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A Squirrel For All Seasons

(11/10/97 11:00am)

Anyone who has ever taken Chem 5 with Professor Kull has come out of the class having learned his theories on nature. One that stood out to me particularly was a tangent regarding why people tend to hate rats, but like squirrels. The argument was something to the effect of this: Rats have hairless, scaley-looking tails, squirrels have furry tails. Perhaps, Professor Kull submitted, the naked tails of rats subconsciously remind us of snakes, and we don't like snakes because in prehistoric times we competed with them when foraging for eggs.

Prejudice Against Whites Comes from Prejudice Originated By Other Whites

(11/10/97 11:00am)

I am a very prejudiced person. Far be it from me to pretend as if I do not emit racism, sexism, homophobia, ethnocentrism and classism into the Dartmouth environment on a regular basis; and while I blame a society that does not care for its children for most of my acculturated bigotry, I do not absolve myself of the responsibility of perpetuating jingoist attitudes, nor do I deny my greater obligation to attempt to prevent the transmission of my narrow-mindedness to my children.

Why to Say No to Cloning

(11/10/97 11:00am)

Recently I read a news clip dealing with cloning, which with the constant advance of technology has become quite a hot topic over the years. First it was mice, then some other small animal volunteered (sure it did) to have its innards cut out and its cells reorganized, and now the powers that be are thinking humans. So, this being an editorial, I figured I'd throw my two cents in: the concept of cloning humans is ridiculous. Don't try it at home. Don't even try it in high-tech Edinburgh labs (or labORatries as the British would say) for that matter. It's a dangerous door to open -- a Pandora's Box if you will -- and is sure to have dire consequences in the long run.

A Travel Tale From Down Under

(11/10/97 11:00am)

This summer my family took a trip to Aus tralia. They teasingly told me that if I "wasn't too grown up to vacation with them" I was invited along. I decided I was no where near too grown up for an all-expense-paid trip and selflessly agreed to the free food, hotel and airfare. I stated that I would be more than happy to follow them to the country where beer is pronounced as a two syllable word and you can ask for it at 18. This trip was not my first time traveling with my family. During previous trips we often had disagreements and miscommunications which taught us all the importance of being able to compromise. For example, on this trip we decided we would try to travel relatively lightly and everyone agreed to only take one bag. Even mom agreed to the one bag plan -- one bag for her clothes, one for her shoes and one for her toiletries. Like I said, compromise is the key.

King speech sparks DRA-CUAD clash

(11/10/97 11:00am)

Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, has earned a somewhat controversial reputation for some of her views on civil rights protections. But controversy actually preceded King's visit to campus -- in the form of a heated exchange of electronic-mail messages between the Conservative Union at Dartmouth and the Dartmouth Rainbow Alliance over the weekend.

Big Green hopeful Lions might be cure

(11/07/97 11:00am)

What a difference two weeks makes. Sitting at 5-0 and on a 22-game unbeaten streak, the Columbia game was circled as the opportunity to break Penn's Division I-AA record unbeaten streak of 24 games. Now, after consecutive drubbings at the hands of Lehigh and Harvard on Memorial Field, the Big Green bring their tattered reputation and season to New York in desperate search of a win to keep their Ivy title hopes alive.

The Trials and Tribulations of Off-Campus Housing

(11/07/97 11:00am)

I was in my living room last week on Thursday night or early Friday morning when I heard this tremendous crash in the nearby kitchen. Next, I heard the shrill of my roommate's voice. I jumped up to see what had happened. I wasn't too surprised. My roommate (one of them) had nearly been killed by a kitchen light fixture that fell to the ground, splintering into a million sharp pieces.

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