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Verbum Ultimum: As Cold As Ice

(02/03/23 9:10am)

This weekend, temperatures in the Upper Valley are predicted to drop to treacherously low levels, with some news outlets predicting wind chills between -20 and -30 degrees Fahrenheit. The College has taken many precautions to warn students about the risks of such low temperatures. Residential Operations sent an email explaining ways for students to keep their rooms warmer and Student Government emailed to inform students about a bus system that will pick them up and drop them off at their dorm clusters. And with a campus-wide email warning about the health risks of such cold temperatures — particularly when drinking —the College has taken important steps to ensure students are aware of the risks this weekend. 

Solinger Jeffers: It’s Time to Invest More in the First-Generation Community

(02/03/23 9:15am)

Until recently, the First-Year Student Enrichment Program pre-orientation served as the primary resource for incoming first-generation students. It is the precursor to the First Generation Office, which opened its doors in Sept. 2021 under the supervision of Academic Support Services. With the re-opening of the FGO — now located in Sudikoff Hall — and the launch of Toward Equity, the College’s latest diversity, equity and inclusion initiative, now is the perfect time to review the resources that the College provides for first-generation students.

Bushong: Resurrecting a Lost Paradise

(02/02/23 9:00am)

Glen Canyon Dam, located in northern Arizona near the Utah border, was the result of a compromise that prevented the inundation of Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado. Glen Canyon was such a well-kept secret at the time that David Brower, the environmentalist who orchestrated the compromise, had never even seen it. The canyon was already doomed when Brower eventually floated through it and realized the gravity of what America had sacrificed. He lamented the loss of Glen Canyon as “the darkest day of [his] life” and our nation’s “most regretted environmental mistake.” 

Nivarthy: In Defense of Standardized Testing

(01/31/23 9:10am)

Standardized tests have become a punching bag for those seeking to address the socioeconomic gap in college admissions. Accelerated by the pandemic, the movement to abolish standardized tests like the SAT and ACT as an admissions factor has long been motivated by studies indicating that test scores are positively correlated with affluence and race. While narrowing these gaps are indeed worthy goals, opponents of standardized testing must consider the alternatives. In doing away with testing as an admissions criteria, we not only lose a quantitative, meritocratic tool in measuring aptitude, but we also end up elevating alternative measures that run a much higher risk of favoring the wealthy. Factors contributing to test performance — like test preparation resources, for instance — can be made more accessible, but testing itself remains a tool that rewards effort and achievement.

Verbum Ultimum: Baby Steps toward Student Wellness

(01/27/23 9:00am)

Mental health and wellness is always on the minds of Dartmouth students. Since it convened last March, this Editorial Board has published no less than four articles on various mental health topics, from the JED Foundation to the collective trauma of losing five of our classmates in less than three years. Similarly, David Millman ’23 and Jessica Chiriboga ’24, president and vice president of Dartmouth Student Government, ran on a platform of expanding and improving the mental healthcare options available to students. 

Capone: Dartmouth's Grading System Gets an F, Part II

(01/26/23 9:00am)

One of the purportedly unique features of Dartmouth’s grading system is the ability to elect a non-recording option (NRO) for a class. Students can select a threshold for the lowest grade they are willing to receive in a class; if, upon completion of the term, they receive a grade lower than their limit (but still pass the class), an “NR” will appear on their transcript instead of the grade.  This “NR” is not factored into GPA calculations.