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There are certain things you should not do alone. You do not ride a tandem bike alone. You cannot operate a swan boat by yourself. You do not, for example, have a wedding by yourself. But then the list quickly runs out. There are plenty of things we don’t do alone, often for no good reason. When was the last time you saw a movie by yourself? Most people are perfectly happy watching re-watching “Love Actually” (2003) alone in their rooms, but few would dare go out to see a movie without friends. So you end up missing out on what would otherwise be a really enjoyable experience because God forbid people in public see you alone. The self-imposed stigma of being alone is absurd.
This past August, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights opened a second investigation into the College for alleged sex discrimination, which is prohibited by Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments. Administrators chose not to disclose this investigation to the public, leaving us to find out through third-party press reports. This silence stands out from the eager and occasionally self-congratulatory tone typically heard in administrators’ comments on the College’s plans to prevent sexual assault.
I commonly see something green other than lone pines here at Dartmouth. Many students here seem to enjoy using marijuana — which is not unusual, given that 36 percent of college students had used marijuana over a 12 month period, according to a 2014 survey from the University of Michigan. At Dartmouth, some students continue to use marijuana even given the draconian laws of New Hampshire, where possession of the drug in any quantity is a misdemeanor offense punishable by up to one year in prison. It is time for New Hampshire to go along with the national trend and reform these laws, and we as college students can help fight to make this happen.
In his Oct. 28 column for The Dartmouth Review, “Finding a Place at Dartmouth: Thoughts on Diversity Panels,” columnist Sandor Farkas ’17 unleashed a wave of criticisms against diversity panels. He berates their participants as “living, shouting proof that Soviet-era Stalinist propaganda” exists on college campuses, and cites them as spaces where “independent and...conservative” views are “unwelcome” and even attacked. As evidenced from such comments, it seems that Farkas has failed to learn anything from the panels about diversity or the issues that minority groups face. Rather, his column is teeming with the entitlement, disrespect and ignorance that come with an unwillingness to think critically about issues of race, sex and gender. His column instead focuses on white, male discomfort and wrongly shifts the blame for minority issues stemming from systems of oppressions to those fighting these systems.
One problem with social justice movements that are supported and nurtured by social media is that 140 characters are generally just enough to point out problems — but not enough to propose solutions. I myself am guilty of this — a lot of the time, my columns will identify problems I see without offering a comprehensive solution beyond “this has to change.” But change how? Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton answers this question, and for that reason and more, she deserves to be the next president of the United States.
We all have a memory of a place or time, pure and precious, to which we long to return. Some recall the palpitations caused by the sight of a first crush on the playground. Others may think of the tranquil surface of a pond dappled with sunlight, seen on a trip through the countryside. For me, it is the proud face of my grandmother, crinkled by her smile, at my elementary school matriculation ceremony. With final exams, job applications and “the real world” on the horizon, it is tempting to reminisce on our idealized pasts, but we are better off acknowledging that, in reality, they were as flawed as our current lives.
Dartmouth is a liberal arts college, yet some students approach it as if it were a vocational school. Only by freeing yourself from the fallacy of the “practical major” can you truly take advantage of Dartmouth’s amazing liberal arts curriculum and undergraduate teaching. Your major is not intended to make you an expert in your field or prepare you for a specific career. Rather, a Dartmouth education is intended to teach you how to think critically, write with clarity, lead others and succeed in any career.
To the Dartmouth community:
Elite universities enjoy a certain privilege when compared to publicly traded companies and state-owned enterprises. Namely, Ivy League universities and their peers are not held accountable to the same external checks on decision-making that other sorts of institutions face. Public companies, whether they are active in the technology, financial or energy sector, have to answer to both customers and shareholders. Bodies that rely on government spending are — at least in theory — subject to taxpayer oversight through legislative action. If poor management leads to inefficiency and underperformance in either scenario, affected parties have recourse to boards or legislators who can exert influence and force reform. This is how organizations improve.
Dartmouth students are often said to live within a “bubble,” and this often insular environment means an outside perspective can be extremely useful. Perhaps the biggest and thickest bubble around here, though, is not just limited to campus — instead, it is the larger American bubble.
