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In meeting, trustees chat with students, talk academic goals

(11/10/14 12:48am)

The Board of Trustees discussed academic goals, changes to Geisel Medical School and Thayer Engineering School and “Moving Dartmouth Forward” presidential steering committee progress this weekend. Reflecting on the weekend, College President Phil Hanlon said the meeting focused on academic excellence and productivity.

Parajuli: Tax Them to the Polls

(11/10/14 12:39am)

Four out of five young people did not vote in Tuesday’s election. In fact, the U.S. Election Project estimates that this year’s midterm saw the lowest overall turnout since 1942, as reported by the New York Times. Should this worry you? It should if you care about democracy. A torrent of recent studies show America’s democracy in crisis: In his 2012 book “Affluence and Influence,” Princeton University’s Martin Gilens found that lawmakers only respond to the policy preferences of the rich, while the middle and lower classes are basically ignored. Larry Bartels, Benjamin Page and Jason Seawright later added that real policy influence might in fact rest with “the one percent.” Increasing electoral turnout via a universal poll tax will reinvigorate democracy.

Yuan: Pointless Prerequisites

(11/10/14 12:38am)

I am registered to take Art History 51, “Realism, Impressionism and Post-Impressionism,” next term. I have studied art history in the past, but I have never taken any college introductory courses in the subject. I also do not expect to major in it. Most colleges would require prerequisites for higher-level art history courses, but Dartmouth does not. It is important that Dartmouth retains this lack of prerequisites, especially in its liberal arts and humanities classes, to encourage intellectual exploration and impart necessary social skills.

FoCo Joe: “The Earthquake”

(11/07/14 1:00pm)

I have to say, Halloween was so great, but this week has really been meh. Getting back midterms is always stress inducing – the home stretch is so close yet so far. But let me tell you, this dessert has literally shaken up everything. Pun intended. I’ve had it at least once every day since Monday, and each time it tastes better than before. I’m always left full without feeling heavy. And I must mention the relative health benefits this dessert offers as well. “The Earthquake” is revolutionary for my culinary arsenal — a natural disaster turned miracle. Hopefully you’ll feel the same way when you try it.