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Northern Pass targets N.H. voters through ad campaign

(11/14/11 7:35pm)

  Al­though the North­ern Pass trans­mis­sion pro­ject has suc­cess­fully in­vaded our Hulu chan­nels with its New Hamp­shire-tar­geted pro­mo­tions, a grow­ing num­ber of state res­i­dents are chal­leng­ing the pro­ject’s “in­va­sion” of the state — and ques­tion­ing whether the com­pany’s folksy tes­ti­mo­ni­als are a true grass­roots move­ment or merely “as­tro­turf.” Ac­cord­ing to its web­site, the North­ern Pass pro­ject would run an above ground power line from the Hy­dro-Québec hy­dro­elec­tric power plants in Canada south­ward through the state to Deer­field, NH, where it would then feed into the New Eng­land power grid. Pur­port­edly, the new trans­mis­sion line would re­sult in lower en­ergy costs for the re­gion, greater fuel di­ver­sity, an in­flux of ap­prox­i­mately 1,200 3-year con­struc­tion jobs, as well as new prop­erty tax rev­enues. How­ever, there has been a great deal of local op­po­si­tion to the plan, which re­quires the con­struc­tion of a high-volt­age elec­tric cor­ri­dor run­ning through the White Moun­tains, uti­liz­ing some land ob­tained through em­i­nent do­main. They view the plan as the im­po­si­tion of “For­eign Big Hydro” on a state that ought to es­tab­lish its own in­ter­nal en­ergy re­sources and they crit­i­cize it on health, en­vi­ron­men­tal and eco­nomic grounds. These groups, com­posed mainly of North Coun­try loy­al­ists, have mo­bi­lized via com­mu­nity events as well via so­cial media, and their out­cry stands in stark con­trast to the “real New Hamp­shire folk” pro­fess­ing the ben­e­fits of the North­ern Pass in the pol­ished, pro­fes­sional ad­ver­tise­ments shown every time we want to catch up on our fa­vorite shows on­line. Is the North­ern Pass a good idea? Do the en­ergy ben­e­fits out­weigh the sac­ri­fices, or is it an­other ex­am­ple of cor­po­rate greed over­rid­ing local in­ter­ests? Com­ment below and let us know what you think.

From the Archives: Thanksgiving at Dartmouth

(11/14/11 7:31pm)

    <="" img=""> Cour­tesy Of Rauner Archives Dart­mouth stu­dents tra­di­tion­ally re­turn home for Thanks­giv­ing, but Moosi­lauke Ravine lodge has played hol­i­day host to many Dart­mouth stu­dents over the years. In 1957, Dart­mouth stu­dents hosted 40 or­phans from the Man­ches­ter Chil­dren’s Home, St. Peter’s Or­phan­age in Man­ches­ter and the Golden Rule Farm in Tilton, N.H. Or­ga­nized by the DOC, the two-night Thanks­giv­ing cel­e­bra­tion in­cluded “a Thanks­giv­ing Day din­ner, hikes through the area, and an evening pro­gram of singing and en­ter­tain­ment,” ac­cord­ing to the N.H. Sun­day News. In 1961, the DOC hosted 40 boys, ages 8-14, at Moosi­lauke Ravine Lodge. The boys rep­re­sented all “races, creed and na­tion­al­i­ties” and came from churches in East Harlem and the Lower East Side of New York City, ac­cord­ing to The Dart­mouth. Like the 1957 event, the boys climbed Mt. Moosi­lauke and planned to “stuff them­selves with turkey.” “For many of the young­sters it is to be their first time away from the city streets, their first glimpse of tree-lined rivers and moun­tains, their first bus ride and their first turkey din­ner,” The Dart­mouth re­ported. Cabin and Trail hosts a Thanks­giv­ing cel­e­bra­tion at Billings Lodge, a six-room cabin at the foot of Mt. Madi­son in the Pres­i­den­tial Range. Stu­dents cook a big Thanks­giv­ing din­ner with the help of Cabin and Trail’s “Turkey Fund,” and go on hikes in the re­gion. On cam­pus in the early 20th cen­tury, Dart­mouth used to host a Thanks­giv­ing Fes­ti­val Ser­vice in Rollins Chapel on the last Sun­day be­fore the fall re­cess. The fes­ti­val fea­tured per­for­mances by the Glee Club and was hosted by the pres­i­dent of the Col­lege. In 1929, “There was a large at­ten­dance; there should have been no empty seats at all,” The Dart­mouth re­ported. Be­cause most peo­ple cel­e­brate the hol­i­day at home, there were few Thanks­giv­ing im­ages in the archives. But with the help of the knowl­edge­able Rauner Li­brary staff, I came across the above image of H.R. Thurston, a mem­ber of the class of 1894. He is the sec­ond from the left and the photo is from Thanks­giv­ing 1894. It looks like the Thurston fam­ily had ei­ther a knack for hunt­ing turkeys or in­vited them to join in the Thanks­giv­ing feast.

Daily Debriefing

(11/14/11 4:00am)

The Tuck School of Business ranked first for the number of job offers students received following Commencement, as 97 percent of graduates received offers, according to a ranking published by Poets and Quants on Nov. 8. In its second year in the number one ranking, Tuck shares the top spot with Harvard Business School, Columbia Business School and the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management. Job offers for graduates of highly ranked business schools have increased over the past two years, and only one highly-ranked business school examined by Poets and Quants the Georgia Institute of Technology's College of Management reported a decrease in the percentage of graduates offered jobs. Tuck's 2011 success rate is identical to that of last year but represents an 11 percent increase from 2009, when only 86 percent of graduates received offers, Poets and Quants reported.

Curious Jorge

(11/14/11 4:00am)

What a week it was. The Pennsylvania State University community found itself in one of the most controversial scandals in sports history. Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was kidnapped in Venezuela (which, amazingly, received minimal media time due to the Penn State situation). Other notable stories from this week include me almost perishing due to food poisoning and Hanover weather shifting from being 60 degrees out to snowing within a matter of 24 hours.