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Counterpoint: More Than Flair

(11/21/08 9:26am)

If you had told me three years ago that by senior fall I'd sit poised to write an article defaming flair, I would have screamed blasphemy. I am the first to admit that I've more than dabbled in the world of flair. I even traveled back home freshman summer determined to spread the gospel of flair to my high school friends, convinced that I would have them scouring Salvation Army racks in no time. The prospect of arguing in opposition would have seemed unfathomable back then. Yet, here I sit, aspiring to convince you, dear reader, that flair is not the path to enlightenment, nor transcendence of fashion, nor even a foolproof strategy for fitting in at Dartmouth.

Daily Debriefing

(11/20/08 8:50am)

Approximately five colleges and non-profit organizations are considering suing their investment managers in light of recent financial losses, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported Wednesday. Jacob Zamansky, an attorney currently involved in a lawsuit against failed investment bank Bear Stearns, told The Chronicle that endowment lawsuits claim that brokers mismanaged funds by suggesting investments that were inappropriate or too risky. The lawsuits may also include accusations of misinformation regarding the stability of suggested investments, Zamansky said. Other experts speculate that colleges and non-profit organizations could discover that investment managers overstepped their written mandates when investing their endowments, according to the article. Investment consultant Dick Anderson said he believed that large institutions, like colleges and universities, will be less likely to take legal action because most have several layers of investment oversight, The Chronicle reported. Problems are more likely to arise with smaller institutions and individuals who rely more heavily on outside sources to make investment decisions on their behalf, according to the article.

Students sign pledge for day-long vegetarian diet

(11/20/08 8:48am)

Mushroom stew replaced chicken dinners and red meat was exchanged for black bean cakes at Home Plate Wednesday night, welcoming supporters of the "Veg Pledge," a national effort to encourage college students to commit to vegetarianism for one day. The second annual Veg Pledge day, organized at the College by the Dartmouth Animal Welfare Group, recruited 276 students, an increase from the 100 students to sign the pledge last year.

Stand Your Ground

(11/20/08 8:29am)

Shortly after Barack Obama was elected president, his transition team created the web site Focused in part on appeasing disgruntled Republican voters, the site features a bland array of details on the incoming bureaucracy, a blog with posts like "Common Ground: Obama and McCain meet," and -- in a somewhat hyperbolic reminder of Obama's commitment to being a man of the people -- an online job application for potential Obama appointees.

Down The Hatch

(11/20/08 8:27am)

There's no fun in motion pictures these days. Well, that's not exactly true -- movies now have a lot more depth than they had in the past. Compare "American Beauty" with some of the tacky musicals from the '40s and '50s (actually, by the same token, I guess you could compare "Stomp the Yard" with "Casablanca"). But I think that overall, movies have begun probing character more deeply than ever before. Yet at the same time, the ritual of going to the movies is in decline, as DVDs are increasingly released before films are out of the theater, and YouTube and Facebook present vapid but easily accessible sources of entertainment. What hope can there be for the humble filmgoer in this depraved age?