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If you've been paying any attention to the news for the past few weeks, you're probably aware that Pakistan is steadily but surely sending itself straight to hell in a handbasket. If you haven't noticed, have your vision checked; this is pretty big. As I watch with detached fascination as President-slash-General Pervez Musharraf suspends the constitution under the umbrella of "Emergency Law," I can't help but marvel at how our country, over the past half century or so, has consistently managed to back one losing horse after another in international politics. Does this assertion make you recoil in patriotic shock? Do you now think I'm a communist? If so, let's take a look at the historical record.
Dartmouth's Gay Straight Alliance has changed its name to Gender, Sexuality, XYZ (GSX) after a week of debate, the group announced in its weekly e-mail message to members on Nov. 14. The change came out of a desire to eliminate "gay and "straight" from the group's name due to a feeling that the previous title alienated LGBTQA students, the e-mail reported. The organization voted down The Queer Alliance, Q&A, The Dartmouth Q and The Q as possible other names, and plans to discuss the new name and their goals for next term at their next meeting.
The recent publicity surrounding Hanover High School students' attempt to cheat on a final exam has generated a great deal of sympathy from the press. Some argue that the level of punishment is excessive; others explain away the students' behavior by citing societal pressures to perform academically. But whatever external pressures these students may have faced, and whatever the outcomes of the trials, cheating is widespread in high schools across the nation, and widespread cheating prevents schools from serving their purpose.
A local telecommunications company, SegTEL, is suing Hanover over the development of a municipal fiber optics network that would link the Hanover and Lebanon police dispatch centers. The Lebanon-based company maintains that the network is being constructed in an illegal and unsafe manner.
The William J. Clinton Foundation has arranged to provide $5 billion in loans for institutions of higher education who have signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment to fund projects reducing carbon emissions, Bill Clinton announced on Nov. 7. Though Dartmouth is committed to improving energy efficiency and is working on several initiatives to achieve this goal, the College has no current plans to sign the agreement, according to Matt Purcell, co-chair of the College's Energy Task Force.
Tuck business administration professor Ella Bell launched ASCENT: Leading Multicultural Women to the Top last week in front of a crowd of 200 people at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York City. The non-profit organization, which she founded, sets out to close the gap found in the corporate work force between minority women and their Caucasian peers by developing skills and talent through research, education, networking and corporate sponsorship.
John Wennberg, professor of community and family medicine at Dartmouth Medical School, received the 2007 Emory Codman Award for his leadership in the area of regional variations of health care quality. He received the award last week from the Joint Commission, one of the principal standard-setting and accrediting organizations in the country.
A sustainable living center, which has been proposed and dropped several times over the last 20 years, will become a reality within the next year, according to Jon Wachter '09, a student involved with the project.
Apple has just announced a new operating system, and it comes with both new attractions and new headaches. The new version of Apple's OS X, called Leopard, replaces the previous version, Tiger. (Apple has named all versions of OS X after large cats.) Unlike the leap from Windows XP to Vista, the jump from Tiger to Leopard is relatively painless; Apple has not made any huge changes to the operating system. Although, in Apple's characteristically arrogant Apple way, they claim it is because they did not need to.
What ever happened to the good old days of skipping tipsily into Novack to check Blitz on your way to Frat Row, or of sneaking upstairs in a frat to blitz your crush on some brother's computer? Nobody proximity blitzes anymore. As if I didn't feel old enough already.
Last Saturday in their game against Brown, Big Green football took a devastating hit in its drive to take third place in the Ivy League, falling to the Bears 56-35. The outcome is particularly demoralizing in light of the fact that the Big Green jumped out of the gates to a 14-0 lead with less than half the first quarter in the books, only to see Brown score 28 unanswered points by the end of the half. The Big Green were forced to play from behind the entire rest of the game, and never got within seven points of the Bears.
The Dartmouth women's team (1-9, 0-7 Ivy) is coming off a season in which it set 10 school records. The team featured several superior individual swimmers and divers, many of whom return this year. The success of these individuals notwithstanding, the Big Green lacked the depth to defeat league opponents consistently last season, and finished seventh in the Ivy League.
Dartmouth students used to making the daily walk from Reed Hall to Dartmouth Hall for class now have a longer trek to negotiate when they travel to the Southeast State Correctional Facility in Windsor, Vt., for the new course "Inside Out: Prison, Women and Performance."
Describing the online world as the new venue for political campaigns, Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes explained how he left the social-networking website to work for Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., in a discussion with students in Rockefeller Center Wednesday evening.
A team of researchers at the Dartmouth Medical School has found that small quantities of arsenic, similar to amounts found in the drinking water of some regions in the United States, can suppress the activity of key hormones involved in human development, including testosterone and estrogen. The study, funded by grants from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, showed that consuming arsenic can prevent the hormones from binding to their specific receptors. Although the researchers focused on two hormone receptors in frogs, both receptors are also essential to human development. The study will be published in the upcoming edition of Environmental Health Perspectives and appeared on the journal's website on Oct. 26.