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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 a gender-inclusive house. 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.
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 their visits to college campuses, candidates should focus on policies that most address student interests. These include the need for better college funding, restructuring of student loans, government initiatives to expand employment opportunities after graduation and programs that work towards ensuring that students of all socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds can start their careers on an equal playing field. Candidates should be reasonable and realistic in their promises and students should be receptive to ideas from both sides of the political spectrum. Each candidate visit to campus brings us an opportunity for meaningful discussion and constructive debate. To reap the benefits of those opportunities, we should be informed, open-minded and engaged.
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.
In the hit televison show “Glee” (2009), character Marley Rose suffers from bulimia. Emma Nelson, a character in the show “Degrassi: the Next Generation” (2001), is diagnosed with anorexia nervosa. Eating disorders, once a taboo subject, have recently received ample attention in the media. Rather than attempting to hide it, people suffering from eating disorders are now encouraged to seek treatment and help.
On Tuesday night, during a rally in Iowa, Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump announced that he would not be attending tonight’s Fox News debate. He invoked his contentious relationship with Fox News and Fox anchor Megyn Kelly, who he has called a “lightweight,” untalented, and unprofessional. He lashed out at Fox News for unfair treatment, his primary reason for skipping the debate. Trump’s bypassing of the debate is unprecedented, as he currently leads the large Republican field. Facing Trump’s allegations head on, Fox has actively defended Kelly.
Matthew Goldstein ’18, in an excellent article published on Jan. 19, bemoaned the lack of high-quality journalism on this campus. The author correctly identified the twin culprits as The Dartmouth Review and The Dartmouth, the former of which he indicted for being overly reactionary and the latter for shoddy reporting standards. Both of these criticisms have merit — the Review does seem to gain no small amount of pleasure from antagonizing people, and this publication oftentimes leaves much to be desired with regard to the accuracy and depth of its journalism. Unlike Goldstein, I don’t believe that either one of these publications should necessarily strive towards ideological neutrality, and I am cynical about the ability of any campus newspaper to significantly change the world around it. However, there are a handful of simple steps that could be taken to improve the quality of reporting at Dartmouth, and in doing so focus more attention on the problems that actually exist on this campus.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Over break, I moved out of my childhood home. I sat in my attic surrounded by boxes, flipping through an old photo album. I was consumed as my mind relocated to the ’90s (the best decade ever), a simpler time when the key to capturing a great photo was to have everyone in the shot shout “CHEEEESE!” in unison. Click. There. Everyone’s pearly whites are showing, and if they aren’t you won’t find out until the film is developed. The color is raw and unfiltered. There is no retouching. Just a moment in history that was happening when someone pulled out their camera and “click” — the moment captured in its essence, we move on and return to these memories at a later time.
The fiery rhetoric of Bernie Sanders has set ablaze the hearts of young voters across the country. The Vermont senator’s strategy of late has been to target the current campaign finance system, a product of the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which affirms the rights of non-profits to spend on candidates’ behalf. Sanders points to current campaign finance structures as the cause of the majority of our nation’s ills. Sanders argues that if elected officials were not so focused on fundraising, they would be far better legislators. He wants to revolutionize our political system, eliminating the ability of big banks, Wall Street and Super PACs to “buy” candidates and elections. While this may be the best vision for our country, realistically, it is unlikely to happen anytime soon, even if Sanders were to be elected.