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On March 22, special counsel Robert Mueller released to the U.S. Attorney General the results of his investigation into collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s campaign. While the report found no evidence of collusion, it neither recommended charges nor exonerated the president on charges of obstruction of justice. We asked opinion writers for their responses to the release.
Last night, Dinesh D’Souza ’83 gave a talk in Filene Auditorium entitled “A World Without Walls.” He has espoused controversial views in the past, and his presence sparked student protests. What does Dinesh D’Souza’s visit to campus mean for the community?
Last month, Governor Chris Sununu signed into law a voter residency bill that will require New Hampshire voters to be residents of the state beginning in 2019, making it substantially more difficult for out-of-state college students to vote. What are your thoughts on the new law?
Yale University’s program covers for the 100th Yale-Dartmouth football game have received intense criticism for portraying Dartmouth’s former mascot, the Indian. Do you think the public backlash has been too much, just right or not enough? How should we reconcile accurate representation of history with perpetuating racism and other social issues?
We asked our opinion staff: "In the U.S. News and World Report’s ranking of institutions with the best undergraduate teaching, Dartmouth placed seventh, down from placing second last year. Do you agree with this ranking, and if so how can Dartmouth improve its undergraduate teaching?"
It might seem cheesy, but time really flies — it feels like just yesterday that I was anxiously driving up for trips, unsure of the future and uncertain what to expect. One thing that I am so glad I did, and I highly encourage everyone to do, is take diverse, random classes freshman year.
Sophomore summer at Dartmouth, for most, centers around three pillars: Greek life, corporate recruiting and Astro 2/3. It has its pros and cons — fewer classes are offered and it can be difficult to find the right classes and knock out the right distributive or major requirements, but we also get the chance to spend 10 weeks and change in New Hampshire in the summer.
Are you concerned about the increase in Dartmouth's acceptance rate this year?
Given recent changes at the College, would you enroll as a ’20?
Did Founders Day change your percep on of the house community system?
In this election cycle, how has money helped or harmed candidates?
In light of the recent Yik Yak video, should the app screen comments?
Do you think the College's new housing community plan is viable?
Will you support the party with which you identify regardless of who wins the nomination? Why or why not?
During their visits to college campuses, candidates should focus on policies that most address student interests. These include the need for better college funding, restructuring of student loans, government initiatives to expand employment opportunities after graduation and programs that work towards ensuring that students of all socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds can start their careers on an equal playing field. Candidates should be reasonable and realistic in their promises and students should be receptive to ideas from both sides of the political spectrum. Each candidate visit to campus brings us an opportunity for meaningful discussion and constructive debate. To reap the benefits of those opportunities, we should be informed, open-minded and engaged.
Do you think Dartmouth does enough to help us find internships and jobs? If not, what more could they be doing?
Although the 10-week term can get busy, I do make an effort to attend events that candidates host on campus. These are immensely valuable to all students, regardless of political affiliation. Students who lean right should go out and see Democrats, just like students who lean left should go out and see Republicans. In such a polarized political climate, we should be making every effort to listen to what the other side of the aisle has to say, instead of dismissing it as white noise. Campaign events are the perfect venue for such dialogue. Likewise, events on campus are a great way to get past the talking heads that populate the political arena. By attending, we have the opportunity to judge candidates for ourselves instead of relying on outside analysis. We can ask questions and think critically about candidates’ responses. To an extent, we get to set the agenda. With the New Hampshire primary quickly approaching, this is a chance that no Dartmouth student should pass up.
Students tend to think about opportunities like studying abroad in terms of how they contribute to their major. Going to Spain obviously benefits someone studying Spanish, just as studying abroad in China benefits someone interested in East Asian studies. A student’s interests, however, do not have to be internationally related for a term abroad to be valuable; studying abroad is useful for a student of any major. As an English major and writer, I know that travelling can help me discover creative possibilities that would be impossible if I simply stayed on campus every term. This discovery does not depend on travelling with the English department. Many writers who I respect took inspiration from visiting other countries, such as Zora Neale Hurston, whose “Tell My Horse” was spurred by a visit to Haiti and Jamaica. And collaboration between scientists from multiple countries to develop new theories and experiments is common, therefore taking STEM courses in another country helps a student grow accustomed to a globalized world of science. Studying abroad also has benefits outside of the academic as the experience leads to adaptability in new situations, independence and, most importantly, open-mindedness.
We asked our opinion staff: "Do you plan on voting in the upcoming New Hampshire primary? Why or why not?"
We asked our opinion staff: "How will the new house communities affect Dartmouth?"