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An Old Tradition Fails, Again

(10/12/07 4:05am)

Over a month ago on this page, The Dartmouth Editorial Board wrote that alumni should only govern this College if they choose the best people for the job, and that, recently, they have failed ("An Old Tradition Fails," Sept. 7). The Association of Alumni's most recent hijinx - counterfeiting the Association of Alumni's e-mail address on a letter sent to students - only provides further evidence that the alumni are not the body able to pick the best leaders for the College.

A Time for Priorities

(10/12/07 4:04am)

In his speech to the faculty on Monday, College President James Wright identified three goals for the College to pursue in the future: moving toward need-blind admissions for international students; providing one leave term where there are no earning expectations for students; and providing that, for financial aid students studying abroad, the incremental expenses will be covered by scholarship rather than by loan. He also touched on a fourth goal, one that has been especially important to students, faculty and even trustees: alleviating existing enrollment pressures in the economics and government departments. All of these goals are worthy of pursuit, and their success relies on adequate funding.

Fixing the Rush Process

(10/12/07 3:07am)

Beginning tomorrow, hordes of eager sophomore men will head out to their favorite fraternities, just like any other weekend night. However, on this occasion the sophomores will not be looking to play a game of pong and meet single ladies. Instead, they will be seeking out an even more elusive target: a bid to join the house of their choice. After a mere two hours of man-flirting, most guys will shake out at their first-choice fraternity and head home to wait while the current brothers deliberate over bids, dings and callbacks. Later that night, the majority of male rushees will be invited to join one of the fraternities on campus and pledging will begin.

Daily Debriefing

(10/11/07 5:32am)

The New York City Police Department is investigating a hate crime at Columbia University Teachers College after a lynching noose was found hanging on the office door of a black professor, Madonna Constantine. The New York Times reported that police are unsure as to whether the noose was left by another professor or an angry student. Columbia students have responded to the crime with walkouts and protests. Both Teachers College President Susan Furhman and Columbia President Lee Bollinger have released statements denouncing the act as one that negatively affects everyone. Constantine, who has written several books on racial interactions, is a psychology and education professor.

Jimmy's Big Mistake

(10/11/07 4:33am)

The symbols of the chivalry of times past were men clad in shining, polished armor who would do away with religious dissidents with sweeping blows from their swords. Today, however, it would appear as though the public proponents of many worthy causes are missing this romanticized mark due to maligned intentions that are exposed in less than flattering manners. Former President Jimmy Carter, the diplomat of our age, is a prime example.

Bluegrass festival preserves San Fran's free spirit

(10/11/07 3:59am)

The HSB festival, funded by venture capitalist and amateur banjo player Warren Hellman, began in 2001 as a strictly bluegrass festival. But because the festival performers represent more diverse musical genres every year, the word "hardly" was added to the title in 2003. This year's lineup included names like John Prine, David Grisman, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Rickey Skaggs, Bruce Hornsby and Emmylou Harris.

'Book Club' offers delightful drama for Austen fans

(10/11/07 3:57am)

What would Jane Austen think of "The Jane Austen Book Club?" Ever the satirist of romantic pretensions, would she wrinkle her nose at the film's goofy sentimentality? Or would she take one look at the parade of adorably lovelorn characters and smile with affectionate solidarity? More likely, she would recognize the film as an elaborate form of flattery. Made by lovers of Jane Austen, "The Jane Austen Book Club" is as much an admiring tribute to the author as it is a delightful dramatization of her enduring fan base.

No varsity letter required: the virtues of physical education

(10/11/07 3:52am)

Another week and another column sans Schmidley. Okay, so I should probably start by apologizing for last week's playoff predictions -- here's hoping Colorado lets me save a little face. More importantly, I've got good news for all my loyal fans. In addition to Toe-to-Toe, I'll be writing this column on a weekly basis. All three of you can now rejoice.

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