit cam-
paigning before April 4, and his campaign should be penalized.
Yesterday two students filed complaints with Director of Student Activities Tim Moore, who oversees the Election Advisory Committee.
The Student Assembly should be congratulated for the job it has done this term. The Assembly has made tangible efforts to help students, and more importantly, it has stopped most of its internal bickering.
At the beginning of Winter term, the Assembly was in shambles, as the second elected president in two years had resigned.
Then-president Danielle Moore '95 quit at the end of Fall term.
With the 25th anniversary of coeducation fast approaching, the time is right for theCollege to create a task force to seriously evaluate the status of women on campus.
Women's Resource Center Director Giavanna Munafo approached the administration earlier this term with a plan for a task force, made up of administrators, faculty and students, to examine the "environment for women at Dartmouth."
While the College has made great strides toward reaching gender equity, both administrators and students say there is work to be done in and out of the classroom.
In theory, the Office of Residential Life's new housing plan is a good one. It makes sense for seniors, who have been at the College the longest time, to have the best housing on campus, followed by juniors and then sophomores.
But, given that the Dartmouth Plan makes it impossible to predict the numbers of students on campus in any given term and that for the past three years there have not been enough beds on campus fall term to meet the demand, the new housing policy is unfair.
The new system unjustly punishes sophomores, who are likely to be on campus in the Fall term and who do not have the advantage of Summer term to look for housing.
If recent trends continue, there is a good chance there will be a waiting list this fall for on-campus housing.
The Student Assembly has made the right decision by supporting the
motion to hire a full-time health care professional to serve the needs of Dartmouth's gay, lesbian and bisexual students.
The new position would create "a health professional at Dick's house with special training on gay, lesbian and bisexual psychology to provide counseling and guidance." The creation of this position would not give gay, lesbian and bisexual students any special privileges.
The Student Assembly can, for once, completely agree on something: Dartmouth's student government is in need of severe reform.
The Assembly must get its house in order soon.
The Committee on Instruction's proposal to allow students to drop courses without a professor's permission up until the last two weeks of a term is unjustified and will not benefit the College.
Gary Johnson, the committee's chair, said the proposal "will ease the logistical burden to the Registrar's office." Johnson said Registrar Thomas Bickel receives about 100 petitions every term and the new policy will reduce that number.
With more than 3,500 students on campus every term, 100 petitions are not enough to merit a drastic change in the course-drop policy.
Johnson's argument that the new proposal "will allow students to initiate course changes themselves and toss decisions back into the student's lap" is more valid.
But this does not require the College to take drastic steps.
Being part of a community carries certain responsibilities.
For this reason, students should attend the "town meeting" at 8 p.m.
The College's recently released proposal to force Greek organizations and undergraduate societies to fill their houses before their members can get College housing is a wise step.
The plan should help alleviate the perennial housing crunch and does not place an unfair burden on the houses.
Last Fall term, more than 100 students were denied housing and many were forced to live off campus while 58 beds remained empty in Greek houses, of which 56 beds were in fraternities.
It is unacceptable to have empty beds on campus while students are forced to take leave terms because there is no available housing on campus or in Hanover.
The Office of Residential Life has two ways to assure that there are no empty beds in Greek houses or undergraduate societies.
Students must realize that blind cries of "Save Webster Hall" will fall on deaf ears, and instead should refocus their energy to convince the administration that students want a medium-sized programming venue.
Like it or not, the administration is not likely to budge on its plan to convert Webster into a new home for Special Collections.
It's time for the Student Assembly to leave its bickering in the past.
With the election of John Honovich '97 as Assembly vice president Tuesday night, the potential for continued conflict in the Assembly looms larger than ever.
President Rukmini Sichitiu '95 and Honovich -- who were at each other's throats all Fall term -- should now be mature enough and realistic enough to know they must work together.
They should pick non-political, achievable goals for the Assembly to work towards this term, such as the establishment of a Rape Crisis Center, an issue that both leaders say they support.
Both Sichitiu and Honovich said all the right things after Honovich's election.
The short-term provisions released by the Enrollment Committee on Monday will not solve the campus housing crunch and fall far short of the promises made by the College this summer.
In an August letter to students and parents, then-Dean of the Faculty James Wright wrote, "The Enrollment Committee recognizes that we need to look at next year and beyond in order to ensure that this year's situation never occurs again."
The Enrollment Committee's provisions, developed after a full term's worth of work, do not represent any significant action to solve a problem that affects the majority of students: not enough beds in residence halls for the amount of students who want to be on campus in any given term.
Though the committee thinks its actions will prevent another housing crunch from occurring, the lack of a concrete plan leaves students in limbo because they can not make concrete plans of their own.
The Enrollment Committee says the Registrar will "work on a plan" to manage fall-term enrollments and "will discuss" the possibility of changing priorities for classes, the Off-Campus Programs Office "will work on" moving programs to the fall and the Enrollment Committee will "write a letter" to all sophomores alerting them of a possible housing crunch.
These are not "action-steps," as the Committee calls them; they are good suggestions.
College President James Freedman has now completed a six-month series of chemotherapy treatments for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, diagnosed last April.
A year and a term ago, the sidewalk in front of Massachussetts Row was torn up and the road turned into a pedestrian walkway.
To better the sense of community that is fundamental to Dartmouth's academic setting, the recommendations of the Committee on the First-Year Experience released last May should be approved by the Trustees for implementation.
The report recommends that three residential clusters, including the River and the Choates, be dedicated to freshmen; that a senior faculty member reside near the freshmen clusters to "stimulate intellectual exchange;" residence assignment so that students in the same First-Year Seminars and English 2/3 and 5 classes live within the same cluster; that the seminar leader be the faculty adviser for students taking the seminar; and lastly, that 100 additional beds be constructed.
Currently, freshmen and sophomores comprise over 70 percent of the dorm population -- interaction between juniors, seniors and freshmen is already minimal.
Last night one Student Assembly leader announced her resignation. But it was not the right one.
In his actions, Assembly Secretary John Honovich '97 has shown the students he claims to represent that he should not be a part of their representative body.
In a public forum yesterday, Chairman of the Board of Trustees E. John Rosenwald, discussing the relationship between the Board and the students, said "We are running a store here and you are the customers."
With a yearly tuition of about $25,000, it is indisputable that students are paying for something.
To highlight our societal ills and to engender change, many groups have co-opted speakouts/vigils as modes of publicizing and politicizing communities.
Once college students took risks to speak out about their convictions. Our predecessors protested Vietnam and fought for divestment because they believed in human rights, and they sacrificed their convenience to demonstrate the depth of their commitment.
It's unmistakably fall at Dartmouth when the first tinges of red and orange appear on the tips of leaves, when swarms of first-year-obs dance the "Salty Dog Rag" at high speed in front of Robinson Hall and the lines at Thayer dining hall stretch out the door.
But what is not characteristic of Dartmouth this year is the amazing number of activities the Collis Center, the Freshman Office, the Hopkins Center and the Programming Board planned for incoming students during Orientation Week.
Besides the usual lectures, library tours, placement exams and speeches, the College also offered a comedy show, a dance, a 3-D movie and a night of live entertainment at the Hop.