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Review: 'Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness' is an expose on eccentricity

(03/30/20 7:00am)

“Tiger King'' is one of the wildest true-crime stories Netflix has given us so far — so much so that its larger-than-life characters eclipse the documentary series’ initial mission of shining light on animal rights issues. The show follows the eccentric Joe Exotic (whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage), a self-described “gay, gun-carrying-redneck with a mullet” who created one of the biggest wildlife preservation centers for exotic cats, along with his menagerie of exotic animal owner colleagues who prove even wilder than their pets. The directors of “Tiger King,” Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin, untangle the complicated and at times surreal world of Exotic to deliver a must-see story of a zookeeper who lands himself in jail for a murder-for-hire plot targeting his long-time rival, big cat activist Carole Baskin, who is shrouded in her own felonious controversies. Despite its mild attempt to address ethical questions about animal rights, “Tiger King” is, at heart, a true crime documentary that spotlights outsized personalities.

Dorm clearings continue as College prepares more self-quarantine sites

(03/27/20 3:15pm)

Amid a string of residence hall closures, the Lodge has become the most recent dormitory to be cleared out and repurposed as a self-quarantine site for students. Last week, the College moved students’ belongings out of the Maxwell and Channing Cox apartments and 11 Webster Avenue, which houses the Thought Project Living Learning Community. 

Students, faculty react to spring credit/no-credit grading system

(03/24/20 4:43am)

In light of the College’s decision to implement a credit or no credit grading system for all spring undergraduate courses, many students have applauded the administration for a measure that they believe will make grading fairer for those faced with extra difficulties posed by remote classes. Meanwhile, a number of students have called for an option to opt out of the policy. 

Moorthy: Make Spring Term Pass/Fail

(03/21/20 5:45pm)

In response to the spread of COVID-19, Dartmouth joined with peer institutions and announced that its entire spring term would be conducted remotely. This move, although disappointing for many, should be considered a necessary step in securing the wellbeing of Dartmouth students and residents of the Upper Valley. However, in moving to online instruction, the College must continue to prioritize the educational success of its students. One way to do this is to institute a mandatory pass/fail grading system for the spring term. Here, I echo the sentiments of The Daily Princetonian’s Editorial Board and of the student-run National Intercollegiate COVID-19 Coalition and urge Dartmouth to take that step. 

Verbum Ultimum: A Fair Deal

(03/20/20 6:00am)

The past few weeks haven’t been easy for anyone. In that short span, the novel coronavirus COVID-19 went from a far-away news story to a dominating fact of life for members of the Dartmouth community. Spring term is greatly curtailed, with all classes to be conducted online. Campus life is severely diminished. Among other restrictions, all Dartmouth-sponsored travel is banned, students are effectively forbidden from returning to campus and emails arrive daily bearing stricter and stricter regulations.

Hanlon, Helble hold virtual town hall to address COVID-19 concerns

(03/19/20 7:11pm)

College President Phil Hanlon and provost Joseph Helble held a virtual town hall on Wednesday afternoon to answer questions about the College’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The pair reiterated many of the College’s recent decisions and clarified a few new details, including that students, though paying full tuition, will not be required to pay room and board and that financial aid will be increased.

Dartmouth reviews interim housing applications, approves many initially denied

(03/15/20 2:01pm)

After days of uncertainty, Dartmouth has approved interim housing for many eligible low-income and international students, some of whose applications were initially denied. The College has mandated that all students — with few exceptions — vacate campus by March 16 as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Move to online classes presents new challenges for faculty, staff

(03/14/20 1:55am)

Dartmouth’s move to remote learning has left both students and professors with questions about how spring classes will unfold. The College has kept open the possibility that students may return to campus in May, but provost Joseph Helble warned that students should not expect to return to campus this upcoming term.

Q&A with athletics director Harry Sheehy on spring sports cancellations

(03/12/20 6:28pm)

The Ivy League presidents announced their unanimous decision on Wednesday to cancel all varsity athletic competitions and practices for the spring term. This decision preceded the suspension of the NBA season Wednesday night and the cancellation of the Power 5 NCAA basketball tournaments on Thursday along with other conference tournament cancellations. The Dartmouth sat down with athletics director Harry Sheehy Thursday morning for an extended interview about the Ivy League’s cancellation of spring sports and its ramifications.

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