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The Cinephile: Can't miss films at the Hop

(01/19/12 10:13pm)

Cour­tesy Of The As­so­ci­ated Press Be­tween the Dart­mouth Film So­ci­ety’s amaz­ing “End of Times” se­ries and the Loew Au­di­to­rium’s indie of­fer­ings, your dreary Win­ter term just got a lit­tle brighter. I’ve com­piled a list of the gems of this term’s film of­fer­ings below based on gen­eral themes. So get out of bed, log off of Net­flix and go watch films in bril­liant 35 mm anamor­phic. The Oscar Hope­fuls (by date): Oscar bal­lots have just closed, and the guess­ing game is now on. Based on my em­bar­rass­ing amounts of re­search, silent black-and-white film "The Artist" (2011) is pre­dicted to be the fron­trun­ner for Best Pic­ture, among oth­ers. After win­ning the Golden Globe, Mar­tin Scorcese will be a strong con­tender for Best Di­rec­tor for his ode to film restora­tion, "Hugo" (2011), and film stu­dents will love all the wink-winks to con­cepts they’ve stud­ied in class. He will com­pete with Alexan­der Payne, di­rec­tor of "The De­scen­dents" (2011), which also fea­tures strong per­for­mances from George Clooney and Shai­lene Wood­ley. Fi­nally, the Hop­kins Cen­ter of­fers a fab­u­lous chance to ac­tu­ally see the Os­car-nom­i­nated shorts on two con­sec­u­tive days in Feb­ru­ary, which you ab­solutely can­not miss. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hR-kP-olcpM&feature=player_embedded 1) 1/21 Hugo 2) 2/17 and 2/18 Os­car-Nom­i­nated Shorts 3) 3/3 The De­scen­dents (Loew) 4) 3/7 The Artist The Sub­ver­sive: Some of these art cin­ema flicks will push the lim­its of what you may con­sider com­mer­cially ac­cept­able fare (i.e. you have to look away some­times, but you can’t stop think­ing about them later). Nov­el­ist Julia Leigh’s di­rec­to­r­ial debut "Sleep­ing Beauty" (2011) caused con­tro­versy at Cannes with its stark de­pic­tion of one col­lege stu­dent’s dis­turb­ing foray into the busi­ness of de­sire. Leg­endary film­maker Werner Her­zog’s "Into the Abyss" (2011) doc­u­ments the last days of a death row in­mate, as well as the fed­eral ex­e­cu­tion sys­tem that ter­mi­nates his life and the per­spec­tive of his vic­tim’s fam­ily. Fi­nally, the hy­per-vi­o­lent Span­ish film "The Last Cir­cus" (2010) plays on the com­mon fear of clowns, al­le­go­riz­ing fas­cist Spain with cir­cus mad­ness. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAsbowwhXkw&feature=player_embedded 1) 2/4 Sleep­ing Beauty (Loew) 2) 2/11 Into the Abyss (Loew) 3) 3/3 The Last Cir­cus The Mod­ern Clas­sics: As men­tioned in an ear­lier post, Ken­neth Lon­er­gen’s "Mar­garet" (2011) has di­vided crit­ics. Half say it is the great­est Amer­i­can film of the year and oth­ers claim it’s a bril­liant mess — de­cide for your­self. The won­der­ful, apoc­a­lyp­tic "Chil­dren of Men" (2006) en­vi­sions a uni­verse in which women are un­able to have chil­dren, while the Ger­man black-and-white hor­ror drama "The White Rib­bon" (2009) stud­ies evil and vi­o­lence in a strictly re­li­gious com­mu­nity. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POPLzI40Uiw&feature=player_embedded 1) 1/28 Mar­garet (Loew) 2) 1/29 Chil­dren of Men 3) 2/25 The White Rib­bon Go Watch It in 35 mm Just Be­cause You Can: Watch the Odessa steps se­quence in Sergei Eisen­stein’s uber-clas­sic "Bat­tle­ship Potemkin" (1925) and the vi­o­lent Pro­hi­bi­tion gang­ster drama of Howard Hawks’ "Scar­face" (1983) in glo­ri­ous widescreen. If you’re in­ter­ested in more re­cent fare, check out Steven Spiel­berg’s lat­est, the sen­ti­men­tal "War Horse" (2011), which con­tains a bat­tle scene many crit­ics say trumps the Nor­mandy beach se­quence in "Sav­ing Pri­vate Ryan" (1998). And Tomas Al­fred­son’s "Tin­ker Tai­lor Sol­dier Spy" (2011) as­sem­bles per­haps the best cast of British male ac­tors in re­cent his­tory to weave a clas­sic spy tale. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kS5kzTbNKjs&feature=player_embedded 1) 2/8 Bat­tle­ship Potemkin 2) 2/15 Scar­face 3) 2/22 War Horse 4) 2/29 Tin­ker Tai­lor Sol­dier Spy



