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Those results should be shared with everyone. We performers I am a member of both the wind ensemble and the Barbary Coast jazz ensemble do not put on shows for ourselves. If we wanted to hear ourselves play, our culminating experience at the end of every term would be a recording session. But we prepare for weeks with the aim of performing publicly, in a theater that seats hundreds. Obviously, this is primarily so that students and community members can enjoy the fruits of our labors. For us, it is truly a thrilling experience to play to a large and engaged group of people. A good ensemble feeds off of the energy provided by a good audience. The atmosphere of a packed house, at its best, motivates us to strive for ever-higher levels of musicianship. We would hope that full crowds for student ensembles would be commonplace.
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is currently recovering from his injuries, under heavy guard, at a prison medical center in Massachusetts. While these severe injuries sustained during his capture initially complicated authorities' efforts to question him, the American justice system is, if nothing else, a patient one. There are obviously a multitude of issues that Tsarnaev's interrogators will discuss with him. The logistics of the bombings, and whether the Tsarnaev brothers received outside support, is an important concern. Perhaps more pressing is the potential influence of radical Muslim groups on the brothers' radicalization, planning and possible training. Most intriguing, however, is the simple question of purpose. Granted, how exactly the Tsarnaevs pulled this off is important but why did they do it?
One of Dartmouth's distinguishing characteristics is its emphasis on the importance of upholding tradition. In many ways, Dartmouth seems to highlight its various traditions as the primary components of its institutional DNA. What truly separates us from our peers, we are told, are the practices and rituals that have been shared for decades. Other schools may also be prestigious, tenure prominent faculty or provide a valuable education to undergraduates, but no other Ivy League school has its freshman class run around a bonfire as a sort of initiation ritual. Experiences like Winter Carnival, Green Key, the Ledyard Challenge and our own, special Greek system are what separate us from the other, more boring institutions that compete to educate the finest young minds in the world. Such a message is, beginning with DOC First-Year Trips, preached as a sort of gospel. To not buy into this attitude is to forgo a part of the "Dartmouth experience" and to miss out on what specifically makes our beloved College so special.
The NCAA men's basketball championship is one of the most captivating events in all of sports. The month of March descends into madness every year as 68 teams from universities across the country compete in a single-elimination tournament to crown a winner. The entire country, or at least the part that has any interest in sports, tunes in. Whether by watching the games on television or filling out a bracket online, millions of individuals make some sort of investment into high-profile college sports. Many do not even have a particular rooting interest; instead, it is the overall spirit of competitiveness that attracts old fans and creates new ones.
Congressional obstructionism in Washington is hardly newsworthy anymore. Regardless of political affiliation, it is difficult to dispute that Republicans have almost wholly dedicated themselves to stymieing Democratic legislation backed by President Barack Obama. This is not necessarily a bad thing. There exist legitimate and significant ideological differences between the two parties, and Republican members of Congress have the legal right to oppose any efforts with which they disagree. In fact, more than a few of these members were elected by their constituencies in direct protest of the president's policy positions. However, there is a thin line separating ideological dissent from reflexive opposition under the guise of maintaining values. Recent events have provided us with a shining example of the latter, with Israel serving as the principal issue at stake.
While the Pope's advancing age is no secret, the resignation of Benedict XVI nonetheless came as a surprise to both followers and non-Catholics around the world. Elected by a papal conclave in 2005 after the death of his wildly popular predecessor John Paul II, Benedict assumed leadership of the Church at the ripe old age of 78. Confronted by a worldwide sexual abuse scandal and a host of challenges to parts of the Church's social doctrine, the Pope was forced to navigate a complicated set of issues throughout his reign.
The honor code is an aspect of the experience at Dartmouth that, at least in part, exists abstractly. The broad principles of the honor code, which center around academic honesty and integrity, rarely assume a discretely tangible form. Apart from blatant cases such as cheating on an exam or plagiarizing an essay, it is sometimes difficult to draw a clear line between what is acceptable under the honor code and what is not. Subjective judgments are often required to make determinations in more nuanced situations, the outcomes of which may have far-reaching implications. So, while it is an admirable and important part of Dartmouth life, the honor code is a tricky concept to corral. What, exactly, does "honor" entail and how can we best defend it?
Two weeks ago, President Barack Obama signed into law the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 in what was an eleventh-hour effort to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff" crisis. The cliff, a term coined by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, refers to a series of automatic tax increases and spending cuts that would have otherwise gone into effect had Congressional action not been taken. Since desperation seems to be the only factor that can motivate Congress to act, the House and Senate passed the aforementioned act in the early hours of the new year. Immediately, Washington tried to paint the law as a grand compromise between painfully divided Democrats and Republicans. This might be the case if the ATRA accomplished anything more than kicking the metaphorical can down the road, which sadly, it does not. Instead, the law simply serves to turn over the hourglass, once again, by raising taxes on the very highest incomes and enacting laughably minimal spending cuts.
In the final weeks of the presidential race, it has become a daily ritual for the various news agencies to report the most recent national presidential polls as a part of their major coverage. While it may be fun to hyperventilate over the latest revelation that the margin separating Mitt Romney and Barack Obama has shifted by half a point, the tracking of national polls is essentially a useless exercise. Thanks to the outdated and anti-democratic Electoral College, the presidential race will instead hinge on how a small handful of states vote in November.
The Nobel Peace Prize, perhaps at one time a universally admired achievement, has managed to take yet another step toward becoming a complete farce. Just three years after granting a newly elected Barack Obama the Prize for little more than the content of his campaign speeches, the Norwegian politicians that comprise the Nobel Committee gave the award to the European Union, a decision that left much of the world scratching its collective head in confusion.
Labor disputes have stimulated debate about the respective roles of management and unions in the business world throughout American history. Unfortunately, many tend to view these two important entities in black and white, as either uniformly good or bad. As with most issues, however, there does exist significant nuance within the broader topic of employee-management relations, and it is important to examine each particular dispute with a healthy amount of discretion. Recent events have provided us with two excellent examples to examine: the widely publicized Chicago teachers' strike and the National Football League referee debacle. While both instances have the requisite "union vs. executives" theme in common, the cases were brought about by very different circumstances and thus differ greatly in merit.