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Walter Palmer, a Minnesota dentist with a penchant for sports hunting, has recently been the focus of international headlines and public outrage due to his fatal shooting of Cecil, a reportedly well-known and beloved lion in a national park in Zimbabwe. The 13-year-old carnivore was notable for being the subject of an Oxford University study on animal tracking, and his death has sparked discussion about a common practice regarding big-game hunting in both the United States and across Africa — the sale of hunting licenses to fund wildlife conservation. In Palmer’s case, he paid approximately $54,000 for the right and permits to kill and export a male lion from the Hwange Game Reserve — although not Cecil, specifically. While authorities are questioning the legality of this particular hunting safari, there is no doubt that trophy hunting is permitted in several countries, including Zimbabwe, South Africa, Tanzania, Namibia, Zambia and Botswana — as well as in the U.S. The dealing of these licenses is often an integral source of funding for wildlife conservation in these countries, but this makes little sense from a commercial standpoint and even less from a moral one.
When I ask friends about what drew them to Dartmouth — and what makes the College stand out amongst the other Ivy League universities — they often refer to the strong outdoor culture and the appeal of the down-to-earth atmosphere. As I progress in my own Dartmouth experience, I am realizing more and more that this appraisal is right on the mark. The opportunity to take advantage of the outdoors — whether it be a day on the slopes at the Dartmouth Skiway or a weekend trip to Moosilauke Lodge — often proves to be the perfect antidote to a taxing week of studying for midterms or writing essays. The New Hampshire landscape is an inextricable part of the College’s ethos and as such continues to play an integral part in the Dartmouth student experience. This is reflected in the symbol of the Lone Pine proudly emblazoned on the College’s flag, as well as in the motto “vox clamantis in deserto,” or “the voice of one crying out in the wilderness.” It is nearly impossible to leave the College without gaining an appreciation for the outdoors and the value that it can add to everyday life, from the very start of Freshman year, with First-Year Trips, to the singing of the Alma Mater at graduation — “And the granite of New Hampshire, in their muscles and their brains”.
Dartmouth’s strong outdoor culture — reflected in the enduring tradition of the Dartmouth Outing Club, high level of environmental awareness and campus-wide enthusiasm for natural sports — is often cited as one of its biggest draws. The opportunity to spend a day enjoying the New Hampshire wilderness — whether it be a day on the slopes at the Dartmouth Skiway or a weekend trip to Moosilauke Lodge — frequently proves to be the perfect antidote to a taxing week.
When President Barack Obama arrived in Nairobi last Friday, he was greeted by thousands of Kenyans flooding the streets in celebration of his arrival. Although the atmosphere was festive, there was an undercurrent of tension throughout the visit. In the past year, the country has enacted policies targeting gays and lesbians as well as ethnic minority groups. The unease surrounding these issues came to a head during a press conference where Obama said, “When you start treating people differently, because they’re different, that’s the path whereby freedoms begin to erode.” Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta voiced his disagreement, saying, “There are some things that we must admit we don’t share — our culture, our societies don’t accept”. This awkward exchange, a mixture of diplomacy and defensiveness, is emblematic of the complex relationship between the United States and Africa.
How do we define terrorism? Although the word often calls to mind violence, insurgency and extremism, it has proven to be a difficult concept to describe in more concrete terms.
The recent nuclear accord struck between the P5+1 and Iran, the result of over 20 months of intense negotiation, is clearly a win-win. The deal not only promises to bring greater stability to a tumultuous Middle East, but also, perhaps more importantly, marks a shift in the historically adversarial relationship between the United States and Iran. Although there is still significant tension between the two nations, it sets a precedent for cooperation and compromise.