The Daily Beast watches the debate with The Dartmouth Review

(01/10/12 8:58pm)

<="" img=""> Courtesy Of Getty Images And The Dartmouth Review Not everyone can say they spent last Saturday night watching the ABC Republican Debate with well-known journalists on the second floor of Collis. As the apparent representatives of young Granite State conservativism, staffers of The Dartmouth Review sat down again with a national news organization, this time the Daily Beast. The group — which included Review editor-in-chief Sterling Beard ’12 — chuckled over the tweets of Michelle Malkin and former Review editor-in-chief Laura Ingraham '85 as they discussed low enthusiasm for the primary among college-age N.H. voters and the quality of the Republican field. Beard also said Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., whom he described as “policy-wonkish”, would be his "fantasy" Republican candidate. Check out the whole interview here, and an excerpt below: When we began to talk about the mood on campus and what the future looks like for Dartmouth’s 2012 graduates, Beard’s tone became more ruminative. “You have all of these people in my class who came to this campus when 'hope and change' was the big thing. But the problem was that 'hope and change' are empty. They sound nice, but there’s nothing behind them.” “We just had the financial markets, people were looking for a national leader, and four years later we’re now about to enter a job market that has horrendous unemployment, has for a long time.” “So the thing that Barack Obama has managed to inspire is … a pretty snarky generation … a bunch of college-age people, fresh graduates … who feel like they were let down ... And so anytime anyone starts talking about the greatness of the country or the greatness of America’s working man … everyone goes, ‘Yeah right, I’ve heard that before.’” Next I asked him if he considered himself cynical. I could tell he didn’t but wanted to hear why. (He definitely didn’t sound snarky, in case you were wondering.) His reply was heartfelt. “Because I’m a history major and I’m focusing on the United States … I don’t get cynical about the country itself. Because I realize how unique it is. Call it what you want — American exceptionalism, I suppose.”


GOP hopeful Fred Karger sits down with Dartbeat

(01/06/12 8:49pm)

