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College to investigate Beta poem incident

Assistant Dean of Residential Life Deb Reinders said the College will investigate an incident surrounding an allegedly racially and sexually offensive poem read aloud at a meeting of Beta Theta Pi fraternity and written by a Beta brother. "The investigation will take place with me and the president of the organization," Reinders said yesterday.


Beta poem sparks discussion

Brothers of Beta Theta Pi fraternity met last night with several women to discuss an allegedly racially and sexually offensive poem that was read aloud at one of the fraternity's weekly meetings and was written by a Beta brother. According to women who had seen the poem, it contained derogatory comments about women, specifically Native American women and referred to specific Dartmouth women, including one by name. At a meeting with Sigma Delta sisters, female members of Native Americans at Dartmouth and several other women at Kappa Chi Kappa fraternity, the Beta brothers privately apologized for the incident. Beta Summer President Tom Macejko '97 last night confirmed the apology, but would not confirm the existence of the poem.


Sherwin speaks on atomic bombs

Martin Sherwin, director of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, shared his personal experiences and professional knowledge in an attempt to shed new light on the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki before a capacity audience of more than 300 people in Cook Auditorium Thursday afternoon. Sherwin, who served as an adviser to the failed Enola Gay exhibit at the Smithsonian Institute's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., discussed possible reasons for the use of the atomic bomb and his knowledge of the exhibit in a speech titled "The Missions of the Enola Gay: The History and Politics of Hiroshima, 1945-1995." "No one who looks closely at the argument surrounding the atomic bomb fails to recognize that there is more than a matter of history at stake," Sherwin said. "Hiroshima not only introduced the nuclear age to the war, but it also serves as a symbolic culmination of America's global power," he said. Referring to writings from Henry L.


Cisneros speaks on urban decay

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros blamed the Republican-controlled Congress last night for impeding the progress his agency has made in handling the crises in America's cities. "The progress we have made and our hopes for continuing that progress in American cities and metropolitan areas are in jeopardy today because of actions taken in the House of Representatives," he said in a speech to a capacity crowd of more than 140 people in Room 3 of the Rockefeller Center for the Social Sciences. "The House, which has finished action on its appropriations bills for this year, cuts urban programs across the board and cuts them deeply," he said. Cisneros said the budget for HUD has been slashed by 27 percent from $26 billion to $19.4 billion for the next fiscal year. "These cuts threaten to undercut what President Clinton is trying to do," he said. "On this beautiful campus amid the lush, green woods of New Hampshire on this bright, warm summer evening, the issues facing America's most troubled urban areas may seem remote," Cisneros said. "But in 1995, the future of our large cities and the great metropolitan areas which they anchor depend in no small part on Americans in settings just like this to understand America's urban problem," Cisneros said. He said the dilemmas facing urban areas are a result of three factors. "America's cities face a crisis of severe poverty, a crisis of high unemployment and erosion of the job base and a crisis of social isolation." Cisneros cited statistics from his recent travels across the country to illustrate the severity of the urban housing crisis. According to Cisneros, 25 years ago 3.8 million people lived in the poorest neighborhoods in the largest 94 U.S.


Summer coaxes students to 'famous' houses off'campus

If you see a cat aimlessly wandering the streets of Hanover, call someone at the "Happy Home." Nesta, the name given to the cat that used to live at the house behind the Lodge, is just one of many unusual aspects of this legendary off-campus dwelling. "Nesta was kicked out of Hanover," said Justin Sandler '97, one of four sophomores living in the "Happy Home" this summer.


Lamm speaks on age- old challenges

With his sleeves rolled up and sweat glistening from his brow, Montgomery Fellow Richard Lamm looked ready to start work on solving the problems facing an aging American society. Lamm delivered a speech titled "The Challenge of an Aging Society: Infinite Needs, Finite Resources" to a capacity crowd of over 130 people in the Rockefeller Center for the Social Sciences Tuesday night. "Two demographic patterns endlessly haunt me -- the changing ethnic composition ... and the absolutely staggering change in the average age in the United States," Lamm said. According to Lamm, who serves as the director of the Center for Public Policy and Contemporary Issues at the University of Denver, the average American's life expectancy has increased by 29 years since 1900, at the rate of three months per year. Only Sweden and Norway have elderly populations proportionally as great as the United States, Lamm said. Referring to himself as a "reformed politician," the former three-term governor of Colorado addressed his topic with a sense of humor that kept the crowd laughing intermittently throughout his speech. Lamm said the fastest growing population in the United States is people more than 100 years old. "Willard Scott gets 400 letters a week," Lamm said, referring to the Today show weatherman who announces birthdays of people turning 100 on the television program. Citing statistics on transparency slides, Lamm said the United States spends 11 times more on people over the age of 65 than on children. "Leona Helmsley is on Medicare, and 30 percent of children have never seen a dentist," Lamm said. Lamm said ethical considerations make choosing what to do with the elderly a difficult process. "What do you do with a 90-year-old with a heart condition dying in a nursing home?" he asked.


DOC trips introduce students to the wilderness and each other

Dartmouth students do not usually start life as a freshman but as a "trippee." Spending three days of your life climbing, canoeing, hiking, dancing and getting to know one another in the wilderness of New Hampshire provides most students their first glimpse of Dartmouth. Beginning in August, more than 90 percent of the Class of 1999 will leave their domestic habits behind and plunge into the wilderness. Almost 1,000 freshmen have signed up for outing club trips with more applications coming in daily, according to Freshmen Trips Coordinator Heather Halstead '96. The Dartmouth Outing Club, the largest student organization on campus, plans trips for incoming freshmen as a way for students to become more familiar with each other and their surroundings before freshman orientation begins. The DOC offers eight different alternatives for the nine sections of trips, starting Aug.


Outdoor experience won't end with trips

For freshmen who do not want the wilderness experience to end with their freshmen trips, the Dartmouth Outing Club provides many opportunities to revisit the great outdoors time and again. Founded in 1909 by Fred Harris, the DOC has grown to include a wide range of outdoor activities. The DOC is the largest organization on campus, with over 1,400 members, 400 of which are active.


Assistant ORL Dean Keefe to leave College

Assistant Dean of Residential Life Alison Keefe last Friday announced she is leaving the College to become the new assistant director of residential life at Salem State College in Salem, Mass. Keefe, who has worked at Dartmouth for five years overseeing academic affinity and special interest programs, as well as senior and undergraduate societies, will leave town on Aug.