Emily Albrecht


Albrecht: Representing the Oscars

Last night was the biggest annual event in the film industry — the Academy Awards, otherwise known as the Oscars. While controversy is nothing new to awards season, this year’s show was prefaced by a months-long Twitter campaign against the Academy encapculated by the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. Despite incredible performances and productions by people of color across subject and title, not a single non-white person entered the Dolby Theatre as a 2016 acting nominee last night. Going into the show, the question on just about everyone’s mind was this: how would the host, Chris Rock, address the controversy and the large implications Oscars whitewashing makes about Hollywood? The answer became clear within minutes of the broadcast’s beginning — Rock was going to hold no punches.

Albrecht: No Laughing Matter

It comes as no surprise to anyone that students at Dartmouth drink a lot of alcohol. Most students at most colleges imbibe regularly, an aphorism that has held true from “Animal House” (1978) to “Neighbors” (2014) — in fact, I like to think of collegiate inebriation in the terms of my second-favorite Bible verse, Ecclesiastes 1:9. “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again. There is nothing new under the sun.” Whether it is beer, boxed wine or the now-Dartmouth-banned hard alcohol, booze plays a large role in both the public and private lives of American college students.

Albrecht: Diversity in Action

Eight years have passed since Abigail Fisher introduced her case against the University of Texas at Austin’s admission policies, and yet, we are all still waiting to hear the latest verdict from the Supreme Court regarding affirmative action. Though UT Austin’s policies have previously been found to be consistent with the guidelines set out in Grutter v. Bollinger — essentially, that race-conscious admissions policies are legal — the Fisher case still has supporters of race-based affirmative action biting their nails.

Albrecht: Good Without God

The American political landscape has become dangerously polarized. Most social, economic and other issues are starkly divided across the aisle — just identifying as being liberal or conservative leads to an assumption that you hold various beliefs that might have nothing to do with actual policy. While religious beliefs and identities fall prey to these generalizations, the very place of religion in politics is rarely questioned across the political spectrum. It does not matter if you are a Republican or a Democrat — in order to be a good, moral leader, the American narrative all but states that you have to be religious.