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Striking for Civil "Writes"

(11/29/07 6:00am)

One of the earliest maternal wardrobe memories I have as a child is an old, faded, magenta shirt my mom had that read, "Behind every successful man is an exhausted woman." Outdated, presumptuous and slightly chauvinistic? Sure, but ain't it the truth? A cotton lesson learned early on that individual recognition is actually a team effort, something that millions of TV-obsessed Americans have finally begun to realize this past month. In fact, I think a more current version of the T-shirt would actually sell quite well these days: "Behind every pretty celebrity face is a team of pissed-off writers on the picket line." And with that, disaster ensues: major studios are pulling the plug, so to speak, on the majority of their most popular shows. Wait, late-night hosts aren't always that funny on their own? The cast of Grey's Anatomy doesn't actually jabber away all day long in witty banter in their own little microcosm in Seattle Grace Hospital? Who knew? Let's face it: Who doesn't love romanticizing TV? Even I must admit I like to think the Lost crew is out there right now eagerly awaiting rescue. But weekly indulgences aside, finally putting the limelight on the creative minds behind the magic is the best thing to happen to TV in a long time.

Daily Debriefing

(11/28/07 7:57am)

A University of Pennsylvania student, Diexia Wang '08, was arrested for allegedly stalking six female students and stealing their undergarments and purses, CBS 3, a Philadelphia CBS affiliate, reported Tuesday. Wang allegedly broke into the room of a female student with a stolen dorm key, hoping to plunder her underwear drawer, but was apprehended in the act by the student's roommate. Wang has been charged with criminal trespassing, harassment, stalking and theft. He was released from custody on $200,000 bail.

PB promotes hip-hop show last minute

(11/28/07 7:51am)

The disputes, speculations and expectations have finally been silenced: The Cool Kids and Young Ivy are the two hip-hop performers that will try to carry away Alumni Hall Wednesday at 9 p.m. in a concert sponsored by Programming Board. According to Anne Elise DeBelina, the board's programming chair, the concert islikely to attract crowds smaller than those that came to see artists like Maroon 5 or Third Eye Blind performing on campus in the past.

Life, Really?

(11/28/07 6:54am)

In a recent episode of The Office, Dwight Schrute begins playing a computer game called Second Life as a way to escape the pain he suffers from a recent breakup. As his pain intensifies, he enters a second Second Life created for, as co-worker Jim Halpert explains, "those people who want to be removed even further from reality." While I understand the need to temporarily escape from the chaos of our world, new features and additions to Second Life have taken that escape to an unhealthy, scary level.

Class Activism

(11/28/07 6:52am)

This weekend marks the end of the 40 days of Grassroot Soccer blitzes. These e-mails (and those Mailer-Daemons!), while numerous, were, it seems, incredibly effective in mobilizing campus-wide support for the event. Regardless of our respective soccer skills, I believe that a good portion of the Dartmouth student body genuinely cares about the cause. However, it is undeniable that supporting the fight against AIDS in Africa is in vogue among the country's elite. Would we show the same outpouring of barefoot support for, say, fighting poverty in the Upper Valley?

Chick lit hits a new low with brainless 'Big Boned'

(11/28/07 6:51am)

Somewhere in her literary career, Cabot made the perplexing decision to switch from being the well-regarded author of books for young teenage girls ("The Princess Diaries") to being the author of adult fiction with such titles as "Big Boned," "Size 12 is Not Fat" and "Size 14 is Not Fat Either." These titles suggest that Meg Cabot is trying to write about real, imperfect people to whom her readership can relate. But with too-precious names like Tad Tocco, Cooper Cartwright and Gavin McGoren (wow, alliteration!), Cabot makes it hard to take her characters seriously. Additionally, the people she depicts are blatant stock characters: the Southern belle who calls people "fussbudgets," the hippie student activist sporting dreadlocks, the witty, shoe-loving gay friend.