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Protagonist in ‘Oslo' fails to capture audience sympathy

(11/08/12 4:00am)

A quasi remake of Louis Malle's "Le Feu Follet" (1963), "Oslo, August 31st" opens with a Woody Allen-esque homage to Oslo, capital city of Norway. As random people narrate significant moments of their lives as they relate to the city, Trier takes us on a tour of his hometown. The film, however, is no "Manhattan" (1978) the narrations become tangled up in one another, and there are no majestic shots of Oslo's skyscrapers because Oslo doesn't really have any skyscrapers. As a result, the sense of majesty that Trier tries to impart becomes lost in translation, a seemingly appropriate metaphor for the rest of the film.

Ramesh: Imaginary War

(11/08/12 4:00am)

On Monday, College Republicans Vice President Melanie Wilcox wrote a piece endorsing Mitt Romney ("Why I'm Voting for Mitt," Nov. 5). Although I did not vote for Romney, I acknowledge that Wilcox made some very sound arguments. She suggested that the Obama administration has been trying to detract attention away from its economic record to social issues in order to gain votes from minorities and women. In particular, they have framed the Republican positions on birth control and abortion as a "War on Women," when in fact, as Wilcox argues, the problem is an economic one. However, the responses have overwhelmingly focused on that single sentence, arguing that the war is real and single-handedly persecuted by the GOP. One comment on The Dartmouth's website goes so far as to say, "But I suppose as a man, that doesn't matter to you, cause [sic] Romney's policies on women helps preserve the system that so greatly benefits you."

Daily Debriefing

(11/08/12 4:00am)

Maryland is the 13th state to pass the DREAM Act, a law that features a provision allowing undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition at state colleges, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. The law was approved following the approval of a referendum with 59 percent of the vote on Tuesday. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley signed the act in May after it received support from other Maryland Democrats. Maryland's version of the law is the strictest so far, requiring students to receive a high school diploma and attend at least three years of high school in Maryland before qualifying. Among other stipulations, students must also agree to apply for permanent residency, and their parents must file state income tax returns for at least three years. Eligible students must apply as nonresidents of Maryland and earn at least 60 community college credits before they are able to transfer and attend state colleges at in-state tuition rates. While the federal DREAM Act has repeatedly failed to pass in Congress since 2001, the bill was reintroduced in 2012 and is currently being debated, according to The Chronicle.

CGB changes focus for social events this term

(11/08/12 4:00am)

Collis Governing Board has not hosted dance parties or concerts this term, despite receiving increased funding from the Undergraduate Finance Committee in both 2010 and 2011 to provide more non-Greek social events on campus. Among involved students and administrators, there is little consensus as to the exact reason why there has been no large event, though all acknowledged that there are many obstacles to CGB hosting large parties with alcohol, and some cited the redundancy of the Collis After Dark program as a reason for the lack of parties.

Presidential candidates remain unclear

(11/08/12 4:00am)

Although professors would not speculate about specific candidates for the College's 18th president, most said that the new president should focus on the College's social atmosphere, specifically binge drinking, sexual assault and hazing. Professors also said they hope the next president will focus on undergraduate education and have a long-term commitment to the College. During a Spring term Student Assembly meeting, Presidential Search Committee chair Bill Helman '80 said that the committee planned to select the College's new president by the end of the calendar year.

Cinephile: American Country Experiences a Renaissance at the Movies

(11/07/12 1:00pm)

When I was a kid, the radio stations local to my Appalachian hamlet frequently intermingled nineties pop and rock with country ballads — the latest from the likes of Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and the Dixie Chicks. Since the region’s unofficial mantra was John Denver’s "Take Me Home, Country Roads," this was hardly surprising.

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