In the emotional whirlwind that is applying for college, there is one beacon of hope, one storied institution that promises to make your decision for you: the fabled college ranking. These annual ranking lists claim to be able to empirically determine which colleges are the best and help confused, young students choose their home for the next four years. The data shows that roughly two-thirds of college students consider these rankings, and among students with higher standardized test scores, the figure rises to more than 80%. Despite this attention, rankings such as those provided by U.S. News are a flawed way of evaluating universities and should not be considered by applicants or students.
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The hurried scratching of pencils on paper and the monotonous ticking of an analog clock, an agonizing reminder of fleeting time, are the only perceptible sounds in the eerily silent SAT testing room. This classroom might ordinarily facilitate lively academic discussions or debates, but in this instance, it is a vacuum devoid of intellectual curiosity and engagement. Even recounting my own harrowing experiences with standardized testing is enough to put me on edge, a sentiment often echoed by my peers. The grueling process necessary to succeed on behemoth tests left me worn and once led me to naively conclude, as many high school students have, that standardized testing should be scrubbed from the college admissions process.
On Jan. 10, the Rockefeller Center hosted The Concord Coalition Executive Director Robert Bixby and Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff Mike Murphy for an event titled, “Debt and Deficits: Fiscal Challenges Facing the Next Administration.” According to its website, The Concord Coalition is a bipartisan group advocating for generational fiscal responsibility.
On Jan. 23, New Hampshire will hold the first primary in the 2024 presidential election. As the primary approaches, the Dartmouth Votes coalition — which consists of Dartmouth Student Government, Dartmouth Civics, Dartmouth’s Office of Student Life and the Town of Hanover — continues its efforts to mobilize students to vote. Dartmouth Votes has coordinated registration drives, promoted voter education and made voting accessible on election day, according to Assistant Dean for Student Life Edward McKenna.
In June 2021, the NCAA announced that student athletes across all three NCAA divisions would be allowed to profit off of their name, image and likeness. Per the Division II Presidents Council chair Sandra Jordan, “the new policy preserves the fact college sports are not pay-for-play.” The NCAA takes a strong stance against the pay-for-play concept — that recruited students are compensated in exchange for their commitment to play for a school — in order to maintain a level playing field for schools recruiting student athletes. NIL, however, has opened up a new opportunity for student athletes to receive external compensation, threatening the integrity of the NCAA’s stance against pay-for-play. And with it, uncertainty for the Ivy League’s ability to stay competitive in the NCAA.
Despite a tie and a loss this weekend, women’s hockey displayed improvement and determination in their home matchups against No. 11 Princeton University and No. 6 Quinnipiac University. The games were the first two of an 11-game stretch against ECAC opponents that will wrap up the Big Green’s season.
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After Sunday’s snowfall, the Dartmouth Skiway plans to open the Winslow lift, which will make all 30 of the mountain’s trails open to skiers and snowboarders, Dartmouth Ski Patrol assistant director Katherine Takoudes ’24 said. She said that conditions are improving, with the Dartmouth Skiway off to a fast start.
The Works Cafe, a chain of 11 fast-casual, sustainability-oriented restaurants around New England, opened a new location in Hanover on Jan. 8. The cafe is located next to the Dartmouth Co-Op on 25 South Main Street and is open daily from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Women’s squash entered 2024 with a statement win, routing Bowdoin College 9-0. The team was a cumulative 27-1 in their games, which took place on home courts. This victory marked the first of eight dual matches this month.
Winter has arrived in full force this week, and alongside the onslaught of ice and snow, another familiar sight for older students has appeared as well — after two years, ice skating is back on the Green. This Editorial Board would like to thank Dartmouth Facilities Operations and Management for installing the rink, which proved a hit in previous years. However, one logistical hiccup is preventing all of campus from enjoying this activity to the fullest extent possible: a lack of skates.
Friday, Jan. 12
In an age where our screens hum with constant activity and our ears crave moments of tranquility, a peculiar trend has emerged, painting the digital landscape with shades of white, brown and pink noises. These noises are meant for concentration, stress reduction and sleep enhancement, respectively. These subtle sonic hues, once confined to scientific realms and sleep therapists’ recommendations, have found a new stage — one that pulsates with the rhythm of TikTok challenges, YouTube loops and Spotify playlists.
Growing up in an artistic family has meant that Molly Rouzie ’24 has always been immersed in creative endeavors, embarking on her own artistic studies around her sophomore year of high school. At Dartmouth, Rouzie is a studio art and Italian double major with a minor in art history. At the beginning of this school year, she also became a campus engagement intern at the Hood Museum of Art under the guidance of curator of academic programming Amelia Kahl ’01.
Friday, Jan. 12
On Jan. 8, the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy hosted Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., for a speech entitled “Democracy vs. Autocracy in 2024” and a Q&A session with the audience, moderated by Rockefeller Center associate director and senior policy fellow Herschel Nachlis. According to Charlotte Albright in a statement published on the Rockefeller Center website, approximately 250 attendees watched the event in-person, while an additional 19,500 viewers watched a recording of the event by noon the next day.
With the support of his team, medical education associate professor Dr. Thomas Thesen created AI Patient Actor — an app that simulates how a human patient would react to medical treatment and provides students with individualized feedback. Typically, medical students practice diagnosing human actors, also called standardized patients, but AI Patient Actor offers an alternative option that can be utilized anytime and anywhere. The Dartmouth spoke to Thesen to gain more insight into the creation, use and future of AI Patient Actor.
In April 2023, students at the Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies voted to unionize by a vote of 261-33. This vote came after nearly a year of campaigning by the Graduate Organized Laborers of Dartmouth, who had voted to affiliate themselves with the United Electrical and Machine Workers of America in July 2022.
Low temperatures and snowy conditions have brought outdoor winter activities back to campus with a few adjustments this year. While the Dartmouth Outing Club and Outdoor Programs Office have adjusted their cross country ski and skate rental options, the ice skating rink has returned to the Green after a two-year absence and the annual snowball fight took place on Jan. 8.