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Leukart: Ten Years Later

(06/10/11 2:00am)

I spent the month of April this year racing on foot across Morocco with a camera, working as a television producer on ABC's upcoming adventure-race show, "Expedition Impossible." For 20 days straight, I tried to catch my breath, chasing firemen, professional football players, an 18-year-old girl from Kansas and famous, blind mountaineer Erik Weihenmayer across sand dunes and around ancient Kasbahs.


Five Years Later

(06/10/06 9:00am)

Four years ago, a year after walking across the Dartmouth commencement stage, I wrote an essay for The Dartmouth titled "One Year Later," in which I wrote about spending my post-grad summer with a girlfriend at Dartmouth without any classes to worry about, getting trapped in Europe on Sept. 11, 2001, the differing directions friends go after graduation, and how thinking you have your life figured out as an undergraduate is a big mistake. Now, in the series' second essay, I'm looking back at the five years since I graduated.




High-quality, powerful student productions at the Frosts

(05/18/01 9:00am)

While the winning scripts for the Eleanor Frost Playwriting Festival have been uneven in the past, this year's collection -- "Josephine's Last Rites" by Benjamin Mills '03, "Youth N Asia" by Andrew Chu '01 and "Artemisia's Muse" by Sabrina Peric '03 -- are all consistent, high-quality one-acts with remarkable quality, especially for undergraduate work. In addition to the insightful scripts, the plays' productions are also top-notch, resulting in a refreshing evening of live theater that clocks in at just over two hours.


R.E.M. 'Reveal' their best record in nine years

(05/17/01 9:00am)

The first compact disc I bought was R.E.M.'s "Out of Time," and I admittedly bought it for the bouncy radio single "Shiny Happy People" that made many "real" R.E.M. fans nauseated. But after listening to the treasure chest of incredible tracks on the album that differentiated themselves from mainstream fare, including "Low," "Near Wild Heaven," and "Belong," R.E.M. managed to change my taste in music forever.


A time for tears as nation bids farewell to 'Survivor'

(05/03/01 9:00am)

I'm not sure if I will be able to make it through the next five weeks of my life. As with all good things, CBS's "Survivor: The Australian Outback" will cease with tonight's episode, and there's a lot of crying going on in my dorm room lately: Colby's crying about missing his mother, Tina's crying about missing Doritos (and essentially anything edible), Keith's crying over the engagement to his girlfriend; and of course, my crying over the poignancy of the "Survivor" contestants crying, my crying over Elisabeth's recent exit from the show, and my crying about trying to make it through the final five weeks of my college career and beyond without "Survivor" to keep me company during lonely Thursday nights.



Survivor field narrows down

(03/29/01 10:00am)

By now, they're famous. Elisabeth, Rodger, Nick, Keith, Tina, Colby, Amber, and Jerri are the only castaways remaining on CBS's "Survivor: The Australian Outback." With only seven episodes remaining, their peers have voted half of the contestants off the show already. Let's take a look at what has happened during the last three episodes (last week's episode simply recapped the first seven episodes).


'Pollock' -- a labor of love for Ed Harris

(03/27/01 10:00am)

Abstract art often inevitably draws comments such as, "That's not so great; I could do that myself!" from average museum visitors. To some critics, the Abstract Expressionism invented by Jackson Pollock looks more like the mistaken scribbling and a child's paint spilling instead of an artistic genius. Nevertheless, director and star of "Pollock" Ed Harris obviously is not one of those critics.







'Traffic' offers chilling perspective on drugs, addiction

(01/08/01 11:00am)

In Steven Soderbergh's "Traffic," the U.S. drug czar's daughter has a boyfriend who suggests to her, "I want to have sex and do a [cocaine] hit right as we're both coming." In the bleak world of Soderbergh's film, these are the kind of romantic pickup lines prep school kids use when they can obtain crack cocaine more easily than alcohol.


'Dancer' a welcome surprise in a lackluster film year

(10/17/00 9:00am)

In these cynical times, we think we've seen it all. We've made it through the 1990s, in which popular media massaged us into thinking we were smart, jaded and sophisticated, and in the '00s, we're even above that 20th-century sophistication. After over 100 years of movies, it can seem that there's little room for innovation remaining in the world of cinema, especially after taking in this year's crop of films.


'The Cell': not your ordinary film

(08/22/00 9:00am)

Based solely on a plot summary, Tarsem Singh's "The Cell" sounds like yet another entry into the overstuffed serial killer film genre. In the film, FBI agent Peter Novak (Vince Vaughn from "Swingers") tracks a sadistic serial killer who kidnaps women and then drowns them. With little time available to locate the next to-be-victim, Peter attempts to create a window into the serial killer's mind by using a futuristic device designed for coma-therapy. Using the machine, child therapist Catherine Deane (Jennifer Lopez) literally enters the thoughts of the serial killer to determine his motives and the location of the kidnapped woman.


The Dartmouth boogies with Bill Gates

(08/08/00 9:00am)

REDMOND, Wa. -- It's tough to resign yourself to mediocrity. Most Americans spend their years in school learning how to be individuals, how to be leaders and how to make their mark on the world. But in the end, the problem is that there's simply too many of us. The reality is that we cannot all change the world, because there's not enough room for two of Bill Gates, or two Presidents of the United States, or even two "West Wing" actors to play the President of the United States.





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