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Fletcher: Truth in Experience

(10/17/14 2:10am)

When I was asked to recount my experience editing and publishing “Telling the Truth” (Jan. 25, 2012), the opinion column that sparked much of the current discussion about hazing and the value of Dartmouth’s Greek system, I was lukewarm about the idea. The column, by Andrew Lohse ’12, was one of the most important pieces published during my tenure as the 2012 editor-in-chief of The Dartmouth, but I had largely put my role in editing the piece behind me, and I prefer to focus on the conversations that have taken place since.

Fletcher: Living in Liminal Space

(06/07/13 2:00am)

When I was a child, I had a nagging fear that other people could read my thoughts. I don't know when children first acquire the dangerous and wonderful ability of self-consciousness, but for as long as I can remember, a little piece of me has worried what others would think if they could know my deepest, strangest thoughts. Perhaps this is normal and allows societies to continue functioning by the arbitrary rules that they make up, but sometimes I think these wrinkles in my self-confidence are just another weird facet of my personality.

Daily Debriefing

(08/23/11 2:00am)

The College has obtained $7 million in loans to establish five or six new physical plants for Greek organizations, according to the Class of 2010 Class Council minutes from the May Alumni Council meeting. About 70 percent of upperclassmen are now affiliated with Greek organizations on campus, according to the notes. The top priorities for Greek organizations include creating more social spaces on campus, managing risk, supporting sororities and creating advisory groups for local Greek organizations, according to the notes. Additionally, previously disbanded fraternities may come back to campus in the coming years, according to the notes. Former Dean of the College Sylvia Spears gave the presentation on Greek life, according to alumni councillor Allie Miller '10.

Worse Case Scenario: Survival Guide to Freshman Fall

(08/09/11 2:00am)

Although Dartmouth alumnus Dr. Seuss promises that you're 98 and percent guaranteed to succeed (barring a drug scandal or getting Parkhursted), unexpected speed bumps may arise during your time at the College. Have no fear, though, comrades, because I have compiled a worst-case scenario survival guide to help you navigate the awkward hook-ups and (literally) gut-wrenching hangovers that you may encounter.

Letter from the editor

(07/29/11 2:00am)

We are now halfway done with our time here, and I think it's safe to say we've all grown tremendously. While I still want to be Dear Abby or a National Geographic writer (or maybe even the next Ira Glass on "This American Life"), it's time for me to start thinking about real-life career options and how I will become a competitive young minnow in the terrifying job market ocean. My own musings about the future inspired this week's Mirror theme, about our current and future aspirations and how we hope to get there. Our priorities and objectives may be different, but I think in the end we all share a core set of values about wanting to be happy, successful and comfortable with our decisions. Whether you want to be an investment banker or a marine or a teacher, we are all receiving the best education money can buy, so in the words of St. Ignatius Loyola, I hope we all manage to go forth and set the world on fire.

Klein urges public school reform

(07/29/11 2:00am)

Former New York City public schools chancellor and current News Corporation executive vice president Joel Klein described the "crisis" facing the American school system in an increasingly globalized economy and explained how competition and innovation can improve the quality of schools in a lecture in Moore Theater on Thursday. Klein, who lectured to an audience of approximately 350 people, is the sixth speaker in the Summer term lecture series, Leading Voices in Politics and Policy.

DP2 program receives praise

(07/29/11 2:00am)

DP2, funded by an anonymous gift of an undisclosed amount to the athletic department, will begin offering new and enhanced services to athletes at the end of August to provide a "more cutting edge experience," according to Drew Galbraith, senior associate athletic director for peak performance. He emphasized that the program is still in its beginning stages and will evolve as its leaders determine what is needed and what works.

Yeti robot designed to detect polar crevasses

(07/19/11 2:00am)

Yeti, a lightweight, one square meter vehicle designed to travel over snow and rough terrain, uses ground-penetrating radar technology revolutionized by CRREL researcher Steven Arcone Th'77, a research geophysicist for the Yeti project, according to project participant Eric Tautmann '07 Th'09. The technology uses electromagnetic radiation to detect reflected signals from below the ground's surface.

Summer plans: A guide to fun in moderation

(07/15/11 2:00am)

We are supposedly at the pinnacle of our Dartmouth fun, the magical term when the stars align and NROs are rampant. If we believe what we are told, we should be filling our days with unapologetic drinking, riverside orgies and endless merriment. While most of us have already experienced some of the carefree moments of our own little summer Shangri-La, sometimes fun seems to come at the cost of too much else.

Daily Debriefing

(07/15/11 2:00am)

A new grade inflation study published in Teachers College Record revealed that As constitute 43 percent of grades awarded to students at four-year colleges and universities, a 28 percent increase since 1960, Inside Higher Ed reported. The study was conducted by Stuart Rojstaczer, a retired professor of geology, civil engineering and environment at Duke University, and computer science professor Christopher Healy of Furman University. Rojstaczer and Healy used historical data from 200 colleges and universities and contemporary data from 135 schools. They found that private universities award a higher percentage of As than public universities, and southern universities award a smaller percentage of As than schools in the North, Midwest and West. The study found that such high grade inflation is problematic because it makes it more difficult to distinguish excellence, which forces graduate schools and employers to focus more on standardized test scores, Inside Higher Ed reported.

Editors' Note

(05/20/11 2:00am)

Unlike other big weekends, Green Key has no major decades-old traditions - the weekend has evolved immensely since its days of "imported" female students and chariot racing. But what has remained constant is the relief that Green Key celebrations provide to Dartmouth students. Winter, especially this past one, is long and hard in New Hampshire and this weekend represents a celebration of a change in weather, season and spirit.