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'Lions for Lambs' wastes talent, bores with blather

(11/12/07 5:05am)

Oh, but what it could have been. With a remarkable cast that includes Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, the film is as much a waste of talent as a political sentiment. Cruise plays Jasper Irving, an ambitious Republican senator who orchestrates elaborate military strategy from his perch on Capitol Hill. Hoping to win public support for his latest stratagem -- something about the mobilization of American troops in Afghanistan -- Irving calls in journalist Janine Roth (Streep) for an exclusive interview. The dialogue between these two oscillates between the banal and the improbably eloquent; listening to them blather on, I yearned for the movie to switch gears into something more interesting.

Daily Debriefing

(11/09/07 8:00am)

Google Video has suppressed a recording of Robert Spencer's "Islamofascism" talk at Dartmouth, according to Spencer's blog An explanation on Google's website said that the company may refuse to host content that is hateful or may incite violence. Spencer countered Google on his blog, writing that the video "just caught the attention of someone who did not agree with it politically, and rather than engage in reasoned discussion or debate, or mount a rebuttal, he or she made sure that I would not be heard." Harrison Sonntag '08, the student responsible for organizing "Islamofascism Week" at Dartmouth, has made a video of the complete speech available at

Use of 'smartphones' on the rise as anti-cell norm disintegrates

(11/09/07 7:59am)

Whether it's used for making dinner plans or asking someone out, BlitzMail is one of the defining features of the Dartmouth experience. Yet as new technology allows students to send and receive e-mail from their smartphones -- mobile phones equipped with personal computer-like functions -- some students see the BlitzMail culture changing.

Women grads return to Hanover for symposium

(11/09/07 7:58am)

Thirty-five years after the first female Dartmouth students arrived on campus, 375 alumnae will return to the College from Nov. 8-11 to participate in two events: Women in Medicine and Woman at Dartmouth. Women in Medicine will focus on women in medicine, politics and other professional fields while Women at Dartmouth will celebrate women's progress at the College.

Rauner to digitize some collections

(11/09/07 7:56am)

Over lunch in 2001, Google co-founder Larry Page and Stanford University librarian Michael Keller marveled how much information was still locked inside books in libraries' stacks worldwide and how wonderful it would be if all that information was digital and searchable. Today, more than a million books from over 10,000 publishers and 27 libraries, both in the United States and abroad, are available on Google's Book Search, one of many similar services available online to the general public.

Two trustees RSVP for student interrogation

(11/09/07 7:56am)

Amidst recent controversies surrounding Dartmouth's Board of Trustees, students will have the opportunity to ask trustees any questions they choose at an unprecedented, uncensored forum, to be held Friday in Filene Auditorium at 4:30 p.m. As of press time, only two trustees -- both of them petition candidates who ran on platforms critical of current College policies -- have agreed to attend.

Responding to the 'Daughters'

(11/09/07 7:51am)

First, and foremost, I want to apologize on behalf of the entire brotherhood of Chi Gamma Epsilon for any distress or harm we may have caused through the production of our Homecoming T-shirts. The issue of deserved respect for all members of the Dartmouth community is not something that I, nor the Executive Board of Chi Gamma Epsilon fraternity, take lightly. We are all deeply troubled by the recent downturn in gender relations around campus. While we have long since expressed our regret to the leadership of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, we want to further apologize in this public forum for any actions that were hurtful to the Dartmouth community at large. It was highly unfair of us to target the women of Kappa Kappa Gamma in an immature attempt at humor. Nevertheless, we must say that there was no intent whatsoever on our part to call attention to any stereotypes surrounding any specific organization on this campus.

Mooney Tunes

(11/09/07 7:49am)

From her legislative perch two hours away in Merrimack, N.H., Rep. Maureen Mooney has proposed a bill that would effectively revoke state legislation passed in 2003 that gave Dartmouth the ability to amend its charter without the approval of the state. Mooney's proposal is not only bad for Dartmouth but also irresponsible for a New Hampshire politician.