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Over the Weekend

(11/11/96 11:00am)

Men's Tennis: The Big Green successfully closed out their fall campaign at the Rolex Tennis Championships this weekend. Three players advanced to the round of 32 in the always nationally competitive tournament. Erich Holzer '99 upset eight-seeded Philip Tseng of Harvard 6-4, 6-3 before falling to Navy's top player, Silas Bouyer 7-6, 6-4. Andrew Evans '00 and Rob Chen '00 also advanced two rounds over the weekend before losing. For complete story, see tomorrow's issue.

Football blitzes Columbia 40-0, moves to 8-0

(11/11/96 11:00am)

The Big Green couldn't have dreamed of a better execution of their game plan against Columbia. They went in knowing they needed to balance their offense, play strong run defense, control the clock and not turn the ball over. They did just that to gain their first shutout in four years, humiliating the Lions, 40-0, on Saturday afternoon. The margin of victory was the largest over an Ivy League opponent this year.

Problems with 'PC'

(11/11/96 11:00am)

I'm writing in response to the many harsh things I have heard said against political correctness, a phrase I believe has been abused for too long on college campuses. Let me begin by addressing the concerns I have heard against the use of political correct terminology. One concern is that political correctness makes everything unnecessarily confusing and, as a result, it's hard to figure out what to say. A second concern I often hear is that it is not honest to make someone say something they don't really feel like saying. A third, which is closely related, has to do with the fact that political correctness violates or inhibits our freedom of speech. A fourth is the idea that it is not necessary to use politically correct terms because they don't change the meaning the speaker is trying to convey.

Theistic Thought

(11/11/96 11:00am)

Drowning in Religion," by Brian Reilly '99, [The Dartmouth, Nov. 7] is a disturbingly pessimistic column that encourages the "erasure of all questions and articulations of faith." Reilly argues that contemplating the question "What is God?" is irrelevant and sacrilegious since human minds are incapable of completely understanding the complex and holy nature of God. He concludes that this theistic question exceeds its theism and erases humanity.

Dangers of the Over-Systematic Impulse

(11/11/96 11:00am)

The influence that the vagaries of language have over our mental processes is immense, and potentially very dangerous. One of the more pernicious impulses we see today is the urge to classify and schematize all things under the sun. The perceived need for this extreme systematization, I believe, is the product mainly of the staggering degree to which all intellectual discourse has been remodeled along academic lines, since it is principally for study and research purposes that gross generalization and categorization become necessary.