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You're walking home at night from frat row. It’s dark. It’s unreasonably late. And there are footsteps behind you. Are they following you? Maybe? Wait... is that music? A year ago, there was really only one explanation. TheSun Goddressed in black. Wearing a mask. Wielding alight saber. And carrying a boombox.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
1) 2/8 Battleship Potemkin 2) 2/15 Scarface 3) 2/22 War Horse 4) 2/29 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
“How can I myself live my life everyday in a way that increases justice and… that fights injustice?” - Professor Russell Rickford.
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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.”
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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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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In a story exemplifying the current state of the economy, The Huffington Post profiled Maurice Johnson Th’76, an engineer with two master’s degrees who is currently living in a Boston homeless shelter. A youtube video of Johnson currently has over 227,000 views.