<="" img=""> Madison Pauly / The Dartmouth Former Reagan political consultant Fred Karger, the first openly gay presidential candidate in history, visited the campus this Friday to promote his campaign among students. Karger, whose grandfather attended Dartmouth, has visited the school 15 times since February 2010 and described it as “a coming home experience.” Dartbeat caught up with him in the Dartmouth Co-op to discuss his campaign, the values of the Republican Party and his policy priorities as a presidential candidate. Dartbeat: One of the most controversial campaign strategies we’ve seen thus far was Rick Perry’s anti-gay ad [see below] in Iowa. Do you have a response to the trend in Republican politics toward lambasting gays in order to score political points with rightist voters? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PAJNntoRgA Karger: “I’m very upset with those activities. Those words are damaging to so many people. I did a reaction to his spot, a parody ad [see below]. I said I [as Rick Perry] was ashamed, that my ad now has the record of the most dislikes on YouTube and I’m not proud of that. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQso7JBg8cI When I announced my consideration in running for President in 2010 in New Orleans at a press conference one of the primary reasons I was doing this was to try to calm down the anti-gay rhetoric in the Republican party. I said if I was on the debate stage then that would be a primary goal of mine. If I’m there, I think it would be less anti-gay. That’s why I did this. I have a commercial and over a hundred time-buys this week. “Fed up with the Republican Party? There’s one Republican you might like.” I talk about these issues, and I say that I’m a moderate. All these others you will never ever hear them other than lambasting other Republicans. I don’t believe in lambasting conservatives, and that’s what I learned from Reagan. Let’s work together, let’s cooperate, let’s see what we have in common, and let’s solve the problems of the country. I’m very proud of this. Dartbeat: Taking into account your progressive social policies, why do you identify with Republican Party? Karger: That’s an excellent question. The Republican Party used to be the leader in that [socially progressive politics], and the Democrats were not. 100 years ago, when Theodore Roosevelt was President, the last progressive Republican President, he was a leader in civil rights, he desegregated his administration for the first time, there were blacks working in his administration, all of whom were fired by Woodrow Wilson, who succeeded him, a Democrat. He had the first Afro American over the White House for dinner—Booker T. Washington. Then the Republican Party’s moved slowly over to the right. A lot of it was because a couple of the Democrats from the South – Strom Thurmond, others came over. They thought the Democratic Party was too liberal and they moved the Republican Party to the right. So I want to bring that caring, civil-rights leading Republican Party back. I even call myself a Rockefeller Republican—I worked for him in his two presidential campaigns in ‘64 and ‘68—and he really helped lead that charge. Dartbeat: In your opinion, what are the most important short- and long-term issues America needs to focus on today? In the short-term, jobs and the economy. That is my major gripe with President Obama. He had said repeatedly in his campaign for years ago he was going to do nothing but work on the economy for the first two years and instead he spent about two weeks. He passed the stimulus and then he went off to health care and a whole array of other issues. Had he devoted—and succeeded—in turning the economy around then he could do many other things. So I really want to focus on that. I have a seven point “Jobs Now” plan—I don’t want to wait until even I’m elected, I want to start talking these things, setting up a trust for microloans for graduating students who are out of work. Long term—education reform. If we were not in such trouble with our employment and just the morale in this country—because another important thing in the short term is bringing back that American spirit in this country—education reform to compete with the other countries of the world is essential. We have lagged so far behind now. It’s a monumental job, because it’s such a major operation. One of the things I want to do is tackle the two national teachers unions. I think there’s too much power there, too much control in keeping teachers who are not effective. One of the jobs as a union is to protect the jobs of the union members, and I think it’s at the peril of new teachers. They don’t have to be younger, but bringing in new blood, and effective, exciting teachers who will make school interesting is essential. I want to make school more interactive with the private sector. And I’ve talked about partnering with the inner city schools, that are in the worst shape and are losing more drop outs. Dartbeat: What is your campaign strategy so far and what are your hopes for its future? (Particularly in the light of today’s poll showing you tied with Rick Perry in New Hampshire.) Karger: I’m not on the debates yet but I hope I will be. I was tied with Santorum and Bachmann last week. Now he’s got a little boost, but I’m still with her and Perry, and they’ve been in 12 debates. They’ve spent 30 million dollars, and I’ve spent a fraction of that, so I’m very encouraged. There are two debates this weekend, and I haven’t been invited to either, which is typical, but I will be heading to Michigan next Thursday. By the time the Michigan primary occurs, there will have been South Carolina, Florida, and Nevada. Unless Romney wins them all and runs away with this, the battle will continue as they normally do and Michigan will be very big battleground state. It’s a much more moderate state, much like NH. Some of these [candidates] are going to be missing, and I think once it is down to three or four people the networks will be much more obligated to put me in a debate. Dartbeat: Do you believe you have a shot at the nomination? Karger: I really do. I’ve always said I’m a long shot, I’m not one of these people who’s delusional in saying I’m going to win this. I realize it’s my first time ever running for office, and it usually takes candidates at least two times to get there but I’m hopeful that if I get in a debate I will break out… anything’s possible. I could be the flavor of the week, and I’m very ready for it now. I’ve been at this a long time and I think I’m ready for prime time.


Blanchflower talks global central banks with Bloomberg TV

(01/06/12 8:33pm)

Economics professor David Blanchflower, a Bloomberg Television contributing editor, talked about the performance of central bank heads and the impact of quantitative easing on the financial crisis. Blanchflower spoke with Scarlet Fu and Sara Eisen on Bloomberg Television, assigning these leaders grades. Grades: Mario Draught B-, "Do Something" Jean-Claude Trichet F, "Does Exactly the Wrong Thing" Ben Bernanke, A, "Best Scholar" Mervyn King, B Blanchflower is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a former Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee member.


Meryl Streep remembers her time at Dartmouth in preparation for role in "Iron Lady"

(01/05/12 8:30pm)

<="" img=""> Courtesy Of The Los Angeles Times Dartmouth holds Dr. Seuss and Robert Frost (at least briefly) as some of its most cherished alums. Chris Miller '63's Animal House is based on Dartmouth frat life. There are more than a small truckload of fictional characters that attended Dartmouth — see Stephen Colbert of the Colbert Report, Evan and Foggell from Superbad and Dr. Meredith Grey from Grey’s Anatomy. Though somewhat less discussed, Meryl Streep once also spent some of her college career at the "College on the Hill," and she recently discussed how her time spent at Dartmouth helped her mentally prepare for her role as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. Most recognize Meryl Streep as a well-respected, Academy Award-winning actress who has starred in dozens of blockbusters over the last few decades, but few people know that Streep once spent time studying at Dartmouth through an exchange program during the fall of her senior year at Vassar College. Streep’s life at Dartmouth was starkly different than ours today. Her Dartmouth experience took place in 1970 at an all-male college (later co-educational in 1972) as one of only a few female students on campus. Indeed, this atmosphere would be more than enough to aid in preparing for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher. She participated in two student-written plays at Dartmouth, but she doesn’t remember having done so. Streep does remember, however, auditioning for the female role in the main-stage play and not receiving the part. In an interview with The Dartmouth in 2000, Streep reminisced about her time at Dartmouth. Of course, the extraordinary beauty of Hanover overwhelmed her. She also made exceptional grades at Dartmouth (all As) and enjoyed her classes, but she was unsurprisingly more intently focused on improving her craft. “There was an us and them feel to campus,” Streep said, recalling the attitude of the students in the college towards the woman exchange students. While walking across the library one day, Streep remembered the male students harshly “pounding their hands” to the beat of her steps. Although there were times when she felt less than welcome, Streep says that her experience at the college helped “[make] her the woman [she is] today.” And, without a doubt, the Meryl Streep we know today is extremely confident and inspirational.


