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Curious Jorge

(10/10/11 2:00am)

My classmate Chad Hollis '12 argued in his column last Friday that student-athletes should not be given a share of athletic department revenues gained by collegiate institutions revenues that are made possible because of the performances displayed by many of these same individiduals ("Hollisto's World," Oct. 7). But why not let these student-athletes receive some of the pie they cooked themselves?

Daily Debriefing

(10/10/11 2:00am)

Emmanuel Kim '15 was elected 2015 Class Council president, according to an email sent by the Class of 2015 Election Committee on Oct. 7 and obtained by The Dartmouth. Justin Sha '15 will assume the position of 2015 Class Council vice president while Megan Blanchard '15 was elected treasurer. The three officers who delivered their final speeches along with the other candidates at the final pitch event organized by the Election Committee and held in Collis Common Ground on Oct. 4 will be responsible for planning classwide events, according to committee member George Najjar '15. Over 50 percent of the members of the Class of 2015 voted in the election, which took place online from Oct. 5 to 6, Najjar said. The committee, composed of three members of the Class of 2015 and one faculty supervisor, ensured that each candidate received the requisite 50 signatures and created a website posting his or her platforms, Najjar said.

Taylor discusses keys to business-world success

(10/10/11 2:00am)

Both global markets and the U.S. domestic economy will remain "volatile" over the next several years as countries struggle to reduce deficits and avoid defaulting on loans, Lou Taylor Tu'85, senior vice president at the New-York-based hedge fund Paulson & Co., warned listeners at a Saturday meeting organized by the Dartmouth Athletes in Business and Leadership organization in the Rockefeller Center. Recounting his rise through the financial world to his current position at a $30 billion hedge fund, Taylor repeatedly attributed his personal success and the world's current financial turbulence to passion, courage, change and prayer.

Influx of seniors seek fourth year off-terms

(10/10/11 2:00am)

Over the past several years, an increasing percentage of students have requested to waive the College's senior year residency requirement, which mandates that students enroll in courses during the fall, winter and spring terms of their fourth and final year, according to College Registrar Meredith Braz. For the 2011-2012 academic year, between 25 and 30 percent of the members of the Class of 2012 have requested such a waiver for at least one term, Braz said.

Lott: Learning to Live Together

(10/10/11 2:00am)

This August, Campus Pride awarded Dartmouth a Five-star rating on its LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index. The College can be proud of some of its efforts to foster understanding between the gay and straight communities given the stigma that still surrounds homosexuality, some advocacy and support groups are important. However, Dartmouth's nationally pioneering efforts to attract gay students and its planned LGBT affinity house may constitute unnecessary favoritism and encourage students to needlessly define themselves by their sexual orientation. As nice as it sounds to make efforts to accommodate gay students, it is important to put things in perspective before supporting costly initiatives.

Rubin: Not in our Interest

(10/10/11 2:00am)

We all like to believe that our voice can make a difference and that our government is just that ours. At the same time, we recognize that the collective voice of many individuals working together is louder than that of any individual it is this very notion that allowed special interest groups to gain prominence in our political system. Historically, these groups have provided underrepresented portions of our population with a more influential voice, but today they have become too powerful. Their original purpose has been warped. The effectiveness of our democracy is based on our legislators' ability to compromise and work towards what's best for the country as a whole. However, when powerful and wealthy special interest groups are able to take hostage large portions of our Congress, the result is stalemate and the elimination of any governing by our government, hurting the people that these institutions are supposed to serve and represent.

Internet Meme of the Week: Going to the Store

(10/10/11 2:00am)

If director David Lynch ever made an internet meme, this would be it. "Going to the Store" is a 45-second clip of a naked, computer generated man moving in a wildly exaggerated manner through a suburban neighborhood. Further adding to its bizarre nature is the ridiculously happy song "Little Ships" by Jean Jacques Perrey, which serves as the video's soundtrack. Despite its absurdity, "Going to the Store" has racked up over five million views since it was uploaded a few weeks ago on YouTube. Directed by David Lewandowski, the lead graphics animator for "Tron: Legacy" (2010), the video has spawned a number of real life parodies of impressive quality. Despite its amusing nature, one can't help but notice the protagonist never makes it to the store. I'd like to think that's some sort of social commentary, but that's probably not the case.

Film festival offers up indie foreign selections

(10/10/11 2:00am)

While accounts of life under oppressive dictators and stories of different cultures and world views may seem ubiquitous, the reality of these accounts can at times be difficult to grasp without watching them unfold visually. The New England Festival of Ibero-American Cinema of 2011, hosted at the College from Oct. 5 to Oct. 9, offered students the opportunity to more fully immerse themselves in stories from Ibero-America, a term used to refer to Spain, Portugal and former colonies of Portugal and Spain.