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College's prestige needs blind aid

(05/17/07 6:14am)

Dartmouth has an image problem. It is bad enough that some Americans confuse us with stunning regularity with the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, but in many foreign countries, the number of people who have even heard of Dartmouth is negligible. Dartmouth's strength as an academic institution is such that it consistently ranks among the best universities in the country, despite being a college with a small student body, moderately-sized endowment and relatively few graduate programs. The most prestigious American colleges -- Harvard, Yale, Princeton, MIT, Stanford -- all engage in massive advertising campaigns, actively tout the strength of their graduate schools and offer generous aid packages to attract students. If Dartmouth wants to catch up, one of the simplest and most beneficial places it can start is by extending need-blind admissions to international students.

Candidate Statement: Nathan Bruschi

(05/07/07 6:02am)

I am running for Student Body Vice President in order to fix Student Assembly and to use it to improve the lives of the students it serves. From my experience as secretary of Student Assembly, I know exactly what the current problems are and how to fix them. As vice president, I will get away from the current trend of passing meaningless, self-serving bills and instead bring about real improvements by expanding student services and Student Assembly initiatives.

Looking Into Their Eyes

(05/01/07 4:08am)

After it became clear that the massacre in Blacksburg, Va., would take its place in severity alongside the worst shootings in American history, the question that increasingly weighed on my mind was what the shooter looked like. Apparently my desire was shared by others as once his picture was released, it was broadcast non-stop on all of the major news channels and media websites.

Affirmative Action Too Skin Deep?

(02/13/07 11:00am)

Last fall at "Experiences," a mandatory presentation for freshmen, a number of students spoke about their dealings with issues of race, gender and discrimination at Dartmouth. The speaker who most resonated with me was Cinnamon Spear '09. A Native American, Spear grew up on a reservation with people who shared the same cultural heritage as her. However, unlike her neighbors, who exhibited very strong physical features common among Native Americans, Speaer appears very "white." Her case intrigued me because it showed how the issue of race is more complicated than skin tones and facial features.

Gaga About Globalization

(02/02/07 11:00am)

The United States is losing its comparative economic advantages. In today's global economy, the average American is slowly losing while the workers of developing nations are winning big. Globalization has become a dirty word, and given the circumstances for the American low-skilled worker, rightly it has. However, when used correctly, globalization has the potential to bring true prosperity back to average America, not just Wall Street. Here are three simple steps to make globalization work for us.

A Conservative's Mistake

(01/18/07 11:00am)

Before break, a conservative friend suggested that I should read the book "Letters to a Young Conservative" by Dinesh D'Souza '83. While I liked the fact that D'Souza started his book with a discussion of theory and ideology, I was disappointed by his simple and trite characterizations of complex issues. However, the book did illuminate some glaring misconceptions held by conservatives about liberalism.

Time to Resolve the Mascot Issue

(01/12/07 11:00am)

In the days before winter break, controversy held Dartmouth College hostage. Dartmouth Hall played host to student speeches, passionate protesters and the ears of the national media. A Student Assembly BlitzMail message announced that a rally titled "Solidarity Against Hatred" was planned during a meeting held in response to the Dartmouth Review issue with cover art depicting a Native American holding a scalp. What was missed in the midst of student activism was the way in which the student response to the offensive Review cover ran counter-productive to the activists.

Beyond the Talking Points

(11/20/06 11:00am)

For too long the Democratic Party has let Republicans define and redefine the debate over America's political issues. Buzzwords like "pro-life" and "climate change" have skewed the way many Americans see, think and talk about the issues. The problem historically for liberal candidates is that they usually have complex, well-reasoned opinions that are too complicated to communicate in a single sentence (see: Al Gore, John Kerry), while conservatives are able to express themselves in simple sound-bites (see: George W. Bush).

Dartmouth's Mascot Void

(11/13/06 11:00am)

Dartmouth's situation is unique among the schools of the Ivy League in that we lack a coherent mascot. Yale has "Handsome Dan" the bulldog: short, ferocious, and horribly ugly. Columbia's teams are the Lions, which, for some strange reason, are blue. Princeton has the Tigers, which works well with their school colors: orange and black. The University of Pennsylvania has the Quakers, which I would imagine is an odd name for the football, hockey and wrestling teams considering the Quakers' commitment to non-violence. Brown tastefully chose the Bears after the logistics involved ruled out their first choice, the Protesting Anarchists. Cornell, like Dartmouth, lacks an official mascot, but they all seem partial to "Snuggles," the fabric-softener teddy bear from the TV commercials (they renamed it "Touchdown"). Their nickname is "Big Red," which is also the name of a cheap chewing gum you often find stuck to the floor of a movie theater. Harvard's nickname is "Crimson" and their mascot is John Harvard, both of which are very, very stupid.

Faith in the Republican Base

(10/23/06 9:00am)

The Republican Party owes most of its national election successes of the past ten years to its unified base of evangelical Christians and economic conservatives, but a new book could create cracks in the otherwise concrete alliance. "Tempting Faith" is an insider story by David Kuo, an Evangelical Christian who served in President George W. Bush's Faith-Based Initiative Office, reveals how the White House courted religious conservative leaders and adopted their agendas in public while they mocked and disregarded them in private.

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