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Beware of Financial Predators

(11/09/05 11:00am)

Nurtured, fed and defended since hatching, there comes the time for every fledgling bird to leave the safety of its mother's nest and fly off on unsteady wings into the dangers of the hostile world. Directly upon departure from the nest, it is beset on all sides by vicious predators lying in wait to take advantage of the vulnerable and inexperienced. Preying upon the weak and innocent begets an easy meal and, after all, there are no morals in the animal world.

Necessary Funding

(11/09/05 11:00am)

In a recent letter to the editor ("SA Shouldn't Fund Pet Projects, Regardless of Merit," Nov. 7), Tatyana Liskovich '08 recounts two main reasons why Student Assembly should not fund specific organizations or student groups, such as the KatrinaHelp or any other effort for Katrina Relief. First, because it is not a part of SA's mission statement, and second, because it will allow "influential student leaders" to use their positions and "dip into the deep pockets of the SA purse." But despite that fact that SA has initiated some great policies in the past, it has also toyed with the idea of using its money for such excessive expenditures as $700 for two foosball tables in East Wheelock and Topliff. Thus it is not a waste of money for SA to dip into its pockets and allocate $7,000 of its $90,000 budget to finance the production of a documentary video chronicling the upcoming Katrina, Relief Trip to Biloxi, Miss.

Fair and Balanced Social Activism

(11/09/05 11:00am)

I have read Sara del Nido '08's last two op-eds in the Dartmouth with growing dismay. Last week's op-ed detailed the insufficient consciousness of class disparities at Dartmouth ("Our classless campus," Nov. 1); this week's bemoans the inadequacy of the fraternity system's response to an ill-behaved pledge ("Speaking out, standing alone," Nov. 7). Both, however, attempt to impose a repressive intellectual orthodoxy upon society, and to castigate those whom del Nido views as insufficiently reverent of diversity in one of its myriad manifestations. In her subtly totalitarian outlook, del Nido resembles many of the social activists whose positions she tacitly represents.

'Arular' conceals powerful social commentary with shiny hip-hop veneer

(11/08/05 11:00am)

British hip-hop artist Maya Arulpragasam grew up in poverty-stricken, war-torn Sri Lanka, where she and her family lived until the country's civil war forced them to flee to England. After a substantial production delay, Arulpragasam released her debut album in March, recording under the moniker M.I.A. to honor family members still missing in her homeland. The product proves well worth the wait, if not quite "worth" the tumultuous upbringing that shaped Arulpragasam as both a performer and a human being.

Dartmouth awaits 'Royal' treatment from Wind Symphony

(11/08/05 11:00am)

Tonight, the Dartmouth Wind Symphony will present its fall concert, "Meet the Royals," in Spaulding Auditorium at 7 p.m. The Dartmouth Wind Symphony, an organization comprised mainly of students, is rather notorious for its themed concerts, and this particular one will showcase music that has been written for royalty throughout many time periods, including operas, party music and coronation pieces. Conductor Max Culpepper believes that themes create a unique unity in each symphony concert. Narrator Stephen Langley will humorously introduce each piece, giving background information about its composer and its origin.

No World Reaction to a Reactionary Iran

(11/08/05 11:00am)

In a week when names such as Samuel Alito and Scooter Libby have leaked into the American consciousness and domestic political chaos dominated the media, I was struck hardest by a story originating from outside of the United States. A week or so ago, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in a speech entitled "The World without Zionism," revealed his vision for eliminating the state of Israel. Employing words and concepts more militant than aught have been heard from a country in possession of missiles capable of delivering nuclear warheads distances up to 1,200 miles, President Ahmadinejad, for one day, dropped the jaws of people throughout the world.

Civil Unrest in Argentina

(11/08/05 11:00am)

Last Friday, thousands of anti-free trade demonstrators became an unruly mob and took to the streets of Argentina, burning banks and McDonald's restaurants, throwing Molotov cocktails at police, and thus creating general havoc and disarray. Only a few blocks from the mass of protesters was the fourth Summit of the Americas, where leaders of 34 nations, including President Bush, met to discuss the most important and critical issues in the Western Hemisphere. President Bush and the State Department were warned by the Secret Service -- whose advance team had arrived in Mar del Plata, Argentina, days before the summit to evaluate the security situation -- that such protests were not only inevitable, but also that the Argentine government was wholly unprepared for such escalations. The President and State decided to proceed with the trip.

Bush Deserves Fair Criticism

(11/08/05 11:00am)

There has been a tradition among detractors, since he took office in 2001, of deriding President Bush as unfit for his job. This trend is not confined to the more typical and conventional types of political critiques, but rather is manifested in attacks on the man's intelligence or character. The president has been called an idiot, portrayed as a drug-addict in popular culture, made fun of for his admittedly peculiar handle on the English language, and, in the case of the Michael Moore-ish leftists, essentially said to be an evil man. While I doubt many Americans would agree with the following sentiment, late last week Venezuelan President Hugo Chvez and others called President Bush a "terrorist" and a "fascist." The veracity of these claims notwithstanding, they do more harm than good by detracting from the credibility of the tenable and substantive criticisms of the President.