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Who Else is Sick of This Topic?

(10/26/99 9:00am)

Is it just me or does Centerbrook sound like the name of a mental hospital? I don't expect anyone to think my opinion has any merit whatsoever. Not only am I rarely taken seriously in general, but add the pretty significant fact that I've been taking classes at Dartmouth for only a month and it gives me a complete lack of any semblance of legitimacy. Any random upperclassman could ramble on and on about Dartmouth, how it operates, what makes it tick, and I'm sitting here, twiddling my thumbs. I can't claim to know everything about this school and as I start up on my own ramblings I don't really expect anyone to take them to heart. But, in case you do happen to care, this is how one '03 sees it.

Baby Boomers' Babies

(10/26/99 9:00am)

On a cold and rainy January day, in the year 2029, the Social Security system as we know it, will come to a crashing halt. With no money left in the trust fund, the federal employees in charge of mailing out Social Security checks will instead have to draft apology letters to the millions of people born in the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

I Love Bruce Springsteen

(10/26/99 9:00am)

When I find myself in social situations that require an impromptu conversation starter, I usually begin with three quick personal facts: I'm from Norfolk, VA; I am one of the few people ever arrested for biking five miles naked on the Virginia Beach boardwalk; and I love Bruce Springsteen. For various reasons, I find that these three brief statements define my character fairly well. But if asked to elaborate on Bruce, I usually get flustered and distressingly inarticulate. So if you'll please indulge me this week, I'd like to put my liberal arts education to good use and offer a tribute to my hero.

Brutally violent 'Fight Club' throws a mean punch

(10/25/99 9:00am)

When Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) screams the first and second rule of Fight Club -- "You do not talk about Fight Club" -- Tyler makes a statement more ironic than he could possibly know. The fact that "Fight Club" can brag about its status as the most talked about movie of the fall is only a side-note. Fincher's adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's book by the same name is so thought-provoking, frightening and confrontational that it is difficult to avoid discussing at length.

Time For a Change

(10/25/99 9:00am)

Over the past few weeks, the United States Congress has reached a stalemate in the policymaking process because of the rhetoric and rancor of partisan fighting. A wall of inactivity has been hit and both houses are exhibiting the inability to get the job done. In the House of Representatives, Republicans have been working on drafting the federal budget for the fiscal year that began on October 1. However, when passed on to President Clinton, it was quickly vetoed. Some may see this as our government working effectively -- the legislative and executive branches are keeping each other in check. However, the battle over the budget is a symbol of the hostility that exists between the House Republicans and the President. One must not forget that a few months ago, this legislative body impeached President Clinton. Undoubtedly, that has affected the working relationship. The battle for the budget is not a concern for the good of the country but rather which party can come out on top and be in the better position to win control of the House in 2000. Furthermore, it is Clinton's chance to add a notch to his Administration's list of accomplishments before leaving office.

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