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Spotted: Dartmouth students having a not-so-secret love affair with WASPy prep-school staples -- luxe tweeds, proper plaids and argyle sweaters. From FoCo to the Choates, girls in knee socks and boys sporting cashmere scarves are ubiquitous this fall, thanks to "Gossip Girl," the television program New York Magazine has dubbed, without a hint of hyperbole, the "Greatest Show of Our Generation." The super-addictive soap opera, which chronicles the lives of Manhattan's privileged elite, has ignited a sartorial frenzy that brings tony Upper East Side style to Hanover. For those who have not yet embraced the aristocratic swagger of Gossip Girl's pampered teenagers (and their preternaturally preserved parents), there are plenty of ways to embrace the trends currently sweeping campus.
Netbooks are the new craze in computing. Everybody and their mother seems to be making these very small, very low-cost laptops. Lenovo, the company that makes the ThinkPad notebooks, has joined in on the party with the IdeaPad S10 (props for the clever name).
Dartmouth students are notorious for letting their "vices" meander into casual conversation. As long as they do not venture into "self-call" territory, nonchalant mentions of unprotected (or simply promiscuous) sex, binge-drinking, drugs and, for the less adventurous, procrastination, mean bonus points in the Dartmouth social arena. Or -- dare I say it -- at any American college.
I'm once again in the middle of midterms. I've got a cold; there's laundry piled up on my floor; I have no idea what classes I want to take next term and no time to write for The Mirror this week. I cried to my mom, and besides telling her that my nose was running and I had too much to do, I also told her this week's theme -- smoking at Dartmouth. This morning I checked my HB, and she had FedEx'd me chicken soup, pudding and what seemed to be a short epistle, written on a series of notepad sheets designed for grocery lists. Apparently she took it upon herself to write Why Telling Your Friend Not to Smoke While You're Both Drinking is Hypocritical. I copied it over here, since I figured both her handwriting and the little ducks on the sides of the notepad would make it difficult to read:
There were thousands of us, celebrating the arrival of our salvation and Hope. The politically meek came to celebrate inheriting the Earth en masse. I even sang a Lord-praising hymn. And as I watched a group of people revel in the deliverance of the messianic politician, I was pretty sure that it was going to be my best Christmas ever.
I walked down Mass Row, past the Gold Coast, Baker Library and the Fayerweathers, trying to find someone smoking a cigarette to interview for this article. I saw no one. Every time I passed somebody, I started to talk to him or her, only to see that the light was just a reflection from a cell phone; what seemed to be a motion toward the lips was merely nervous nail-biting. I thought this was college: Where are all the smokers?
A number of recent studies and an article in The New York Times ("Professors' Liberalism Contagious? Maybe Not," Nov. 2) have prompted a resurgence of the debate over the role of professors' political views in the classroom. One study has shown that professors who express political perspectives in the classroom do not easily indoctrinate students; another indicated that, in fact, positions on some key political issues are difficult to change after the age of 15. Though professors cannot easily overturn students' political and ideological leanings, they can, and should, encourage students to examine the presuppositions that inform their blossoming political beliefs.
Our generation has been pounded with anti-drug, anti-smoking rhetoric for as long as we can remember. My first exposure was in Kindergarten, when my teacher put in a VHS about "Just saying no" and then went outside for a Virginia Slim. Signals have been mixed ever since. Sure, cigarettes might give me lung cancer, but they also look so cool! From James Dean to Don Draper, asking for a light has been shorthand for, "I'm awesome, and by the way, let's get out of these clothes."
The College Board's "Task Force on Admissions in the 21st Century" released a new report on Wednesday that addresses the challenges that admissions professionals will face in the coming years, the Chronicle of Higher Education reported Thursday. In response to anticipated problems, the Task Force proposed a list of 10 principles and goals for admissions professionals to uphold, including making the financial aid application process more straightforward. The report encouraged admissions professionals to make higher education available for all students and emphasized the need for professional development within the college admissions field. The report included a letter from Task Force chair Jerry Lucido and a comprehensive data review on the nation's "educational health," according to the College Board web site. The report was compiled by leaders in "admissions, financial aid, enrollment management and school counseling communities" over a nearly three-year period, according to the College Board.
Greene's biographer Heidi Ardizzone, an American studies professor at the University of Notre Dame, used that statement as the title and theme of a lecture about Greene's life, held in the Class of 1902 Room in Baker-Berry Library Thursday.
Physicians at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center's second annual Clinical Research Awareness Day emphasized the importance of that clinical trials have for testing new medications. The day-long event, held Thursday, aimed to educate employees and the local community about current research projects and clinical trials at the hospital.
The panelists were Dan Reicher '78, director of Climate Change and Energy Initiatives at Google.org, Henry Diamond, the New York State commissioner of Environmental Conservation during Rockefeller's administration and Allison Rockefeller, chair of Cornerstone Parks of New York and wife of Rockefeller's grandson.
Democrat Vanessa Sievers '10 defeated Republican incumbent Carol Elliott for Grafton County treasurer in Tuesday's election. The results were not released by the Office of the New Hampshire Secretary of State until Thursday.
To the Editor:
There was a good deal of talk during the now-decided presidential contest about education, with the candidates often sparring over the best way to improve this country's education system. It is in the nature of political campaigns, however, that they never touch on the really important questions. The truly important question facing students and teachers today isn't whether more money should be put into public schools or into school-choice programs, though that does deserve consideration. Instead, the truly important question is what, fundamentally, is the goal and purpose of education? What is its end?