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Exploring Multiculturalism

(11/07/13 9:54pm)

“There are too many Asians around me right now,” complained an Asian-American girl as she abruptly detached herself from me and a couple other Asian girls on my high school track team during practice one day. Having lived in the United States for only about two years by then, I felt not only a jolt of surprise but also an inexplicable sense of shame and mortification at my teammate’s half-joking, half-serious pronouncement.


What Have We Done?

(11/07/13 9:52pm)

Though the origins of the What Have We Done blog date back to freshman year, the truth is, the What Have We Dones began the second we started forming personalities. We recently uncovered one home video of Seanie dramatically performing a song she composed called “I like myself” and another of Amanda’s failed attempt to walk on water.



In Case You Were Wondering

(11/07/13 9:50pm)

In case you were wondering, daylight savings time, which ended last Sunday, was first proposed by Georges Vernon Hudson in 1896, not, according to popular belief, by our buddy Ben Franklin. Back in Ben’s day, precise time-keeping was not really an issue, since train schedules hadn’t been invented yet. Daylight savings time was first implemented in Austria in 1916 and has been used on and off throughout Western Europe and the Americas. It remains vague to me, because having extra light at night seems cool, but then it’s dark in the morning, and there are few things more depressing than waking up in the pitch black. Research shows daylight saving time saves little to no energy, but apparently people go out and buy more stuff when it’s lighter in the evening, because sunlight inspires in people the primordial desire to go out and buy stuff. But I’m always in favor of daylight savings time when it ends. As I pleasantly discovered last Sunday, you get an extra hour of sleep.









Verbum Ultimum: A Very Worrying Speech

(11/07/13 9:02pm)

On Monday, College President Phil Hanlon spoke to the faculty about his vision for the future of academics at Dartmouth. This speech contained many ideas of interest to undergraduates: an expansion of the Thayer School of Engineering, greater emphasis on interdisciplinary studies, the creation of residential clusters and the revival of a five-year, joint undergraduate-businessprogram. These ideas, as well as Hanlon’s proposed reduction in the future rate of growth of tuition, would certainly be important innovations. We are deeply concerned, however, by the undertone of the speech, which seemed to portend further shifts away from Dartmouth’s core focus on undergraduate education and the liberal arts.



Mehring: The Gender Trap

(11/07/13 9:01pm)

In early September, children’s retailer Toys “R” Us revealed that it would cease gender-based labeling and marketing in its United Kingdom stores. The move was heralded by many as a step toward progress and gender parity, but the potential precedent set by Toys “R” Us, and the staggering implications of the retailer’s decision, has been underappreciated.




Between the Lines

(11/07/13 8:40pm)

This topic seems old to me, and yet here we go. Spending inequality for female athletes continues to persist in college athletics, and Dartmouth and the Ivy League are no exception. Yes, we did just mark the 40th anniversary of Title IX’s passage, and yes, federal law does require universities receiving federal funds to equally finance men’s and women’s athletic teams.





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