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COLUMBIA: Columbia University’s Academic Integrity Task Force is proposing the adoption of an honor code to promote honesty in academic affairs, as the Columbia Spectator reported. The code would establish an honor pledge that students would take at convocations and sign at each academic exam, and the code’s supporters say it would encourage a culture of integrity on campus. Columbia and Harvard are currently the only two Ivy League schools that lack a formal honor code.
If you looked up “quintessential New England small town” in the dictionary, you ought to be referred to Quechee. About 20 minutes from Dartmouth, the town of Quechee is nestled along the Quechee Gorge on the Ottauquechee River. With fewer than 1,000 residents and only a few businesses dotting the main road, the town is intimate and quiet.
It's important to differentiate between activists and criminals. WikiLeaks, no matter how noble some people might think it is, presents serious dangers to innocent American personnel and others around the world. Activists like Aaron Swartz, however, are doing good — they are organizing, they are communicating and they are evangelizing the idea that anyone with an Internet connection has a voice. Sometimes the lines can be blurred, but digital activists on the whole are adding value and purpose to an otherwise oversaturated world of digital media. —Sebastian DeLuca ’14
I have now been in Ollantaytambo for almost three full weeks, and it has been an incredible experience so far. Classes are in full swing, and I’ve been able to learn, explore and have a ton of fun. Every day is a different adventure, but there are some aspects that stay consistent.
BROWN: A new sorority may soon come to Brown University, according to The Brown Daily Herald. After much demand from the two existing sororities on campus and the school’s female student body, a committee at Brown has been working on the yearlong process to bring a new sorority to campus. Art House, an affinity program, will vacate their current space by the end of the semester. If approved, the chosen sorority may occupy this space.
It’s no secret that Dartmouth students are mildly obsessed with King Arthur Flour. The installation of a KAF café in Baker-Berry library redefined the idea of “library food” (there’s nothing better than brie and apple on a baguette) and their freshly roasted coffee is easily the best on campus.
BROWN: Stephen Lassonde, Brown University’s Deputy Dean of the College, will depart from the position this March to serve as the dean of student life at Harvard University, The Brown Daily Herald reported. Lassonde previously acted as the dean of Calhoun College, one of Yale University’s residential colleges and taught a history class at Brown titled “Children and Childhood in America, 1640-Present.” Brown officials are in the process of assembling a search committee for Lassonde’s replacement.
“Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity,” President Barack Obama said in his inaugural speech on Monday. With promises of reform on the horizon and the bipartisan rhetoric emerging from legislators on both sides of the aisle, immigration reform is sure to be a hot topic during the President’s next term. Here’s what Dartmouth students had to say on the subject.
Obviously it’s been a boost to the economy in general, for immigration, relating to Americans not necessarily wanting to do certain work and people who want to do the work pick up the slack, benefits whoever is coming into the country, from their perspective, and it benefits us from a good price perspective. There is the truly contentious issue of laws about who should get into the country. I could see where people would be rankled by people staying in the country and being offered a path to citizenship for essentially breaking the law — but the logistics for deporting 12 million immigrants or whatever it is, are insane. —Josh Konieczny ’13
By 7 a.m., the crowds were lined up past the Washington Monument. I was already packed in with the even earlier risers. One woman, waiting to use the port-a-potty, told me she had been up since 1 a.m. and had driven all the way from Richmond, Va. When her friends had inquired as to why she was up so early, she replied, “Did you forget what I came here for today?” Then she mentioned that she’d been holding it since 2 a.m. Her enthusiasm was just what I needed to hear to get through the cold, five-hour wait. As I snapped pictures, obviously planning to Instagram them later, the man behind me yelled, “It’s like I'm gonna get hella 'likes' on this.” Everyone was fired up and ready to go, regardless of how early we had gotten up.
At Dartmouth, life is so fast-paced during each 10-week term that it often seems there is no time for anything not Dartmouth-related. While the town of Hanover offers mini-escapes for the stressed-out college student, sometimes it takes more than a stack of Lou’s pancakes and a movie at the Nugget to satisfy a craving to just get away for a little while.
This week’s Conversation features economics professors Andrew Samwick and Charles Wheelan ’88, who sat down with Dartbeat to discuss the “fiscal cliff” and the implications of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 passed by Congress at the beginning of this month.
Madison Pauly: In your opinion, how well does the deal avert the “fiscal cliff?”
I think they need to cut more spending rather than raise taxes. That’s the short of it. —Matt Peterson ’13
BROWN: Brown University’s highest paid employee, vice president and chief investment officer Cynthia Frost, will retire at the end of the school year in order to help her mother after her father’s death, according to the Brown Daily Herald. Frost is the only person to have held Brown’s CIO position, and during her 12 years at the University, she was responsible for the endowment’s growth from $1.4 to $2.5 billion.
This term I am working with the non-governmental organization Awamaki in the small town of Ollantaytambo in Peru. Ollantaytambo, known as “Ollanta,” is about an hour-and-a-half drive outside of the city of Cusco, near Machu Picchu.
Editor’s Note: The Conversation is a new feature that brings the outside world to Dartmouth. Each week, Madison Pauly ’15 sits down with two members of the Dartmouth community and gets their take on a pressing national issue that Dartmouth students have discussed in Dartbeat Asks. This week, we are featuring members of Pauly’s family because faculty members were not available on such short notice. Next week, Dartbeat Asks and The Conversation tackle the fiscal cliff.
I listened to CNN on the morning of Dec. 14 with a pit in my stomach. Aurora, Tucson, Virginia Tech, Columbine — and all the shootings that don’t earn newscast nicknames — leave us bewildered with the scale of each disaster, outraged at our personal inability to do something about the tragedies that seem to come more often than years past.
Editor’s Note: Dartbeat Asks is a new weekly feature that will be presented in conjunction with The Conversation, which will run every Friday. Each week, Dartbeat Asks will feature a survey of student opinions on a national issue, while The Conversation will further explore that topic in-depth. We welcome your feedback — feel free to comment below or blitz comments/questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week’s topic was chosen in light of the December shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The Sandy Hook shootings are just the latest in a string of recent gun violence. The numerous reaction statements made by public figures addressing the need — or lack thereof — of tighter restrictions on gun ownership, especially the semiautomatic weapons used in the Sandy Hook shootings, reveal that the nation is still deeply divided on the issue of Second Amendment rights. Dartmouth students weigh in below on whether current gun control laws need to be modified, and whether the right to own guns is even legitimate.
There is no reason anyone should own a tool designed to kill other people.No one has the right to take another's life.Perhaps if every adult in the U.S. had a firearm at all times this tragedy may have been averted, but the number of annual deaths from accidental shootings would surely be higher. —Ariel Wertheim ’15
Courtesy of The Columbia Spectator