Three recent alums make Forbes 30 Under 30 list

(01/05/12 8:28pm)

<="" img=""> Courtesy Of Forbes Alumni from the College fared well on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list this year with three alums making the cut. The magazine lists up-and-coming standouts in their various fields, but these youngsters haven't even hit the big 3-0. Impressive! The individuals ranked work in 12 different categories, ranging from media to food and wine.   <="" img=""> Courtesy Of Michael Ellis Michael Ellis '06made Forbes' Law and Policy list. While at Dartmouth, Ellis was the editor-in-chief of The Dartmouth Review. He took a year off during his time in Hanover to work for former president George W. Bush's campaign.Ellis attended Yale Law School, then served as a White House official under Bush. He was also the Deputy Director of Strategy for Romney for President, Inc. Currently, Ellis is a law clerk for the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.   <="" img=""> Courtesy Of Forbes Joe Malchow ’08 also made the list for Law and Policy. He majored in government with a minor in English. On campus, Malchow founded the website Dartblog(unaffiliated with The Dartmouth) and has been a conservative advocate. <="" img=""> Courtesy Of Marc Lajoie Marc Lajoie '08 received a B.E. from the Thayer School of Engineering in 2008. During his time at the College, he worked as an undergraduate researcher in the chemistry department and wrote his honors thesis on the development of a new class of potent anti-inflammatory, growth suppressive agents. Lajoie is currently a graduate student in chemical biology and genome engineering at Harvard University. He made Forbes’ list as a result of his creation of new methods to change large numbers of an organism’s genes at one time. It is believed this could kick-start genome engineering — pretty impressive!


College presidents' salaries examined as income inequality gains more notice

(01/04/12 8:20pm)

The Chronicle of Higher Education released an interactive table analyzing 2009 salaries of private college presidents. Then-retiring College President James Wright ranked in at #78 with a total yearly compensation of $721,385, while then-newcomer Jim Yong Kim ranked #110 at $612,718. As inflation and professor pay decreased in 2009, the median salary for college presidents increased. Meanwhile, as Occupy Wall Street demonstrations reach college campuses, million-dollar salaries are receiving greater scrutiny. Pay gaps have widened between presidents and professors at private higher education institutions as well as among college presidents themselves. The Chronicle's data also includes analysis of compensation compared with college budgets. More than 36 presidents made over $1 million in 2009, a year marked by economic recession. Additionally, a "typical" president earned 3.7 times as much as the average professor on his own campus, though several outliers made more than 10 times as much. Topping the list was Constantine Papadakis, president of Drexel University since 1995, who earned a total compensation of $4,912,127 in 2009. Yale ranked #9 with $1,627,649 for 18-year president Richard Levin and Columbia followed at #12 with $1,527,217 for 9-year president Lee Bollinger. Dartmouth's 2009 presidential salaries ranked near the bottom when compared with the rest of the Ivy League, though Brown University claimed the #93 spot with $656,182 total compensation for 10-year president Ruth Simmons. The Chronicle excluded Kim, Wright and other presidents — who served in only part of 2009 — from their nifty graphic comparing college presidents' pay with professors' salaries. President Wright retired in June 2009 and President Kim took over in July. The Chronicle of Higher Education used compensation data from the Internal Revenue Service's Form 990, a form filed by many major nonprofit entities. The data shows compensation data received in 2009 by 519 chief executives at 482 private, nonprofit U.S. colleges with at least $50-million in expenditures in 2009-10. Colleges who claimed religious exemption from filing the Form 990 were excluded from the data.


