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Williams responds to racial slurs

(11/15/11 7:41pm)

  Early Sat­ur­day morn­ing, a res­i­dence hall at Williams Col­lege was van­dal­ized with racial slurs. The next day, Williams' Cam­pus Safety and Se­cu­rity sent a re­port out to the whole cam­pus. On Sun­day, Williams' Col­lege Pres­i­dent Adam Falk re­leased a state­ment with the full de­tails of the event and can­celled classes for Mon­day. "After con­sult­ing with the Fac­ulty Steer­ing Com­mit­tee, we have de­cided to can­cel all classes and ath­letic prac­tices to­mor­row (Mon­day)," he said in the let­ter to cam­pus. "We un­der­stand how this dis­rupts im­por­tant col­lege func­tions, but in the wake of a shock such as this, the cam­pus com­mu­nity needs to take a pause." Williams also held an event on Mon­day and ex­pected all stu­dents to at­tend. Stu­dents who at­tended the event had lunch and small groups. To fa­cil­i­tate this, they sus­pended meal swipes for Mon­day lunch. A sim­i­lar act of van­dal­ism oc­curred at Dart­mouth on Sun­day, No­vem­ber 6th. The Col­lege did not no­tify stu­dents a hate crime had taken place until five days later and this no­ti­fi­ca­tion came only after The Dart­mouth broke the story. Dean Char­lotte John­son sent a let­ter to the com­mu­nity, but it did not in­clude spe­cific de­tails of the event. The Col­lege has yet to hold any manda­tory or op­tional events to ad­dress the crime.

(11/15/11 7:37pm)

Ex-admissions officer argues against boosted admissions   For­mer Dart­mouth ad­mis­sions of­fi­cer Michele Her­nan­dez ar­gues against tak­ing ath­letic skill and legacy into ac­count dur­ing the ad­mis­sions process in this week's NY Times Room for De­bate. She has a par­tic­u­lar prob­lem with "top re­cruited ath­letes who can get into Har­vard with C grades and 500 SAT scores if they throw a foot­ball or are good with a hockey puck." While you may have heard this all be­fore, it's in­ter­est­ing to see it com­ing from one of Dart­mouth's past gate­keep­ers.

Batchelor: Frack Fracking

(11/15/11 4:00am)

Last week, Kevin Francfort '15 argued that although it is "important to remember" the environmental concerns posed by hydraulic fracturing, a controversial mining practice used to extract natural gas, our nation should support the technique even if that support comes at the cost of pursuing renewable and clean energy technologies ("In Favor of Fracking," Nov. 10). While the idea of fracking is indeed tempting it offers low costs, job creation, energy independence further investigation reveals this latest fossil fuel craze as just another empty promise, a quick profit-maker that distracts from our need of a clean, sustainable energy policy.

Brandt: Where's the Community?

(11/15/11 4:00am)

The recent homophobic and misogynistic vandalism of the gender neutral floor has left me, as well as many people on this campus, very troubled. At a school that recently received a five-star rating from Campus Pride, things like this shouldn't be happening. And though the gender neutral floor is not an LGBTQ-oriented program, these words were clearly targeting gay people at Dartmouth, on and off the gender neutral floor. I believe, however, that this event is a symptom of a greater problem that LGBTQ students at Dartmouth face we have no coherent community, and even worse, no desire to foster one.

Daily Debriefing

(11/15/11 4:00am)

The Dartmouth Ethics Bowl team placed first in the Northeast Regional Ethics Bowl on Nov. 12 at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., confirming its bid to the 16th Intercollegiate National Ethics Bowl Competition in Cincinnati on March 1, Ethics Bowl president Matt Jorgensen '12 said in an interview with The Dartmouth. Jorgensen, Shengzhi Li '12, Erich Hartfelder '12, Annie Lape '13 and Amanda Young '15 debated a total of 15 ethics cases ranging on topics from Qur'an burning to attractiveness discrimination in hiring. The team received the case topics early in Fall term and met weekly to discuss the cases, thinking of all possible arguments for each side and attempting to create guiding principles to apply to each case, Jorgensen said. At competitions, each team member usually takes three cases and prepares a 10-minute opening argument, he said. At the national level, the Dartmouth team will face 32 other debate squads from across the country.

Mainiero '11 to launch new Calif. burger joint

(11/15/11 4:00am)

If a witty bun pun doesn't grab the attention of Pacific Coast Highway travelers, the aroma of fresh ingredients in an "Urbun" burger certainly will. In May 2012, David Mainiero '11 will replace the KFC currently located along the Pacific Coast Highway with a hip, modern twist on the classic American roadside burger joint: Urbun Natural Burger.

Vermont honors artistic contributions of former professors

(11/15/11 4:00am)

Wolff, a celebrated composer of experimental music and a former music, classics and comparative literature professor at Dartmouth, received the Walter Cerf Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts. Lea, a poet and former English professor at the College, was named the poet laureate of Vermont, the seventh in the state's history.