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Dean on Education: Not Quite

(11/17/03 11:00am)

On Nov. 13, 2003 Howard Dean addressed a large audience in Alumni Hall. The topic of Dean's talk was higher education. Dean offered a compelling plan to increase access to higher education for those who struggle to pay for college. According to Dean, "the 'College Commitment' plan guarantees eighth graders access to $10,000 per year for postsecondary education. The eighth graders who participate in the program must agree to prepare for and apply to college." Dean went on to say, "after graduating from college, students who participate in the College Commitment plan will never have to pay more than 10 percent of their income on student loan payments. If the students enter public service careers, they will never have to pay more than seven percent of their income." Finally, Dean said, "those students who work and make loan payments on a 10-year schedule will pay off their loans in full." Dean plans to pay for the $6 billion plan by repealing the Bush tax cuts.

Early apps. rise to seven-year high

(11/17/03 11:00am)

While other top schools such as Harvard, Yale and Stanford changed their early admission policies for the class of 2008, Dartmouth stuck with its long-standing early decision program and saw a moderate increase in the number of early applicants for the third year in a row. Early applications rose just over five percent from last year to a seven-year high of 1,270 early decision candidates.

Record Company Idiocy

(11/14/03 11:00am)

I'm sick of the whining. The record companies are acting like how Fat Albert would if someone took away his plump, oozing Twinkie. These companies are crying about their "lost profits," because too many people are downloading mp3s for free. Did it ever occur to these "monster companies" that while their arguments are ideologically sound (e.g., protect the artist's rights, intellectual property), they are pragmatically stupid. Most people will download an mp3, for it's just a click a way, and besides, the monster companies don't need any more money. The monsters just can't stand it -- instead of screwing consumers, the consumers are screwing them. It's bigger and better than any class action lawsuit. Instead of hiring legions of lawyers and suing the consumers to inferno and beyond, these monsters should realize lawsuits aren't the solution. You have to make people want to buy mp3s. These companies were out-innovated by consumers, so instead of whining, dear monsters, innovate and provide the users a more compelling service.

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