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Assembly candidates to file today for elections

(04/08/10 2:00am)

Four candidates Elena Falloon '11, Maya Granit '11, Uthman Olagoke '11 and Eric Tanner '11 have all confirmed that they have received enough signatures to run for student body president in this month's Student Assembly elections. Will Hix '12 and Brandon Aiono '11 also told The Dartmouth that they are running for student body vice president in the election.

Daily Debriefing

(04/06/10 2:00am)

The Legal Defense Coalition, with the support of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, filed a lawsuit April 1 calling for an increase in programming funds for Georgia's three public historically black colleges, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Friday. The lawsuit charges the University System of Georgia, the Board of Regents and the governor with violating parts of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The two civil rights organizations hope to win more funding for research and graduate programs at Savannah State, Albany State and Fort Valley State Universities, which they say receive less funding than the state's other universities, according to The Journal-Constitution. Although John Millsaps, spokesman for the University System of Georgia, said he had not seen a copy of the lawsuit and could not comment on pending litigation, he noted that the historically black colleges generally receive more funding per student than other state schools of a similar size, The Journal-Constitution reported.

SPAHRC to release report in April

(03/31/10 2:00am)

The Student and Presidential Alcohol Harm Reduction Committee will deliver its report on student drinking to the administration at the end of April, SPAHRC student co-chair Will Schpero '10 said at the Student Assembly meeting Tuesday. Students present at the meeting also discussed how Course Rank, a class-reviewing web site, will gradually replace the current Student Assembly Course Guide.

Gillibrand unopposed in Senate race

(03/05/10 4:00am)

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand '88, D-N.Y., will not face any candidates expected to pose a serious threat in the race for one of New York's seats in the U.S. Senate after two potential opponents said they would not pursue the seat this week, according to The New York Times. Harold Ford, a former Democratic congressman from Tennessee, announced on Monday that he would not challenge Gillibrand in the primary, and Mortimer Zuckerman, a real estate and media billionaire who would have run as a Republican, announced Tuesday that he would not pursue the seat.

Study links purchasing to karma

(02/22/10 4:00am)

A new study conducted by Tuck School of Business professors has found that consumers who believe in karma have higher expectations when purchasing a new product because they are less inclined to seek out the momentary gratification associated with the purchase, according to a University of Chicago press release. The study, "Consumer Expectations and Culture: The Effect of Belief in Karma in India," which was directed by Tuck professors Praveen Kopalle and John Farley and Columbia professor Donald Lehmann, a visiting scholar at Tuck, will appear in the August issue of the Journal of Consumer Research.

Sculptures reflect College history

(02/12/10 4:00am)

In 1939, a 37-foot-tall version of College founder Eleazar Wheelock, the College's founder, towered over the Green, proudly wielding a 15-gallon beer mug. Sixty-five years later, students commemorated the 100th birthday of Theodore Geisel '25 by perching his Cat in the Hat atop a giant snow hat. Since its inception in 1925, the Winter Carnival snow sculpture on the Green has often drawn inspiration from the College's storied history, showcasing student sculptors' imaginative, ambitious and even world record-breaking efforts.

Daily Debriefing

(02/09/10 4:00am)

President Barack Obama nominated Pamela Joyner '79, a member of the College's Board of Trustees, to be one of six new members of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday. The committee "focuses on arts and humanities education, cultural diplomacy, economic revitalization through the arts and humanities, and special events dedicated to recognizing excellence in these areas," according to the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities web site. Joyner has been a College trustee since 2001. She founded Avid Partners, LLC and has worked in senior positions at Bowman Capital and Capital Guardian Trust Company, according to BNO News. Joyner is also a former co-chair and trustee emeritus of the San Francisco Ballet and a trustee of The School of American Ballet, BNO News reported.

Vt. resolution would examine drinking age

(02/04/10 4:00am)

The Vermont state legislature is currently considering a resolution to ask for Congressional permission to lower the state's legal drinking age without suffering a reduction in federal highway funding, according to state Rep. Margaret Cheney, D-Windsor-Orange-2. The resolution, which would also create a commission to study the effects of lowering the drinking age, was debated by legislators at a Jan. 21 hearing.

Daily Debriefing

(01/21/10 4:00am)

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signed orders last week to reverse a Bush administration decision to prevent two foreign Muslim intellectuals from applying for U.S. visas, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported. Adam Habib, a political commentator from South Africa and critic of the Iraq War, was denied a visa in 2007 for having "engaged in terrorist activities," but was never informed of the specific charges against him, The Chronicle reported. Tariq Ramadan, an Islamic scholar from Europe, was denied visas in 2004 and 2006, potentially because of his donations to two charities with links to the radical Palestinian organization Hamas, according to The Chronicle. The American Civil Liberties Union and American Association of University Professors both advocated for the bans to be overturned.

Daily Debriefing

(01/08/10 4:00am)

Lei Zhang, a 2002 graduate of the Yale School of Management, donated a record $8,888,888 to the school, the Yale University Office of Public Affairs announced in a press release Monday. The money will be used to help construct new facilities, bolster scholarships for Yale's International Relations Program and fund China-related activities at Yale, according to the release. Zhang, who studied international finance at the People's University of China as an undergraduate and, in addition to attending SOM, studied international relations at Yale as a graduate student, founded Hillhouse Capital Management in 2005 and serves on the SOM Board of Advisors and the China Board of Advisors. Zhang pledged $8,888,888 because the number eight is indicative of luck in Chinese culture. The gift is also the largest ever given by a young Yale alumnus, the release said.

Dartmouth by the Numbers

(01/08/10 4:00am)

Ever notice that exactly 52 percent of dorm rooms at Dartmouth are singles? Or that the campus is made of 265 acres? Yeah, neither did I. But those are some of the "Quick Facts" the Admissions Office uses to describe the College to all those impressionable prospies. So to interject a little dose of reality into our image of Dartmouth, here are some precise and not-so-precise numbers that better reflect our life here in Hanover. Let's start with the basics.

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