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Daily Debriefing

(11/16/10 4:00am)

University boards awarded 30 leaders of private colleges over $1 million each upon their retirement or to correct for "underpayment," according to a review by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Executive payoffs are expected to rise as colleges are treated more like corporations and presidents are offered bonuses for performances, The Chronicle reported. The compensation may reflect the relatively high demand for College presidents, since the supply of potential presidents has decreased with the retirement of the baby boomers. Presidents of both wealthy and smaller institutions topped the list of high-earners, including the presidents of Yale University, Vanderbilt University, Columbia University, Quinnipiac University and Clark Atlantic University, The Chonicle reported.

Fox, Mishkin chosen for Nat'l Medal of Science

(11/16/10 4:00am)

When Marye Anne Fox GR '74 was a graduate student at the College, she was told to stop pursuing her studies in chemistry to raise her children. Her mentor at Dartmouth told Fox she had "possibilities," Fox told the San Diego Union-Tribune. Years later, Fox along with Mortimer Mishkin '46 is one of 10 people chosen to receive the National Medal of Science, the White House announced Friday.

Prof. studies relationships, stress

(11/16/10 4:00am)

Scholars have recently begun to investigate a "new convergence" in the way intimate relationships affect the mental health of young men and women, according to Wake Forest sociology professor and researcher Robin Simon. Simon, who spoke with College faculty and students on Friday, said that while men between the ages of 18 and 23 tend to find problems in ongoing relationships more stressful, young women are more affected by changes in relationship status.

‘SVU' tackles alcohol, sexual abuse on college campuses

(11/16/10 4:00am)

The episode, titled "Gray," deals with a rape case at the fictional Hudson University. The case becomes murky when the detectives Elliot Stabler and Olivia Benson (Christopher Meloni and Mariska Hargitay, respectively) find out that a student involved in the incident had been drinking "a little too much trashcan punch," at the time of the assualt, as Stabler puts it. Their investigation becomes even more difficult when they find that the vindictive victim, Bethany, has created a website that borders on harassment, which decries the perpetrator, Chuck, as a "rapist and scumbag."

Off the Beaten Path

(11/16/10 4:00am)

Even before matriculation, Dartmouth impresses upon its students that Language Study Abroad and Foreign Study Programs are integral to the "Dartmouth experience" and are the "best" ways to study abroad. Admissions statistics emphasize that students can choose from 48 Dartmouth-led off-campus programs on six different continents. Many students cite Dartmouth's study abroad options as a major factor in their decisions to come to the College, believing that school-run programs are superior to programs run through partner institutions.

Hold Your Criticism

(11/16/10 4:00am)

The parallels between College President Jim Yong Kim and President Barack Obama have only become clearer with time. Both came in with a lot of hype, and both are now feeling the consequences of underperformance. And while disgust with Obama's performance manifests itself in a Congressional midterm loss, Kim's failings manifest themselves in the form of widespread criticism both earned and unearned.