Daily Debriefing

by Lia Grigg | 11/13/07 3:14am

The Dartmouth Athletic Department sponsored a special deal on ski helmets with the Golf and Ski Warehouse Monday night at the Leverone Field House. The College holds this special purchase program in an effort to promote ski safety and in order to make affordable the helmets now required for all students participating in Physical Education Ski and Snowboard classes. Golf and Ski Warehouse brought technicians to help with fittings and offered three different brands of helmets at 40% off normal retail prices. The deal was offered to all members of the Dartmouth community with the presentation of proper Dartmouth identification.

Robert Fogelin, Dartmouth's Sherman Fairchild Professor in the Humanities, Emeritus, has been awarded an Emeritus Fellowship by the Andrew Mellon Foundation to support his studies of philosophy, according to a Dartmouth press release issued Monday. Fogelin is currently writing a book titled "Pyrrhonian Reflections on Meaning and Truth and Truth," in which he explores theories of meaning. The fellowship will support Fogelin's research on the topic, as well as enable him to converse with other philosophers as a visiting scholar at New York University and the University of California at Berkeley. In his proposal, Fogelin emphasized the role of conversations in developing philosophical arguments. "Unsubstantiated ideas have a short half-life in philosophical conversations," he wrote. "Ideas that survive such conversations have a soundness to them often missing from the products of solitary contemplation."

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a bill on federal higher education policy last Friday, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. The legislation seeks to create new grant programs for colleges, as well as hold institutions accountable for rising tuition costs. The House bill would also require schools to crack down on illegal downloading on their campuses. Under the Act, colleges would be awarded grants for restraining their tuition growth and in order to develop programs providing an alternative to Internet piracy. The House education committee will discuss the legislation on Wednesday. The Senate passed their own version of the bill unanimously in July.