Bridget Alex


Blood drive benefits local patients

As students give blood to the Red Cross at the top of the Hopkins Center Wednesday, they will be greeted by a six-foot drop of blood mascot waddling around.

Homelessness protesters wind up in trouble with law

For most protests to gain any sort of notoriety, protesters must break a few laws. At Thursday's protest against homelessness, students did just that. Not only did 10 students break state law by sleeping outside, these protestors also unintentionally violated the College's egress laws by setting up a band that obstructed a stairway. The protesters' stated goal, though, wasn't civil disobedience.

Pavilion offers world of menu options

Pavilion manager Robert Lester had to point to a menu with Thursday's lunch item, which he could not pronounce but was very excited to taste. Lester's enthusiasm for Qaubili Pilau carried over to the server, who gave students a free sample and urged them to eat it. Already specializing in kosher and halal cuisine, the Pavilion dedicated this week's menus to specialized meals from around the globe in celebration of International Week. Dartmouth's second annual International Week is an offshoot of the national initiative to prepare Americans for the global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study in the United States, according to College officials. Each lunch this week featured a different ethnic meal, including African American, Asian American, Latin American, Middle Eastern and European cuisine. After assigning an ethnicity to each day based on a guide the International Office provided, the Pavilion staff gathered student input about which specific food items to make. There was a big demand for Brazilian beef stew, a favorite from last year, Lester said. Though the lunch crowds were not bigger than usual, Lester said he saw some new faces. Meredith Russo '08 was pleased with the Szechuan Beef served on Asian-American Day and said, "it tasted more authentic than most of the Chinese food around here." Last year, for International Week, each dining hall was assigned a day to cook for the theme, but this year the Pavilion did each day, since it is accustomed to creating different items regularly. However the regularity of interesting dishes at the Pavilion made International Week less evident to students. Russo, a regular at the Pavilion, realized the meals were special after buying her food, when she saw a sign advertising International Week. She said she would have known if the meal was served in Food Court. The low amount of publicity International Week received may also be to blame for this. Students in the River, for instance, were not sent a BlitzMail message about the week's activities until Wednesday evening. No outside chefs were used this week.

DDS worker puts food on plates of needy

Most people consider birthdays a chance to celebrate with gifts and family. For Ruth Chris, director of food services at Dartmouth Dining Services' Byrne Hall facility, her last 15 birthdays have been a chance to give to others.

College offers few barriers to getting morning-after pills

Elizabeth Hirsh, manager of the women's health program at Dick's House, rummaged through a filing cabinet as she searched for a handout on pregnancy options. "This is how often I have to pull this out," said Hirsh, who was unable to find the little-used printout. Dick's House sees just a handful of unplanned student pregnancies each year, down from between 25 and 40 in 2001.

More to HC weekend than beer and bonfire

The temperature forecast may be 50 degrees, but sultry confessions and a Disco Inferno party should make this year's Homecoming a hot one. In a new event this year, Programming Board and DTV are putting on a "Dashboard Confessional" program in which students will sit behind a car dashboard and video camera to recount their craziest times at Dartmouth.

Alumni Gym renovations to commence in March '05

With 67 students for every one elliptical machine at Kresge Fitness Center, chances are that students cannot get their cardio workouts in without reservations. These poor odds will be alleviated, however, by early 2006, if the Alumni Gym Renovation Project stays on schedule. After years of student demand, the athletics department intends to begin renovations on the 75-year-old Alumni Gym in March 2005. The proposed renovations will update both the recreational and varsity fitness facilities and will address deferred maintenance and access issues, according to a report put out by the athletics department. With 7,000 square feet on the second floor of Alumni Gym and 2,000 additional square feet on an upper mezzanine, the new fitness center will more than double the size of Kresge. The fitness center will feature specialized flooring, air conditioning and "a full complement" of cardio machines, strength equipment and free weights, the report said. "It will be very much aesthetically pleasing," said associate athletics director Roger Demment. The varsity strength training facilities will expand to 4,200 square feet from 3,000 square feet, with an additional 3,500 square feet for stretching, speed work and other conditioning.

'87 alum appears as an 'American Candidate'

Dartmouth government courses don't teach how to start a fire and ingest insects, but Keith Boykin '87 found one reality show where a government degree proved useful. The Dartmouth graduate is currently appearing on Showtime's "American Candidate," a reality television show where contestants try to prove themselves worthy presidential candidates by facing a series of challenges modeled on the travails of a real political campaign. Boykin, a former staffer on six Democratic campaigns and aide to former President Bill Clinton, lost his bid for the imaginary presidency in episode seven but remains on the show as the running mate of candidate Malia Lazu.

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