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'Frida' embraces the challenge of art imitating art

(11/19/02 11:00am)

There is a point when the portrayal of art through a different medium can become redundant and mere flattery. While Julie Taymor's new release, "Frida," approaches the limits of such repetition, it escapes that fate thanks to its striking originality. Rather than insulting the genius of Frida Kahlo, the film gives the viewer a new appreciation for the Mexican artist's life and work.

A Misguided Battle

(11/19/02 11:00am)

After getting a good laugh out of Friday's editorial cartoon in The Dartmouth, I realized that little has been said in our paper about the controversy over the membership policies of the Augusta National Golf Club. For those who haven't kept abreast of the issue, Martha Burk -- head of the National Council of Women's Organizations -- sent a letter last summer to Augusta National Chairman Hootie Johnson demanding that the club open its membership to women before the 2003 Masters tournament "or else." The Augusta National, which hosts the most prestigious golf tournament in the world, has never had a woman member. As an Augusta native and a college golfer, I have followed the controversy with interest.

At All Costs

(11/19/02 11:00am)

We are now two weeks removed from the midterm elections, and everyone in the political world is still trying to figure out what to do next. Now a minority in both houses of Congress, the Democrats must provide a stronger opposition to Republicans than ever. Continuing simply to defer to the president on tough issues will hardly give voters a reason to vote for them over Republicans in 2004. The Republicans also must be careful not to overplay their hands and alienate mainstream America by cementing tax cuts for the wealthy, pushing through ultra-conservative judges and slashing social programs. Independent of their policy merits, these measures are just bad politics.

At gun range, area marksmen shoot and socialize

(11/19/02 11:00am)

As I walked up to the padlocked gates of the Grafton County Fish and Game Association (GCFG), the loud shots of double-barreled shotguns struck fear in my heart. I soon saw, however, that I had overeacted. The GCFG turned out to be a laid-back shooting range, a place where target shooting allows members to practice their accuracy as well as socialize with other marksmen.

Repressive Tolerance

(11/18/02 11:00am)

Dartmouth economics professor Bruce Sacerdote '90 recently published a study arguing that the economic disparities slavery created between free blacks and those who were slaves largely dissipated within two generations after emancipation. According to his colleague, Eric Edmonds, he is "really blazing the way in an important area. Prior to his study, this particular area has been ignored" ("Study: Slavery's effects lasted just 2 generations," Nov. 6). Having caught scent of the study, the politically-correct hordes at Dartmouth are up in arms. In a letter to the editor in The Dartmouth ("Overstepping One's Bounds," Nov. 14), Andrew Arthur Schmidt '02 accuses Prof. Sacerdote of "mocking his profession," denounces his conclusion as the "unconscionable" product of either "blatant racism" or "complete ignorance" and tops it off by invoking the Ku Klux Klan and bashing right-wing radio. Similar expressions of outrage and accusations of racism have been circulating via email. A response from the black community is expected in the near future.

How Should We Be Thinking About Inspections?

(11/18/02 11:00am)

In the past 10 days, under the world's close watch, the U.N. Security Council closed rank by unanimously passing a strong new resolution to disarm Iraq. In a letter delivered two days before the U.N. deadline, Iraq tepidly agreed to allow the inspections. Had Iraq overtly opposed the new rules for inspection, then the United States and the United Nations could claim justification for an invasion to at least disarm, and, more likely, to remove Saddam. Saddam, in his insidious passive aggression, defended his decision to allow inspectors by saying that he wanted to frustrate American war-mongers by forcing them to play the U.N. inspections game.