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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.
The College's two-day reading period does not give students enough time to adequately prepare for their final exams.
Students cannot properly review and synthesize all the materials in a nine-week course in this short time, especially in reading-intensive classes like History and complex science courses like Organic Chemistry.
By giving students only two days to study for finals, the College limits students' ability to master the materials and develop a perspective on the entire course.
The two-day reading period fosters "cramming" because students are forced into a situation where they have to try to learn vast amounts of material in two days.
The College argues that students should be learning and looking at the "big picture" throughout the term.
Dartmouth advertises itself as a "residential college." This statement means that the College should guarantee housing for all of its students who wish to be on campus at any given time.
Although the College does not guarantee housing anywhere in its rules and regulations, this fall, for the first time in its history, the College will deny housing to about 100 of its students.
Because of its housing crunch, the College caused unnecessary difficulties for more than 400 people by making them search for off-campus housing or change their Dartmouth Plans.
Dartmouth is located in a rural area, not a large city like Harvard University in Boston or Columbia University in New York City.
Because of the College's location, students really have no choice but to live on campus when they are in residence.