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How Alumni Balloting Works

(10/31/05 11:00am)

As Chair of the Alumni Council Trustee Nominating and Search Committee, I must, on behalf of the committee, take issue with College Trustee T.J. Rodgers '70's current characterization of the trustee ballot as being comprised of "establishment candidates" and wish to explain just how the non-petition candidates earn their place on the ballot ("Alums spar over proposed constitution," Oct. 28).

Some firms exclude College students from internships

(10/31/05 11:00am)

After completing an internship in Washington, D.C., this summer, David Rothenberg '08 thought he would work in a different field during the remaining weeks before classes started. Rothenberg approached the brokerage firm Smith Barney about an internship but found that the firm's unpaid internships were only available for students who were earning credit from their schools for the experience.

Big Green football heads to Cambridge an underdog

(10/28/05 9:00am)

Dartmouth football has, unfortunately, learned to start small and appreciate gains here and there. For instance, the team's heralded homecoming victory over Columbia is seen as a positive step forward and a potential momentum-booster even while Columbia has resided in the doghouse of the Ivy League for almost four decades. And thank the Lord for Colgate, without which the Big Green would lack entirely in the category of impressive wins. Nevertheless, football season is ten weeks long and one game can transform a lost cause into a worthy year.

Bonfire Rites

(10/28/05 9:00am)

Ah, Homecoming: when the Dartmouth community initiates idealistic, wide-eyed freshmen by way of a frenzied, ritualistic pyre. The century-old Homecoming tradition exudes school spirit as the community gathers together for a parade through town and a culminating ceremony on the Green. For freshmen, this climax of Homecoming builds character and a sense of belonging.

No Place at Dartmouth

(10/28/05 9:00am)

I think most students at Dartmouth would agree that we are a fairly tolerant and respectful place. We try not to shoot people down even if they disagree with what we have to say. We make an effort to combat racism, sexism, poverty and homophobia. Sometimes we come up short. Sometimes we do not try hard enough. Sometimes we do not care, but as far as most places in the United States are concerned, Hanover, N.H., is probably one of the more tolerant and respectful of diversity. Dartmouth prides itself each year on having the "most diverse class to date." As well we should. A diversity of viewpoints, backgrounds and ideas creates a vibrant community. This belief lies at the heart of a liberal arts education -- an institution that strives to educate students through exposure. As Dean of Admissions Karl Furstenberg told my education class on Wednesday, Dartmouth's goal is to produce graduates that are aware of and knowledgeable about the world around them.

Verbum Ultimum

(10/28/05 9:00am)

For those not bogged down with midterms, papers or the pressures of finding a job, there were a number of special lectures and events this past Wednesday, all provocatively named. The eager Dartmouth student could choose between "Jesus in America," "Fantasies Matter: Pornography, Sexuality and Relationships" or, the most surprisingly titled, "Btches in the Basement." While all three talks touched on topics of interest to the average Dartmouth student, "Btches in the Basement," with its frank discussion of the relationship between Greek organizations and sexual assault on this campus, was perhaps the most relevant to our day-to-day lives. And the organizers should be commended for putting together such a diverse panel, drawing a large crowd, and leading a worthwhile debate. It is problematic, however, that such an event needed an arguably offensive title. If the purpose of creating such a forum is to enable dialogue, to introduce biased or derogatory terms into the discussion from the beginning lessens the impact of the resulting conversation. Furthermore, while creating such a debate is valuable, it is discouraging that the ideas put forth have little impact once people leave the event.

Mountain Goats highlight intimate FNR

(10/27/05 9:00am)

This Friday, John Darnielle, vocalist and guitarist for The Mountain Goats, will be performing at Fuel along with bassist Peter Hughes, bringing with him a sound generated by personal experiences and pure human emotion. The Prayers and Tears of Arthur Digby Sellers, who will open and at times provide backup sounds for The Mountain Goats, promise to complement Darnielle's simplistic resonance with their gentle melodies and warmhearted musicality. Friday Night Rock expects this to be one of the most intimate performances Dartmouth has hosted this term.

What Florida Can Teach Us

(10/27/05 9:00am)

As I am a proud, native Floridian, there is one thing that has irritated me to the point of exasperation recently, and I will use this column to address it. This past week Hurricane Wilma tore through southern Florida, causing damage that seemed minor in comparison with past storms but that was significant enough to leave more than six million Floridians without power in its wake. For a couple of days -- although few on campus probably noticed because the hurricane neatly coincided with Homecoming weekend -- the media swarmed over Florida, bracing for the next Katrina, unabashedly eager with anticipation.