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Skiing plays major role through Carnival's history

(02/06/14 8:42pm)

Though Winter Carnival initially emphasized skiing, the sport’s role in the weekend has decreased over the years. Regardless, certain events still cater to the sport’s tradition at the College. Both the Dartmouth Skiway and the Dartmouth Outing Club have worked to make Carnival skiing-related events fun for all participating students.

Film FSP mixes internships and study

(01/30/14 12:29am)

When she began her internship this winter, Michelle Khare ’14 never expected to see Steve Carell casually biking around the office of his production company, Carousel Productions. Through the internship component of the new film and media studies foreign study program, Khare and the 14 other students on the Los Angeles-based program have gained hands-on experience with the film industry while also learning about it in the classroom.

Sunstein talks personal data sharing

(01/24/14 1:16am)

Online retailers like Amazon may soon be able to predict what consumers want before they know themselves, said Harvard Law School professor Cass Sunstein, who served on the National Security Agency oversight panel. With shoppers’ personal data, retailers can create interfaces that reflect individual preferences, even potentially shipping items before they are purchased.

College doubles salting efforts in icy season

(01/15/14 1:32am)

Massachusetts Row became an ice rink. Students stumbled across the Green. Webster Avenue threatened to trip any who braved its slick sidewalks. Though Campus Planning and Facilities has used 515 tons of salt in de-icing efforts so far this winter, more than double the amount used by this time last year, the season’s weather has made it more difficult than usual to ensure safe walking conditions, said campus planning and facilities labor shop supervisor Greg Frost, adding that this is the worst winter he has witnessed in the past 20 years.

Student body shifts from Blackboard to Canvas

(01/14/14 2:07am)

Almost half of undergraduate students have begun the switch from Blackboard to Canvas, a new online learning management system, following a positive response to the 13-class pilot last term, assistant director of educational technologies Barbara Knauff said. A total of 110 courses transitioned to Canvas this winter, and an additional 150 faculty members are slated to adopt Canvas in the spring. Knauff said she expects Blackboard to be phased out by the end of the calendar year.

Registrar misassigns students to winter classes

(11/18/13 8:20pm)

Some students were left scrambling to register for classes after they found out they had been dropped from the ones in which they had originally been enrolled. The registrar, Meredith Braz, sent an email on Nov. 13 informing some students that had been mistakenly placed in various classes as a result of a computer system error that failed to account for upperclassmen’s priority in course registration.

Daily Debriefing

(11/03/13 9:16pm)

The Virginia Supreme Court ruled that Virginia Polytechnic Institute was not negligent when officials did not notify campus of a shooting on April 16, 2007. Seung-Hui Cho fatally shot two students in a residence hall before killing 31 others, including himself, in an academic building two hours later. The plaintiffs, family members of two of the victims in the second shooting argued that their children could have taken precautions against a shooter if they had been informed. Last year, a civil jury found in favor of the families, but the state appealed and pushed the case to the state Supreme Court. Virginia Supreme Court Justice Cleo Powell ruled that there was no way for Virginia Tech to foresee the second shooting incident.

Daily Debriefing

(10/24/13 2:00am)

While the average college tuition has increased at a slower rate for the second academic year, the government's funding for financial aid programs has fallen, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. A study released by the College Board showed that public four-year colleges and universities experienced a 2.9 percent growth in tuition, the lowest one-year increase in nearly 30 years. Private school tuitions rose by 3.8 percent, a figure slightly lower than that of recent years. Shrinking government aid, however, has led to a $1,770 cost increase per student. The average aid fell to $6,646 for every student, compared with $9,111 five years ago.

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