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A campus hard alcohol ban was perhaps the most significant policy change that College President Phil Hanlon announced in his Jan. 29 “Moving Dartmouth Forward” address. Since then, colleges and national media outlets alike have debated the merits of the ban. Beyond the College’s talking points, there does not seem to be widespread agreement that this is indeed the way forward. The justification and arguments for the ban leave us unconvinced that this was the best possible tool at administrators’ disposal to ensure student safety and well-being.
I can see why banning hard alcohol would seem like a sound solution for binge drinking, but it seems unclear what makes administrators believe it is feasible. It is already against state law and Dartmouth policies for underage students to drink, yet this clearly does not stop them from accessing alcohol. It is absurd to expect older students not to consume hard alcohol in College-owned housing, when such a practice is very legal just a few hundred feet away in downtown Hanover. Enforcing this policy will undoubtedly be a challenge.
Over the past few weeks, it has become increasingly clear that the College’s attitudes toward alcohol and underage drinking are misinformed. I would like to believe that this institution — more focused on the undergraduate experience than many of its peers — would have taken the lead in putting students first. Alas, the tenor and rhetoric of administrators lead me to believe that those making policy decisions are either primarily concerned with public image or are shockingly unaware of the way that college-aged people interact with each other and alcohol.
Any student who walks into the Hopkins Center on Saturday afternoon will be greeted at the door by the sound of the Dartmouth Glee Club singing classical love songs and Beatles arrangements.
An external review panel composed of five members will be tasked with evaluating the progress of the “Moving Dartmouth Forward” plan as it is implemented, the College announced on Monday. The panel — chaired by Tufts University President Emeritus Lawrence Bacow — is responsible for providing periodic evaluations of the advancement of “Moving Dartmouth Forward” to Hanlon and the College’s Board of Trustees.
When Dartmouth Idol finalist Tara Joshi ’18 was young, she would only sing around the house. After her mother signed her up for a production of “The Sound of Music,” she decided she only wanted the part of Gretl von Trapp.
An intense focus on a single issue once again dominates popular discussion on campus — this time “Moving Dartmouth Forward,” arguably the biggest announcement by a College President in recent memory. There are some, however, that question the characterization of College President Phil Hanlon’s new plan as groundbreaking. The proposed changes, hard alcohol ban aside, appear are unlikely to be the biggest changes to hit the College since coeducation. Instead, what I see is a campaign of smoke and mirrors.
The sights and sounds of a globally scarring cataclysm will bombard attendees from the bows of the Kronos Quartet, before a backdrop of absorbing historical footage, during the group’s upcoming performance of “Beyond Zero: 1914-1918” today.
What is the purpose of art? Is art supposed to be an escape or a refuge, a soothing balm for our eyes to peruse? Or is art supposed to be something more?
As far as I have witnessed, most expressions of dissatisfaction with the status quo on campus coming from marginalized groups have been met with one swift rebuttal — “If you don’t like it here, leave.” This is a popular response, especially when the Greek system and the College’s culture are being questioned. Not only is this largely unfeasible, it is offensive to the notion of progress and equality.
College President Phil Hanlon’s “Moving Dartmouth Forward” plan fails to address sexism, racism and other forms of exclusivity. Rather, the hard alcohol ban exacerbates them, creating situations in which binge drinking and sexual assault are more likely to occur. The policy targets women and shifts the blame for sexual assault from misunderstandings about sex and consent to alcohol, essentially making this policy another form of victim blaming.
There is nothing more heartbreaking for an art museum than learning of the destruction of a beloved piece in its collection. While paintings can be cleaned using a combination of plaster and resin treatments, restoring broken sculptures is altogether a much more difficult task. Last year, however, a team of conservators from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City used cutting-edge technology that combined computer science with visual art to restore Italian Renaissance artist Tullio Lombardo’s iconic marble masterpiece “Adam” after it collapsed in 2002.
Film professor Bill Phillips, who is a member of the Class of 1971, started his career with an interest in playwriting and several appearances in the Massachusetts High School Drama Festival before shifting to filmmaking. His upcoming film “Sabra” about Vermont printmaker Sabra Fields will be played in Loew Auditorium today and Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m.
It’s odd seeing a propaganda film nowadays. There seems so little to cheer about in America — what could a director praise? Clint Eastwood’s hagiographic “American Sniper” (2014) lauds the murders of the deadliest sniper in American military history, Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper), while introducing a brand of colonialist racism reminiscent of the American settlers’ against the Native Americans. This cloying, skewed film plays more like an army recruitment video than a biopic. Coming from the man who spoke to an empty chair at the 2012 Republican National Convention, I’m not surprised.
Winter Carnival: Villains or Heroes, we can all agree that campus looks beautiful this week.
The amount of student bed space available in the College’s living and learning communities, now around 20 percent of all housing, will remain unchanged after the implementation of a residential housing system next fall, senior assistant dean of residential life and director of residential education Mike Wooten said.
While there may be no scheduled classes today, on any given day it’s likely that at least a few students have pulled an all-nighter to finish an assignment or exam. Enter Baker-Berry Library at any time throughout the term and you will see hundreds of students studying for hours on end. While College President Phil Hanlon has asked faculty “to consider a number of ways to increase the rigor of our curriculum” through unilaterally curbing grade inflation or having earlier classes, he should instead look to increase rigor by fixing structural inadequacies in the academic resources Dartmouth offers its students.
In last Thursday’s “Moving Dartmouth Forward” speech, College President Phil Hanlon stated that the presidential steering committee had concluded that the Greek system itself is not the root of Dartmouth’s problem. The committee’s research compared schools with Greek systems to those without them, and their findings reported that both grapple with high levels of harmful behaviors, such as binge drinking and sexual assault. These findings evidently shaped the decision not to significantly reform the College’s Greek system.
Following a series of pilot programs slated to begin this fall, the College will require all students to participate in a four-year sexual assault education program. This initiative is part of the plan for Moving Dartmouth Forward, which College President Phil Hanlon announced in his speech last Thursday.