Devin Foxall


Wilson: America's cities to stay 'divided'

William Julius Wilson, a professor at Harvard University, warned yesterday that American cities "will remain divided racially and culturally for the foreseeable future." This division will lead to greater, and possibly violent, ethnic conflict, unless groups begin to develop a sense of interdependence. Wilson, who for the last three decades has written prominent books on race and the urban poor, told an overflowing crowd in the Rockefeller Center that the potential for ethnic unrest occurs when groups are "more likely to focus on their differences than their commonalties." Because tension increases when people believe they must compete with members of another race for jobs and services, races -- particularly those living in the same neighborhood or city -- must realize they are dependent on one another and focus on their common goals, he said. As an example, Wilson said that in one neighborhood, white and Hispanic parents joined together to fight an autocratic school council. "They shared a common concern: the education of their children," he said. There will have to be more examples like this to prevent continued racial tension, which threatens American cities, according to Wilson. This is the first time in the nation's history, he said, that whites are the minority in the 100 largest cities.

Trustee selection winds down

Three Dartmouth alumni have advanced past a long selection process to become finalists for a soon-to-open alumni seat on the Board of Trustees. At the beginning of March, Dartmouth's 60,000 alumni will decide whether Elyse Allan '79, John J.

Ski patrol: To serve and protect

On a windy day last January, Bret Anderson '05 was in a shack at the top of Holt's Ledge with a few other members of the Dartmouth Ski Patrol when a call came over the radio.

New committee to study ethical investing

The Board of Trustees moved to institute a permanent advisory committee on investor responsibility during its Fall-term meeting. Paving the way for a new committee that will handle many of Dartmouth's investment decisions, the Trustees' decision marks Dartmouth's first step toward disclosing how it invests its endowment. The formation of the committee caps years of behinds-the-scenes debate, in addition to some more visible protest, over Dartmouth's lack of transparency about where it invests its endowment. The committee's formation can be seen as a compromise between one side of the investor responsibility debate that wants Dartmouth to divest from such industries as tobacco, and the side that believes Dartmouth should invest in whatever provides the best return.

DDS delivery faces losses, shutdown

Dartmouth Dining Service's money-losing delivery program will be canceled after only one full term unless more students begin to use the service during the remaining weeks of the Fall term. DDS administrators and student managers of the program will decide at the end of the term whether to continue the delivery service into the winter, Assistant Director of Dining Services David Newlove said. "It has to be able to stand on its own," he said, explaining the criteria for sustaining the program.

Ivy coalition pursues 'tree-free' campuses

The recently created Ivy League Environmental Coalition is calling on its schools to create "tree-free" campuses by using only paper from 100-percent post-consumer recycled content. The Coalition, formed at the recent Greening of the Ivies Conference, is also mobilizing to pressure institutions to stop buying paper from the Boise Cascade Corporation, which they say is an egregious environmental offender, mostly because of its logging of old-growth forests. "We need to show [the school] that there is demand and that we are a united force speaking together," said Susan DuBois '05, the Dartmouth representative and head of the Coalition.