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Volleyball comes up empty in weekend homestand

(11/01/05 11:00am)

The Dartmouth volleyball team ended its homestand with disappointment this weekend. The four-match stretch began last weekend with a strong showing, taking a game against league-leading Cornell and sweeping Columbia to put the Big Green in position to make progress in the Ivy League standings. However, the team failed to capitalize on the opportunity to bolster its Ivy League marks as it lost two winnable matches in front of a home crowd in Hanover this weekend to Penn (8-12, Ivy 5-4) and Princeton (14-6, Ivy 5-4).

Respect Religious Needs

(11/01/05 11:00am)

A few short weeks ago, I was forced to make the most difficult decision of my time at Dartmouth. Upon realizing that two of my exams for a certain course would conflict with the Jewish holidays, I wrote the professor to explain the situation and to request an alternate test date. I was confident that the professor would respond positively -- as had all of my professors during my freshman year. However, this professor did not immediately grant my request, and instead went to his supervisor in order to determine whether or not it was necessary to grant such an accommodation on religious grounds.

There turns out to be holes in Madden's 'Proof'

(10/31/05 11:00am)

Aimed squarely at the intelligentsia and film-festival crowd, "Proof" is a literate film in every sense of the word -- talky and serious, with occasional bursts of cynical humor. Like "Pi" and "A Beautiful Mind" before it, "Proof," based on a Pulitzer-Prize-winning Broadway play by David Auburn, explores the thin line between genius and madness, extending it beyond the principal to question the legacy and responsibilities of children born to geniuses. It also delves into thriller territory for a while, tackling issues of intellectual property and authorship.

Rodrigues and Co. present different side of Brazilian music

(10/31/05 11:00am)

Brazilian bossa nova singer Virginia Rodrigues performed at the Hopkins Center on Friday night. Although Dartmouth students were sparse, Spaulding Auditorium was still filled with fans from the Hanover area. Fernando Ausin '06, one of the few students who attended, found that the concert showcased a "variety that didn't apply to the Hanover audience," unlike last spring's "unbelievable" Fado concert, which was the previous Brazilian music event on campus.

Men's hockey disappointed with 6-2 loss to Harvard

(10/31/05 11:00am)

In a reversal from the recent nail-bitter finishes which had underscored the storied Dartmouth-Harvard hockey rivalry, the Crimson overtook the Big Green 6-2 with a crushing third-quarter effort on Saturday at Cambridge. Harvard's NHL-like run-and-gun offensive plan paid dividends in the final frame in the form of three unanswered goals, giving Dartmouth its second 0-1 start in as many years.

Big Green football falls 42-14 to Harvard in Cambridge

(10/31/05 11:00am)

Against a big rival, records can often prove irrelevant. Two years ago, behind the miraculous diving reception of Andrew Hall '05 that can only be called, "The Catch," the Big Green shocked Harvard in Cambridge with a 30-16 victory. One year ago, despite finishing with a 1-9 record, Dartmouth came a point shy of upending the Crimson at Memorial Field and spoiling its perfect season before a failed two-point conversion led to a 13-12 Harvard win.

True takes first as men's cross country wins Ivy title

(10/31/05 11:00am)

The Big Green men continued to trample the competition Friday, placing its first five in the top 12, including a first place finish from Ben True '08, to win the Ivy League title in the Heptagonal Championships, held at Van Cordlandt Park in New York City. The women, meanwhile, saw solid runs from its top two, but could only muster enough behind them to take seventh.

Lest the Old Traditions Fail

(10/31/05 11:00am)

In 1971, Orlando, Florida became every child's favorite place when Walt Disney World opened its gates. In 1971, Apollo 14 successfully landed on the moon and Alan Shepard played his famous game of lunar golf. In 1971, South Vietnamese troops, backed by American air and artillery support, invaded Laos. In 1971, the Nasdaq stock index showed its face for the first time. In 1971, Bruce Lee's "Fists of Fury" hit the box office. And in 1971, the Native Americans at Dartmouth released a statement requesting that the Dartmouth "Indian" symbol cease to represent our school as the mascot.

The Merits of Instant-Runoff Voting

(10/31/05 11:00am)

I won't pretend to fully understand the political machinations and maneuverings of our tremendously committed alumni with regard to the election of trustees. Just as the members of the class of 2002 and 2003 baffle me every time they show up for yet another Winter Carnival or Green Key, the folks who spend hundreds of dollars on full-page ads in The Dartmouth and seemingly invest all their time in alumni politics make me wonder whether I'll spend the next sixty years of my life rehashing my glory days over blitz from a cubicle in Manhattan.