Daily Debriefing

by Emma Fidel | 11/24/08 4:30am

Becky Ball, a post-doctoral fellow in Dartmouth's environmental

studies program, welcomed young readers to the second field season

of her Antarctica research blog last week. Ball, along with three other

Dartmouth scientists and a research team from Colorado State University,

will study the microorganisms and nutrient elements in Antarctic soil this

winter, according to the blog. Research will take place in the McMurdo Dry

Valleys, a polar desert where the ice has retreated. Ball's goal is to use the

blog as an educational tool for elementary and middle school teachers by

displaying pictures and detailed stories from her experience in Antarctica,

according to Dartmouth's Office of Public Affairs web site.

Long-time Dartmouth administrator and coach Alden "Whitey"

Burnham passed away on Nov. 18, at the age of 85. Burnham, the College's

only three-sport coach, came to Dartmouth in 1960 to coach soccer

and lacrosse and began coaching wrestling in 1961, according to the

Dartmouth Athletic Department's web site. Burnham spent nine seasons

at Dartmouth, coaching the 1964 and 1965 Ivy League championship

teams in men's lacrosse, as well as the 1964 Ivy League championship

men's soccer team. Burnham became the assistant director of athletics

at Dartmouth in 1969 and the associate director of athletics for development

and alumni affairs in 1983. He also served as the president of the

National Soccer Coaches Association of America and was chairman of

the All-America selection committee for 14 years. Burnham Field, home

to Dartmouth's soccer teams, was dedicated to Burnham in spring 2008

at the request of lead donor Stan Smoyer '34.

Bob Jones University, a fundamentalist Christian college in South

Carolina, posted a statement on its web site Thursday apologizing for

the racially-charged policies the university maintained until 2000. The

university did not admit black students until 1971 and prohibited interracial

dating among students until 2000, the Chronicle of Higher Education

reported on Friday. In March 2000, Bob Jones III, the university's

president until 2005, announced that he would reverse the dating policy

on Larry King Live. "For almost two centuries American Christianity,

including BJU in its early stages, was characterized by the segregationist

ethos of American culture," the web statement said. "Consequently,

for far too long, we allowed institutional policies regarding race to be

shaped more directly by that ethos than by the principles and precepts

of the Scriptures. We conformed to the culture rather than provide a clear

Christian counterpoint to it. In so doing, we failed to accurately represent

the Lord and to fulfill the commandment to love others as ourselves. For

these failures we are profoundly sorry." Stephen Jones, the university's

current president and Bob Jones III's son, issued the statement because

he said he still receives questions about the university's race relations,

according to the Chronicle.

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