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Conference examines Japan studies at the College

(11/10/13 10:34pm)

Fackler began with a brief history of the Fukushima disaster, noting that he generally skips this background information while speaking to Japanese audiences. One of the first foreign journalists to be allowed access to the Fukushima plant in the aftermath of the disaster, Fackler said he often discusses Fukushima as a “triple” disaster, with the earthquake and tsunami serving as the first two and the nuclear disaster serving as a third, man-made tragedy.

Daily Debriefing

(11/10/13 10:32pm)

Over a third of young adults have experienced poverty in the past 50 years, The Atlantic reported. Among young Americans aging from 25 to 34, 41.3 percent will spend at least a year earning less than 150 percent of the poverty line. Forty-seven percent of adults in that age group will also be unemployed for at least one period in their lives. The statistics were drawn from an analysis of data collected between 1968 and 2009 by the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, and reflects that even during times of economic stability, young Americans have consistently struggled financially as they enter the working world.

Student Assembly to restructure internal operations

(11/10/13 10:31pm)

The outgoing student body leadership provided little in the way of transitional exercises or relevant institutional information from the previous Assembly, meaning that student body president Adrian Ferrari ’14, student body vice president Michael Zhu ’14 and their cabinet essentially had to “start from the ground up,” even going to Rauner Special Collections Library to find previous years’ Assembly records, Ferrari said. This lag in turnover is a priority for this year’s leadership, which hopes to transform an organization plagued by internal inefficiencies.

Film reminds audience of legacy of slavery and race

(11/10/13 10:21pm)

Last year, Quentin Tarantino tackled American slavery with the subtlety of a bull in a China shop with his revenge epic, “Django Unchained.” While the film was a critical and commercial success, there was a loud contingent that attacked Tarantino for treating slavery and its implications with such irreverence. The arrival of “12 Years a Slave” should quell any desire for such a film as it is sure to be to slavery as “Schindler’s List” was to the Holocaust: a powerful story that puts a human face on unspeakable evil.

Wheeler: Oh, The Places You’ll Go

(11/10/13 9:47pm)

I’ve been freaking out recently because I have no idea what I’m going to do with my life. Maybe that’s no surprise to those who have given me pitying looks when I tell them that I’m an English major focusing in creative writing. Add on my prospective minors in African and African-American studies and government, and my future path is no clearer. I’ve been watching my peers go through corporate recruiting and heard about their internships that pay $15,000 a term, and while I’m not too envious of their burgeoning careers in finance, I’m realizing that someday I’ll have to find a job that actually makes money. It’s an obvious realization, but it’s threatening nevertheless.

Decker: Green-est College Around?

(11/10/13 9:46pm)

On Climate Awareness Day in 2009, former College President Jim Yong Kim announced that his expectations for Dartmouth were nothing shy of being the “greenest college in the world” — ironically overlooking the smoke stacks of exhausted Number 6 fuels leaving the heating plant of south campus when he made this statement from his office in Parkhurst Hall. Nobody believed that accomplishing his goal would be an easy feat. In fact, it seemed like there were significantly more student and faculty skeptics than supporters as to whether this vernacular would ever be materialized. Would “going green” really have higher monetary returns than the hundreds of millions of dollars Dartmouth entrusts to hedge funds and investment bankers on Wall Street? Probably not. But with the quick creation of the Dartmouth Sustainability Project, the installment of dual-flush toilets around campus (at the time, only Harvard University had these systems installed in the Ivy League) and the partnering of Dartmouth College and Camelback to afford students reusable water bottles and places to refill them on campus, perhaps Kim was serious. And then he left for the World Bank.