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The Perversion Of Education

(12/03/08 8:42am)

Education was once reserved for the elite -- those who could afford private preparatory schools or private tutors. Power was preserved in the hands of the wealthy. Our class system could continue with little opposition or awareness of its origins. Then came Horace Mann, "the father of American education." He argued for universal education in the United States and instituted common schools in Massachusetts.

Obama Online

(12/02/08 9:36am)

As one might expect from the candidate whose campaign produced scores of videos and sent more text messages than my 15-year-old sister, President-elect Barack Obama depends on his BlackBerry for basically everything. As of January 20, 2009, however, Obama will almost certainly be BlackBerry-less. This is an unfortunate casualty of our political system: In order to preserve the checks-and-balances structure of our government, the president must sacrifice the efficiency and connectedness of the Internet.

Penn soars as 'Milk' in Van Sant's timely biopic

(12/02/08 9:30am)

Gus Van Sant's exceptionally well-crafted biopic about Harvey Milk, the first openly gay, popularly elected official in the United States, would be a great film in any year. Such uncanny political relevance, however, brings the film to life in a way that blurs the line between the 1970s and the 21st century, between history past and present.

Daily Debriefing

(12/02/08 9:17am)

Masik Collegiate Fragrances has introduced a fragrance line that aims to capture various universities' "signature scents," according the company's web site. Masik says it draws its inspiration from school colors, campus landscape and architecture, school mascots and themes in universities' fight songs, among other attributes. The company has launched Pennsylvania State University and University of North Carolina perfumes and colognes, which cost $60 for a 3.4 ounce bottle. The Penn State perfume draws upon white patchouli, rose, lilac and vanilla, while the cologne has notes of cracked pepper and blue cypress, the Associated Press reported. The company plans to release six more university-inspired lines next year. A portion of profits will benefit the universities' scholarship and athletic funds, according to the Masik site.

Alpha Phi, AZD sorority houses to be built despite new budget cuts

(12/02/08 9:09am)

The Office of Residential Life has already submitted plans to the Town of Hanover for one of the two properties, located at 17 East Wheelock St., and expects to submit plans for the property at 26 East Wheelock St. by the end of the month, according to Redman. He hopes the town's Zoning Board of Adjustment will grant a "special exemption" to the properties, which would allow ORL to convert the apartments into student residences.

Region not affected by freeze in hiring staff

(12/02/08 9:08am)

The College's recent hiring freeze, implemented last month to help reduce Dartmouth's spending by 10 percent, has yet to affect residents of the Upper Valley, despite the College's presence as the major employer in the area, according to Traci Nordberg, Dartmouth's chief human resources officer. Under the conditions of the freeze, announced Nov. 13, open staff positions can only be filled with approval from the Provost, executive vice presidents and professional school deans under "extraordinary" circumstances. Internal candidates will be given first priority, but if a necessary position is not filled from within the College, others may apply, Nordberg said.

Alumni may fill three Obama Cabinet seats

(12/02/08 9:07am)

The Department of the Interior is the federal government's principal conservation agency. The department oversees bureaus such as the National Park Service, the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Kitzhaber, who served as Oregon's governor for the maximum two terms, would bring experience mediating battles between environmentalists and the state's industries, notably the timber industry, to the Secretary of the Interior position.

Daily Debriefing

(12/01/08 8:52am)

Colleges that advertise need-blind admissions often provide inadequate financial aid packages to admitted students, according to a recent survey by the National Association for College Admission Counseling, reported by Inside Higher Ed. The trend known as "gapping" involves granting admitted students less financial aid than the college admits they need to attend. The study found that of the 93 percent of public institutions and 81 percent of private institutions that claim to have need-blind admissions, only 32 percent of public and 18 percent of private institutions claim they meet the full financial needs of admitted students. The NACAC report also suggests that 63 percent of private and 15 percent of public institutions use "differential packaging," in which colleges provide more attractive financial aid packages -- more grant aid or lessened loan obligations -- to students most desired by the schools, Inside Higher Ed reported. The study also reported an increase in institutional funds allotted for merit-based aid from a previous NACAC survey conducted in 1994.

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