Columbia to offer an "Occupy 101" class

(01/04/12 8:19pm)

<="" img=""> Courtesy Of Adbusters Even though it's currently removed from Columbia's spring anthropology course listings, the university has announced they will offer a class on Occupy Wall Street next semester, according to the New York Post. Postdoctoral scholar at Columbia University's Committee on Global Thought Hannah Appel, will teach the anthropology course, which is entitled “Occupy the Field: Global Finance, Inequality, Social Movement.” An anthropologist by trade, Appel has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Equatorial Guinea's transational oil and gas industry. The course will combine seminars at Columbia's Morningside Heights campus with fieldwork in and around OWS movements. According to the syllabus, which features a ballerina in releve attitude balancing upon the Merrill Lynch bull, Appel expects students to be involved in ongoing Occupy projects, though she says a "particular orientation toward OWS" is not requisite for participation." Along with guest lecturers, Appel plans to incorporate sociological, political theory, economics, history and primary source material "from OWS and beyond." Appel blogs for the Social Text collective about OWS, where she offers ethnographic observations and commentary on the movement. Appel told the Post her support for OWS won’t keep her from being an objective teacher. “Inevitably, my experience will color the way I teach, but I feel equipped to teach objectively,” Appel told The Post. “It’s best to be critical of the things we hold most sacred.” The "risk of disengaged scholarship", Appel says in her syllabus, outweighs the foreseeable risk of the course's fieldwork. Possible exposure to unsafe or violent situations will be minimized by "scrupulous contingency plans" including buddy-systems, phone trees and pre-determined meeting places, according to Appel's syllabus.


Dartmouth computer science professor analyzes altered North Korean pic

(01/04/12 8:16pm)

<="" img=""> Courtesy Of Reuters Dartmouth computer science professor and digital forensics expert Hany Farid teamed up with The New York Times to analyze an altered photograph of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's funeral. The Photoshopped image, distributed by North Korea's state news agency, removed a small yet presumably visually unappealing group of men to the side of the procession. As of now, it is unclear exactly why the photo was doctored. In an interview with The Times, Farid said those who altered the image added snow to remove the men's tracks. “Almost nothing changes,” Farid told The Times. “Except where the men were standing.” Farid's team's analysis prompted several news agencies to remove the photograph, whose alteration crossed independent journalistic guidelines for photo editing, which generally only allows cropping and adjustment of color tones for the printing press. In communist North Korea, such guidelines do not exist and the media-controlling state can easily doctor images. An expert in digital manipulation, Farid developed a highly useful metric for photo retouching with Dartmouth grad student Eric Kee. The technology has also received praise from supporters of more realistic and healthier ideals of beauty. Farid presented his technology at last year's Dartmouth TEDX conference.


Declining use of anti-anxiety drugs among veterans with PTSD

(01/04/12 8:14pm)

<="" img=""> Courtesy Of Army Times A study co-authored by Dartmouth psychiatry professor Matthew Friedman indicates fewer veterans are using anti-anxiety drugs to treat symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress disorder. The news comes to the relief of current psychiatric guidelines, which recommend against the use of benzodiazepines to treat PTSD. "One of our concerns is that it's very, very difficult to get patients off benzodiazepines," Friedman, executive director of the National Center for PTSD, told Reuters. As more and more soldiers return from recent and ongoing military conflicts, such as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, this evidence will prove to be increasingly helpful, researchers say. Some doctors like Dr. Alexander Neumeister warn that a decline of benzodiazepines may signal an increase in more risky, off-label drugs.


Welcome back to Dartbeat!

(01/04/12 8:13pm)

With the New Year comes a new directorate (Bye 12's!) and an exciting new year for Dartbeat, the blog presented by yours truly, The D's editors. Whether you're a newcomer or frequent visitor, welcome back to Dartbeat, your up-to-the minute source for everything Dartmouth! From pop culture to campus news, you can be sure your bloggers at Dartbeat have their figurative fingers on Dartmouth's pulse. Dartbeat loves reader tips and comments, so send your suggestions to dartbeat@dartmouth.com. Hearts, Emily Fletcher, Editor-in-Chief Branko Cerny, Publisher Jay Webster, Executive Editor Marina Villeneuve, Online Editor


Chosing the right ski pass for this winter

(10/29/11 5:02pm)

Snow in Oc­to­ber?!? There are a lot of rea­sons to be dis­tressed about this mid-fall snow shower, but I can't help but get ex­cited for ski sea­son after see­ing some real snow on the ground. Ski sea­son doesn't begin until the end of De­cem­ber (ear­lier if you're hard­core and are will­ing to scrape down lightly pow­dered back-coun­try trails), but now is the time to pur­chase sea­son passes. Though the win­ters in Hanover can be bru­tal, being here puts you in a prime lo­ca­tion to ac­cess amaz­ing ski­ing. Here's a break­down of the passes for re­sorts in the area:








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