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Daily Debriefing

(11/10/09 4:00am)

Dartmouth for Clean Water, a group founded by five members of the Class of 2012 that seeks to provide safe drinking water for developing countries, was selected to receive the inaugural Class of 1969 annual Special Projects Grant, Dimitri Gerakaris '69, chairman of the Special Projects Grant committee told The Dartmouth. The $9,000 grant, which was created at the Class of 1969's meeting during Homecoming weekend, was given to the group based on the recommendation of Gerakaris, who said he learned about the organization from its vice president, Pratyaksh Srivastava '12, while sitting in on rush deliberations as house advisor for Beta Theta Pi fraternity. The grant, which was given without an application process, came as an unexpected award for group members, who had raised $200 for the organization through a spaghetti supper and a bake sale. Dartmouth for Clean Water will use the $9,000 grant to purchase six $1,500 water purification units, each of which can filter 40 gallons of water per minute and provide water for a community of about 10,000 people, Gerakaris said.

Ramirez criticizes Sandinista party

(11/10/09 4:00am)

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and his socialist Sandinista party have betrayed the principles of the Sandinista Revolution, former Sandinista Vice President Sergio Ramirez told a crowd of approximately 100 students and community members gathered in Filene Auditorium on Monday. Ramirez left the Sandinista National Liberation Front in 1995 to found the reformist Sandinista Renovation Movement, and is currently serving as a guest professor in Latin American Studies at Harvard University.

Alternative social space effort sees mixed results

(11/10/09 4:00am)

In the last few years, debates over the need for "alternative social spaces" have periodically dominated campus dialogue. Despite the issue's persistent presence, however, students interviewed by The Dartmouth this week said that, while some alternative social events have seen success, the movement for alternative social spaces as a whole has had limited and sporadic results. Multiple changes must be made to existing College alternative social spaces before they will be a viable and regularly accessible option for students, these students said.

Intl. travel for admissions is limited

(11/10/09 4:00am)

Admissions officers from many of Dartmouth's peer institutions travel more frequently and to a broader range of countries than do admissions representatives from the College, according to multiple college admissions officers. While the Dartmouth admissions office visits approximately eight to 10 countries a year in order to attract international students and increase visibility and awareness overseas, representatives from the College's peer institutions reported traveling to as many as 35 countries each year.

Campus prepares for coming budget cuts

(11/10/09 4:00am)

In the wake of this weekend's announcement of targets for College budget reductions, many faculty and students leaders interviewed by The Dartmouth said they are now looking to prioritize the programs and aspects of Dartmouth life that they feel are most important. As the College stares down its second round of budget cuts in under a year, however, many of these individuals said they recognize that Dartmouth will have to make substantial changes to meet the reduction goals.

Jumping to Conclusions

(11/10/09 4:00am)

The prevailing media narrative emerging from last Tuesday's off-cycle elections, and the two Republican gubernatorial victories in New Jersey and Virginia, is that President Obama and Congressional Democrats are in huge trouble for next year's midterms, and that the Republican Party is poised for a major comeback. Ignoring the larger problems with trying to extrapolate any kind of broader political trend from a handful of low-turnout and low-salience races, the above narrative is, to put it plainly, utterly laughable. The Democrats will probably lose seats in next year's midterms, but that will be more a result of the natural ebbs and flows of American politics than of any supposed widespread dissatisfaction with the president and the Democrats.

Cut for the Future

(11/10/09 4:00am)

College President Jim Yong Kim announced this week the need for further budget cuts ("College aims to cut $100 million over two years," Nov. 9). This seems entirely sensible when the College is faced with prospect of a deficit of $50 million next year and comparable or even bigger deficits for the years after that.