Self-driving cars are fast becoming a reality. While the safety ramifications of these cars are generally considered positive because of the unpredictable irrationality of human driving, there are moral questions about their potential actions. What if the car was confronted with the choice between killing five pedestrians or ramming into a wall, saving the five but killing its passenger? A recent paper published in the science journal arXiv deals with this topic — similar to the trolley problem that poses the more passive killing of five against the active killing of one — concluding that manufacturers and psychologists will have to collaborate on instituting proper guidelines for the cars’ actions in such a scenario. If this conclusion sounds unsatisfactory, it’s because it is. It gives us no insight into what the car should do if confronted with this choice.
In response to the outpouring of grief and anger over the killing of Cecil the lion in August, American Airlines announced it would no longer transport the bodies of large-game animals as cargo. While the nearly 400,000 petitioners who had put pressure on the airline giant to halt its practices of trophy transport hailed this decision as a victory, many conservationist-hunting groups — those who advocate for selectively hunting certain endangered species — felt differently.
Last week, dean of graduate studies Jon Kull announced a plan for an independent School of Graduate and Advanced Studies. According to Kull, the school would have more autonomy over budgeting decisions than it presently does. Kull also said that an independent school would improve faculty recruitment and retention. Of all arguments in support of this plan, this one holds the most promise. The College is, of course, nothing without its faculty.
Two weeks ago, Democratic presidential candidates gathered in Las Vegas to hash out their differences and debate the facts. The Oct. 13 debate and its aftermath, however, did little to shake up the field. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton still seems to be the token nominee, despite claims that she had begun to “feel the Bern” on the campaign trail. On his end, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders seems to have conceded at the CNN-hosted debate. Sanders came to Clinton’s aid when asked about her personal emails and forfeited a great deal of leverage in doing so.
When forensic psychologist David Lisak came to campus in the summer of 2014, he implored administrators and student activist groups to listen to survivors when devising policy around sexual violence. The Student and Presidential Committee on Sexual Assault prides itself on serving as a mouthpiece for survivors, seeking to express their frustrations, desires and hopes to administrators with the goal of fostering a safer and more inclusive campus. We are particularly excited this year about our recently released recommendation advocating for the College to “provide financial support covering the full cost of long-term counseling and psychiatric care for student survivors of sexual violence.”
While studying abroad in Japan this past summer, I got a B in every single class — and it was not a tragedy. This may come as a bit of a surprise considering that much of Dartmouth is full of overachievers. Most students here somehow manage to be less competitive with each other than our often equally overachieving counterparts at other Ivy League institutions. Unfortunately, however, this does not stop most of us from competing with ourselves, which can have myriad unintended and potentially dangerous consequences on students’ mental health.
While watching the movie “Straight Outta Compton” (2015) at Loew Auditorium on Oct. 24, I was reminded of ongoing debates over the effectiveness of political protest. The F. Gary Gray-directed biopic is about the late 1980s rap group N.W.A. and its five members, and though many scenes in “Straight Outta Compton” consist of fist brawls and raunchy parties, the movie also highlights protests, riots and how the media and the police respond to these events. “Straight Outta Compton” features a protest against police brutality that predates the Black Lives Matter movement — the 1992 unrest that took place in Los Angeles after the acquittal of four white police officers, who had been caught on videotape beating black taxi driver Rodney King.
We asked our opinion staffthe question: "How useful will the College’s Community Study be? What do you think of the questions being asked and the survey’s setup?"
Facebook, in partnership with five other companies, has recently been sponsoring free and low-cost internet service to people in areas around the world without it, particularly regions of India. The project hopes to expand internet access in these under-served communities by bringing together people who “believe in the power of a connected world.”
On Oct. 25, Republican representatives on the House Select Committee on Benghazi put former Secretary of State and current Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton through an 11-hour period of aggressive interrogation. The hearing once again scrutinized the Sept. 11, 2012 attack by Islamist militants on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, which resulted in the death of four American officials, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens — though the hearing seemed to uncover few new details. It has proven not only that the committee has dubious motives, but also that Clinton possesses the poise we should expect of a leader.