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Microcosm

(10/16/00 9:00am)

If the main event of fall 2000 is the fight for control of the White House, the contest for the House of Representatives may seem to some like more of a mundane side-show. Since winning the House by a large majority is out of the question for both parties, the amount of power up for grabs hardly compares to the high stakes presidential race. The fact is, however, whichever party wins the majority in Congress will decide the success or failure of the next president's agenda. Since the Republicans currently only have a seven-seat majority, there is a strong possibility that the Democrats could take control. Winning seven out of 435 races doesn't sound like too daunting a task, but both Republicans and Democrats agree that there are essentially only a select few "competitive" House races in the country. These 34 district races are so close and the chance that some candidates might even change parties in exchange for a committee assignment , means that it may be impossible to know who is actually controlling the House until the Members are sworn in Jan. 3.






A dream deferred

(10/13/00 9:00am)

Twelve of the world's greatest basketball players assembled in Sydney, Australia, two weeks ago to win a gold medal for the United States in the 2000 Olympics. It presumably would be a formality, but, unlike its two predecessors from 1992 and 1996, The Dream Team found the Olympics to be no cakewalk. Instead, it was two weeks of shame for the team, which nearly lost to Lithuania in the semifinals and then narrowly defeated France in the gold medal game. Despite the gold medal the team won, nothing positive came out of the experience for the Americans, and all they earned was a whole lot of embarrassment.



The Language of Politcs

(10/13/00 9:00am)

The greatest threat to American politics is neither the scarcity of worthy and electable candidates nor the frightening escalation of the politics of personal destruction. What is most dangerous to politics today is the lack of clear and direct communication between candidates and the American people. This deficiency in political interaction has especially negative consequences for the presidential race, as Americans must choose not just their political leader, but also their icon and representative to the rest of the world. The fact that both major presidential candidates are having problems reaching most Americans is therefore a very troubling prospect. With voter turnout rates expected to be as low as usual, Al Gore and George W. Bush need to make serious changes in their efforts to reach Americans.


It's All Greek to Me

(10/13/00 9:00am)

Forgive me if I'm beating a dead horse here, but I'd like to talk about the fate of the Greeks at Dartmouth (if I were a little smarter, I'd come up with a clever mythology pun about Greeks and dead (or wooden) horses, but then again, if I were a little smarter, I'd probably be at Harvard, or at least someplace warmer than this God-forsaken patch of frozen tundra). As you loyal readers of America's oldest college newspaper know, I've been an outspoken supporter of the oft-maligned Greek system for quite some time now. When I came to Dartmouth, I never doubted that I would join a fraternity. I pledged during my sophomore fall and moved into my house during my sophomore summer. Personally, I've had nothing but positive experiences with the Greek system. But, like it or not, the Greeks are under intense scrutiny and some changes are going to be made.










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