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Walking around this week, I’ve seen more people wearing their Greek letters than usual. Despite some dismissing the wearing of letters as too passive a mode of protest, it was a reminder to many of us of the news that broke last week: the suspension and subsequent derecognition of the historic Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
The 2016 presidential campaign is critical for mitigating climate change and preventing the loss of human lives, both in the future and the present. With growing public awareness, environmental issues have become a central focus on the campaign trail. Now that these issues have been brought into the conversation, we all have a responsibility to vote for a better future, today.
On Feb. 5, The Dartmouth Review published a response to articles written by myself and Matthew Goldstein criticizing the state of news at the College. On the whole, it was a fair defense of some of the Review’s current practices and displayed an admirable sense of mission. Although I believe that a couple elements of my piece were mischaracterized — the conservative image and spirit of the Review, I feel, are of central importance to the paper’s efficacy but should not rely on inflammatory invocations of the Indian symbol — it is encouraging to see that someone on this campus is thinking seriously about how to properly do journalism. I am happy to have helped spark such thinking, and I am sure that Goldstein feels similarly.
No one doubts, at least no Democrats doubt, that Hillary Clinton is one of the most qualified presidential candidates today. As a lawyer, community service worker, first lady during the Clinton administration, United States senator from New York and most recently Secretary of State for four years, she definitely fits the bill to be the first woman president of the United States.
I love Bernie (the other one, not me) and agree with most of his positions. However, I will be voting for Hillary Clinton today because she will make a better president for our country and a better leader for our chaotic world. Not only does she have the intelligence, knowledge and broad experience needed for the job, but she also has demonstrated a life long commitment to improving the well-being of all peoples.
I’m definitely not a morning person but last Monday, at 4:30 a.m., I stood in some nondescript Chinese restaurant’s parking lot, in the freezing cold, clustered around the flatbed of a Ford in Concord to welcome the newly arrived Sen. Bernie Sanders to his next primary state. Later that day, when I woke up in the early afternoon, I watched some footage of the previous night’s event on MSNBC. One of the reporters described Sanders’ rally as “American politics at its best.”
When discussing the polarization of American politics, pundits often act as if the categories Democrat and Republican reflect deep ideological divides, and that the truth lies somewhere in the center.
Welcome to the newest installment of, “How much further can the administrators drive Dartmouth into the ground?” In the past two weeks, the College derecognized one fraternity, and suspended a sorority and gender-inclusive house were suspended. It is quite apparent that the administrators have an anti-Greek agenda.
Last January, College President Phil Hanlon announced “Moving Dartmouth Forward.” MDF aimed to cultivate a healthier campus culture through addressing issues including inclusivity, high-risk drinking and academics. The initiatives announced included a ban on all hard alcohol, a new residential housing system, a mandatory four-year sexual violence prevention program and an increased focus on academics, outlining ways to increase “academic rigor.” The latter was in response to faculty concern over the decline of intellectual pursuits at the College.
Dartmouth is supposedly a pretty safe campus. I have a friend who feels comfortable leaving her backpack (with her laptop, textbooks and other expensive items) in Baker Berry Library or even Collis for hours on end. I myself feel fine walking home from the library late at night despite the unreliable streetlights that often turn off while I walk past them. I hear many people talk about how lucky we are to be at such a safe school. But is Dartmouth really so much safer than other schools? While I acknowledge that extreme paranoia isn’t positive and feeling safe should be a top priority, it’s a good idea to evaluate why we feel safer here compared to students at other college campuses.
The results of the Iowa caucus dealt Donald Trump and his supporters a pretty heavy blow. Sen. Ted Cruz triumphed over Trump by more than three percentage points. While this was a narrow margin, it was decidedly larger than the one Hillary Clinton managed to gain over Sanders. Regardless of party affiliation, American voters were on the edge of their seats. Clinton’s win was certainly a cause for celebration among her supporters, they shouldn’t have been too overjoyed. The Vermont senator’s remarkably close finish against the former Secretary of State demonstrates that he is a credible threat to her campaign.
If you are like me, you have long known at a base, emotional level that the whole policy cycle — agenda setting, development solutions, decision-making and implementation — does not involve you. Wars are started, poverty ignored, the climate thrown out of balance and the police/prison system develops without anyone asking you — no survey, phone call, vote or post card. Not only were you not consulted, but in all likelihood no one you have ever known has ever had any impact on any policy outcome (though this is less true at Dartmouth).
Will you support the party with which you identify regardless of who wins the nomination? Why or why not?
Our voices matter.
The gravity of this realization shouldn’t be lost on us: we are powerful as young people. We can shape this world into whatever vision we carry for it.
It comes as no surprise to anyone that students at Dartmouth drink a lot of alcohol. Most students at most colleges imbibe regularly, an aphorism that has held true from “Animal House” (1978) to “Neighbors” (2014) — in fact, I like to think of collegiate inebriation in the terms of my second-favorite Bible verse, Ecclesiastes 1:9. “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again. There is nothing new under the sun.” Whether it is beer, boxed wine or the now-Dartmouth-banned hard alcohol, booze plays a large role in both the public and private lives of American college students.
During campus visits, what issues should candidates discuss?
I have known John Kasich for 25 years. He’s my friend, my governor and was my colleague in Congress for a decade. However, my decision to back John Kasich is rooted in much more than those connections or Buckeye State pride. I am endorsing John Kasich because I believe he is the person our country needs to bring Americans together and deliver on a common sense, conservative approach to change.
On Jan. 27, the Board of Trustees voted to establish a School of Graduate and Advanced Studies at Dartmouth. Their vote marks the final step in the approval process of an idea that faculty members have been suggesting for many years and demonstrates Dartmouth’s commitment to research and the important role it plays in the education of all of its students. The mission of the school is to foster postgraduate academic programs of the highest quality, catalyze intellectual discovery and prepare a diverse community of scholars for global leadership. We should all celebrate this important milestone.
The American political system is in disarray. The seemingly enormous divide between Democrats and Republicans widens daily, and with the 2016 presidential race in full-swing, it isn’t hard to see the fissures forming within parties as well. Long gone are the days of bi-partisanship, the cross-party teamwork of the early 60s and early 80s. Today, we languish in the grip of a political gridlock, a stagnation dotted periodically with brief moments of hope. We say, “If only we elect him, then things will really happen. He’ll do things. He’s not a politician.” What does it say about the state of American politics that the claim to fame of the current Republican front-runner is that he is not a politician?
From the summer of 2016 onward, Dartmouth will be offering classes at some new times. One of these new periods, 6A’s, will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:20 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays while the other, 6B’s, will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays. In addition, class times have been shifted to leave 15 minute intervals, compared to the current 10 minute windows, between classes. The reaction to these changes has been strangely quiet beyond Yik Yak. We aren’t behavioral psychologists (even though one of us is taking “Social Psychology” this term), but we think we may be able to attribute this lack of a student response to the fact that Dartmouth hasn’t actually clearly informed us of the change. The new schedule was released as a PDF on the “Calendars” page on the Office of the Registrar’s website on Nov. 2 according to the timestamp on the website’s source code. We have not yet received an official announcement, campus-wide email or real notice of any kind. Although we could discuss the potential merits and faults of this new schedule, we find a more important issue at stake here: the lack of communication between the College and its students.