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Although the 10-week term can get busy, I do make an effort to attend events that candidates host on campus. These are immensely valuable to all students, regardless of political affiliation. Students who lean right should go out and see Democrats, just like students who lean left should go out and see Republicans. In such a polarized political climate, we should be making every effort to listen to what the other side of the aisle has to say, instead of dismissing it as white noise. Campaign events are the perfect venue for such dialogue. Likewise, events on campus are a great way to get past the talking heads that populate the political arena. By attending, we have the opportunity to judge candidates for ourselves instead of relying on outside analysis. We can ask questions and think critically about candidates’ responses. To an extent, we get to set the agenda. With the New Hampshire primary quickly approaching, this is a chance that no Dartmouth student should pass up.
Students tend to think about opportunities like studying abroad in terms of how they contribute to their major. Going to Spain obviously benefits someone studying Spanish, just as studying abroad in China benefits someone interested in East Asian studies. A student’s interests, however, do not have to be internationally related for a term abroad to be valuable; studying abroad is useful for a student of any major. As an English major and writer, I know that travelling can help me discover creative possibilities that would be impossible if I simply stayed on campus every term. This discovery does not depend on travelling with the English department. Many writers who I respect took inspiration from visiting other countries, such as Zora Neale Hurston, whose “Tell My Horse” was spurred by a visit to Haiti and Jamaica. And collaboration between scientists from multiple countries to develop new theories and experiments is common, therefore taking STEM courses in another country helps a student grow accustomed to a globalized world of science. Studying abroad also has benefits outside of the academic as the experience leads to adaptability in new situations, independence and, most importantly, open-mindedness.
We asked our opinion staff: "Do you plan on voting in the upcoming New Hampshire primary? Why or why not?"
We asked our opinion staff: "How will the new house communities affect Dartmouth?"
We asked our opinion staffthe question: "How useful will the College’s Community Study be? What do you think of the questions being asked and the survey’s setup?"
The responses to the Association of American Universities campus climate survey certainly put the College above national norms or expectations regarding sexual assault awareness and reaction. Our campus is known to have a high incidence of sexual assault — this could either mean that we have more assaults than other schools or that assaults on our campus are reported more often than elsewhere. Either way, the recent survey responses prove that Dartmouth students, on average, are relatively more receptive to and likely to take action in the case of sexual assault or misconduct. These statistics and our status in relation to national averages, however, cannot make us complacent or distract us from our mission. Just because we are doing better than other schools does not mean we are doing well. Just because our students are more aware of, more likely to act on and even more likely to report sexual assault or misconduct, does not mean that we have reached our goal. We need to force ourselves to act without regard to our relative status. Receptiveness and awareness of sexual assault is not another Ivy League numbers game. It is not about competing with schools across the nation — it is about competing with ourselves. The survey gives us a good perspective on where we are, but it should not distract from where we are aiming to be.
Most College policies generate some mixed opinions among the student body, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen one with such a unanimous opposition such as this. It’s also disastrous for our international appeal — Dartmouth’s name brand isn’t huge outside of the United States in the same way a big research university like Harvard University, Columbia University or even Duke University’s brand is.
We asked our Opinion Staff to reflect on Dartmouth's new "Citizenship Pledge."
While this doesn’t apply to everyone, I think in my case, I don’t wish I knew anything more than I did. For me, the process of discovery of the amazing world available to me at Dartmouth has made me who I am, with revelations of holes in my knowledge and understanding individual discovery spurring me to learn more and develop into a better person. After three years here, I have a greater appreciation of everything in life than I could have ever possibly hoped for before. My only regret is that because this process has taken my three full years, I only have one year left to fully appreciate everything — so I’ll make the best of it that I can and encourage everyone else to do the same.
Do you think Dartmouth students engage enough with the Upper Valley?
While it is still early in the race for the White House, several have already embarked on the campaign trail. Despite recent controversies surrounding his “luxury speedboat” (a 24-foot offshore fishing boat) and some ancient speeding tickets, Marco Rubio is the man to watch in the coming months. Not only does Rubio add much-needed diversity to the Republican field, he also relates to many working-class Americans. The son of poor Cuban immigrants, Rubio is in some ways the antithesis of his next-door neighbor, Jeb Bush. While the two Republican contenders hail from the same zip code, they could not be more different. Rubio’s story is not one of wealth and opulence, and it might be just what voters need to hear.
We asked our opinion staff: "What are your thoughts on the proposal to end the non-recording option? What are the benefits or disadvantages of the NRO?"
We asked our opinion staff: "What purpose does Student Assembly serve? What sorts of changes would you like to see from SA leaders?"
We asked our opinion staff: "What do you think Alpha Delta fraternity’s derecognition implies for the Greek system at large? Do you think that it will influence people’s behavior in the future? What are your thoughts on the campus’s response?"
Given the implications of “Moving Dartmouth Forward,” what is the role of an undergraduate advisor? Should they be responsible for strict enforcement of new College policies, or should they prioritize other goals?
We asked our opinion staff: "In a statement responding to its extended suspension due to branding allegations, Alpha Delta fraternity attorney George Ostler suggested that branding, as a form of self-expression, does not fully satisfy the definition of hazing. Broadly speaking, what criteria should determine the College’s hazing policy, and to what extent should they cover optional or personal choices?"
Should Greek houses go local? If so, should the College mandate it?
I can see why banning hard alcohol would seem like a sound solution for binge drinking, but it seems unclear what makes administrators believe it is feasible. It is already against state law and Dartmouth policies for underage students to drink, yet this clearly does not stop them from accessing alcohol. It is absurd to expect older students not to consume hard alcohol in College-owned housing, when such a practice is very legal just a few hundred feet away in downtown Hanover. Enforcing this policy will undoubtedly be a challenge.
What problems do you see with Dartmouth’s current grading scheme, and what changes would you suggest to College grading policies?
What limits to free speech, if any, are acceptable?